Going on a statue hunt in Brussels

How to find the Manneken Pis Brussels: One of the things I really wanted to do when we visited Brussels was to see the the famous peeing statue. The Manneken Pis. It wasn’t until I started to research it did I realise that there were three different peeing statues. Of course Monkey being six he thought the whole idea was hilarious and wanted to find them all. We decided to do this on our second full day and had earmarked an hour to do it. However what I hadn’t expected was that google maps would stop working. I can only guess it is because the buildings are so high but it sent up on a merry goose chase. It made what should have been a lot of fun difficult since we ended up walking in the wrong direction constantly. So I am writing this to help other unwitting holiday makers.

Jeanneke Pis

Impasse de la Fidélité 10, 1000 Bruxelles

We started our journey looking for Jeanneke Pis which the little girl. On route we accidentally stumbled upon the ‘cafe’ to try out Belgium Beer – Delirium Cafe. We decided to stop for a quick drink and to allow the boys to rest their feet. As we were sitting down we noticed the crowd of people outside and thats when we saw her. She is behind iron bars to stop vandalism and a lot smaller than imagined. Our next stop was the Manneken Pis.

Directions to Manneken Pis from Jeanneke Pis (550m 7 minutes walking)
  • Walk south-west on Impasse de la Fidélité towards Rue des Bouchers (36m)
  • Turn right onto Rue des Bouchers (30m)
  • Turn left onto Rue de Greepstraat (96m)
  • Turn right onto Grasmarkt Straat (46m)
  • Turn left onto Rue de Taborastraat (78m)
  • Continue onto Rue du Zuidstraat (290m) on the left 

Manneken Pis

Rue du Zuidstraat, 1000 Bruxelles

I already knew that the Manneken Pis was on the small side. But I didn’t anticipate that he was also quite high up and again surrounded by bars. A popular tourist spot there are a number of waffle shops nearby which looked delicious. There was also a lot of souvenirs in the shape of the statue. When we visited he was not wearing any costumes although they do tend to dress him up on a regular basis.

Directions to Zinneke Pis from Manneken Pis (700m 8 minutes walking)
  • Walk south-west on Rue du Midi towards Rue des Grands Carmes(21 m)
  • Turn right onto Rue des Grands Carmes (69 m)
  • Turn left onto Rue du Marché au Charbon (100m)
  • Turn right onto Place Fontainas (53m)
  • Place Fontainas turns slightly right and becomes Rue de la Grande (170m)
  • Turn left onto Rue des Riches Claires (70m)
  • Turn right onto Rue Saint-Christophe (200m)
  • Turn right onto Rue des Chartreux (7m) on the left

Zinneke Pis

Rue des Chartreux 35, 1000 Bruxelles

This is Monkey’s favourite one. Partly I think because you can actually get close to it. Although this does mean its been vandalised. When we visited it was popular with walking tour guides which means you may need to wait for a little while to get close to the statue for photos.

So something that should have taken at most around forty minutes with the kids ended up taking us around an hour and twenty. I hope that these steps will help you do it a lot quicker. If you would like some other ideas of things to do with kinds in Brussels then you can read about what we got up to over here – 11 things to do in Brussels with a 2 & 6 year old

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34 Comments

  1. Alice Colling
    March 21, 2019 / 8:21 am

    That’s a lot of statues . what fun!

  2. Catherine S
    March 21, 2019 / 8:44 am

    What a fun trip!

    • Lizzie Vella
      April 8, 2019 / 2:43 pm

      I’ve been to Brussels and seen ‘it’ but didn’t realise there was 3!

  3. Margaret Gallagher
    March 21, 2019 / 9:28 am

    What a BRILL idea loads of fun too

  4. Jo
    March 21, 2019 / 10:00 am

    My kids would find these statues absolutely hilarious! I’ve never heard of these before but would love to visit Brussels one day. If I did I would have to see these!

  5. Caroline Tinsley
    March 21, 2019 / 3:51 pm

    These statues are such fun! It’s understandable they are mostly behind bars, but always a shame when you can’t touch them – bronze cries out to be touched!

