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Dordrecht

Visit Holland’s oldest city and enjoy countless monuments and museums, ancient warehouses and the busy merchant streets that commemorate the wealthy history of this city by the water.

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Visit Holland’s oldest city and enjoy countless monuments and museums, ancient warehouses and the busy merchant streets that commemorate the wealthy history of this city by the water.

  • Visit the many monuments such as the Great Church, Het Hof and the old mayor’s house ‘Huis van Gijn’.
  • Take a ‘Rondje Dordt’ walk, and see the inner city harbors, monuments and historic spots.
  • Cycle through the wetlands to the windmills of Kinderdijk and National Park De Biesbosch

History of Dordrecht

Dordrecht obtained city rights as early as 1220, making it the oldest city in Holland. Located in a wetland area with such rivers as the Merwede, Noord and Ouwe Maas, it was an important merchant city with a lively trade in wood, cereals and wine. That history, wealth and culture is still clearly visible. Not only does the historic city center of Dordrecht harbor around 1,000 monuments – they are also splendidly used as restaurants, museums and theatres.

Highlights of Dordrecht

Dordrecht’s rich history is still clearly visible when you walk past the old inner city harbors, monuments and museums of Dordrecht. Absolute must-sees are the Great Church (Grote Kerk), the renowned collection of paintings of the Dordrechts Museum, the gorgeous interior of the old mayor’s house ‘Huis van Gijn’ and the thirteenth-century Augustine monastery ‘Het Hof’. Also highly recommended is the gorgeous view of the rivers’ intersection from the Groothoofd.

Visit Dordrecht

Dordrecht is best discovered on foot. Take the ‘Rondje Dordt’ (Dordrecht Round), for instance, a signposted walk past the inner city harbors, monuments, important historic spots and attractive shopping streets. You can sail through the old harbors on an electric boat, which will take you past houses built in the water and under dark bridges.

Where to go for good food in Dordrecht

At Herberg de Kop van ’t Land (Zeedijk 32), you can enjoy the most delicious of organic products in the middle of nature. If you’re in the mood for something exclusive, Restaurant Blanc (Boomstraat 37) is highly recommended. At Grand Café Dorts Genoegen (Voorstraat 256) you can enjoy a simple, delicious meal in pleasant surroundings.

More in the area

Close to Dordrecht lies the splendid nature reserve National Park De Biesbosch, and the famous windmills of Kinderdijk are also not far away. By bike, these combine very well with a visit to Dordrecht. Not far from Dordrecht you will also find the cosmopolitan port city of Rotterdam, where you can enjoy modern architecture and museums.

Accommodation

Whether you prefer low budget hotels, romantic hotels or boutique hotels, in the heart of the city or just outside the center, you will find a wonderful hotel to suit any preference and budget in Dordrecht. Take a look at the large range of options and book your hotel here!

Editor’s tip

Much of Dordrecht’s historic heritage has been preserved and converted into tourist attractions. Thus, you will find various historic buildings being used as restaurants or shops. A great example is the old water tower, where today you can find the splendid hotel and restaurant Villa Augustus. A very special place to spend the night!

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Villa Augustus

Dordrecht's most noteworthy hotel is located in an old water tower - a unique location close to the old city centre.

Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland

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