Dordrecht Holland's oldest city
Highlights of Dordrecht
Tips for a day out
VVV Tourist Guide
Practical information Free publication from VVV Zuid-Holland Zuid
COLOPHON Publisher VVV Zuid-Holland Zuid Edited by VVV Zuid-Holland Zuid and Dordrecht Marketing Translations Foppen Vertalingen, Dordrecht Photography Dordrecht marketing, VVV Zuid-Holland Zuid Marco de Nood, Fokko van der Straaten, Nationaal Park De Biesbosch, Mascha Joustra, Linette van Gameren Design Backdoor graphics, Breda Printed by Control Media, Essen (Belgien) Copies 3.000
INFORMATION VVV At the VVV (Tourist Information Office), you can find tourist and recreational information concerning the Dordrecht region and the rest of the Netherlands, brochures, (bicycle) maps and street maps, accommodation and places of interest. You can also reserve an overnight stay in a hotel or a B&B.
This brochure has been prepared with great care. However, liability with respect to changes or incompleteness cannot be accepted.
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VVV/intree Dordrecht Spuiboulevard 99 3311 GN Dordrecht 0900-463 6888 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vvvdordrecht.nl. Opening hours: Tue-Fri: 09:00-18:00 Sat: 10:00-17:00 14/10-14/4 Mon: 12:00-18:00 21/4-13/10 Mon: 10:00-18:00 First and last Sunday of the month: 12:00-17:00 National holidays: see website
TABLE OF CONTENTS
See them all: Monuments
12 Come and see: Unique
the waterside city
18 Green in and around the city: Nature
13 Experience Dordrecht: Do
15 Window 06 Things not to miss: Highlights
A long story: History
shopping and buying: Shopping
eating and drinking: Hotels, restaurants, bars
How do I get there? Accessibility
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DORDRECHT, THE WATERSIDE CITY
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DORDRECHT, THE WATERSIDE CITY
Dordrecht, terside city
Holland's eldest city is located on an island, surrounded by wide rivers. Around one thousand monuments, historic inner city harbours and a fantastic atmosphere determine the character of this age-old port. Dordrecht is easy to access by both car and public transport. The historic city centre can be found at the intersection of the rivers the Oude Maas, Noord and Merwede. The nature of the Biesbosch holds sway over the green rural area around Dordrecht.
Visit: Step 1
Visit the Intree Dordrecht visitors' information centre at Spuiboulevard 99. The VVV [Tourist Information Office] will offer you a warm welcome and provide all the information you need about the city. The VVV shop sells books, maps, city walks and souvenirs. Various free brochures are available. Intree Dordrecht offers audio-visual presentations, an interactive scale model of the city, seats, free Wi-Fi and an informative exhibition. You can also pay a visit to the basement where you can see â€˜The treasures of Dordrechtâ€™.
Visit: Step 2
Would you like to know more? www.vvvdordrecht.nl
This brochure gives an impression of the history of the city, the greatest monuments, the places of interest that you should not miss, the museums, the hotels and restaurants and the nature on the island. It also points out the things you should not miss if you are here for a short (day) visit and the other things to discover if you have somewhat more time. Consult the table of contents for a rapid overview or get inspiration by scrolling through this brochure. Addresses and opening hours are at the back, you can find a map on page 20 of this brochure. CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT 05
THINGS NOT TO MISS: HIGHLIGHTS
Things not to miss:
Highlights What shouldn't you miss when visiting Dordrecht? First visit the places that determine the character and skyline of the city. • Historic harbours • Groothoofd • Grote Kerk • Het Hof • Huis van Gijn • Dordrechts Museum • 1600 monuments • Events 06 CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT
Dordrecht has havens [harbours], but no canals. The Voorstraatshaven forms the backbone of the old city. Graceful bridges connect the Voorstraat and the Wijnstraat, streets that lie on either side of the water. To effectively handle trade, the Nieuwe Haven (1410) and the Wolwevershaven (1609) were created, followed later by the Maartensgat and the Kalkhaven. The unchanged attractive harbour quarter with its warehouses, merchants' mansions, quays and - now - pleasure boats is found between the Grote Kerk and Groothoofd.
The much-praised view of the three-river point at the Groothoofd is at your feet if you walk from the inner city through the Groothoofdspoort gate. In the past, this was the most important mooring for ships. The Groothoofdspoort gate, the main city gate, determines together with the Grote Kerk the skyline of the city from the water. The rivers the Oude Maas, Beneden Merwede and Noord converge at Dordrecht at Europe's busiest river confluence: a place where you never need to be bored.
The Grote Kerk, the Great Church, is the most well-known monument of Dordrecht and a landmark in the city. A striking feature is the leaning tower, which houses the 67-bell carillon.
THINGS NOT TO MISS: HIGHLIGHTS The church is built on the site of an early medieval chapel and assumed its current form at the end of the fifteenth century. Things that stand out in the interior of the late gothic church are the choir stalls decorated with carving, the brass choir screen, the mahogany pulpit, the organ, the chapels and the stained-glass windows. The Mariakoor with its star vault is the oldest part of the church.
In the Middle Ages, Het Hof was the most important Augustinian monastery in the Northern Netherlands. What remains are the main building with the refectory, the sleeping quarters and the crypts. In 1572, an important meeting was held in Het Hof of the cities of Holland that revolted against King Philip II of Spain. Their decision led to the independent Republic of the United Netherlands. After being renovated and restored, Het Hof will be reopened at the end of 2014 with a contemporary presentation of the history of Dordrecht, an exhibition hall and a reading room.
Huis van Gijn
Everyone can roam through the former residence of Simon van Gijn, because it is now a museum. Here you can see how this nineteenth century collector and art lover lived with his wife. He purchased the prominent building on the Nieuwe Haven in 1864 and created various period rooms. His collection includes model ships, porcelain, glass, silver, furniture, prints and paintings. Antique toys are on display in the attic. In this domestic museum, the linen hangs on the washing line, the dinner table is set with attractive crockery and the copper pans gleam in the kitchen.
Early and contemporary artwork is housed in a historic building with a modern wing on the Museumstraat: the Dordrechts Museum. It is the treasure house of Dutch painting from 1600 onwards. Of course, works from famous Dordrecht painters including Aelbert Cuyp are on display. The museum has a restaurant with a terrace on the garden
side, a museum shop and a film and concert hall. Exhibitions are held and activities arranged for children and adults regularly. The permanent collection is always on display.
Dordrecht has almost 900 listed buildings, 700 municipal monuments and a large number of striking buildings. Extraordinary facades, residences, churches and other buildings can mainly be found in the historic inner city and the surrounding nineteenth century ring of buildings. See page 10 for some extraordinary monuments.
