I have pictures of toilets and other plumbing from all around the world. Not every country, but every country I have visited and taken pictures. The current list includes: Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Greek Islands, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Syria, Trinidad, Turkey, and U.S.A..
Click on any of the pictures to be taken to detailed pages for the toilets of that country.
These open-air toilets are on the side of Saint Catherine's Cathedral in Brussels, Belgium.
Other Belgian plumbing details include a second cathedral, this one in Saint-Hubert in the Ardennes region of southern Belgium, with a sign prohibiting urinating against the side of the church. There is no single rule in Belgium about church urination; sometimes it is encouraged and sometimes it is prohibited.
A picture from the Mappa Mundo bar in Brussels shows the typically Belgian open urinal and common washing area.
There are pictures of toilets on board Belgian trains, from the high speed Thalys to regional trains in the Ardennes.
Finally, I have a separate page dedicated to the famous statues in Brussels including Mannikin Pis.
That's right, this small statue is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Belgium. Mannikin Pis has recently been joined by Jeanneke Pis and Zennike Pis, a girl and a dog. They are all plumbed for realistic operation.
Britain is a diverse island, with three nations (England, Scotland, and Wales) and history going back to the Stone Age. These toilets are from the Roman fortifications at Vercovicium Fort, a part of Hadrian's Wall, in northern England.
This toilet is much more recent, but it still dates back to the 19th Century. It is in a museum display case, as it's an example of 19th Century Scottish industrial output at the National Museum in Edinburgh.
But my British toilet collection is broader than most, as it includes plenty of historical British plumbing. The earliest British toilets may be some of the most ancient toilets in existence. The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae is on the Orkney Islands north of Scotland. The settlement includes what are believed to be toilets attached to each of the eight interconnected dwellings. Skara Brae dates back to 3500-2100 BC.British Toilets
Bulgarian toilets used to have a bad reputation, but these days they're quite nice.
This first one is in the upstairs dorm at the Be My Guest hostel in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Notice the stylish vessel sink. Toilets in Bulgaria often seem like those in trendy bars and restaurants in New York.
If you insist on seeing a picture of a bad Bulgarian toilet, here is one. However, this one is decommissioned, awaiting repair and replacement. It is in a closed public toilet in Велико Търново, or Veliko Târnovo.Bulgarian Toilets
The dedicated Bulgarian toilet page has other pictures of toilets, sinks, and showers in Sofia and Veliko Târnovo, and also on board Bulgarian trains.
Chinese toilets, at least those in the People's Republic of China, can be highly communal. There is no place for privacy in a totalitarian state striving for the completely collectivist society. These are in Guangzhou, the large city formerly known in the West as Canton.
It's not actually from the era of Moses, thought to be approximately 1450 BC, but the mountain has been a major pilgrimage site at least since when the Byzantine Empress Helena (ruled 313-328 AD) established a monastery at the base of the mountain.
It has no sprayer, but at least there's a hose.
This is actually pretty nice by Egyptian public toilet standards.Egyptian Toilets
France is famous for having developed the modern self-contained public toilet, like this example in Paris.
An alternative is to visit a brasserie. You will quite likely encounter squat toilets in smaller brasseries and bars.
There are many other examples shown on the dedicated French toilet page: public pissoirs, examples of the toilette au couloir or the shared toilet down the hall in cheaper hotels, and basic toilettes and toilettes turques (that is, "Turkish toilets" or squat toilets) in bars, brasseries, churches, and monasteries.
Separate pages detail Jim Morrison's bidet and a tour through the famous Paris sewers.
The Greek mainland has some pretty nasty toilets. The first one shown here is in Nafplio, south of Korinthos in the Peloponnese.
Squat toilets may be preferable, as they have the potential to be cleaner. At least you can just hose them down.
This bright orange example is in a taverna in Kastraki, near the mountaintop monasteries of Meteora.Greek Toilets
The detailed page of Greek toilets includes examples from Athens, Korinthos, Olympia, Thessaloniki, and Kalambaka, and on board Greek trains.
