One of the first thing I did after I arrived in the city of Leeuwarden, was to make my way through the charming city center to get to a meeting place for a FREE walking tour.
There is no better way to get to know a city than through the eyes of a local! I was really keen to know Leeuwarden beyond its tourist attractions. So I joined the FREE Leeuwarden walking tour given by A Guide To Leeuwarden. The tour is FREE, but everyone is encouraged to show your appreciation by giving a donation according to your own budget. Fair enough.
The English tour group on that day was small with only 9 people and a dog, from New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands and Singapore (me!). Our tour guide for the day was Marcel; born and raised Leeuwarder. He was enthusiastic and spoke excellent English. He told us about the back stories of Leeuwarden inner city, showed us the numerous wall art and graffito along the way, enlightened us the city’s historical monuments, took us to visit churches, almshouses and so much more. Our tour lasted nearly 2 hours. It was absolutely enjoyable! A great way to get my bearings in a new city.
The English walking tour is happening every Saturday at 12 noon while the Dutch language tour is conducted every Friday at 3pm and Saturday at 12 noon. The starting point of this tour is next to the De Oldehove (the leaning tower) at the Oldehoofsterkerkhof. In case of events happening at Oldehoofsterkerkhof, the meeting place is across the square below the mural of Maria Louise at De Brasserie. The tour generally takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. No reservation required. Just turn-up and join in the group. Why not?
A private tour is possible everyday of the week in English, Dutch, German or Spanish. Check the website for other tours such as Leeuwarden Beer Tour or Leeuwarden Street Art Tour.