An­twerp’s sew­ers and hid­den canals

Timeless Travels Magazine - - BELGIUM -

For a dif­fer­ent way to ex­plore the his­tory of An­twerp, visit the Ruien and walk through the city’s for­mer canals and sew­ers. Un­der­neath the city lies a se­ries of criss­cross­ing canals, sew­ers, streams, bridges and ram­parts which were built in the Mid­dle Ages as a net­work of wa­ter­ways, which ini­tially pro­vided An­twerp with drink­ing wa­ter and its in­land port. Th­ese wa­ter­ways later served as sew­ers, and then they were even­tu­ally cov­ered with vaulted ceil­ings. A visit to the Ruien is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence and an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore ‘hid­den’ An­twerp. You can take a guided tour ei­ther on foot or by boat and hear lots of in­ter­est­ing facts and cu­ri­ous anec­dotes along the way. Visit www.deruien.be for more in­for­ma­tion.

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