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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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100% INDEPENDENT AND NON-COMMERCIAL

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 operators.

When

Regular tours every Tuesday, 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.
* No WWII tour at 17 November, due to Sinterklaas events in the city!  learn more

Where

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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Duration

2.5 to 3 hours, often including a short break (ask your guide). This 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 by most visitors.

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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!”

Amalia
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.”

Tim
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.”

Markéta
Breclav, czech republic

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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.

This is us

Frank

Where I like to go out: Poema, Kampong TD, De Kneus and any festival that just happens to to be on. Favorite shops: Albert Heijn (I always miss them when I’m abroad) and Visjes,  a great fish shop.

Cora

My favorite spot is the University Library at Drift 27. It was constructed as a palace for our first king, Louis Napoleon. Although he moved to Amsterdam before it was ready, his famous brother did use it while staying in our beautiful town. I could wander through that place for hours!

Oskar

Favorite activities in Utrecht: Kayaking on the canals, going for drinks and alternative movies, cycling madly through crowds of shopping people at the Oudegracht.

Jasper

My favorite places in Utrecht are the ones that are not immediately visible from the street, but those that you need to find and discover. They offer a retreat from the sounds of the street and give you an idea that you are away from everyday life and its responsibilities. Examples are hofjes (courtyards) that can be found all around the center. There are many others however, and during my tour we will visit some of those surprising spots!

Kiki

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.

Rogier

Oude Hortus is an old botanical garden restyled into a beautiful landscape garden. Surrounded by historic buildings, the garden is home to age-old trees, tropical greenhouses, and possibly the best terrace in the city. On my Saturday tour we ususally pay this hidden oasis a visit, join the tour to enter for free!

Niels

I am a scientist by education but what fascinates me most is stories, of all kinds, be it stories of music (at Oude Pothuis, or Plaatboef) or movies (at Louis Hartlooper), novels or history (at Broekmans & Van Poppel).

Favorite restaurant: Jacketz

Arne

I love Utrecht for its many hidden gems. This is windmill De Ster near to where I live. When I’m not working in hostel Strowis, I enjoy mountainbiking in national park Utrechtse Heuvelrug.

Jasper

I like to hang out in Db’s to listen to underground bands and drink nice obscure beers. And Utrecht speelt in De ruimte, where Subcultures (a local board game store) organizes game nights in a medieval basement every monday evening.

Floris

My favorite place in Utrecht is Park Lepelenburg. In summertime you can sit with frat boys on your left and hippies on your right and everyone is getting along. It’s not big and therefore you’ll become short term friends with your neighbors, trading beer and playing football together. Talking about beer; we got some amazing local breweries where you can try their brews, often with a nice meal. Check out Kromme Haring, Oproer, Oudaen and Oliver!

Donna

I love to walk/bike/ride around the city to feel the vibe and see the people living in it. I pass by second hand shops such as De Arm at the Oudegracht to buy stuff that could be considered art or kitsch, preferably both.

Robin

There’s way too many awesome spots in Utrecht to pick but one favorite, but to name a short list: the ever sunny SOIA (the best beach club next to the city centre), Amelisweerd forest (for its lovely views and historic mansions), Centraal Museum (for its constantly changing collection) and of course the many great wine bars scattered across the city!