Large and small events ensure a feeling of vitality in the city. On the first Sunday of July, the most attractive antiquarian and second-hand books can be bought from the more than 550 stalls of the Dordtse Boekenmarkt [Dordrecht Book Market]. The Big Rivers music festival in July offers a swinging summer weekend with performances on podiums in the inner city. In the second weekend of September, historic buildings and museums can be visited for free during the Open Monumentendagen [Open Monument Days]. In December, the Christmas Market creates a great Christmas atmosphere in the historic inner city. Up-to-date information concerning events can be found on the VVV website.
Would you like to know more? www.vvvdordrecht.nl www.grotekerk-dordrecht.nl www.huisvangijn.nl
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A LONG STORY: HISTORY
A long story:
Almost one thousand years ago, the first inhabitants of Dordrecht came to live on the banks of the Thuredrith river. In the early Middle Ages, Dordrecht grew from being a simple settlement into the most powerful mercantile city of Holland. There are many stories to tell about Dordrecht's long history. You can find a few below. 08 CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT
Dordrecht arose in the water-rich area on the banks of the Thuredrith river. The favourable location at an intersection of trade routes, mainly over water, accelerated the development of the city. In 1220, the count of Holland bestowed city rights on a residential area for the first time. This was Dordrecht, the first city of Holland.
Medieval city with 'staple rights'
Dordrecht received more privileges. The most important was the 'stapelrecht' [staple rights]. All ships that transported goods over the water were obliged to store and trade them in Dordrecht. The city grew, first along the raised embankments of the river Thuredrith, which is now the Voorstraatshaven. Later, warehouses and merchants' houses were built on the sandbanks outside of the city. Here, the Nieuwe Haven and the Wolwevershaven were created. The city became prosperous and influential.
A LONG STORY: HISTORY
Grain, wood, sugar and wine were important commodities. The winding Wijnstraat, the Wijnhaven and the wine warehouses are reminders of the flourishing wine trade. Wine sellers, timber merchants and owners of breweries and sugar refineries lived in prominent houses along the Wijnstraat and Groenmarkt. Along the Voorstraatshaven, there are jetties where ships moored to unload their cargoes.
St. Elisabeth flood
The water brought not only prosperity, it also regularly caused problems: floods and burst dykes. In 1421, disaster struck. The St. Elisabeth flood caused extensive flooding around Dordrecht. Some of this area was later reclaimed and enclosed by dykes, a large area developed into the Biesbosch. The forces of nature changed the landscape for ever, but the city was spared. Trade steadily recovered and attracted merchants and craftsmen from Germany, Flanders and England.
The birth of the Netherlands
Dordrecht also played an important role in the area of politics. In 1572, twelve cities of Holland met in secret in Dordrecht to join forces to resist Spanish rule. They supported William of Orange by funding an army and acknowledged him as their only stadtholder. The First Assembly of the Free States, held in Het Hof, marks the beginning of an independent Dutch state. Dordrecht is the city where The Netherlands was born.
The Dordrecht Synod
The Synod of Dordrecht was held in 1618/1619 to put an end to the religious disputes within the protestant church. The results of this important national synod were the Dordrecht principles and the order to make the first Dutch translation of the bible. This became the Statenbijbel [State Bible] of 1637. The Synod and the authorised translation of the bible have greatly influenced the ecclesiastical and cultural history of the Netherlands and the Dutch language.
The changing city
The staple rights were rescinded, Rotterdam and Amsterdam grew as trading cities. Dordrecht had to abandon its leading position. In the nineteenth century, many ships were still built in the yards along the river. By then, the majority of the city wall had been demolished. The city gates disappeared, bridges appeared made of cast iron and Itz, the city architect, provided the city with buildings in the neoclassical style. The desire to innovate also resulted in demolition in the nineteen sixties. Even so, the city always retained its own (and self-willed) character.
Famous citizens of Dordrecht Johan und Cornelis De Witt are immortalized in bronze on the Visbrug bridge. They were born in the Grotekerksbuurt. In the seventeenth century, they climbed high on the political ladder, but were murdered by the people. The landscape paintings of Aelbert Cuyp (1620-1691) are world famous. He lived and worked his entire life in Dordrecht. Ary Scheffer, born in Dordrecht (1795-1858), became a famous romantic painter in Paris. His statue can be found on the Scheffersplein. In 1864, Simon van Gijn bought a house on the Nieuwe Haven. When he died in 1921, the city inherited his house and his artistic collections. CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT 09
SEE THEM ALL: MONUMENTS
See them all: Monuments Dordrecht is a true city of monuments. With buildings that were built in the Middle Ages, typical Dordrecht facades, prominent mansions, warehouses, churches and water towers. Read more about several special monuments here. 10 CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT
SEE THEM ALL: MONUMENTS
The neoclassicistic facade that the Stadhuis [city hall] received in the nineteenth century hides the medieval secret behind: this building, with its cellars with groined vaults and its roof with the original wooden construction, was built in the fourteenth century as the Flemish commodity exchange. It became the home of the city council in 1544. When you visit, explore the hunting room, the eighteenth century prison in the attic and the wedding room with wall paintings by Reinier Kennedy.
Between Bagijnhof and Vriesestraat are the almshouses of the Regenten- of Lenghenhof. They are built around several central courtyards. These almshouses, which date from 1755 and were built for poor women, were governed by trustees. The oldest are on the side of the Bagijnhof. In 1625, Arend Maartenszoon founded the almshouses for poor women that bear his name in the Museumstraat. Cottages surround a courtyard with ancient trees and a water well and are now occupied by both men and women.
Behind the grand facade of Wolwevershaven 9, you find the ‘Dordts Patriciërshuis, Museum aan de Maas’ [Dordrecht mansion, museum on the river Meuse]. Here you can go back in time and experience how a Dordrecht patrician household lived at the end of the eighteenth century. Furniture and articles in the style of Louis XVI, drawings and paintings decorate the period rooms in this historic mansion. From the circular Maaskamer, you have a unique view of the Oude Maas, Noord and Merwede rivers.
Munt van Hollant
The sandstone Muntpoortje gate from 1555 on the Voorstraat gives access to the Muntgebouw [The Mint] where from 1367 up to its closure in 1806 the coins for Holland and Zeeland were minted. The Holland coat of arms hangs above the entrance of the main building. The Dordrechts Museum holds a portrait of the Master of the Mint, painted by Samuel van Hoogstraten in 1674.
