Manneken Pis (pronounced [ˌmɑnəkə(m) ˈpɪs] (listen); Dutch for '"Little Pissing Man"') is a landmark 61 cm (24 in) bronze fountain sculpture in central Brussels (Belgium), depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. It was designed by Jérôme Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619. The current statue is a replica which dates from 1965. The original is kept in the Brussels City Museum. Manneken Pis is the best-known symbol of the people of Brussels. It also embodies their sense of humour (called zwanze in the dialect of Brussels) and their independence of mind.
Lovely little statue of a no-stop pieeing boy. Part of the Belgian history and one of the most visited attractions in Brussels. Unfortunately he wasn't wearing any costumes when we saw it, but if you're lucky enough, you might see him wearing some very unique costumes, selected by the public through recommendation to the mayor. Brilliant.
It is very very very small, but entertaining to see dressed up for occasions and peeing different liquids also on special occasions (beer/ milk). To take a good picture without a crowd behind, go in the morning.
Well, it's a small statue of a pissing boy. What to say? There are many stories behind what it was put up. The one that is the most plausible (at least according to our guide) is that there were a lot of tanners around who used to put out pots where passing children could piss and get a few coins. This was a way to collect ammonia for their industry. And so the statues were born.
Excellent place. Nice to visit. Waffles were tasty with cappuccino ice-cream. Big Market. It's a Flower show day today. A good man booked a room for known members to take a snap and he also allowed us. Thanks to him. A big market with a good church with lot of weddings. Don't miss this place. Also Tin Tin character is famous here.
I don't understand why people have this negative attitude toward this statue. First, it is not meant to be a history lesson (though the story behind it is funny and interesting). Second you are not expected to spend an hour looking at it, it is not a museum. Just go there on your way to the main square enjoy it for a minute or two and look up its history later or before your visit. Keep Pissing!
Pretty underwhelmed to be honest. Just a mini statue of a boy pissing (with high bars around it) and all this at a corner of a building around buildings... Not much to see but if you're there already (probably at the Grand-Place) it's a 5 min walk. And since there's not much to see in Brussels anyway you can go and check it out. There's as lot of waffle shops nearby so you can treat yourself after.
I know others have been underwhelmed by this attraction, but I absolutely love this little guy. You won't spend more then 3 minutes and it is funny to see that one the top attractions of the city is this little boy. Try to learn about the legends and the history behind it. It is 5 minutes from the Grand Place, worthy taking a quick look.
I believe it’s a must see like Mona Lisa at the Louvre! Unfortunately, tour guides tend to guide you away from it on the formal tour and encourage you to find it on your own time possibly. For example, they might say it’s small or far.. But to my delight when you happen to find it, ah Ha!! And you will enjoy the odd and nostalgia of this legendary monument to make its mark on your travels: Manneken Pisss!! :)
The boy is just pissing. Give him some privacy people.... Unless you're a tourist like me. Then stare at him all you want. There's something bizarre about the whole experience but you just accept it and it makes you wanting more pissing statues. (There are others. Look for them)
This place has no big interest apart from having fun. Do not be surprised if you see that the day you come it's all dressed up. It's totally normal. You you're lucky enough you can see when they change his clothing. To make a great picture is to get very close.
You'll most likely walk by the Manneken Pis while going around in Brussels, so it's worth checking out out anyway. However, there's not much to it, and its most ingesting to wonder on Brussels fixation on pissing statues. Besides the boy, there's a girl and a dog. It's most fun "hunting" the pissing statues to show friends the collection, but there are far more interesting things to see if you're in a hurry.
I don't know why this place is so famous. Its a small statue, may be 2ft, small historical relevance but not great. It's my personal opinion that Brussels Belgium has much more great places to visit. However, if you are visiting grand place in Brussels then you can easily walk to Manneken Pis. And yaa, it's almost always crowded, again for no reason. It's too small to have a good picture
Nice place but it really not that great to see. This place is over rated compared to what we see. If you miss to visit also, no need to worry as there are more great place to visit. Always try Belgium chocolate, they are really awesome compared to this kids view.
From the Grand Place, just follow the crowd and you'll get to this little statue. Check out their clothing change schedule (from the tourist information center in the Grand Place), since it is the most entertaining part of this statue. If you check out the website link, you'll see they change this boy's costume per special celebration or commemoration. A person will come with new cloth, unclothe the old one and leave the full exposure about 3-5 mins, then quickly clothe with a new costume. Then Voila, peeing strong once to the crowd and get back to normal flow. The crowd's response is entertaining. That's all. But still, some odd and memorable experience.
Andover Heights experience that you can definitely only seem Brussels but it's not worth the wait in front of a square to just see a tiny boy taking a piss. You can also find something better to do with your time maybe the chocolate or visit the wonderful Street surrounding the actual statue. You can have a coffee you can visit the square but you should not spend more than 5 minutes and if it's raining even not that longer to just see the tiny statue that is not replicated in the back door of every cheesy Cottage
It's just a small statue at a corner of road with not much to be awed at. Though when I had been there the statue was being "undressed" for it's night nap may be(pun intended). The care taker or who ever the person was tried to make a bit fun out of the situation but splashing the "piss" of the baby boy statue. Overall I felt it to be a bit overrated.
It's still nice and of course funny, but I didn't think it'd be so small! I came around the corner and wasn't sure what everyone was looking at at first. Still worth it if you're into historical stuff, plus there are a lot of great waffle shops around. I definitely got distracted Small boy and a smaller penis.
Very small statue but iconic. Nice to see and go around since a couple of street arts before getting to the statue are around. Lots of tourist to chat and meet. Chocolate stores are a must to visit and eat a waffle they are a part of the culture of Brussels. Don not leave without eating waffle or chocolate please! Lol.
I lived in Belgium for 7 years and I still love going to see this little guy as he get dressed for special occasions. So if you are lucky, you'll see him dressed. Don't expect him to be huge, he is really tiny!
Many people think it maybe underwhelming to see how small the statue actually is but I adore the little guy. The area can get silly crowded. You might even walk pass it while avoiding all the foot traffic. It's still is an important part of all things in this area. Take home the memory and a picture, so you can join in on the conversation.
This is a symbol of the city of Brussels. All my respect for an historical place that must be visited. However, if I have to compare to a Colosseum or another breathtaking important historical place, I can't give more than 3 stars, not 2 due to his cultural importance. The first time I've seen it, I was expecting a bigger shape, but I can understand the excitement of dressing him in different ways based on the celebrated events. It's not far from the Grand Place, hence you may want to show him to your guests passing from the crowded Grand Place first as round cultural trip. Lot of art nouveau place nearby.
This place is everything that Brussels stands for. Cosy streets, bars, chocolate shops and old statues. The statue is actually quite small, but it is all about reputation. A lot of people come here to have a look. So take your picture and enjoy.
Very interesting place to visit.Interesting history. When I visited there were lot of tourists from all over the world. The nearby street offers plenty of chocolates n other interesting eatables. Must visit n must photo opportunity. Don't miss!
It’s so crazy from all the pictures you’ll see before going to see him, you’ll think that he’s this large statue of a little kid. Then you will get there and see a lot of tourists and be looking to see where the statue is. He’s SO small! I actually was happy he was because it makes the statue very cute. They also always have him dressed up which is adorable. I’m so happy we went to see him even if it was a little statue with a lot of tourists.