  6. Adrian Price
    March 21, 2019 / 4:28 pm

    thanks for the travel guide–im sure my 8 year old nephew Max would find the statues just as hilarious!

  7. Gemma Hendry
    March 21, 2019 / 7:33 pm

    amazing, i especially liked the dog one

  8. Jo Hutchings
    March 21, 2019 / 8:15 pm

    That’s so funny! A treasure hunt with a difference! Brussels sounds like a great place to visit too.

  9. March 21, 2019 / 9:24 pm

    I would love to visit Brussels and this would definitely appeal to my 6 year old too! Sounds like a great way to get them walking around too x

  10. Rebecca Jones
    March 21, 2019 / 10:36 pm

    I went to Brussels many years ago to visit a pal – fortunately, they knew where mannequin pis was. I was surprised how small he is too – it’s good to see he’s got some pals. thanks for the info.

  11. March 21, 2019 / 11:42 pm

    They are all wee-ing aren’t they?!!! (Sorry, it takes me a while to catch up!) I do like the dog one!!!

  12. Huda
    March 22, 2019 / 12:45 am

    Ahhh looks fun!

  13. March 22, 2019 / 4:47 am

    What a fun day – even if it was a wild goose chase! Plus at least you had plenty of chances to buy waffles!

  14. Tracy Nixon
    March 22, 2019 / 5:17 am

    LOL never heard of it until now!

  15. March 22, 2019 / 9:08 am

    A perfectly good statue hunt to go on! Oh how funny. I would love to explore Brussels one day.

  16. Lynn Neal
    March 22, 2019 / 9:14 am

    That’s really interesting, I also only knew about the little boy one!

  17. March 22, 2019 / 10:11 am

    What fun. My 5 year old would also find this hilarious. It’s a shame the pig had been vandalised

  18. MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    March 22, 2019 / 11:27 am

    It must have been a fun visit. My children would have loved seeing the peeing statues.

  19. March 22, 2019 / 11:58 am

    Its like the kid is having a time of his life eh. Haha! Thanks for sharing your pictures, they are awesome.

  20. Carolyn E
    March 22, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    This looks so much fun. Wha a great idea to see a city by way of a treasure hunt

  21. SincerelySnide
    March 22, 2019 / 2:13 pm

    The waffles look delicious!

  22. March 22, 2019 / 3:26 pm

    Hehe! Now that’s a gigglesome statue hunt. I’m not sure mine would be that keen on visiting weeing statues – given how serious she can be, but Brussels does sound like a fab place to visit for a short break. x

  23. March 22, 2019 / 5:56 pm

    These sound like neat places to visit. It’s too bad that they have been vandalized, and also that they are so crowded! That is a long wait to have to see the statues.

  24. March 22, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    Statue hunt, that is awesome! And there is plenty of them in Belgium, so so cool.

  25. March 23, 2019 / 1:35 am

    This must be a really fun trip. Thanks for sharing.

  26. March 23, 2019 / 10:25 am

    I think my kids would find a peeing statue hilarious too

  27. Pinoyfreelancingmom
    March 23, 2019 / 2:39 pm

    Are those waffles? OMG! I didn’t know waffles can be presented that way. Apart from the scenic view of the place, the waffles are also the showstopper.

  28. Vicki Baxter
    March 23, 2019 / 6:46 pm

    Wow this sounds like so much fun. I would love to pay a visit. A great idea for a day out.

  29. March 24, 2019 / 9:29 pm

    Oh that sounds like fun and something my kids would really enjoy! We are hoping to go this year, I will have to bear this in mind!

  30. Gemma
    March 25, 2019 / 10:56 am

    It’s not a place I’ve been but it’s defo on my list of places I want to go. I will get there one day x

  31. March 25, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    My kids would have found these so funny. What cool statues 😂

  32. James Travis
    March 27, 2019 / 5:18 pm

    This looks fun

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