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Key Info

Corner of Rue de l'Etuve and Rue du Chêne

Price & Hours

Free

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Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.4

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  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 2.5Atmosphere

This little boy has become a renowned Brussels landmark. The Manneken Pis (which translates to "little man pee" in Dutch) is a bronze statue of a child relieving himself that also serves as a public fountain. Though the original statue dates back to the 17th century, the statue on display is actually a replica. Located just south of the Grand-Place, the statue has been the recipient of about 800 different costumes, many of which you can see at the Museum of the City of Brussels. He's even been kidnapped and returned multiple times. The statue's origin story is a bit disputed, but wherever it came from, its allure has endured.

Recent travelers were torn over Manneken Pis. Most agreed they were surprised by the boy's small size, and some maintain it's a must-see, while others say to skip it. Past visitors also warned that it is crowded at most times of the day.

Feel free to visit the Manneken Pis any time of day or night since it's within public view. You'll find the statue at the intersection of Rue de l'Etuve and Rue du Chêne.

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