The Fat Policeman Statue is one of the most popular monuments in Budapest. It has several fun legends attached to it as well.
Fat Policeman Statue
Corner of Zrínyi Street and Október 6 Street
GPS: 47.50048, 19.051146
One of the most popular statues in Budapest is a statue of a rather rotund policeman.
It was created by Illyés András and it has been standing there since 2008. It was inspired by characteristic faces of the city, and its physique was formed after the artist’s grandfather.
The Fat Policeman, aka Uncle Karl is our dear friend watching tourists and locals walking around the neighborhood of the St. Stephen’s Basilica. Urban legend is that if you rub his belly you won’t have any weight problem and can try all the delicious Hungarian dishes.
Another legend says rubbing the jolly fat policeman’s stomach is said to bring good luck, particularly in love! In his lifetime, the inspiration behind the statue was said to be a lover of food and women. He was immortalized during the 19th century, with a round belly to symbolize hearty Hungarian cuisine.
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