10 Things to Do in Dordrecht That You Shouldn't Miss

September 12, 2017 Margarita Chappel

Dordrecht (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɔrdrɛxt] ( listen)), colloquially Dordt ([dɔrt]), historically in English named Dort, is a city and municipality in the Western Netherlands, located in the province of South Holland. It is the fourth-largest city of the province, with a population of 118,450. The municipality covers the entire Dordrecht Island, also often called Het Eiland van Dordt ("the Island of Dordt"), bordered by the rivers Oude Maas, Beneden Merwede, Nieuwe Merwede, Hollands Diep, and Dordtsche Kil. Dordrecht is the largest and most important city in the Drechtsteden and is also part of the Randstad, the main conurbation in the Netherlands. Dordrecht is the oldest city in Holland and has a rich history and culture.
Restaurants in Dordrecht

1. Huis Van Gijn

Nieuwe Haven 29/30, 3311 AP Dordrecht, The Netherlands +31 78 770 8709
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4.5 based on 194 reviews

Huis Van Gijn

Reviewed By Robert H - Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Some of Holland's gentry, tradesmen, bankers, apparantly could compete with say contemporary Italian nobles. Here you can see what their house in Holland looked like. How to enjoy wealth when your calvinistic Dutch mentality tells you not to show off and you do not have a family owned castle? Here is the answer.

2. Grote Kerk

Lange Geldersekade 2, 3311 CJ Dordrecht, The Netherlands +31 78 614 4660
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4.5 based on 326 reviews

Grote Kerk

Reviewed By BenYorkie - Malaysia

Why has it taken us 30+ years to visit Dordrecht and discover the delights and charms of the old city centre. It's a wonderful city with a rich history and there is a really inspiring time just strolling around the old streets, squares and canals to soak in the atmosphere and learn a little of the history here.
And the Grote Kerk is one of the most splendid buildings in Dordrecht - an icon, Magnificent in both its interior and exterior. We were intrigued by the size of the structure and wondered how they managed to get in the foundations for such a huge building in what must be difficult sub-soils. Any way - they did it and we all can visit this great church. Try the top of the tower as well - magnificent views.

3. Dordrechts Museum

Museumstraat 40, 3311 XP Dordrecht, The Netherlands +31 78 770 4513
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4.5 based on 278 reviews

Dordrechts Museum

Six centuries of Dutch paintings. A rich collection and temporary Exhibitions, a high quality restaurant and a well stored museumshop. Well worth a visit.

Reviewed By travfirst - Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Interesting to learn more about works of local Dordrecht Dutch masters (Ary Scheffer, his brother Hendrik Scheffer, and others). There are famous Rembrandt’s works on display.
I loved the area dedicated for children to make their own art. Marvelous idea
Admission is free with Museumkaart.

Stadhuisplein 1, 3311 CR Dordrecht, The Netherlands +31 78 770 5141
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4 based on 74 reviews

Stadhuis Van Dordrecht

Reviewed By BenYorkie - Malaysia

This is a magnificent building - one of several in this quaint old historical town of Dordrecht.
In fact the square around the Stafhuis is full of interesting old buildings, each with some historical importance. The nearby canal offers an opportunity but to stand, do nothing and just watch life going by both in the square, on the canal itself and on the steps of the Stadhuis.
A great building.

5. Het Hof van Nederland

Hof 6, 3311 XG Dordrecht, The Netherlands +31 78 770 8708
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Het Hof van Nederland

Reviewed By Ronald_jelle - The Hague, The Netherlands

This museum houses some old objects, but it is relatively empty. it has more to do with the interaction... all kinds of displays etc. that can be touched and opened... It has an interesting film about an historic event that took place in Dordrecht during the independence struggle against the Spanish... here they mixed the old and the new, very funny and interesting at the same time.
It is interesting, but a bit too empty for my taste, still you could say it is the best museum for children out of the ones that I have seen in Dordrecht today.

6. Standbeeld gebroeders De Witt

Visstraat, 3300 AA Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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4 based on 75 reviews

Standbeeld gebroeders De Witt

Reviewed By Solodam J - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

These two brothers were very important figure in the Dutch politic during the Dutch Golden Age. The story behind this statue might be interesting. When you're walking around in the city centre of Dordrecht, you'll find this statue. You can't miss it.

7. Groothoofdspoort

Palingstraat 2, 3311 BM Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Groothoofdspoort

Reviewed By Ronald_jelle - The Hague, The Netherlands

This is the only remaining citygate in Dordrecht... the foundations of this gate date back from the fourteenth century, but it's current state and look dates back from the 17th century. It is different from any other city gate that I have seen in the Netherlands, both in colour and with it's decorations... This really is a must see!. not only for the Gate itself, but also this point of town with a great view on the water and all the terraces/ restaurants/ cafes that are there. The Gate is currently part of a Hotel/ Restaurant, but you can still see it and go under it without having to go and eat there.
Without having seen this city gate your day in Dordrecht would not have been complete!.

8. Distillery Rutte

Vriesestraat 130, 3311 NS Dordrecht, The Netherlands +31 78 613 4467
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Distillery Rutte

Our spirits today are the result of seven generations of Rutte fathers meticulously teaching their sons the art of distilling, always with a passion for craft. We still hand-make our gins and genevers in the same tiny back-room where our founder, Simon Rutte, concocted his first spirits back in 1872. Simon, with access to exotic spices and fruits from the Dutch East Indies, put them to good use in the still. Soon his spirits were so popular that he transformed the family’s café out front into a liquor store. Thus, Rutte was born. We haven’t changed much since our origination. The family’s former living room continues to welcome guests as Rutte’s tasting room. Mini tasting: Every Friday and Saterday at 15.00 and 16.00 hours. Duration 25 minutes, includes a tour and little tasting

Reviewed By 65Antonia - Dordrecht, The Netherlands

One of the unique Distilleries in the Netherlands and quite renowned among people in the know. Be sure to visit this place and take a liquor of your liking. You can also have a tasting.

9. Museum 1940-1945

Nieuwe Haven 27/28, 3311 AP Dordrecht, The Netherlands +31 78 613 0172
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Museum 1940-1945

Reviewed By JZHendry - Cardiff, United Kingdom

A small but excellently laid out museum with many objects relating to the Second World War. The exhibits were all clearly labelled, many in English as well as Dutch, and there was a vast collection of photographs and two screens showing footage of the war. The entrance fee (2 euros @ November 2014) was very cheap and we certainly felt we'd got our money's worth.

10. Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum

Burgemeester de Raadtsingel 97, 3311 JG Dordrecht, The Netherlands +31 78 632 6820
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4 based on 48 reviews

Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum

Reviewed By WorldTravelOne - Breukelen Ut

This museum is relatively new (2015), but it tells the history of education in the Netherlands with something for all ages. Younger children will have a ball to see how their parents or grandparents used to be disciplined. Older generations will remember (part) of it and it will put a smile on their face as well.

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