Bratislava has become kind of famous for the unusual statues which can be found scattered over the Old Town.
Rubberneck is a statue sticking out of a manhole. He has been damaged twice from cars hitting his head, so nowadays there is a road sign warning the drivers.
You'll find him at the crossing of the Panská and Sedlárska ulica.
Schöne Náci was a real man living in town in the beginning of the 20th century. The legend has it he was in love with a woman but the feelings were not mutual. That made him so disappointed he got a little bit weird. He was often seen giving flowers to women he met in the streets, and he was mostly dressed in a top hat and tails.
You'll find him in the Sedlárska ulica .
Napoleon's soldier is a copy of one of the Napoleon soldiers, leaning on a bench in the Old Town Square.
There are 3 bronze statues located in different parts of the Old Town. The first one is "the french soldier" located in the main square leaning to a bench. The second one is "the photographer" standing on the corner of a café. The third one is "Cumil the peeper" located on the corner of Panska and Rybarka Brana streets which peeps from a manhole. It's very difficult to miss these statues if you walk around the Old Town Hall and the main square.
Old Town Bratislava has numerous unique and funny statues, erected in recent years, but reminding visitors of times gone by. The four famous statues are called "Cumil", "Paparazzi", "Napoleon's Soldier", and "Schone Naci."
Cumil is the most famous, and is located on Panska Street, just a few meters from Hlavne Namestie. Only the upper part f his body is visible, because he is resting at the top of a manhole in the street.
Paparazzi, peeking around the corner for that perfect photo, is the newest statue, and he's located on Laurinska just a few blocks from Cumil.
I never saw Napoleon's Soldier, but he is apparently leaning over a bench in the old town square as a reminder of Napoleon's visits to Bratislava in 1805 and 1809.
Schone Naci was designed after a crazy old man from Bratislava who dressed elegantly and bowed to the ladies as they passed back in the 1900s (located at Sedlarska ulica).
Postova ulicia has a great and useful statue of two girls with a skateboard leaning on a post box...the post box is actually used!
Bratislava has 4 life size bronze statues you need to find. If I told you where they are it takes the fun out of finding them. The old town is small and you will come accross them, although 2 of them blend in with the scenery: my friend Napolean here and the workman comming out of the sewer (Cumil). The photographer is very easy to see and so is 'Beautiful Ignaz'. Or are they?
Good luck finding them!
Do not rub his head, as some guides will tell you to do for luck, because this is the favorite place for local dogs to do their business all day long---keep your hands to yourselves when this peeper is concerned....
Bratislava seemed full of interesting sculptures. From the Paparazzi, to the Watcher (sewer worker) to Napoleon leaving over a bench to Beautiful Ignaz with his top hat. Then there are private sculptures in front of stores or shopping areas. Sort of reminded me of the muffler man in Bridgeport, California.
There is a war memorial statue of a man with a gun in one hand and a dead man on his other hand. It is close to the Danube riverfront in Bratislava located in a city park near the Slovak National Museum.
Schöne Nazi is a legendary figue in Bratislava from the early 20th century. It is said that he was slightly mentally ill. He was a poor man who passed by the streets of Bratislava in old but elegant suit and greeted every passers-by by taking off his hat and bowing to the ladies.
The people of Bratislava loved the sight of him
The statue of Cumil is one of the funniest statues in the old town. He is staring and laughing at everybody from a pothole and it is een said that he is actually a sewer cleaner who is escaping his duty to look up women's skirts. It was put here in 1997 but is already a very famous tourist attraction in Bratislava.
The old town area in Bratislava is full of such statues in bronze and other metals. I came across a few just in course of wandering about in the old town. Did not expressly make an effort to see them. The rest of the city is also full of beautiful statues.
Bratislava is known for interesting and unique street side statues in bronze created not much with a concept, but meant to be beautiful/funny/eyecatching. But this one went beyond them all. It happened so that I lost my way while walking and met a local college girl who volunteered to help me find it. On the way, we had a nice talk, when she came to know that I was a traveller discovering her city. At once she enthusiastically asked me if I had seen the mailbox # 1 and showed me the willingness to show it when I answered 'no'. I am lucky to have lost my way and met this girl as this photo made for the most beautiful one from this trip. I liked this statue so much! Two carefree girls taking a break from skateboarding. Very artistic!
Schone Naci - here is the legend .Schone Naci was a well known figure in the early 20th century. A poor and mentally ill man, he paraded the streets of Bratislava in old, but elegant attire - a velvet frock, greeting passers-by with his top-hat and bowing courteously to ladies passing by. He lives on in a fun way and is photographed daily.
The Paparazzi statue is located in the front of Paparazzi restaurant & coctail bar. We were quite entertained by this a the other comical statues in the old town . Other tourists seem to enjoy them as well.
Image of an art piece of a man looking out of a manhole, in Bratislava, Slovakia.
There are many bronzes and monuments to be foud in Bratislava. mainly it's city center and the Old Town.
This bronze, situated near the Opera House shows a man, (soldier ?) looking out of a manhole.The monument has developed to a touristic landmark in recent years.The story goes, that a wish will come true for everybody, who touches the head of the man - if the wish is kept secret forever !
Four lovely bronze figures are placed in the city center of Bratislava. The figures for themselfes are not really special, but you won’t avoid to find a certain sympathy for them. Indeed, they somehow seems to brighten up even the darkest day in Bratislava. The figures are:
Cumil – an underground sewage worker peeking out of a hole in the ground. Bad rumours say that Cumil looks under womens’s skirts. He is found at the corner of Panská and Rybarska Brána. Cumil means “gazer” in slovak. Also, watch out for Cumil's own traffic sign standing next to him.
Paparazzi – Somehow people don’t understand that a single one is called Paparazzo. But still this figure and the café it stands next to is called “Paparazzi”. Both are found at Laurinska ulica.
Napoleonic Soldier – There’s a legend that this soldier of the napoleonic army (which went through Bratislava on its european conquest) fell in love with a local girl and stayed in Bratislava and became a producer of sparkling wine. He was named Hubert, which is also the name of this figure as well as Slovakia’s most popular brand of sparkling wine.
Schöne Naci (Pekný Náci Ignác) – he is the odd man out among the figures. He is not from the same series, has a silver-coloured coat and is the only one made of a real existing person. “Handsome Ignac” was some kind of local celebrity. He lost his fortune during WWII, but he didn’t lose his face. Ignac Lamár, so his real name, continued to be a well-dressed gentleman, despite of being poor. He spent his days on the streets of Bratislava, being supported by local people and always greeting women in his gentle and charming way. He’s still doing it (although in a quite static way…) at Rybarska Brána.