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Things to do in Dordrecht

With its fairy tale buildings, scenic green spaces, winding rivers, and relaxed atmosphere, Dordrecht has a traditional feel that is different to many Dutch cities and offers visitors a calm and laidback holiday option.

Despite its small town vibe, there are plenty of things to do in Dordrecht that are guaranteed to keep you busy during your trip, and as it is just a 30 minute drive from the port in Rotterdam you can be exploring in no time. 

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Tour boat in Dordrecht, Netherlands

About the city

Architecture in Dordrecht The streets of Dordrecht are lined with houses that date back to the 17th century, which give this city a traditional feel, and the Nieuwkerk, which has been standing since 1175, is a testament to how well the buildings here have survived throughout the years.

Visit the most striking building in the city, the Grote Kerk, whose original Renaissance choir stalls and copper and marble pulpit reflect the colours of the stunning neo-gothic stained windows. For fantastic views of Dordrecht, climb the unfinished leaning tower that reaches 108 meters and see the city from a new perspective.

Groothoofdspoort, the city gate, crosses 3 rivers and is a site not to be missed when you visit Dordrecht. To get a real insight into the oldest city in the Netherlands, take a walking tour with a local guide who will show you historic points of interest and uncover centuries of history.

The last windmill in Dordrecht, Kyck over den Dyck, is another remarkable piece of architecture that is definitely worth a visit. For a truly stunning scene, venture out to the surrounding wetlands to see the mills of Kinderdijk. The 19 structures built in 1740 are one of the Netherlands UNESCO world heritage sites and boast many original features.
 
Beautiful architecture in Dortdrecht, Netherlands

De Biesbosch National Park in the Netherlands

Explore a beautiful park

Dordrecht is home to a number of parks that are perfect for wandering around once you have admired the city’s impressive architecture.

National Park de Biesbosch, just 10-minutes’ drive from the centre of Dordrecht, is one of the largest national parks in the Netherlands. With 90 square kilometres of twisting waterways, lakes and marshes to explore, you can stick to walking routes through the wetlands, or opt for cycling, hiking and horse riding across drier land.

Wantijpark is the place to head if you are looking for a green space in the centre of the city. This park has wooded areas, natural ponds, and landscaped paths, making it a great place to relax. Once you’ve built up an appetite exploring, sit down and enjoy a meal with a view on the terrace of the park’s restaurant.

 

Activities in Dordrecht

If you fancy getting active during your time in Dordrecht there are lots of fun options to choose from. For example, explore Biesbosch Park by paddling around in a kayak and travel around winding creeks where you might spot a beaver or two! The park has three routes to choose from, including a 2-hour beginner route and the opportunity to head to stretches of open water.

Those who love winter sports will enjoy spending time at the SkiCentrum Drechtsteden, an artificial ski slope where you can choose to ski or snowboard down tubing lanes. Beginners can take part in lessons before they tackle the slope, and if you already have experience you can go off on your own.

Go-Kart-In is the perfect place to head to on a rainy day as it offers indoor go-karting, bowling, and laser games. Its go-kart track is 440m long and offers a great opportunity to get competitive with those that you are travelling with.

 
Biesbosch Nature Reserve in the Netherlands

Boat tour in Dordrecht, Netherlands

Go on a boat tour

For the chance to see Dordrecht from a different viewpoint, take a Dordtevaar boat trip around the canals on a 1-hour guided tour. This trip will take you to places that are only accessible via these specially designed open-top boats, and you’ll be able to learn lots about the city as you float around the waterways.

You definitely won’t be disappointed with all of these great things to do in Dordrecht, so book your crossing to the Netherlands today and start planning your exciting getaway.

 

Wantijpark is the place to head if you are looking for a green space in the centre of the city. This park has wooded areas, natural ponds, and landscaped paths, making it a great place to relax.

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