Below the city the secrets flow

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De Ruien 1

Mensen die aan het wandelen zijn
Historic arched vaults

De Ruien

Boottocht
Guided boat trip

De Ruien 3

Antwerpse ruien
Protective clothing Adventure in the mud

De Ruien 4

Gids of tablet
Information on tablet Experienced guide

De Ruien 5

Leeuw van Vlaanderen
Go back in history

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 (www.werkmmaat.be), a social employment project and Zanzibar bvba (www.znz.be), an Antwerp eventmarketing agency.

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

Formulas

Guided group walk (from 10 years)

120minutes

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. After a short boat trip 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.

€ 295/group for max. 15 people Night visit: € 385/group for max. 15 people.

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Interactive trip with a tablet (from 10 years)

90minutes

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.

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Discovery trip by boat (from 3 years)

15minutes

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

Monday

Closed

24/12, 25/12, 26/12, 31/12, 1/1, 2/1

Annual closing

Reservations

Reservations and tickets online


Guided group walk
Interactive trip with a tablet

 

Tickets at the box office


Interactive trip with a tablet*
Discovery trip by boat

 

Info


There are only 15 spots 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 reservaties@deruien.be.

 


Ruihuis
Suikerrui 21
2000 Antwerp

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: The 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 : www.slimnaarantwerpen.be

 

Back in time

Terug in de tijd

Keer terug in de tijd met deze interactieve tijdlijn

±1250

Antwerpen

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1200 - 1567

De groei van de stad
door de eeuwen heen

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1678

Epidemie in Antwerpen:
‘De Haastige Ziekte’

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1726

Voormalige Dominicaner kloosterkerk en abdij
nu St Pauluskerk en omgeving

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±1850

Herentalsevaart
huidige Plantin Moretuslei

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±1875

Koolvliet, net voor de demping

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±1925

4 sluizeniers in actie

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1966

Bezoek aan De Ruien

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2000 - 2005

Aquafin
werken collectors De Ruien – Scheldekaaien

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2000 - 2005

Aquafin
rioleringswerken De Ruien – kapel

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Contact

Address

Ruihuis
Suikerrui 21
2000 Antwerpen

Telephone
+32 (0)3 344 07 55
reservaties@deruien.be