Below the city the secrets flow

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Historic arched vaults

Slide 2 Boottocht EN

Guided boat trip

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Protective clothing

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Experienced guide

Slide 5 Tijdslijn EN

Go back in history

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Interactive virtual guide
A virtual guide

From January 29th 2022 we look forward to welcoming you in De Ruien again!

Your visit will take place under strict observance of the measures imposed. This means that in addition to the necessary attention to hygiene and the safety of both employees and visitors, we will also strictly respect social distancing of 1.5 meters.

In order to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, we will only allow a limited number of visitors during fixed time slots. Only visitors with a valid e-ticket will have access to De Ruien. Want to know more?

Read all about your safe visit to De Ruien here

De Ruien

Below the city the secrets flow
The sewers, otherwise known as De Ruien, are a shadow of the rich history above ground. Sewers, streams and fortifications have crisscrossed Antwerp ever since the Middle Ages. This network of both natural and man-made waterways provided the city with water and an internal harbour.

When the sewers were turned into covered drains this unique piece of heritage disappeared both from view and from our memories.

You can now rediscover this hidden patrimony. The subterranean network of passages still gives us an idea of its rich and exciting past. A visit to De Ruien, with its old vaults, canals, bridges, sewers and drains reflects the historic city centre above you, with plenty of interesting facts and curious anecdotes from a distant and more recent past. We take you on a strange walk deep in the belly of Antwerp!

The City of Antwerp has entrusted the exploitation of the Ruien to WerkmMaat vzw, a social employment project and Zanzibar bvba, an Antwerp eventmarketing agency.

Both partners created a new elan, with investments in service, infrastructure and experience.


Guided group walk (from 10 years)


Immerse yourself in a piece of Antwerp’s subterranean history

A professional guide will take you to the darkest corners of the underground water system. The walk continues in the semi-darkness along covered streams, fortifications and drains. The vaults from the Middle Ages reveal their secrets at each step.

Group walks start at 10h15/13h30/14h30.
Night visits start at 17h/18h.

€ 305/group for max. 15 people Night visit: € 395/group for max. 15 people.

Day visit

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Interactive trip with a tablet (from 10 years)


Be amazed by the secrets of De Ruien

Get going and be guided by the facts and fables revealed by your tablet at each stop. Discover the rich history of this riverside city and meet its underground inhabitants.

The tours start at 11h/13h/15h.

trip with a tablet

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Gift voucher

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Discovery trip by boat (from 3 years)


Important notice: due to technical issues with the water management system in De Ruien, boat trips can no longer be organized until further notice. The guided group walks and interactive trips with tablet will continue as planned.

Take in the ambiance in
a small piece of
subterranean Antwerp

Disappear deep into the belly of the city and take in the ambiance in a small part of De Ruien. Climb aboard the little boat and don’t be shy to sail into the past. Take a peek at the dark side of Antwerp’s glorious history with your own eyes.

Opening times

Tuesday – Friday

10 am – 5 pm

Saturday – Sunday

10 am – 6 pm



24/12/21 – 3/01/22

Annual closing



Reservations and tickets online

Day visit
Night visit
Interactive trip with a tablet


Tickets at the box office

Temporary not available.



Only limited spots are available for every walk and boat trip.

*To assure your place for the Interactive walk with a tablet, book online.

Questions? Call us on +32 (0)3 344 07 55 or send an e-mail to


Suikerrui 21
2000 Antwerp

Corona measures

Terms and Conditions

Things to consider when visiting De Ruien

Getting there

De Ruien can be reached on foot, by bike (bike station at Steenplein), by public transport: tram 3, 4, 5, 9, 15 and bus N2, N32, 22, 180, 181, 182, 183 (get off at Groenplaats)

By car: parking Zuiderterras or Car Park at the Grote Markt – E. Van Dijckkaai 3, Antwerp

Beware: De Ruien are part of a low emission zone.  Since 2017/02/01 all cars need to fulfil the conditions for admission to enter the city.

For more information go to :


Back in time

Terug in de tijd

Keer terug in de tijd met deze interactieve tijdlijn



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De groei van de stad
door de eeuwen heen

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Epidemie in Antwerpen:
‘De Haastige Ziekte’

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Voormalige Dominicaner kloosterkerk en abdij
nu St Pauluskerk en omgeving

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huidige Plantin Moretuslei

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Koolvliet, net voor de demping

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4 sluizeniers in actie

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werken collectors De Ruien – Scheldekaaien

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rioleringswerken De Ruien – kapel

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Suikerrui 21
2000 Antwerpen

+32 (0)3 344 07 55