Manneken Pis, Brussels

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Corner of Rue de l' Etuve and Rue du Chêne

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    Manneken Pis

    by Sjalen Written Oct 8, 2007

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    "Is that it?" everyone says, just like they do with the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, and it is perhaps the best comparison as it has the same tourist trap feel to it, but at least Manneken has several advantages that Mermaid has not. One being that it is only a couple of blocks away from the centre and not in a windy harbour, the other that the area where it is has lots of souvenir shops to keep you busy on your way there and back.

    Unique Suggestions: Buy sea fruit chocolate at Moeder Babelutte and a quality Belgian t-shirt in the t-shirt and sweater shop.

    Fun Alternatives: Visit Janneke Pis - the lady variety a few blocks away :)))

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    MANNEKEN PIS is not worth it.

    by crunkeemcghee Written Jul 24, 2007

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    I know this is one of the things EVERY tourist books lists as a must-see in Brussels, but I highly recommend not ever worrying about it. I honestly had more fun posing in the life-size cut-out of the little boy, where I could stick my head in to replace his.

    Unique Suggestions: Check beforehand to see if he will be dressed up in a costume for the day. I've heard his Elvis outfit is highly entertaining.

    Fun Alternatives: I recommend just wandering the cobblestone streets surrounding MANNEKEN PIS, as there are many little stores and restaurants you will stumble upon. These are more the heart and joy of Brussels, as you never know what language of the world you will encounter in this city!

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    The pissing boy

    by fishandchips Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    Down an alley off the Grand Place is the Mannekin Pis. One of the most photographed items in Brussels - don't know why but it seems to be the thing to do. You can also buy a humungous array of figurines of the boy in all sizes and materials. Yay? - well, I purchased one & the nephews & nieces think he is very funny.

    Unique Suggestions: If you go - have your look and walk away fast - I'm sure you'll get your photo though..... just like I did....

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    The little peeing boy

    by argentia Written Jan 8, 2006

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    Mannekin Pis

    Mannekin Pis is probably the most famous attraction in Brussels, but don't get your hopes up. Yes, go see it if only to be able to say you have, but don't expect anything big. Literally. The statue is maybe a foot tall, set into a dark corner, and peeing into a little pool. Not illuminated at night either.

    Fun Alternatives: Bring home some kitschy Mannekin Pis-shaped chocolates from a nearby chocolaterie!

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    Manneken Pis

    by sswagner Written Jan 7, 2005
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    This is a very small fountain of a boy relieving himself. It is a short walk from Grand Place. For some reason, this gets a lot of attention from visitors. There is even an entire wardrobe for the statue. All over town, you can buy replicas of the fountain in various sizes. Some of them even have a pump so that you can shoot water through it. Fortunately, it costs nothing to see it. However, if you do miss this site in Brussels, you are not missing too much.

    Unique Suggestions: Be advised that it is very small and is in a type of enclosure. If you blink, you might miss it.

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    What to do to get tourists into your shop?

    by irisbe Written Nov 1, 2004

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    Jeff makes a great Manneke Pis!

    On our way to Manneken Pis, we found, as many other innocent tourists, this dummy in front of the shops.
    Of course it is put there to seduce tourists to come closer to the shop, and if possible get them in and buy souvenirs.
    But we did as many others: we just posed… well Jeff did hahaha
    Mariangela and me didn’t have anything to hold!
    This Manneke Pis must have been almost as much photographed as the real gamin a little further.

    Unique Suggestions: Get that picture and post it on VT :)
    Thanks Jeff for being such a great model!

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    Don`t even look for it!!!

    by Starbusra Written Oct 26, 2004

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    So, if you ever wonder around Brussels old city district, and you heard about the Maneken Pis... don`t even bother to try and find it... it`s a total waste of time. It`s a tiny, ugly little monster of a child-statue...

    Fun Alternatives: It is much better to visit any of the confectioner`s shops in the area, and try out a praline...

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    Manneken Pis

    by Helga67 Written May 9, 2004

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    Manneken Pis

    Although this statue is a must-see in Brussels, you will be disappointed, because the statue is so small.
    If you don't look carefully, you'll pass him without noticing. But as their is always a big crowd on the corner of the street, it won't be difficult to find him.

    Unique Suggestions: Take a pic.

    Fun Alternatives: As it is unique, there is no alternative.

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    The manneken pis

    by Waoife Updated Apr 9, 2004

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    Even smaller in reality!!!

    It's not many cities that have a small boy peeing as one of their major tourist attractions!!!

    The manneken pis - pretty small & surrounded by tourists queueing up to take photos. Nice to say you've seen it but if you're stuck for time give it a miss.

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    The most known tourist attraction in Belgium

    by vec Updated Jan 9, 2004

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    A pissing boy

    If you like to drink beer from a statue that changes clothes most days, this is maybe a good idea.

    When thinking a bit more, the colour of the beer wouldn't make me want to drink it... just a thought.

    But of course, since this statue by Jérome Ducuesnoy made in 1619 is the most known tourist attraction in Belgium, you might as well go there and take the photo for the album.

    Fun Alternatives: If you are a bit insolent you could always try to join the boy on the statue... but it's probably not such a good idea.

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    Lame!

    by Gnar_kill Written Oct 28, 2003

    I was walking around not even looking for Manneken Pis, and who did I run into? Manneken Pis! This was the lamest thing I ever saw....he wasn't even dressed up!

    Unique Suggestions: Even if you are subjected the Manneken Pis's lameness, take a picture for good mesure.

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  • Mannekin Pis

    by stephenshephard Written Oct 15, 2003
    The essential tacky Brussels souvenir

    It is much smaller than you think, and tucked away on a fairly anonymous street corner.

    Unique Suggestions: The souvenir shop next door though shows it remains popular, and some of the gifts are quite funny (not necessarily in the way they were intended). In particular there is a huge selection of packs of playing cards, each one having the Mannekin wearing a different costume. For diehard kitsch fans only :-)

    Fun Alternatives: No point in suggesting an alternative, you know you're going to go and see it anyway.

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    Mannekin Pis--it's small, but still see it.

    by wldeaton12 Written Oct 3, 2003
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    My wife and I actually had a hard time finding the Mannekin Pis off the Grand Place--it was that small and obscure. Once we found it, of course, there was a crowd gathered there taking pictures of themselves standing beside it--as did my wife and I!

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  • Manneken Pis : New York has...

    by annelies77 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Manneken Pis : New York has the Statue of Liberty, Copenhagen has the mermaid and Brussels has the ...... Manneken Pis. This statue of a little boy in a somewhat compromising position has since several centuries been a major tourist attraction in the city. When most people see our 'manneken', the first reaction is always one of amazement: 'Look, how small he is ! Why does everybody want to see him ?' The people of Brussels, however, accept him the way he is. After all, it doesn't always have to be big to be beautiful. Imagine he would be the size of the Statue of Liberty : Brussels would be continuously flooded !

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    The wellknown ´Manneke Pis´....

    by Kozzmozz Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The wellknown ´Manneke Pis´. Everybody knows this typical crap. It is fun to see a little boy peeying, and I have to admit it is a bit hilarious, buses stuffed with Japanse tourists will visit this small statue every time.....However, it is the symbol of Brussels !

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