Silly Brussels – Manneken Pis Peeing Boy Fountain

Silly America Abroad: Roadside Attractions from Around the World

Belgians apparently like things that pee. I guess I can’t speak for all Belgians seeing as I only spent time in two cities in Belgium and am not a local. So I guess the statement would be more accurate as Brussel-ians(?) seem to like things that pee.

Manneken Pis - naked boy peeing statue - in Brussels, Belgium.

Brussels is home to what is probably the most famous peeing statue in the world: Manneken Pis (literally “Little Man Pee”).

Manneken Pis - naked boy peeing statue - in Brussels, Belgium.

Manneken Pis is a fountain where water comes from his…well…you can guess. At any moment of the day or night you’ll probably see a crowd forming on the corner of Rue de l’Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat to watch this little boy urinate what you can only hope is just plain ole water.

Manneken Pis - naked boy peeing statue - in Brussels, Belgium.

Created in the early sixteen hundreds by Jerome Duquesnoy, the fountain has become a much-celebrated icon in Brussels.

In fact, you’ll see him in some form almost everywhere you look!

Maybe he will be eating a waffle…

Manneken Pis statue in front of a waffle shop- naked boy peeing statue - in Brussels, Belgium.

Or in a chocolate shop…

Manneken Pis statue in a chocolate shop- naked boy peeing statue - in Brussels, Belgium.

Or in one of a rainbow of colors…

Colorful Manneken Pis statue in a chocolate shop - naked boy peeing statue - in Brussels, Belgium.

Or…as a french fry?

Manneken Pis naked boy peeing statue as a french fry in Brussels, Belgium.

One of the traditions is to dress the boy up in one of many costumes. When I was there he was just plain naked. But a 4 Euro trip to the City Museum on the main square will get you access to an exhibit featuring much of his wardrobe! (And, you know, some other historical stuff).

Manneken Pis's wardrobe at the City Museum in Brussels, Belgium.

Manneken Pis's wardrobe at the City Museum in Brussels, Belgium.

One of those just screams Lady GaGa…

Manneken Pis's wardrobe at the City Museum in Brussels, Belgium.

Manneken Pis's wardrobe at the City Museum in Brussels, Belgium.

Manneken Pis's wardrobe at the City Museum in Brussels, Belgium.

His American costume was Elvis.

Manneken Pis's wardrobe at the City Museum in Brussels, Belgium.

And Canadian was a hockey player.

(Brussels, Belgium is known for its peeing statues. Check out Manneken Pis’s more female counterpart, Jeanneke Pis and the peeing dog, Zinneke Pis)

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!