De Ruien

Discover the city’s underground heritage !

Since the Middle Ages canals, streams have crisscrossed the city.


This network of waterways provided Antwerp with drinkable water and an inland port. Later the moults served as sewers and eventually they were covered over.

The unique piece of heritage disappeared from the cityscape. Now you can rediscover this hidden heritage.


A visit to De Ruien is a walk along old vaults, canals, bridges, sewers and locks. You take a look at the underbelly of the city and listen to mysterious anecdotes and fascinating facts from a distant and recent past.


Opening hours and rates :

  • Open from Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and on weekends from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Closed on Mondays
  • Rate : 20€.

Address : Suikerrui 21, 2000 Antwerp – (+32)3 344 07 55