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Saint Charles Borromeo

The Ruien and the baroque St. Charles Borromeo's Church share an underground secret. Together with your experienced guide, discover the Lady Chapel, the Sacristy and the church's ancient crypts. Then descend the basement stairs and a secret passageway to The Ruien!

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We have put together an interesting educational package especially for schools. The school visits consist of an exclusive underground visit to the "Chapel" with an experienced guide.
The pupils gain insight into the "underbelly" of the city thanks to an informative exhibition . History & urban development, ecology & economy, biology, architecture, stories and myths... it's all there! 

After confirmation of the visit, an educational package is sent via e-mail. Based on these materials, a visit to The Ruien can be included in the curriculum.


€410 for a group of up to 20 participants, accompanied by a professional guide.

If you want to book this walk for a small group or just for yourself, please choose the individual formula.

Number of participants?

There is a maximum of 20 places per time slot.


You can book a combined visit with a guide on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 pm*

Reservations can be made up to 21 days before the visit.

* No visits possible during church services

Please note that starting Oct. 1, 2023, these visits will start at 1:45 p.m. instead of 2 p.m.

Duration of the visit? 

+/- 90 minutes. Keep in mind that changing clothes after the walk may take an extra ten minutes or so.

For whom? 

Anyone from 10 years onwards who is up for a tough and sometimes muddy walk.

Where and how? 

The combined visit starts at the entrance of St. Charles Borromeo's Church, Hendrik Conscienceplein 11, 2000 Antwerp, where your guide is waiting for you. It ends at the Stadsmagazijn, Keistraat 5, 2000 Antwerp

For the descent to The Ruien , visitors will receive a protective suit, boots and a backpack to store shoes and other personal items during the walk. No possessions can be left behind on the spot.


It is possible to have a guide for your group in Dutch, English, German or French. Please state the desired language clearly during the reservation process.

Please read our general terms and conditions. For further questions, please contact the Ruihuis.