This house, built around 1495, is Dordrecht's oldest dwelling and is one of the oldest dwellings in the Netherlands. The original decorative wall ties and cross windows adorn the late Gothic facade made of precious Namur stone. It has been home to a
soap maker, a brewer and various merchants. The interior contains many original elements from various periods. The restored building is now used for conferences.
The most important building of the Augustijnenklooster (now Het Hof) was the church. The design of the original monastery church is unknown. After a fire in 1512, the church was rebuilt and in 1776 the facade was reconstructed. It is an example of the style referred to as early Waterstaatstijl. Prominent Dordrecht people (including Aelbert Cuyp) are buried in the church. Striking features are the pulpit, the Maarschalkerweerd organ, the wooden barrel vault and other historic elements.
Kyck over den Dyck
Of the many different types of windmill: polder mills, grist mills, sawmills, oil mills and malt mills that previously operated in Dordrecht, only one remains: Kyck over den Dyck, a tower mill that projects high above the Noordendijk. The malt mill, which was built in 1713, was later used to grind grain. The last restoration restored this use. The mill operates on Saturdays, the platform offers a splendid view and the shop sells products from the mill including flour and biscuits.
Would you like to know more? For the addresses and opening times of the monuments that can be visited, see page 28.
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COME AND SEE: UNIQUE
Come and see:
Sleeping in a water tower, strolling through vegetable and ornamental gardens, eating in what was once a pumping station: this is all possible in Villa Augustus on the site of the former waterworks of Dordrecht. The complex, with the water tower that was built between 1881 and 1883 and the pumping station from 1942, is located on the Wantij, at the corner of Oranjelaan and Noordendijk. Creative entrepreneurs transformed the site into a green and lively place where you can eat and drink, sleep, shop and stroll through the gardens.
Since the start of 2013, the former electricity plant on the Noordendijk has been a home for performing arts. Various organisations hold pop and classical concerts, theatre performances and dance shows. It also houses a cafĂŠ-restaurant: Khotinsky. The complex consists of three adjacent buildings in different building styles. It is a beautiful example of industrial architecture from the beginning of the twentieth century. As Dordrecht's house of culture, the complex has a second life.
Dordrecht has several exceptional buildings and places that are unique to the city and the country. Why are they so special? Read about them here, but then go and discover them yourself.
The Biblical story of the Flood and Noah's Ark is told in the belly of this enormous ship. With its impressive dimensions, the wooden ship on the Maasstraat is a great attraction. You get an impression of the life of Noah and the animals in this Ark and get to see how this replica was built. From the restaurant and the top deck, you have an extensive view over Dordrecht and its surroundings. 12 CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT
Would you like to know more? www.arkvannoach.com www.villa-augustus.nl www.energiehuis.nl
EXPERIENCE DORDRECHT: DO
Experience Dordrecht: Do
Just wander around the city, follow the signs for the 'Rondje Dordt' city walk or view the monuments from the water? Choose for yourself how to discover Dordrecht. City walks
The 'Rondje Dordt' [Discovering Dordrecht] is a clearly signed walk taking in the most important monuments of the city. The route is marked by posts with a gold band and a ‘Rondje Dordt’ sign. Stroll past art and antique shops by following the map in the ‘Kunstrondje Dordt’ [Dordrecht Art Walk] folder. Groups can book a city walk led by a VVV guide at the VVV.
View the monuments from another perspective: from the water. From April to October, the Dordtevaar, an open electric pleasure boat, makes a
relaxed trip through the harbours of the historic inner city in just under an hour. The Dordtevaar departs from the Wijnbrug Bridge. You also venture onto the river to get a great view of the Groothoofdspoort gate.
Climb a tower
It takes some energy, but after a climb to the gallery of the Grote Kerkstoren, the city lies - in miniature - at your feet. The view of the city and the rivers is fantastic. The construction of the tower, which with the spire was intended to rise to 108 metres, started at the beginning of the fourteenth century. Subsidence during construction meant that the CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT 13
EXPERIENCE DORDRECHT: DO original plan had to be scrapped. For the lovers of facts: the tower is 2.25 metres from the vertical, the spiral staircase has 275 steps, the clock faces were installed in 1626 and the carillon has 67 bells. And don't forget that view!
electric boat from the Biesbosch Centre for a trip through this water-rich national park.
Cycling on the island
Take the bicycle and ride out of town, you are soon surrounded by the green polders (reclaimed low-lying areas) and nature reserves of the Biesbosch on the island of Dordrecht. The 'Eiland van Dordrecht' cycle route follows the numbers of the cycling route network and takes you over old dykes and car-free cycle paths through the nature of the Biesbosch and along the Wantij. The route starts in the centre of Dordrecht, follow route numbers: 88 > 87 > 86 > 84 > 83 > 44 > 43 > 42 > 41 > 85 > 81 > 75 > 46 > 47 > 48 > 49 > 88.
Go to the outskirts of the city and take a refreshing trip through the nature of the Biesbosch. Short walks are marked out in the neighbourhood of the Biesbosch Centre Dordrecht. Explore the Biesbosch from the water? Rent a canoe, rowing boat or
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Would you like to know more? www.vvvdordrecht.nl www.kunstrondje.nl
WINDOW SHOPPING AND BUYING: SHOPPING
Window shopping and buying: Shopping Start your shopping adventure in the heart of the city. Fashion stores, department stores and well-known shop chains are found together in the area around the Statenplein. True Dordrecht specialist stores and unique shops give colour to the sometimes narrow shopping streets.
For the latest fashion, bags, spectacles and shoes try the shops on the Achterom, Bagijnhof and around the Statenplein. In the Vriesestraat you can find a succession of specialist shops. You can buy farmhouse cheese from Gertjan de Kaasboer, bonbons from â€™n Joy Chocolate, cakes from Van der Sterre and traditional spirits from Rutte. Discover the other extraordinary shops in the inner city yourself.
The Voorstraat is one of Dordrecht's oldest streets. It is a long pedestrian shopping street that winds its way following the Voorstraatshaven and also acts as a dam. This is where the people of Dordrecht have traditionally shopped. Voorstraat Noord is mainly the domain of art and antique dealers and specialist shops including the wine shop Rood, wit en rosĂŠ and Olala Chocola.
On Fridays and Saturdays, weekly markets are held on the Statenplein. Here you go to buy flowers, fried fish, fruit and vegetables, cheese, but also attractively priced clothes and (on Friday) there is a farmers market selling organically grown products. There are also a number of special markets in Dordrecht, that take place on certain dates, including a book market, ceramics market and the antiques and curiosa market on the Nieuwkerksplein.
