The Sewers Antwerp
De Ruien Antwerpen

Back To The Mapmap icon
Add to Favourites

Explore Antwerp’s hidden tunnels beneath the city to find its real history. Interactive, guided or boat tours are here for your adventuring (sometimes smelly) party.

Here’s the thing. Antwerp looks a lot different compared to how it looked in the Middle Ages. It used to have a lot of canals, but those canals became the sewer system and were covered up. In The Sewers (De Ruiens), they take you on guided, interactive or a boat tour and tell you all about the history of the city. If you like adventure and don’t mind the stink of history, this needs to be on your list.

  • You’ve got a choice of tour options. The guided tour is 120 minutes, interactive tablet tour is 90, and the boat tour is just 15.
  • You’ll be going on an urban exploration of the tunnels. You’re gonna see some spiders, you’re gonna smell the remnants of the former sewers, and you’re gonna learn things you won’t anywhere else.
  • Along the tour you’ll see street signs of spots in Antwerp like the Grote Markt. The guide will tell you more about the history of that spot or you’ll point your tablet at it and get more info.
  • Non Dutch speakers should go for the interactive tour. You can choose commentary in English, German, French
  • The boat tour is 15 minutes. It’s basically a teaser of the other tours, but if you don’t have much time then it’s your best pick.
  • You get boots and one of those plastic overalls to cover up your clothes so don’t worry about that stink getting all over you!
Updated on 8 November 2021

Tips and Tricks

  • Book your tickets online to guarantee a place otherwise you might get there and it’ll already be fully booked
  • 2.5€ discount with Antwerp City Card on the tunnel tour with tablet

Getting There

  • By Car: park at the nearby Zuiderterras or at the Grote Markt – E. Van Dijckkaai 3
  • By Bus: many buses stop at the nearby Groenplaats bus stop. N2, N32, 22, 180, 181, 182, 183 all stop here
  • By Tram: trams 3, 4, 5, 9, 15 stop at the nearby Groenplaats
icon

Tu to F, 10:00 to 17:00

Sat to Sun, 10:00 to 18:00

icon

All seasons

icon

Adults 18€, Kids 12€

icon

Open; national COVID guidelines apply.

Related Articles
  • Tickets to The Sewers (De Ruien)
    Reserve tickets to the tour of Antwerp's hidden tunnels online
  • Bloggers on A Tour of the Sewers
    What are the tours like? The bloggers at Twofortheworld actually went and revealed everything they could