Daytrip Dordrecht


Dordrecht is the oldest city of Holland but one of the most energetic. This city was awarded in 2012 with the national event-award. Dordrecht is great for sightseeing, cultural activities and visiting historic buildings.

Start your cycle tour at the Waterbus ferry stop Erasmusbrug (street name “Willemskade”, next to boat tour Spido). This pontoon is also used by the Aqualiner ferries to Katendrecht and port area Heijplaat-RDM. Step on board with your bike and buy a ticket with the steward to get to Dordrecht, your bike is free of charge. Get off at the last stop Dordrecht Merwekade. 

A world size attraction in Dordrecht is Noah’s Ark. The world’s largest wooden ship (300 meters) is located 10 minutes cycling for the Waterbus stop, you can see it when you arrive in Dordrecht. Noah’s Ark is an interactive museum and tells the biblical story of Noah when the world was flooded and animals were taken on board. Noah’s Ark has live animals on board as well! Buy a Waterbus Day Travel Card to get a special discount on the entrance fee.

For the city of Dordrecht, when you exit the ferry, keep the water to your right and you’ll see a white building, which is the “Bellevue Groothoofd” hotel with an amazing terrace at the waterfront. After your coffee step back on the bike and follow the canal in front of you. Here you’ll see old Dutch towing-tugs and on your right is the old storage building “Stockholm” from 1730 with the big red blinds.

Keep following the canal all the way to get to the Big Church of Dordrecht. This church has high tower that gives you an amazing view of the area. Now it’s time for the best local flavors of Dordrecht. Head left to the information centre on the “Spuiboulevard”. Park your bike here and walk around to find the local quality shops in the Vriessestraat. Here’s N’joy, the best chocolates in any shape and flavor. Or go to Rutte & Zn for the best Dutch liquors displayed in a very special way.

Have lunch at Lieskes Lunchroom and head back to your bike to catch the Waterbus to Rotterdam.

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