With historical architecture and small town charm, Dordrecht is a picturesque waterside city located on an island in the Netherlands. Thanks to the confluence of rivers surrounding it, the city is home to a historic inner harbour and age-old port just waiting to be explored.
Things to do in Dordrecht
Dordrecht city centre should be your first stop, found at the intersection of the Oude Maas, Noord and Merwede rivers. Those interested in the city’s history can head to the historic courtyard of Het Hof to learn about how Holland declared independence from Spain in the mid-16th century.
The history tour continues with a visit to Grote Kerk, where you can admire a towering 14th-century church. Inside climb the 275 steps to the top for a panoramic view over the city. Just around the corner from the church sits the Dordrechts Museum which boasts local artwork dating back to the 16th century.
When it comes to dining in Dordrecht, Villa Augustus is a popular eatery amongst locals. Enjoy a gastronomic experience dining on fresh local seafood and wood-fired pizzas before retiring to the nearby Wantji Park for an evening stroll.
Outdoor lovers can take a 15-minute drive south of the city to explore the National Park De Biesbosch, one of the largest national parks in the Netherlands. With an array of wetlands and waterways, the park is home to a colourful display of flora and fauna where visitors can enjoy hiking, biking or kayaking around the area.
Getting around Dordrecht
The city is located just a 30-minute drive south of Rotterdam and is easily accessible by car or public transport. The city itself is fairly walkable, though many locals whizz around on bicycles which can be hired from locations around the city.