These peeing statues are tourist attractions in Brussels. It’s kinda weird, right? Huge statues like the “Statue of Liberty” in New York or “Christ The Redeemer” in Rio de Janiero are famous in their size and historical value. But, these tiny statues in Brussels are a league on their own. Peeing statues as tourist attractions? Never heard of that, eh?
These are the peeing statues in Brussels that you have to see. Well, two of them are the most famous while the other one seems to be unheard of among tourists.
Let’s see them.
Mannekin Pis (Little Man Pee)
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “What’s the fuss about this little guy peeing?” Well, apparently, this bronze statue of a child has been peeing since 1618! However, the current statue you see on the corner of Rue du Chene and Rue de l’etuve dates back from 1965. The original, which was repeatedly stolen, is hidden somewhere at Grand Place.
An interesting fact about this statue is that he’s dressed whatever the occasion is: Santa Claus, Dracula, Sailor, Organ Builder, Mayor, etc. I was so lucky that I got to see him in his birthday suit! 😀
This is the female version of the Manneken Pis above. Unlike her male counterpart, Jeanneke Pis is hidden somewhere in a dead-end alley where you have to pass a crowded watering hole frequented by locals and tourists alike. You’d miss it if you’re not keen on looking for her. But, don’t worry, the tipsy patrons know who you’re looking for and they’d be glad to point her to you. She’s tinier than the Little Man Pee.
You’ll find her on the East side of Impasse de la Fidelite.
Seldom you can find a peeing dog statue, right? Perhaps, there are only very few in the world. Most peeing dog we see are real dogs who’d pee anywhere they’d fancy. 😀 Zinneke Pis is the least known of the three peeing statues. Friends of mine of have been to Brussels were surprised to know when I told them that there’s a peeing dog statue in the city. While the first two statues above are continuously peeing, Zinneke Pis doesn’t really “pee.” No piss coming out of his… you know. 😉
You can spot Zinneke Pis at the corner of Rue de Chartreaux and Rue de Viex-Marche. Unlike the Manneken Pis and Jeanneke Pis, don’t look up, but look down – and you’ll find Brussels’ famous peeing dog.
BONUS STATUE: Cat on a Bike Statue
This sexy cat wearing a hot pink tank top and a very tight, black spandex shorts on her bike is a head turner. The locals call it as, “Statue La Chatte a Bicyclette.” And guess what, the local government paid Alain Sechas (the sculptor) for 100,000 euros. Do you think it’s worth it?
Where to Stay – Hostel in Brussels
Sleep Well Youth Hostel is your best choice in Brussels. It’s reasonable and it’s 12 minutes walk from / to the Brussels Central Station. The Grand Place and other tourists attractions are nearby. Also, the hostel is clean and spacious. Breakfast is included in the price. You can book via HostelWorld and .