The Blu-Blu cafe / lounge / bar / Internet cafe is a nice place on the island of Mykonos. You can get on the net or transfer pictures from your camera to a USB stick. And, while you're there, use the toilet and wash your hands.
Visiting the Greek islands means traveling between the islands on the ferries. This scenic head is on board the F/B Artemis en route from Ios to Santorini in the Aegean.Greek Island Toilets
Other Greek island plumbing shown on the dedicated page are from Ios, Mykonos, Santorini, Samos, Rhodes, and Kos.
These are the lovely public toilets in the Chungking Mansions on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.
The Chungking Mansions are a dilapidated tenement block. The upper floors contain several budget guesthouses and some really good curry shops. The Chungking Mansions are a fine place to eat and sleep, but the public toilets are dire.
The Hong Kong toilet page has some more pictures of the Chungking Mansions, and links to lots more pictures from my trips to Hong Kong.
This bright green public toilet is in a small neighborhood park in Budapest.
Magyar, the language spoken in Hungary, is unlike any other European language. The words for Men's and Women's are Férfiak and Nök, respectively. At least the word for Toilet is the obvious Toalett.
The Hungarian toilet page has pictures of toilets, tubs, and sinks in Budapest, and of washrooms on board Hungarian trains.
Italy is another place with ancient toilets. The first one shown here is the public latrine next to Pompey's portico in Rome. This portico was used for meetings of the Roman Senate, and is where Julius Caesar was assassinated on 15 March 44 BC.
The second is the indoor toilet from the famous two-story brothel, the Lupanaro, in Pompeii.
Other Italian toilets and other plumbing include an Italian truckstop toilet, toilets in Rome, Perugia, Genova, and the Vatican, plus several toilets on board Italian trains.
Other ancient examples are those from Paestum and the Roman Emperor Nero's Toilet at Villa Poppaea, at Oplontis.
Toilets in Japan often have a wide range of advanced features, including electrically heated seats, and complicated built-in bidet and air-drying functions.
Often you are mystified by an array of buttons with cryptic symbols.
The bathrooms at Tokyo's Haneda Airport have placards explaining the controls in three languages — Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.
Of course, these are the symbols for this one manufacturer's system. Another company's toilet likely has entirely different symbols on its controls.Japanese Toilets
I have a series of pages explaining Japanese toilets, including the complex multi-function control panels, and how a standard was published so that all systems manufactured after that date would have a common user interface.
There are are details and lots of pictures on the range of toilet designs, from simple squat toilets to elaborate raised commodes.
Also, toilets on board trains including the high-speed luxurious Shinkansen bullet trains.
And, a page on the Kappa, a Japanese water demon believed to come up through your toilet and attack you. Learn how to avoid an attack, and make the Kappa into your slave.
This Latvian passenger car on the Riga-Tallinn line was built in Russia, back in the days of the Soviet Union.
Note the footpads. Most Soviet rail cars were built to all-USSR standards. This feature was for Central Asian use.Latvian Toilets
Lower the seat and it's a raised throne. In the configuration shown, it's an elevated squatter.
Here are the toilet, sink, and tub in a room at Hotel Isabela in Mexico City.
You can tour Leon Trotsky's home in Mexico City. Among the sights are the exiled Russian revolutionary's toilet, tub, and hot-water heater.Mexican Toilets
The Mexican toilet page has more details on both of these, and it also shows some plumbing in a budget hotel in Tecate.
Someone, possibly a psychologist with an emphasis on urinary studies, determined that aim and therefore cleanliness improve with a target. So all the urinals have a small black fly in the target area.
The dedicated Dutch toilet page has a close-up picture of the fly.
This glow-in-the-dark facility is at the Homegrown Fantasy coffeeshop in Amsterdam.
It's very psychedelic, but blacklight toilet illumination is generally done to prevent the use of intravenous drugs. You can't see your blood vessels under nothing but ultraviolet or just deep blue lighting.
This is the new design for public urinals along the streets in Amsterdam. It's a plastic unit with a steel hook at the top to move it. And yes, this is all there is to it. It's awfully close to just peeing on a lightpole along the street. "Performance anxiety" can be a problem.
