So there are tours every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. But I’ll be in Utrecht on Monday. Any chance there still is a tour?
How can I be sure if the next tour is really taking place?
All tours are always on!
What language is the tour, and do you also give tours in Spanish/French/Chinese/Limburgs?
All tours are in English (with a slight accent). We can give tours in Dutch on request, but not in any other language.
Is it really free?
Sure, if you want to! Unlike Free Tour organizers you may find in other cities, we are completely independent and non-commercial. Guiding is our hobby. If you liked the tour, you can give us a donation according to your own budget. We will use it to cover our expenses such as this website.
Oh shit, the weather is awful. Think I’d rather stay in…
Check this handy Dutch thing: buienradar. The sun might come out in a few minutes! If not, we can decide together to take a shorter route, or visit some indoor locations. We have never cancelled a tour due to bad weather. If you make sure you dress accordingly, we make sure you still enjoy the tour. Note: in the colder months it’s highly recommended to dress extra warm. The Dutch wind and high humidity can be rather unpleasant and standing still cools you down quickly!
I’m organizing a day out for a group of X people, can we join a Free Tour?
Our tours are free for individuals and small groups. If you’re with 8 people or more, we may not be able to accomodate you on a regular tour. Please contact us beforehand.
Or can we book one of your guides?
Yes, you can send us a message to ask if one of us is available to give a private tour.
Isn’t three hours a bit long to tour a small city like Utrecht?
Honestly, it’s much too short. Utrecht boasts an incredibly rich history and in three hours we can only show you a part of the medieval city. There will usually be a refreshment break half way (ask your guide). But well, if you hate walking, this tour is probably not the right thing for you.
What will we see on the tour?
Way too much to summarize here! But on an average tour, we will visit the central and southern area of the old city: from Domplein to Ledig Erf and back northward to the city hall. Been there before? Don’t worry, even Utrecht born locals have learned lots of new stuff on our tours.
Does the tour include climbing the Dom Tower?
No, climbing the tower is only possible with a guided tour booked at the tourism office or at www.domtoren.nl.
Is the tour always the same?
Not really. We have one ‘standard’ route, but what you will actually see and hear depends on your guide, the weather, perhaps your special requests… And since 2018, every month we run a themed tour. We developped a World War II tour, a dark side of Utrecht tour, a history of the Netherlands tour, and many more. If you’d like to one of join those tours, view our Facebook events or contact us to check when they’re scheduled.
Can I become a guide?
Yes, if you share our passion for the city’s history and for good stories! We are not professionally organized and we don’t offer jobs. Personal initiative, a lot of time investment, and of course verbal communication skills are required. If you’re interested in joining us, just send us a message!