The Fat Policeman Statue

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The area
Neighborhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
How to get there
  • Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út • 5 min walk
  • Deák Ferenc tér • 5 min walk
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel29,231 contributions
Fantastically cute.
Feb 2020
This is a fantastic and whimsical statue of a fat policeman - as simple as that. What makes the statue extremely appealing is his belly, which is probably the most petted belly in Budapest, as everyone believes it would give them good luck. You cannot and should not miss this iconic little statue while strolling near the cathedral.
Written September 12, 2020
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Gary H
Budapest, Hungary202 contributions
Loved Icon Statue.
Jun 2020
The rotund policeman, is a delightful, lighthearted sculpture. He attracts people to his portly image, and possible reflects somewhat in past centuries the image of a majority of those who policed our streets. He is a cuddly sculpture and the ladies in particular not afraid to wrap themselves around him. Children are dump founded by his presence and size, which memories will remain with them for years to come. Bratislava has a wonderful gutter/drain sculpture in it's main square, which like the Fat Policeman attracts enormous attraction and viewing from visitors and tourist. The Fat Policeman is a somewhat of a icon in this part of the District V, the area we live in this beautiful, majestic and historical City of Budapest, Hungary, and may he remain same for years to come.
Written July 9, 2020
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Inma C
Granada, Spain50 contributions
Next to the Cathedral
Mar 2020
If you have enough time during your visit to the Cathedral, you can go for a walk and see this policeman. The legend tells that if you touch his belly you wont be fat anymore.
Written March 21, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Honors the Hungarian love of hearty food
May 2019
The Fat Policeman statue is about 150m west of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The life-sized bronze (by Illyes Andras, 2008) depicts a rotund policemen in 19th century uniform with number 235 on his belt buckle. His shiny round belly represents the Hungarian love for hearty, heavy foods, such as gulyás (goulash) or lángos (deep fried flat bread). According to popular legend, rubbing his belly will give you good luck in love. The statue is accessible at all times with no entry fee.
Written March 7, 2020
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Jason C
Ballycastle, UK18 contributions
Photos done!
Feb 2020 • Family
Wee photo opportunity sure why not? Go early am though if you don't want to queue although to be fair the queue was short
Written February 18, 2020
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Pandamedic
Lichfield, UK5,339 contributions
No idea why
Jan 2020
Located not far from the river and in a nice area, we had no idea why there was a fat police statue. That said we still had to have a selfie with it just like everyone else for a bit of fun.
Written February 7, 2020
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary1,637 contributions
OK
Jan 2020
If you walk directly from the Basilica to the River Danube you will pass by this statue. It is just a statue nothing special.
Written February 1, 2020
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,033 contributions
The fat policeman with his big bright belly is one of Budapest's most popular selfie photos objects.
Dec 2019
There is hardly a tourist that comes to Budapest (especially for the first time) who does not come to the corner of the street that leads to the main entrance of St. Stephen's Basilica for the purpose of a joint photograph with the statue of the Fat Policeman with his big bright belly. Legend has it that anyone who strokes the policeman's big, bright belly, plenty of good luck will fall into his lap. And so almost every day, starting from early morning until late night, a long line of potential photographers are waiting in front of this amazing lovely statue.
Written January 19, 2020
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Fiona C
Stanmore, UK340 contributions
The Fat Policeman
Oct 2019
We stopped for coffee and the Fat Policeman was outside, his tummy is a different colour, everyone touching it, we all got some great photos.
Written December 14, 2019
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,245 contributions
A Bit of Fun
Nov 2019
You can only describe this Statue as a bit of fun. Its a rather large Policeman, smiling at you. Tourists love the photo opportunity, and by his shiny stomach you can imagine how many times it has been rubbed.
Written November 26, 2019
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