Guided city history tour

Historische rondleiding
University Hall

Utrecht University runs a programme of guided city tours, led by a team of enthusiastic student guides, that give a glimpse into the history of the university.

What was life like for students in past times? And where did their professors conduct their lectures? How has the character and the function of the university changed over the centuries? Interesting anecdotes and dramatic stories recounted by your student guide will answer these questions and many more over the course of the tour.


On the morning of 26 March 1636 a solemn procession made its way through the streets of Utrecht. Leading it were five bailiffs, each carrying silver mace, followed by the beadle of the university, also bearing a mace and garbed in a mantle embroidered with the name of the university in silver letters. Walking in the rest of this prominent cortege were the Rector Magnificus and the professors in their togas, the sheriff, two of the city’s burgomasters and a handful of attendants. Accompanied by the pealing bells of the Dom tower, they finally arrived at the cathedral – the Dom – where Utrecht’s provincial representatives to the States-General signed the charter founding the new university. Utrecht University was born. That evening, to mark the event, the city's civic guard fired off a celebratory salvo that was heard far and wide in the region.

The guided tour stops at various spots of interest, giving participants a glimpse of the events that have shaped our university since that festive day.

Duration: Approx. 1 hour
Group size: at most 15
Cost: € 100,-
Assembly point: University Hall entrance
Language: Dutch or English (€ 5,- additional costs)

Note: In case you don't have a group to join, individual registration is also possible. You will be put on a subscription list and will be contacted when enough interest has been shown.


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