A lover of art, books or antiques? A collector of curiosa? In Dordrecht, you can follow a route along the art dealers, galleries, antique and curiosa shops and antiquarians that can be found close together in the inner city. The shops that collaborate in the Kunstrondje Dordt [Art Walk Dordrecht] open
specially on the first Sunday of the month. Get a free folder from the VVV that contains a map and the addresses of the participants in the Kunstrondje.
For attractive and affordable souvenirs from Holland and special Dordrecht souvenirs, there is no better place to be than the VVV shop in Intree Dordrecht. Of course, you will also find here a wide assortment of maps, routes, tourist guides and books.
Would you like to know more?
Late night shopping every Thursday, and the shops are open on the last Sunday of the month.
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XXXXXXXX EATING AND DRINKING: HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BARS SLEEPING,
Sleeping, eating and drinking: Hotels, restaurants, bars There is much to see in and around Dordrecht, so it is a good idea to stay for the night. Discover the flavours of Dordrecht in restaurants and cafés. You can also try the spirits, beer and pastries originating from the city.
Get a good night's sleep and a great meal in Bellevue Groothoofd Hotel Culinair, which offers a view of the three-river confluence. Hotel Dordrecht offers romantically furnished rooms in the former residence of Frans Lebret, the Dordrecht painter. The modern Inner City Hotel is a couple of minutes' walk from the NS railway station and the city centre. Not 16 CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT
directly in the inner city, but with their own parking and modern facilities, are the Bastion Hotel Dordrecht, Postillion Hotel Dordrecht and Van der Valk Hotel Dordrecht. Close to the beautiful nature of the Biesbosch, you can stay in the Stayokay Hotel or Hotel Kop van ’t Land.
Sleeping in a water tower
An exceptional place to stay the night is Villa Augustus on the site of the former Dordrecht waterworks. The rooms in the nineteenth century water tower have all been furnished differently. Gardens surround the tower and a restaurant and market café can be found in the former pumping station. The rooms in Hotel De Watertoren on the Kromme Zandweg offer you a view over the polders. The hotel has been created in the former water tower of Dubbeldam, a village that has now become a district of Dordrecht.
SLEEPING, EATING AND DRINKING: HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BARS
Bed & Breakfast
The B&Bs and other private accommodation offering overnight stays are small scale, homely and often very surprising. Above a violin workshop, close to the Grote Kerk, with a view of the harbours or conversely on the outskirts of the polder: there are numerous great addresses in Dordrecht. Ask for advice at the VVV or find a list of addresses on the VVV website.
Is one day not enough? Book a Discover Dordrecht weekend break, Ontdek Dordrecht, from the VVV and enjoy a relaxed visit to the city and the Biesbosch. You can choose between three inner city hotels. The package includes admission to the Dordrechts Museum or Huis van Gijn, a day ticket for the waterbus and a present from Dordrecht. Available throughout the year, arrival on either Friday or Saturday.
Enjoy your meal
You can find different styles of places to eat or drink around the Scheffersplein and Statenplein, in the Nieuwstraat and on the Groenmarkt. Would you prefer to be closer to the water? There are many cafés and restaurants around the Groothoofd and near the Grote Kerk. In the summer, you can enjoy an Italian ice cream at Talamini or La Venezia. Would you prefer a beer? Café De Tijd is the place to be, it has an enormous selection of beers on tap and a beer menu.
Sensational flavours are created in the ’nJoy Chocolate studio. The traditionally made bonbons are so moreish. Olala Chocola, in a beautiful historic building on the Voorstraat, also entices passers-by with its chocolate creations. On Saturday afternoons, you can follow a bonbon-making workshop. The delicious Brokking hazelnut pastry is served in various cafés and restaurants. Ever tried 'appelmarijn' (a special apple pastry)? Draw up a chair in Konditorei Van der Sterre and enjoy.
Het Theewinkeltje in the Nieuwstraat offers an extensive range of teas, including a special Dordrecht and Biesbosch blend. At Christa’s Cookies you can make a reservation for afternoon tea with Christa’s homemade delicious cheesecake, scones, cookies and brownies. During a bicycle ride over the island of Dordrecht, you can take a break at the horse-milking parlour Shirestal De Griendheuvel. In the summer, you can visit the garden terrace where you can drink a glass of horse milk or a cup of coffee or tea.
‘Oude Simon’ gin, a Dutch gin, cinnamon and almond liqueur, eau-de-vie from pears: these are all purely natural products made by Rutte & Zn. This Dutch gin and liqueur distillery has been distilling spirits at the corner of the Vriesestraat and the Stoofstraat since 1872. Don't forget to visit the attractive shop! The traditional Rijneveen distillery on the Groenmarkt also produces Dutch gins, absinth and liqueurs. It is possible for (small) groups to book a visit.
In the restored malthouse of De Sleutel, the historic Dordrecht brewery on the Buddingh’plein, they brew pure and delicious beer. The Schapenkopje [sheep's head] beer is available from several shops in Dordrecht. Every last Saturday afternoon of the month, you can take a tour of the Stadsbrouwerij.
Would you like to know more? For a list of accommodation addresses: see page 26.
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GREEN IN AND AROUND THE CITY: NATURE
Green in and around the city: Nature A trip out of town in search of refreshing green? The Biesbosch National Park is in easy reach. With their ancient trees, ponds and borders, the parks and gardens in the city also give you the outdoor feeling.
Naturally: De Biesbosch
The Biesbosch National Park is an extensive freshwater tidal area that is within easy and fast reach of Dordrecht. These unique wetlands arose after a natural disaster. In 1421, the St. Elisabeth flood inundated the land around Dordrecht. Due to the influence of high and low tides, in the centuries that followed a rugged natural area
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arose, with osier and reed beds and meandering creeks. The Hollandse Biesbosch, on the island of Dordrecht, is part of the National Park.
In the Biesbosch you can sail, walk, ride a bike, picnic and discover nature. The Biesbosch centre Dordrecht is the starting point for sailing and
GREEN IN AND AROUND THE CITY: NATURE
walking excursions. Would you like to take to the water on your own? You can rent rowing boats, canoes and electric whisper boats. A solar-energy-powered ferry sails between the Biesbosch centre and the Griendmuseumpad, where you can go for a relaxing nature walk. Navigating through the creeks you can imagine yourself in an adventurous Holland jungle!
You can walk, play and even swim to your heart's content in the Elzen forest on the southern part of the island. It has walking, cycling and bridle paths, a wood in which children can play, the cultural historic museum Twintighoeven and a natural swimming pool near the De Viersprong pavilion. The adjacent Nieuwe Dordtse Biesbosch is a newly developed nature and recreational reserve. The Tongplaat is open to the river and attracts many water birds.