Note the blue border, I know what I'm talking about.Dutch Toilets
I was coming into southern Romania by train from Bulgaria. That brings you into the vast Romanian oil fields, starting pretty soon after you cross the Danube River, and continuing past Bucharest and Ploeşti to the southern Carpathian Mountains.
So yes, you expect to see oil wells and pumps, and pipelines, and power lines to run the pumps.
It's the isolated two-room toilet facility that was surprising....
These public toilets are at the train station in Gura Humorului, in the Bucovina region in north-eastern Romania.
Other Romanian toilets include several in Bucharest (or Bucureşti as the locals know it), some very nice toilets and sinks in a wonderful guesthouse in Gura Humorului, a dire squat toilet at the Moldoviţa Monastery, just outside the small town of Vatra Moldoviţei. at the train station in Suceava, in Bistriţa, in Sighişoara, and on board Romanian trains.
This toilet is in a ward hallway in Hospital #122 in the Name of Sokolov in Sankt Peterburg, Russia.
Notice the open plumbing chase. It is used by patients to dispose of empty vodka bottles, newspapers, and cigarette butts. Many plumbing chases in the hospital have experienced minor flue fires.
This is a public toilet in a train station in Moscow, Russia.
Note the standard Russian lack of seat, just a refreshingly cool porcelain bowl. It's especially bracing during those chilly Russian winters.
Also notice the prison-style door. It's far scarier in person, as there is no lighting and one experiences the fear of the unknown.Russian Toilets
Other Russian toilets include a toilet and shower in the Postgraduate Nursing School affiliated with Hospital #122 in the Name of Sokolov, a staff toilet in that hospital, and a couple of Russian train toilets.
Here we see a long-haul Syrian bus making a toilet stop along the road from Damascus to Aleppo, Syria.Syrian Toilets
This is probably close enough for photography, Syrian bus stop toilets can be grim.
Many of the bars in Trinidad have enormous tank-like urinals.
The only other plumbing in the room is the sink, so it's pretty obvious that the large trough is the urinal. But it still seems like you're doing something you probably shouldn't.Trinidadian Toilets
This one is in the 52 Bar along the Western Main Road in Port of Spain.
The Trinidad toilet page also shows a toilet, tub, and hot water heater in a budget guesthouse in Port of Spain.
This efficiently designed bathroom is at the Köse Pension in Göreme, in the Cappadocia region in central Turkey.
It's a classic floor-mounted squatter with integrated plumbing. The shower head mounts on the wall of the room, and the toilet drains the entire room. The hose/sprayer also reaches the toilet itself for hygenic purposes.
This classic Turkish squat toilet is at the fabulous Doy-Doy Restaurant in the Sultanahmet district of İstanbul.
Note the classic spigot on the wall and the red plastic mini-pitcher. For some reason the pitcher with a Turkish squatter is almost always red....
Other Turkish toilets on exhibit include both squat and raised throne toilets in İstanbul, Konya, Pamukkale, Olimpos, and Selçuk, at some anonymous bus and truck stop in central Turkey, and an open-air squatter in Beşparmak Dağları, the Five Fingers mountain range. Plus, of course, Turkish trains.
Harry's Chocolate Shop is actually a popular bar just off the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana (and just a few blocks from my home).
The men's toilet off the main bar area downstairs is seatless and pretty nasty.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art is just a few blocks away from the White House in Washington, D.C. The Corcoran has some of the big old trumpet shaped urinals from the 1930s or 1940s. The patterned hexagonal tile floor also looks appropriate for that period.
Other American toilets for your viewing pleasure include ones at cheap restaurants in New York, Washington, and Indiana, at a truck stop, at Purdue, M.I.T., and Harvard University, at the U.S. Department of the Interior, at Venice Beach, at Minneapolis-St Paul Airport (where U.S. Senator Larry Craig was arrested for soliciting sexual favors), and on board aircraft, trains, buses, ferries, and even spacecraft.