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Cumil is a bizarre bronze sculpture of a peeping Tom emerging from a manhole. Probably the city's most photographed tourist attraction, it has raised many heated debates over the question of the depicted man's business. It is unclear whether he's resting after cleaning the sewer or peeking up women's skirts. The statue is marked with a road sign since reckless drivers have chopped its head off at least twice. Follow local custom and rub the top of his hat for good luck. Keep in mind that this is just one of many curious characters placed throughout the city. Start your trip to Bratislava by creating a personalized itinerary on Klarna Trips.
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Loved this quirky little statue. on the corner of a street. Rumour is, that if you rub his nose, you become pregnant within a year 😀
Loved this quirky little statue. on the corner of a street. Rumour is, that if you rub his nose, you become pregnant within a year 😀 more »
Lots of unique photo opportunities stunning 0lace wonderful food and very quirky Bratislava is well worth a visit
Lots of unique photo opportunities stunning 0lace wonderful food and very quirky Bratislava is well worth a visit more »
If you haven't been alerted in advance to look for this statue, it comes as a marvelous surprise. “Cumil” in Slovakian reportedly means “watcher” (apparently making fun of the work ethic of public...
If you haven't been alerted in advance to look for this statue, it comes as a marvelous surprise. “Cumil” in Slovakian reportedly means “watcher” (apparently making fun of the work ethic of public... more »
The ever famous statue of Cumil is well known in slovakia, especially in the old town bratislava area. Several stories were shared on how this came about, either he is relentlessly working hard due to nonstop work and he did this post to depict that even if he is tired, he is still dedicated. Another story goes that he is a slacker, and just rests the whole day. Either way, he is now a symbol of hardwork. They say that you need to touch his head to receive goodluck. You can see this figure in tourist souvenir shops along with the other statues in the old town area.
Just as Bratislava Castle is a symbol of the city of Bratislava, the bronze statue of Čumil (literally "the Gaper") is a symbol of busy streets in the center of Bratislava. Čumil peeks out of the canal, smiles, and looks dreamy into the distance. The bronze statue of Čumil enjoys great popularity among children and tourists from every corner of the world who are happy to take pictures standing next to him. Čumil has been decorating the intersection of Laurinská, Panská and Rybia gates since 1997. The statue was made by Viktor Hulík. The statue was not based on any model and no ancient story is associated with it. In fact, it is the embodiment of the heart atmosphere of the historical center of Bratislava.
Meet the workman in the pit whilst here. Easy to find in the beautiful streets of Bratislava!
This is surely a quirky statue in Bratislava, the Capital of the Slovak Republic. His name is Čumil, the Slovak word actually means “watcher”. It only takes a quick glance at the face of the man at work at the junction of Laurinská and Panská Streets to understand why he goes by the name “the watcher”. The bronze statue, with a grin on his face, peeks his head from underneath a manhole cover in the Old Town and he is popular among tourists and locals alike. You cannot visit Bratislava without saying hi to Čumil! And make sure to take a photo – this is actually one of the most photographed objects in Bratislava. Čumil is one of many statues in the Old Town of Bratislava. Other statues include Paparazzi, Schöner Náci, and Napoleon’s Soldier. These statues appeared in 1997, a couple of years after Slovak independence. This was at a time when the city was polishing its image after its Communist past. Čumil is the work of Slovak sculptor Viktor Hulík. The artist was born in 1947 in Bratislava. As for Čumil, there are a couple of theories about his name. Maybe he’s resting after a hard day’s work cleaning the sewers or perhaps he’s a typical communist-era worker who works little and watches a lot or maybe he’s just trying to get a look under the ladies’ skirts.... Anyway, this sympathetic man seems to enjoy his surroundings. There are careless drivers everywhere and Bratislava is no exception! The poor statue actually lost his head twice. Because of this, he was given his own road sign that reminds passers-by of the man at work. Legend has it that those who touch the head of the man will get a wish come true – if they manage to keep it a secret forever. How to find Him? The best way to find this spot is on foot. Amongst the cafés, restaurants, and shops of the Old Town, you will find the statue. It is situated in the front the corner of Rybárska brána (Fishermen’s gate), at the junction of Panská and Laurinská streets. Just follow the crowds and as I already said, bring your camera! There’s often a street band playing in the corner as well.
Take a picture with Cumil, don't forget to gently touch him for a bit of good luck. Lovely gifts and souvenirs around. Wanna pick up a snow ball fight? Do it. Local children crave one, if they smile at your snow mob, hit them. They will gladly enjoy it to the shock of their surprised parents.
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