Green in the city
Two city parks have been created on former country estates: the Merwesteinpark and the Weizigtpark. The landscaped gardens and city
farm of the Duurzaamheidscentrum Weizigt [sustainability centre] are freely accessible during the day. The Wantijpark is the largest city park. It has ponds, pastures, footpaths and a large playing field. Close to this park are the vegetable, herb and ornamental gardens of Villa Augustus, which are open to the public.
Strolling along the river
Between the Oosthaven and Zuidhaven, an adventurous path winds through the osier and reed beds and the willow thickets along the banks of the Nieuwe Merwede river. Strong shoes are certainly required to explore this area of the Dordrecht Biesbosch. At the Kop van â€™t Land, you can take a ferry to the Brabant side of the Biesbosch National Park.
Would you like more information? www.vvvdordrecht.nl
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Places of interest:
1 Grote Kerk 2 City hall 3 Public library 4 Museum Huis van Gijn 5 Museum '40-'45 6 School museum (temporary location) 7 Straatman Dock (monument) 8 Warehouse Stokholm (monument) 9 Dordts Patriciërshuis (monument) 10 Damiatebrug 11 Groothoofdspoort (monument) 12 ’t Zeepaert (monument) 13 Bonifatiuskerk 14 Nieuwkerksplein 15 Pictura (monument) 16 De Munt (monument) 17 Dordrecht Court 18 Augustijnenkerk Legenda: 19 Berckepoort (monument) B Police 20 Het Hof station (1572) (monument) 21 Monastery garden Boat trip pick-up point - Dordtevaar 22 Dordrechts Museum D ORD TE
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Grote Kerk City hall Public library Museum Huis van Gijn Museum '40-'45 School museum (temporary location) Straatman Dock (monument) Warehouse Stokholm (monument) Dordts Patriciërshuis (monument) Damiatebrug Groothoofdspoort (monument) ’t Zeepaert (monument) Bonifatiuskerk Nieuwkerksplein Pictura (monument) De Munt (monument) Dordrecht Court Augustijnenkerk Berckepoort (monument) Het Hof (1572) (monument) Monastery garden
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The Movies (art cinema opens autumn of 2013) City map Arend Maartenszhof (almshouses) Regentenhof (almshouses) Parking 24 hours free Uitgev Windmill 'Kyck over den Dyck' Desig Fotogr Energiehuis (pop podium) Parking garage Villa Augustus (monument) Bicycle parking DordtYart (art exhibition) free & Ark supervised Noah's (attraction) Central Station Cash dispenser Weizigt Natuur & Environment Centre (NMC) Bus 9 (only on late night shopping evenings, Saturdays an 33 CouncilSundays Offices when shops are open 34 De Holland Bus 10 (Museum of Education)
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HOW DO I GET THERE? ACCESSIBILITY
How do I get there? Accessibility Dordrecht is easy to reach by both car and public transport. Waterbuses provide public transport by water. Motorised traffic has only limited access to a part of the inner city. By car
Dordrecht lies on the A16 motorway between Breda and Rotterdam and is also quickly accessible from the A15. Parking is free for the first 24 hours in the Energiehuis and Weeskinderendijk car parks. Or follow the signs and park your car in one of the parking garages in the centre.
Restricted traffic in the inner city
The car-free area in the historic city centre allows pedestrians to wander around. â€˜Pollersâ€™, retractable bollards in the road surface, restrict traffic access to this area, where parking is not allowed.
Bicycles, mopeds and scooters can be parked for free in the Achterom (Raamstraat) and Statenplein (Kolfstraat) bicycle parking facilities. Bicycles can be rented from, among others, Bike Totaal Zwaan (NS station). The VVV rents electric bikes. Recumbent bikes can be rented from Maia Ligfietspunt.
The Waterbus sails between Dordrecht and the Drecht cities (various routes) and between Dordrecht and Rotterdam. Bicycles travel free of charge. Waterbuses for Zwijndrecht depart from the Hooikade, the other waterbuses depart from the Merwekade.
Train and bus
NS station Dordrecht Centraal is less than a ten-minute walk from the city centre. The NS station is the departure point for the city and regional buses operated by Arriva. Bus line 10 runs through the inner city, past the Grote Kerk [Great Church] and the Groothoofd to the Energiehuis car park. 22 CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT
Would you like to know more? www.dordrecht.nl www.9292ov.nl
(public transport in the Netherlands)
ALMSHOUSES Arend Maartenszhof Courtyard (1625) with 38 dwellings and a renovated regents' room with its 1701 interior, portrait gallery with portraits of the founder and the first regents. Museumstraat 56. Mon-Sun 09:00-18:00. Free. Push the button at the entrance to the regents' room to illuminate the interior. Clara en Maria Hof Neoclassical courtyard (1880) with 17 dwellings having simple facades. Vrieseweg. Mon-Sun 09:00-18:00. Free. Regenten- of Lenghenhof Courtyard (1756) in Louis XV-style with regents' room in Rococo style and 58 dwellings. The complex actually consists of four courtyards that are linked by gates. Bagijnhof -. Mon-Sun 09:00-18:00. Free. Van Slingelandthof Oldest Dordrecht courtyard (1519), currently in use as shops (front) and Salvation Army shelter (rear). Vriesestraat. Mon-Sun 09:00-18:00. Free. Wilhelminastichting Courtyard (1927) with 33 dwellings. The design was influenced by the Delft and Amsterdam School. Mon-Sun 09:00-18:00. Free.
APARTMENTS & HOLIDAY HOMES A.E.J. van Asselt 3-room apartment with bathroom, kitchen, toilet and garden. On the outskirts of the centre, close to station. Toulonselaan 60, 06-2621 8209 1 x 6 pers. De Berkenhof Two apartments in coach house of historic farm on the outskirts of Dordrecht. With own entrance and terrace. Wieldrechtse Zeedijk 13, 078-654 9629, www.berkenhofinfo.nl 1 x 2 and 1 x 6 pers. € 475/ 575 p/wk. Recreatie en Watersportcentrum De Biesbosch Recreation and water sports centre, part of Europarcs, on the 'Hollands Diep' close to the Moerdijk bridge. Rijksstraatweg 186, 078-618 3241, www.recreatieenwatersportcentrumdebiesbosch.nl Various holiday homes. Enjoy Dordrecht Spacious apartment in historic harbour district with view of the Oude Maas river. L. Geldersekade 1, 078-631 2303, www.enjoydordrecht.nl 1 x 2-4 pers. Wi-Fi. Holland Huis Fully equipped 4-person apartment in the heart of Dordrecht. Wijnstraat 168 B, 06-5388 8838 1 x 4 pers. De Kade Appartementen Luxury apartments/ suites with a view of the three-river point, equipped with, among other things, a Jacuzzi, flatscreen TV and kitchenette. Boomstraat 35, 078-632 2463, www.dekade-appartementen.nl 6 x 2 pers., Wi-Fi. € 499/599 p/wk.
