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Sculptures to visit in Europe

Sculptures to visit in Europe

Already thinking about your next holiday? Will you be staying close to home or are you lucky enough to be heading off to visit somewhere abroad? If you fall into the second group, you might want to take advantage of the opportunity to admire a few of the most curious works. Today, we’re going to show you a few of the most important sculptures you can visit in Europe simply by strolling the streets and without the need to visit a single museum or exhibition. Take note!

Man Hanging Out (Prague, Czech Republic)

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and – what’s more – while you’re there, you can admire a truly curious sculpture entitled ‘Man Hanging Out’. This piece is a work by the sculptor David Cerný. In it, we see Doctor Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, carved in metal and hanging from a beam with a single arm. The sculpture is so impressive that some have even confused it with a real person. With it, Cerný asks what role intellectuals will play in the future. What do you think?

Čumil (Bratislava, Slovakia)

 Although it’s true that you can find many bronze statues throughout the city of Bratislava, one particularly well-known example is Čumil. Čumil means watchman or observer, and the sculpture features a worker emerging from one of the city’s sewers. If you visit Bratislava, as well as looking for this sculpture, you should also keep an eye out for the many others dotted around the city. See how many you can spot!


The Crocodile (Freiburg, Germany)

In the city of Freiburg, and more specifically in the Gewerbekanal canal, you might just see the head of a crocodile peeking out. The sculpture has been around since 2002 and has become so popular that it can even be seen on the city’s postcards. If you want to catch a glimpse of this piece, you’ll find it near the Augustinerplatz square – it’s truly a must if you’re setting off on a road trip around Germany.

The most famous European sculptures

With this article, we wanted to take a look at some of the most curious sculptures in Europe, which you can admire as you explore its streets, without the need to visit a museum – totally free of charge. If you have any suggestions that you would have liked to have seen in this list, let us know!

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Last modified on: August 13, 2021

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