Antwerp’s sewers and hidden canals
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.