General information

Discover the city of Rietveld, de modern pearls in the historic innercity, the extensive bicylcle network, the iconic architecture in Utrecht Science Park and the latest projects in the Central Station Area. AORTA introduces you to the highlights of contemporary architecture and urban developments in Utrecht. Book one of our thematic tours or compose your own unique tour through the city.


For visitors, schools and companies we organise walking and bike tours through several interesting parts of Utrecht. During these tours our professional guides lead you past highlights of modern architecture and urban design. In a number of tours it is possible to visit one or more buildings inside and experience the full architectural design. You will find more information about our thematic tours and the buildings you can visit, in the menu on the right side of this page.

Custom made tours

Do you have specific wishes for a tour, for instance a specific (development) area, building or theme we do not offer in our regular tours?  We are happy to organise a (unique) tailor-made tour in cooperation with you. Indicate this in the registration form custom made tours and we will contact you. 


Our passionate guides have a professional background in several disciplines such as architecture, architectural history, social geography, engineering or landscape architecture. They will provide extensive background information on historical, architectural and town-planning developments.


All AORTA tours are suitable for secondary and higher education classes. In this case we advise a duration per tour of no more than 1,5 hours. 


Most of our tours are available in Dutch and English. German is optional for a small number of tours. Please contact us for more details.


The number of participants for a walking tour is at least 10 and has a maximum of 20. For a bike tour the number of participants is limited to 10. You can easily book one of more extra tours for extra participants. Please mention the total number of participants at the application form and we suggest the number of guides needed.


The price of the tours depends on the number of participants, the duration and any additional customization. Rates are from € 12.50 per person with a minimum of 10 people. View the full price overview.

Education discount

We offer a 10% discount for tours requested by recognized educational institutions.

Book a tour

If you intend to book a tour, please fill out the application form for the specific tour. You will receive a copy of your request by email. A more detailed reaction will follow in a few days. As soon as a guide is available and -if applicabel- we are allowed to visit the buildings you requested, we will send you a confirmation and an invoice. Or fill out the registration form custom made tours if you are interested in a unique tour that meets your specific wishes.

Terms and conditions

All tours are offered under the terms and conditions of AORTA.


For more information on tours and bookings you can reach us by mail: or by phone: +31 (0)30 2321686 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.



AORTA is the centre for urban development, architecture and related disciplines in the Utrecht region. We address and promote the lastest developments concearning planning, design and building activities in the city and surrounding area. We focus on current topics like; sustainability, energy, healthy urban living and mobility. During the year we organise several activities for professionals and the general public, such as tours, workshops, research through design, lectures and the annual Day of Architecure in June.