at 12:00
+ sat 10:00 & sun 14:00 themed tours

Free walking tours in English. No registration, meet us at the Dom Tower!


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Themed Tours

In our regular tours at 12:00 we can only scrape the surface of Utrecht’s history. Check out what else is there to discover!



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In 2012 we were the first to start free tours in Utrecht, because we felt the tourist industry didn’t match the needs of younger travellers. And because we wished the great historical wealth of this city would be better accessible to locals and visitors alike.

Some of us are history graduates, work in tourism, or are professional guides elsewhere, but running the Utrecht Free Tours has always remained our hobby. That’s why we regard tips as an optional way for guests to show their gratitude, not as a means for us to make money. This is what sets us apart from most other ‘free’ tour organizers.


Regular tours every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00.

Every Saturday at 10:00 a Medieval Tour, every Sunday at 14:00 a World War II Tour.  learn more


Meet us at the base of the Dom Tower, at the side of the square. Your guide is wearing a red shirt or sweater with our logo.

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How to join

Just be there at the right time! We don’t work with registrations. All individuals and small groups can join. Are you with a group of 8 or more, please send us a message (on Facebook or using the form below) to discuss the options.

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2.5 to 3 hours, often including a short break (ask your guide). This length allows us to give you a fine selection of highlights from Utrecht’s 2000 year history. We’ll visit quiet, authentic parts of the old city that remain undiscovered even by many locals!

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“I’ve made now three tours with this association (all the guides are volunteers and the tours are really free, if you want you can leave a tip or a high five, your choice!). You can easily feel the passion these guys have for Utrecht and they let you enter inside its secrets in a funny and instructive way. Can’t wait for another tour!”

caserta, italy

“The relaxed pace of the walk provides you ample time to gaze about and take in Utrecht’s lovely architecture. The well explained historical tidbits shed a new light on the beautiful city. Our guide’s passion for Utrecht was palpable and really the secret sauce which made the walk such a lovely day out.”

Wokingham, UK

“It was very informative, entertaining and complex. I appreciated the pleasant atmosphere, natural speech and personal approach. If any of you hesitate about taking this tour, just don’t! You will have a great time and hear stories you can’t find in any ‘official’ tourist guide.”

Breclav, czech republic

Contact us

Please check the FAQ first if you have a question about our tours. If you have an urgent question, it’s better to send us a message on Facebook.

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Favorite places in Utrecht: Lepelenburg and the University Library on the Drift.

Favorite activities: Playing field hockey, giving city tours and drinking coffee at Pampalini. Where I like to go out: Poema, Kampong TD, De Kneus and any festival that just happened to have been organized. Favorite shops: Albert Heijn (I always miss them when I’m abroad) and Visjes,  a great fish shop.


Favorite places in Utrecht: The University Library in the city center. It’s housed in the former palace of Louis Napoleon. Beautiful combination of books, history and oddity.

Favorite activities: Cycling through the center, drinking at the canal, just wandering about and soaking in this beautiful town. Where I like to go out: I like to drink a beer at Kafe België or Mick O’Connels. Favorite shops: IJs&Zopie is a definite favourite: best ice cream and coffee in town. For bread it’s het Vlaamsche Broodhuys.


Favorite places in Utrecht: The canals, the neighborhood of Lombok, central station departure hall.

Favorite activities: Kayaking on the canals, going for drinks and alternative movies, cycling madly through crowds of shopping people at the Oudegracht. Where I like to go out: EKKO, ACU, Bodytalk. Favorite shops: The furniture design stores around the Oudegracht, the many thrift shops, any place that sells food.


Favorite places in Utrecht: Twijnstraat aan de Werf, the only place along the canal where houses are built directly at the water. Wilhelmina Park, with its beautiful trees and ponds.

Favorite activities: Exploring neighbourhoods outside the city centre. It can be rewarding just to walk around places where you would normally not go, like Lombok or the beautiful green area of Lunetten. Where I like to go out: Café Olivier, a bar located in a former church, the art house cinemas like Springhaver and Louis Hartlooper and the many festivals. Favorite shops: Book shop Interglobe, a wonderful place to get inspiration for new travels.


Favorite places in Utrecht: Janskerkhof in winter with Christmas decorations hanging from the trees, Mariaplaats in summer where you can have a drink while listening to music drifting through the open windows of the University of the Arts.

Favorite activities: Having drinks in one of the cafés surrounding Dom square, continuing our quest for the best tapas restaurant in Utrecht and simply enjoying all the crazy people that elbow their way through the crowded streets along the Oudegracht. Where I like to go out: ‘t Gras van de Buren and bars surrounding Neude. Favorite shops: Boekhandel Bijlevelt, where I always buy more books than I should; all the shops in Twijnstraat, and the ‘Kruideniersmuseum’, for the best traditional Dutch candy in the cutest little shop!


Favorite places in Utrecht: Oude Hortus (old botanical garden, often part of the Saturday tour), the railway museum, the canals of course.

Favorite activities in Utrecht: Cycling (especially at rush hours), enjoying the many cultural festivals (check to see what’s on), guiding! Where I like to go out: TivoliVredenburg, a unique concert venue with 5 halls for all styles of music, from classical to techno. Favorite shops: Shops where you can buy things that you need. Try Hema!


Favorite places in Utrecht: I like stories of all kinds, be it music (@ ‘t Oude Pothuis) or movies (@ late theater ‘t Hoogt), novels or history (@ University City Library), life (Ina Boudier-Bakkerlaan or Leliestraat).

Favorite restaurant: Jacketz


Favorite places in Utrecht: hostel Strowis where I also work. Cafe Kopi Susu: lots of spacious windows, food and music near my place.

Favorite activities: I love to hang around at Muntkade in summer to swim, or mountainbike at Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Where I like to go out: Bar Averechts. Favorite restaurant: Asli.