This winter season: themed tours

Explore unknown sides of Utrecht

Open to all

No need to sign up – all individuals and small groups who show up can join!

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All about our tours

In 2012 we were the first to offer 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.


We’re awaiting easing of covid restrictions for our themed tours to continue. Check the full schedule here. Weekly regular tours resume again in spring.

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Meet us at the base of the Dom Tower, at the side of the square. Your guide will be wearing a red shirt or sweater and carrying a sign with our logo. get directions

How to join

For individuals and small groups, it‘s not necessary to reserve a spot. But if you want to join with a group of more than 5 people, please contact us at least a day in advance!

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Our tours take around 2.5 hours. We’ll evade busy shopping streets and visit quiet, authentic parts of the old city that remain undiscovered by most visitors.

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“I’ve taken 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 Frequently Asked Questions first if you have a question about our tours. If you have an urgent question, it’s better to send us a Facebook message.

This is us


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.


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!


One of my favourite spots in Utrecht is the Wilhelminapark. Particularly in the summer months, there’s nothing quite so relaxing as lying on the grass by the water and watching the world go by. It’s a little way out of the city centre, but it’s well worth the walk.


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!


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.


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!


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


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!