Free tour of the city
You’ve probably heard of free tours that are being organised in big cities such as London, Prague or Amsterdam, but did you know this also exists in Utrecht? And why would it not? The city has so many hidden gems and secrets which you will all discover during one of Utrecht’s free tours. The tours are given by locals that are experts of the city and that want to share their knowledge with others. Now if you’ve been living in Utrecht for a while, you’ll probably think you don’t need a tour because you know the city like the back of your hand. But do you really? I mean, do you know why Italians used to think the pope of Utrecht was lame? And where poor people were hidden in the city? And by the way, are you an Utrechter or an Utrechtenaar? For answers to these questions as well as many more, join one of the city’s free tours! Check hwww.utrechtfreetours.nl for more information.
Cultural Sundays (or “culturele zondagen” in Dutch) are cultural events organised by a team of volunteers in Utrecht. The events occur on Sundays, and are totally free. Examples of these cultural events are talent battles, theater shows, science workshops, and of course concerts. Check the calendar on www.culturelezondagen.nl.
Spending time in a park
Utrecht has several great parks in which you can have a picknick with your friends, walk around to clear your head, sit on a bench and read a book, or take beautiful nature pictures. The best parks in Utrecht are Wilhelminapark, (“most beautiful park in Utrecht” according to Tripadvisor) Griftpark, Julianapark, and not to forget, the beautiful Harry Potter-looking garden next to the Dom (see picture below)!
Free in Utrecht and the rest of the country: Transportation!
One of the perks of being a Dutch student (yes, you do need to have the Dutch nationality for this) is that you get to have free transportation in the entire country (including buses, trains, trams and metros) either during the week or on the weekends. Your choice. I have never heard of any other country offering this to its students. Since Utrecht is so centrally located in the Netherlands, it does not take that long to get to any other Dutch city. So whenever you and your friends have an afternoon off, go to the train station and hop on the first train that leaves! It’s totally free and you get to visit new places every time!