A young boy, peeing? This iconic Belgian statue is a must-see if you’ve never been to Brussels.
The origin story of the Manneken Pis varies depending on who you’re asking. But we think that the most famous folklore story is the best. The story goes that the statue was built to commemorate Duke Godfrey III of Leuven, a two-year-old lord whose troops fought against the troops of the Berthouts. During the battle, the young lord was placed into a basket atop an oak tree. When he noticed his troops growing weaker, he stood and urinated on the troops of the Berthouts to give them a boost of energy. Turns out it worked as he led his troops to an eventual victory.
Manneken Pis is an iconic symbol of Brussels. Drop by for a quick photo on your city adventure! It is a total tourist trap and try to go at off-peak times, but we still think it’s a must-see if you’ve never been.
Now that’s a look
There’s even more to this quirky statue. He wears clothes! It’s not just any regular outfit either; to date, the Manneken Pis has worn over 1,000 outfits! The outfits are managed by The Friends of Manneken Pis, a non-profit organisation. They review outfit design ideas and make the final selections. You’re guaranteed to see something a little bit different every time you visit.
Manneken Pis, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Open; wearing a mask is mandatory in this area.