What many people don’t know is that this is not the only peeing statue in Brussels. Manneken Pis’ little sister is Jeanneke Pis, a little girl squatting and urinating on a blue-grey limestone base. This less known statue has only been around since 1987 and you can find it in a small alley near Grand-Place closed behind bars for protection.
The third member of Brussels’ peeing statue family is Zinneke, a bronze sculpture of a dog lifting his leg and doing his business at the corner of Rue des Chartreaux and Rue de Vieux-Marche. Zinneke is the only one that’s not a fountain and its name is Brussels dialect for a real local of the city, and also for a stray dog.
Another world-famous Belgian invention is the Smurf, a blue dwarf that has its own statue near the Moof Museum. The immense white statue of a Smurf on a mushroom is an unexpected surprise if you’re a fan of the Smurfs, and there’s even a Smurf shop right behind it.
Lastly, if you find yourself to the opposite side of the Grand Place, Statue La Chatte a Bicyclette will probably catch your eye. This colourful statue of a cat riding a bike is definitely fun to photograph.