De Kop van 't Land 2 x 2 person apartment in small hotel/ inn Zeedijk 32, 078-630 0650, www.kopvanhetland.nl 2 x 2 pers. € 349 p/wk. Pura Vida Ground floor apartment in the historic city centre with access to garden and a view of the Nieuwe Haven. Knolhaven 11, 078-651 0704, www.puravidadordrecht.nl 1 x 2 pers. € 70,- p. dag, € 400,- p.wk. Studio Sweet Dreams With great view of Dordrecht's peaceful harbours. Own entrance. Turfsteiger 8, 078-614 8467 Apartment, 1 x 3 pers. € 450 p/wk, Wi-Fi.
ATTRACTIONS Noah's Ark The Ark shows how, according to the Bible, Noah lived. Polyester animals and living (small) animals inhabit the ship. Flatscreen displays inform the visitor about the construction of the ship, the origin of the earth from the perspective of the Bible and the story of the Flood. Maasstraat 12, 078-613 4535, www.arkvannoach.com Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00. Adult € 12.50, child (3-12) € 7.50. Duurzaamheidscentrum Weizigt [Sustainability centre] The Netherlands most sustainable city farm. Including a cuddle corner, playing with goats and stroking ponies. The Aquarama, where you can learn everything about living under water. And flowering gardens, Bird Island and the Climate Greenhouse. Van Baerleplantsoen 30, 078-7708200, www.weizigt.nl Mon-Sun 09:00-17:00. Free. CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT 23
ADRESSES Sterrenwacht Mercurius [Observatory] Information centre for space travel, meteorology and astronomy, in De Hollandse Biesbosch nature reserve. In clear weather, visitors can look at the stars through a telescope. The largest exhibition of meteorites of all observatories in Europe. Baanhoekweg 75, 0184-490 660, www.sterrenwacht-mercurius.nl Wed-Fri 09:00-17:00, Sat 13:00-22:00, Sun 13:00-18:00, 1st Fri of month 20:00-23:00 (on reservation). Adult € 3.25, child (4-12) € 2.25.
BED & BREAKFAST B&B Aan de Haven In a monumental building on the inner harbour. Achterhakkers 71, 078-648 3332, www.bedandbread.nl Centre, beds: 13. B&B Albert Cuyp Attractive B&B close to train station with private entrance and kitchen. Singel 276, 078-645 1431, www.bedandbreakfastdordrecht.eu Centre, beds: 2. € 60/80. Bedbadbrood Apartment with a splendid panoramic view. Stairs make it unsuitable for people with a handicap. Wijnstraat 108 a, 078-631 3219, www.bedbadbrood.nl Centre, beds: 2, Wi-Fi. € 65/85. B&B De Berkenhof In bakery and coach house of an historic farm on the outskirts of the Biesbosch. With private bath, shower and toilet. Wieldrechtse Zeedijk 13, 078-654 9629, www.berkenhofinfo.nl Beds: 10. € 40/75.
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Bed and Breakfast Beukenhof Simple detached guest house in park-like garden of a monumental villa close to the centre. Singel 87, 078-631 3109, www.beukenhofdordrecht.nl Centre, beds: 2. € 80.
Knolhaven Apartment in historic city centre with living room, bedroom and bathroom. Knolhaven 37, 078-654 0815, www.benbknolhaven.nl Centre, beds: 4, wifi € 65,-/80,-
B&B De Biesburcht Small-scale B&B on the outskirts of the city with a view of the Biesbosch. Two comfortable rooms with luxurious bathroom. Johanna Naber-erf 218, 078-616 0519, www.biesburcht.nl Beds: 4, Wi-Fi, charging point for electric bike. € 40/70.
B&B De Logeerboot On Erasmus, an old pleasure boat moored in the Wantij river outside of the centre. Badweg 2 opposite 15, 078-639 0221, www.delogeerboot.nl/ bedbreakfast.html Beds: 9, Wi-Fi. € 40/80.
Blom aan de Gracht In the historic centre close to the Grote Kerk. Rooms with shower/ toilet and private entrance. Bicycle shed. Grotekerksbuurt 46 -48, 078-613 8408, www.blomaandegracht.nl Centre, beds: 9, Wi-Fi. € 55/75. Het Herenhuis Attractive, very private apartment on the 2nd floor of a monumental mansion. Private living room, bedroom and bathroom. Singel 308, 078-613 1196, www.herenhuisdordrecht.nl Centre, beds: 2. € 57,50/75,-. ’t Hofhuysje Situated in a friendly courtyard in the '19de Eeuwse Schil' district, just outside the historic centre. Vriesepoortshof 23, 078-613 1283, www.dordrechtbedandbreakfast.nl Centre, beds: 4, Wi-Fi. € 55/77.50. B&B Huize Bots Mansion (1938) in quiet neighbourhood outside of the centre. Shared shower and toilet. Reeweg Oost 180, 078-635 0012 Beds: 4, Wi-Fi, charging point for electric bike. € 38/60.
De Luthiers Guest rooms above violin workshop with living room including grand piano where guests can play music. Of course, non-musicians are also welcome. Voorstraat 13, 078-631 3390, www.deluthiers.nl Centre, beds: 6, 5 Tulips. € 85/95. Moons Bed & Breakfast Modern detached B&B with private entrance and parking, situated next to the A16 and N3. Rijksstraatweg 56, 078-616 7182, www.moonsbedandbreakfast.com Beds: 2, Wi-Fi. € 55. Annemoon Mulder Room with bathroom on second floor of a monumental building in historic inner city. Wijnstraat 71-73, 078-614 8973, www.annemoonmulder.nl/benb Centre, 1 bed. € 55/65. Noena Room in former shop, with private bathroom and spacious sitting area, parking for car and bicycle. Dubbensteynlaan West 57, 078-616 5096, www.bedenbreakfastnoena.nl beds: 3, wifi € 60,-
ADRESSES Pura Vida Ground floor apartment in the historic city centre with access to garden and a view of the Nieuwe Haven. Knolhaven 11, 078-651 0704, www.puravidadordrecht.nl Centre, beds: 2, wifi € 70,- . B&B TOF B&B with modern new interior and a splendid view of the harbour, ground floor with private entrance. Knolhaven 44, 06-42629255, www.tofslapen.nl Centre, beds: 2, Wi-Fi. € 60/75. Het Tuinhuis Free-standing garden house belonging to a city farm outside of the centre. Dubbeldamseweg Zuid 362, 078-614 9924, www.bedandbreakfasthettuinhuis.nl Beds: 4. € 50/80. B&B Viottakade 46 In terraced house (1938) outside of the centre with a view of water and vegetation. Attic with bathroom and bedsitting room. Viottakade 46, 078-6139722 Beds: 3, Wifi. € 40/60. Bed and Breakfast Welcome In the historic centre and the most enjoyable street of the city. Vleeshouwersstraat 9, 06-5082 7826, www.bedandbreakfastwelcome.com Centre, beds: 4, Wifi. € 85.
