On Saturday 30 March 2019, join Fulbright alumni and current U.S. Fulbright grantees on a unique alumni event. Take a tour of De Ruien, the underground sewers that have crisscrossed the city of Antwerp since the Middle Ages. A visit to De Ruien, with its old vaults, canals, bridges, sewers, and drains reflects the historic city center above you, with plenty of interesting facts and curious anecdotes from a distant and more recent past. After emerging from the underground, we’ll make a stop for coffee and cake (cash only; not included in event price) and stroll through the historic city center of Antwerp as we make our way back to Antwerp Central Station.

The cost of this event is 20.00 EUR (including entry to De Ruien).

To register, please email events@fulbright.be.


12:30: Meet in the main atrium of Antwerp Central Station to walk with the group to De Ruien, OR

13:10: Meet at De Ruien (Suikerrui 21 | 2000 Antwerpen)

13:20: Tour of De Ruien — 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.

16:00: (Optional) Coffee Break at De Lantaren (Haarstraat 14, 2000 Antwerpen)

17:00: End of event


A trip through De Ruien is not your average city walk.

Please pay close attention to the following points before deciding to register:

  • A visit to De Ruien is a sturdy and muddy walk, so please wear appropriate clothing. The temperature in De Ruien is constantly around 13°C to 16°C. We recommend that all visitors wear long trousers. Special boots will be given to wear (available in sizes 35 to 50) plus a protective suit (S to XXXL available).
  • Big backpacks are not allowed in De Ruien. We advise you to only bring the bare necessities. A backpack will be provided to carry your own shoes and belongings with you.
  • You don’t need to be an athlete, but a certain level of physical condition is required. The walk is not suited for the partially-sighted nor for those with limited mobility. The walk is not suited for children under 10 years old.
  • Participants choose to participate at their own risk; neither De Ruien nor the Fulbright Commission assume liability for participants.