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Dordrecht: a surprising city break in the Netherlands

Indian summer is the ideal time for a fun city break in the Netherlands. Dordrecht is a surprising destination in its own country. A beautiful historic city by the water.

Packed with culture and nature! Discover the history of Dordrecht and unwind in the beautiful Biesbosch.

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Get the most out of your city break with the Dordrecht travel guide

The Dordrecht travel guide is packed with culinary tips, places to stay in a special way, an exclusive monumental walking route and much more. It is easy to use on your phone. Start enjoying your surprising city trip in the Netherlands! 

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The travel guide is also available for €2 at the tourist information office.

Dordrecht City Guide

Transportation to and in Dordrecht during your city break

Dordrecht is easy to reach: you can get there by car, train, bus, bicycle and by water. Dordrecht lies on the A16 motorway between Breda and Rotterdam and is also quickly accessible via the A15. The centre is only a 5-minute walk from the Central Station, which is also where the Merwede Lingelijn of Qbuzz stops. Snelfietsroute F16 runs through Dordrecht and there are several paid and secure bicycle parking facilities in the centre. There are several ferry services and water buses to Dordrecht. 

Dordrecht, with its car-free inner city, is an ideal cycling city. Unisex 7-gear bicycles (€12.50 per day, deposit €45) and e-bikes (€26 per day, deposit €65) including accessories such as a bicycle bag can be rented from the VVV. The more days you rent the bike, the cheaper it gets! We recommend cycling through Dordrecht during your surprising city break in the Netherlands.

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Antique shops

In Dordrecht, there are a lot of antique stores in the historic inner city and many antique treasures can be found. To make finding something even easier, several antique markets are also organized. Like the art, antiques and curiosities market around the Nieuwkerk on the Nieuwkerksplein. There are as many as 40 stalls here and there is a cozy terrace where snacks and drinks are available. There is also live music to enjoy. Next market is on 2 October from 10:00 - 17:00. 

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Also fun during your city break Dordrecht

Photo Ruud Baan Cuyp Dordrechts Museum

Dordrechts Museum

Nature - sailing

Biesbosch National Park

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Bird watching in the New Dordt Biesbosch

From Dordrecht, you can easily reach the Nieuwe Dordtse Biesbosch, a beautiful piece of nature to visit during your city break in the Netherlands. An enchanting piece of nature and the place to be for birdwatchers. The Nieuwe Dordtse Biesbosch is easy to reach by bicycle. The crystal clear waters with an active marine life attract all kinds of birds to this area. As always, the birds will be calmer in the morning and evening and can be admired more closely than during the busy daytime hours. The birds can be captured beautifully and it is a favourite area for walkers and birdwatchers.

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Monuments walking route

With more than 1,000 monuments in Dordrecht, you will never be bored. The city breathes a rich history. Dordrecht received its first city rights in 1220 and is therefore the oldest city in Holland. A special monumental walking route will guide you through the history of Dordrecht. Via 15 highlighted monuments, you will discover that that Dordrecht was an important trading city, you will learn about the background of the many almshouses and hear the special stories behind characteristic buildings. Walk the route and be amazed by the rich history of Dordrecht. The entire route can be found in the Dordrecht travel guide!

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Events in Dordrecht

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Record Fair

Sun May 28, 2023 10:00 a.m.
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Sun May 28, 2023 10:00 a.m.
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Nobels' Pentecost Breakfast

Mon, 29 May 2023 09:30
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Four-day bike ride RondUitDordrecht

di May 30, 2023 - Fri Jun 2, 2023
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Sat Jun 3, 2023 10:00 a.m.
Theatre performances

Culture on the Corner/Amateur Arts Day

Sat Jun 3, 2023 11:00 a.m.

Art Tour Dordt

The Kunstrondje Dordt is a walk through the historic city centre past the many galleries, art and antique shops, antiquarian bookstores and museums in Dordrecht. There are about 60 shops and institutions, affiliated to the Dordtse Vereniging van Kunst- en Antiekhandelaren, within walking distance of each other in the centre. You will find old and modern art, classic design, antiques, brocante, (antiquarian) books and much more. The route is available at the VVV tourist office. The opening hours of the shops differ, but every first Sunday of the month, they are open exclusively for the Kunstrondje Dordt. A perfect time to visit Dordrecht during your fun city break in the Netherlands! 

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