About ArnhemLife

About ArnhemLife

How did we start?

The lack of English information about Arnhem bothered founder Petra Dielman so much she decided to start a blog. In 2016 many beautiful murals appeared in town due to the Sonsbeek transACTION and that’s how the first guided city walk was born.
We started out in 2015 as an English blog about Arnhem but right now, we are so much more!
Our passion is to share information for people who have an interest in Arnhem: expats, tourists, students, and locals. The way we like to share this information the most is via guided city tours. The tours that we offer are well suited for corporate events, schools, friends or family meet-ups.
We can tailor make any tour to fit your needs. For example, a client wanted an Arnhem bus tour for his group of a 100 people so we made one for him (now available for you!). We also wanted tours in Leiden and Maastricht. Not a problem for us, we listen to your requests and make the best tour possible, just for you.
Do you want us to add your bar/restaurant/museum/hotel/shop to the website or do you have an upcoming event? Let us know via arnhemlife@gmail.com and we’ll get in touch with you.

Our tour guides

Hi, I’m Petra Dielman, founder of ArnhemLife. When you book a tour or have a question, it’s most likely me who will answer you. I love taking care of people and strive for the best customer service possible. I’m proud of the reviews we’ve collected over the years and hope you’ll leave one too after booking one of our tours! I’m also an Airbnb host, am part of the grout that decides on the street names of Arnhem and love to travel whenever I can.

My name is Mabel and I’m proud to be able to promote Arnhem as I think it’s one of the nicest cities in the Netherlands. I came to Arnhem after I lived in Barcelona for 8,5 years. The people in Arnhem are still very nice and helpful and the city has lots to offer. One of my favourite places is the small beach at the river Rhine, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the city’s riverbank.

My name is Yadi Dragtsma, 39 years old and living in Arnhem since 2005. I follow the German teacher training course in Nijmegen and in my free time I do volunteer work, visit Arnhem events and get involved with local politics. It’s not only great to promote your home, it also gives me the opportunity to hone my skills as a teacher. What could be more fun than putting your language knowledge into practice in this way?

I am René Gademann and I love Arnhem. Arnhem is, of course, the city of ‘the Battle’ and capital of the largest province in the Netherlands.
There are stories to tell about the stones of the city. There are secrets, places where the neighbours sometimes do not even know they exist. For example, the Spijkerbuurt district has its secret gardens, tranquil oases in the twenty-first century. I would like to show you them as long as you promise to keep them a secret.

Hi! I’m Renée Shortz, I’m originally from the USA but have lived in the Netherlands since 1994 (in the West) and in Arnhem since 2006. Shortly after moving here I decided that getting out on my bike was the best way of discovering my new city. To this day I still bike everywhere and absolutely love what Arnhem has to offer – green parks, bridges, dykes, history and hidden gems along the way.

Hello I’m Anne. I really like to give people new information in combination with a nice walk! The groups are always different so I never know how it will run, it is very diverse. My tip in Arnhem is Stella by Starlight, a restaurant/pub a few minutes walk from Arnhem Central Station. The atmosphere is very nice!

Hi there! My name is Franka and because of my interest in the city, I started as a blogger for ArnhemLife. I am born in Oosterbeek so I see Arnhem as my hometown and I love living here. In my social network, I am well known as ‘the girl who knows all the restaurants in Arnhem’ and I can definitely call going out for dinner and checking out new spots as one of my biggest hobbies. Besides that, I love to spend time in nature as well and Arnhem has some good places. Meinerswijk for example, crossing the Rhine on the ferry (only in summer) and go for a walk in this peaceful piece of nature just outside of the city centre.
I have some foreign friends and when they visit me I love to be their tour guide.

We are always looking for people who’d like to join our team as a guide. A few requirements are that you are comfortable speaking in front of a group, that you have a connection to Arnhem and you have a positive, fun way about you. Do feel free to contact us via info@ArnhemLife.com. Include why you’d like to be a tour guide and what your skills are.

This website is still under construction. We work hard on completing it with more blogs and information about Arnhem. The page with our tour guides is also far from complete! Soon we’ll add our other 10+ tour guides on this page also.



      Arnhem is one big open air gallery! I have lived in the city for ten years now, but I did not notice those fine mural art until Petra showed me around. I can recommend it abolutely.

    thumb Ben S