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Written by Buvaneshwari Gopinath on May 8, 2020 Share on

Manneken Pis – Peeing Statue of Brussels

Manneken Pis is a famous landmark in the city of chocolates and beer. Yes, you guessed it right, Brussels, Belgium.  Brussels is the capital of chocolaty Belgium. It may seem like a small city but it’s definitely a mighty one. Walking around the city makes you feel like a character from a fairy tale with Grand Royal Palace and string lights making your path sparkly.  Manneken Pis refers to a 61cm long bronze naked statue of a boy pissing in the city center of Brussels. It is considered as one of the must-see places in Brussels.

There are many legends behind this statue. One of the most famous being that the statue depicts a young boy who saved Brussels from fire. Back in the day, during the war, the enemies were ready to lit Brussels on fire to take down the city. A  little boy who happened to be there at the same time wanted to pee desperately and relieved himself, fortunately, he extinguished the fire by doing so, thus saving the city. 

Manneken Pis is located in the center of the city which includes a long shopping valley with multiple branded stores, pubs, cafes  & the city’s various other attractions being closeby.  Fill your tummy with all the chocolates, beers, waffles you get here, that way you don’t get exhausted.

Manneken Pis statue at Belgium
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Dressed Manneken Pis

It’s a tradition of the Belgium Citizens to dress the statue. In fact, the Manneken Pis owns approximately 900+ suits. And the interesting part is, they have detailed schedules of the costumes to wear throughout the year. Manneken Pis is also dressed in special suits like Santas, soldiers, and astronauts who are dressed on special occasions. Did you know you can have a taste of the Manneken Pis statue? Yes, you read that right. The chocolate store there sells look-alike statues of the boy in different colors and different sizes.

What to do there?

  • Take funny pictures with Manneken
  • Taste the famous beer at a nearby pub
  • Walk around the valley and shop till you drop
Dressing Manneken Pis in Belgium wearing a suit
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Jeanneke Pis and Zinneke Pis

Manneken Pis is accompanied by two other peeing statues in Brussels. In 1987, It was joined by Jeanneke Pis (Girl Statue), which can be found at Rue des Bouchers street end and Zinneke Pis (Dog Statue) at the sidewalk of Rue de Chartreux. 

Jeanneke Pis in the city of Belgium
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All these statues symbolize the sense of humor of the Belgium Citizens. Do you want the same humor to take back home? You can buy similar statues as souvenirs. Plan your own trip to Brussels with Pickyourtrail. You can also choose the available bundles for Belgium on the Pickyourtrail Website. 

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