BOAT TRIPS Boat trips through the Biesbosch
Boat trips and day trips with 2 solar-powered pleasure boats. Various walks and canoe excursions including toadstool and early bird excursions. Biesboschcentrum Dordrecht,
078-630 5353, www.np-debiesbosch.nl. Various trips possible, ask for information at the visitors' centre. Waterrondje Dordt Sail silently through waterways that were impossible to reach in the past. You sail under leaking bridges, past hazy views and colossal warehouses. De Dordtevaar, Wijnbrug, 078-613 0094, www.destroper.com 1/4 to 31/5 Mon-Sun 14:00-17:00, 1/6 to 31/8 Mon-Sun 11:00-17:00, 1/9 to 31/10 Mon-Sun 14:00-17:00. Once an hour on the hour. The tide can influence the duration of the trip and whether the boat will sail. Dates and times conditional, always call in advance. Adult € 6.50, child (4-12) € 5.00. Tickets on sale from fish restaurant De Stroper next to the departure point.
CAMPING SITES/ MOTORHOMES Naturistencamping Ammoniet Naturist camping site Landscaped club site (3.5 ha) of Dordrecht Naturist association Goed-Af. Smitsweg 3, 078-617 5337, www.goedaf.dordt.nl 1/4-31/10. 60 places, motorhomes. Biesbosch Glamping Comfortably equipped safari tents on a small campsite in De Biesbosch National Park. Baanhoekweg 25, 078-645 4596, www.biesboschvitaal.com. 7 safaritenten voor 4 pers. Motorhome sites No special facilities. Weeskinderdijk and Noordendijk, www.dordrecht.nl 1/1-31/12, motorhomes. Natuurvriendenhuis De Kleine Rug Nivon camping site surrounded by water on a peninsula in the Wantij
river. In connection with crossing, call in advance. Loswalweg 1, 078-616 3555, www.dekleinerug.nl 1/4-31/10, 15 places (only tents). Stayokay Dordrecht Seasonal camping site under high trees next to the water in the Hollandse Biesbosch. Baanhoekweg 25, 078-621 2167, www.stayokay.com/dordrecht 1/5-1/10, 30 places, motorhomes. ’t Vissertje A beautiful and quiet nature camping site next to the Wantij river and yet close to city facilities offering the possibility to row, cycle and swim. Loswalweg 3, 078-616 2751, www.campinghetvissertje.nl 1/4-15/9, 30 places, motorhomes.
CHURCHES Sint Antoniuskerk Neo-Gothic church (1920-1921) with Lady altar in art-nouveau style. The church has a relic dating from the Middle Ages with particles of the Cross of Christ (Holy Cross of Dordrecht). Burgemeester de Raadtsingel 45, 078-613 6390, www.katholiekdrechtsteden.nl Mon-Sat 10:30-12:30. Tour for groups, by appointment only. Free. Augustijnenkerk Original monastery church built in 1293 and completely rebuilt after a fire in 1512. The entire space is filled with pews, a striking feature are the more than 200 grave stones including those of Albert Cuyp and Willem v. Beveren. Voorstraat 216, 078-6145 034, www.augustijnenkerk.nl 1/4 to 31/10 Sat 11:30-16:00, groups by appointment. Free. CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT 25
ADRESSES Grote Kerk This cruciform basilica is completely stone vaulted, an example of Brabant's Gothic. The church has a nave with two aisles with chapels, a transept and a choir with gallery. The interior is certainly worth a visit. The 16th century choir stalls carved in the renaissance style are famous. Lange Geldersekade 2, 078-614 4660, www.grotekerk-dordrecht.nl 1/4 to 31/10 Tue-Sat 10:30-16:30, Sun 12:00-16:00, 1/11 to 12/12 Tue+Thu+Sat 12:00-16:00, 1/1 to 31/3 groups by appointment only. Free. Tour for groups for a fee. Tours for individual visitors Thu+Sat 14:15 € 1.00 p.p. Grote Kerk Tower The tower is 72 m high, leans 2.25 m from the vertical and has 275 steps. Climb the tower to enjoy a beautiful view. The movement of the clock dating from 1626 and the carillon with its 67 bells, which are regularly played, are certainly worth a visit. Lange Geldersekade 2, 078-6147520, www.grotekerk-dordrecht.nl 1/4 to 31/10 Tue-Sat 10:30-16:30, Sun 12:00-16:00, 1/11 to 31/3 Sat 13:00-16:00. Groups by appointment. Carillion: Performance Fri 12:00-13:00, performance and tour Sat 14:30-15:30. Information: 033-2537786. Adult € 1.00, child (5-12) € 0.50. Evangelisch-Lutherse Kerk Evangelical Lutheran Church Originally the chapel of the Blindenliedengasthuis [Hospital for the Blind] (14th century), then used as the city archive and for storing city peat. In the interior, the pulpit, in the style of Louis XVI and the organ dated 1781 stand out. Vriesestraat 20, 078-614 0167, www.luthersdordrecht.nl 1/4 to 30/9 Sat 13:00-17:00 and by appointment.
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Oud Katholieke Parochie H. Maria Maior Old catholic parish church Neoclassical church (1843) the front facade of which is decorated with a tympanum picturing a Lamb of God with a banner of the Cross, resting on a book with the 7 seals. Next to the main alter there are two 17th century statues, a carved wooden communion rail and a pulpit from the 18th century. Voorstraat 120, 078-613 6366, http://dordrecht.okkn.nl/ 1st Sun of mth 13:00-16:00.
CYCLING ROUTES All routes are available from VVV Tourist Information Zuid-Holland Zuid. Biesboschroute (45 km), Bunkerlinie fietsroute [along bunkers], Devel en Waalroute [along rivers] (30 km), Eiland van Dordt route [Dordrecht Island] (30 km), Hollands Glorie (50), Fietsen langs herbestemd erfgoed [cycling along heritage sites with a new use] (36 km), Piepers route [along potato growers] (54 km), Waterfietsroute (37 km). VVV Zuid-Holland Zuid, Spuiboulevard 99, 0900-4636 888, see www.vvvdordrecht.nl for detailed route information.
