Dordrecht, my hometown

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Dordrecht is a large city in the Netherlands, about 15 kilometres from Rotterdam. The historic inner city of Dordrecht lies concealed between mighty rivers.  Dordrecht has about 120.000 cityzens.

Dordrecht excists about 1000 years now.  In 1220 the count of Holland granted franchise rights to Dordrecht. It was the first time that he had bestowed this privilege. Dordrecht may call itself the oldest city of 'Holland'.

The inner city has more than 1000 monumental buildings and is the number 8 on the Dutch monumental list. The medieval Grote Kerk of Dordrecht, or Dordrecht Minster is worth a visit. Built in the 11th century. The church is a little bit crooked, which you can see clear from a distance.

Besides historical monuments, there are enough others things you can do, for example: The Dordrechts museum, with a lot of paintings; museum '40-'45, the museum about worldwar 2; a large shopping area.

When you like nature, you will have to go to the National Park de Biesbosch. There are small beaches, a paddling pool, paths for walking and cycling, roller-blade tracks, an 18-hole golf course, a ski slope, a cycle-racing track, a restaurant, a hotel and a survival circuit.

Travelling to and through Dordrecht is easy. Trains stop near the inner city, The bus stops in the inner city.  You can also take the waterbus (a taxi on the water) to Zwijndrecht, Papendrecht and Sliedrecht for a small price. You can also take the fast ferry to Rotterdam.

If you want more information about Dordrecht and its neighbourhood, you can visit www.dordrecht.nl or www.vvvdordrecht.nl.

Since a few months you can also take a tour through Dordrecht on the internet. Unfortunately it's not in English (yet), but there you can see some special places on video in 360 degrees (looks a little bit like google streetview), including restaurants and special events: www.dordrechttoer.nl

 

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Nieuwe Haven
Nieuwe Haven
A harbour in Dordrecht
A harbour in Dordrecht
Kuipershaven
Kuipershaven
Maartensgat
Maartensgat
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city hall
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