GROUP ACCOMMODATION Recreatie- en Watersportcentrum Biesbosch Modern group accommodation with terrace and outdoor kitchen, private swimming pool and sunbathing area. Rijksstraatweg 186, 078-618 3241, www.recreatieenwatersportcentrumdebiesbosch.nl 32 beds, 6 showers. Natuurvriendenhuis De Kleine Rug
Nivon house for small groups, located on peninsula in the Wantij river. Also, two log cabins, nature camping site and canoe rental.
Loswalweg 1, 078-616 3555, www.dekleinerug.nl 33 beds, 3 showers. Stayokay Dordrecht On the border of the Biesbosch and Dordrecht and therefore ideal for nature and culture lovers. Baanhoekweg 25, 078-621 2167, www.stayokay.com/dordrecht 128 beds, 33 showers, Wi-Fi.
HOTELS Bastion Hotel Dordrecht/ Papendrecht Located on the Dordrecht ring road N3 near the A16 motorway. Laan der Verenigde Naties 363, 078-651 1533, www.bastionhotel.nl Beds: 204, 3 Stars, Wi-Fi. € 79.50/107. Bellevue Groothoofd - hotel culinair Hotel, restaurant, brasserie in monumental building near the three-river point. Boomstraat 37, 078-633 2500, www.bellevuegroothoofd.nl Centre, beds: 24, 4 Stars, 5 conference halls, Wi-Fi. € 125/275. Ecolodge Unique sustainable floating overnight accommodation in De Biesbosch National Park. Baanhoekweg 25, 078-621 2167, www.slapenopdeecolodge.nl beds: 2 € 175,- 2 nights incl. cano. Hotel Dordrecht City hotel in monumental building at the historic inner harbour with private parking. Rooms have extensive facilities. Achterhakkers 72.078-613 6011, www.hoteldordrecht.nl Centre, beds: 37, 3 Stars, Wi-Fi. € 90/145. Innercityhotel Modern and comfortable city hotel with modern bar close to train
station and inner city. With exercise possibilities in the nearby sports centre. Johan de Wittstraat 35-37, 078-611 9933, www.innercityhotel.nl Centre, beds: 26, 3 Stars, Wi-Fi. € 79/129. De Kade Appartementen Luxury apartment hotel with a view of the three-river point, rooms with among other things a Jacuzzi, flatscreen TV and kitchenette. No reception desk. Reservations via VVV Tourist Information. Boomstraat 35, 078-632 2463, www.dekade-appartementen.nl Centre, beds: 6, Wi-Fi. € 85/99. De Kop van 't Land Nice, charming and small-scale hotel in De Hollandse Biesbosch. Zeedijk 32, 078-630 0650, www.kopvanhetland.nl Beds: 6. € 79/89. Postillion Hotel Dordrecht Completely renovated hotel next to A16 motorway with ample parking facilities, congress facilities and 77 beautiful, well-equipped hotel rooms. Rijksstraatweg 30, 078-618 4444, www.postillionhotels.com Rooms: 77, 3 Stars, 17 conference halls, Wi-Fi. from € 75.
multifunctional conference halls. Laan van Europa 1600, 078-870 0800, www.vandervalkhoteldordrecht.nl Beds: 280, 12 conference halls, Wi-Fi. € 115/199. Villa Augustus Hotel in monumental water tower with restaurant in the nearby pumping station (1942) with vegetable gardens and own bakery. Oranjelaan 7, 078-639 3111, www.villa-augustus.nl Beds: 74, 4 Stars, 3 conference halls, Wi-Fi. € 125/210. Hotel de Watertoren Small-scale hotel in former water tower between the city and the Biesbosch. Kromme Zandweg 80, 078-622 4411, www.hoteldewatertoren.nl Beds: 10, 3 Stars, 1 conference hall, Wi-Fi. € 97,50/119,50.
MARINAS Recreatie- en Watersportcentrum De Biesbosch Rijksstraatweg 186, 3316 EJ 078-618 3241, www.recreatieenwatersportcentrumdebiesbosch.nl 20 visitor berths, Hollands Diep.
Watersportbedrijf de Graaff b.v. Badweg 8-10, 078-613 6911.www. degraaffwatersport.nl No visitor berths, Wantij. Koninklijke Dordrechtse Roei- en zeilvereeniging Houttuinen 27/29, 078-613 3905, www.kdrzv.nl Centre, 60 visitor berths, Oude Maas. W.S.V. Maartensgat Maartensgat 3, 078-613 1053, www.maartensgat.nl Centre, 20 visitor berths, Oude Maas. De Vlijhaven Noordendijk 362, 06-5470 4248, www.wsvdrechtstad.nl Watersportvereniging 87 Badweg 20, 06-18517858, www.waterlust.nl a few visitor berths, Wantij Jachthaven Westergoot Baanhoekweg 1, 078-616 5201, www.westergoot.nl 20 visitor berths, Wantij/Noord. De Wijnhaven Three-river point, www.wsvdrechtstad.nl Centre, 7 visitor berths, Oude Maas/Merwede/Noord.
Stayokay Dordrecht Attractively situated by the waters of De Hollandse Biesbosch. Various active arrangements possible. Baanhoekweg 25, 078-621 2167, www.stayokay.com/dordrecht Beds: 60, 3 conference halls, Wi-Fi. € 49. Van der Valk Hotel Dordrecht Hotel with à la carte restaurant, hotel bar, swimming pool, wellness, parking garage and 12 CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT 27
MONUMENTS Het Hof van Dordrecht This former Augustinian monastery will be reopened at the end of 2014 offering a brand new experience of the history of the city, a flexible exhibition hall and a study hall. Hof 12, 078-7708710, www.hethofdordrecht.nl Due to renovation, closed to end 2014. Huis Scharlaken Medieval vault of the underground septic tank of the former Huis Scharlaken. Passers by can see the turbulent history of Scharlaken on three screens. Waag -, 078-7708710, www.erfgoedcentrumdiep.nl Can be seen at any time from the outside. Kyck over den Dyck mill Tower mill (1713). If the wind is strong enough it is used to mill the wheat, otherwise the mill is driven electrically. Products for (home) bakers are sold in the mill shop. Noordendijk 144, 078-631 0001, www.molen-dordrecht.nl Sat 10:00-16:00, summer months Sat 10:00-13:00.
Stadhuis [City Hall] Built in 1383 by Flemish merchants as a market for trading cloth. In 1544, the city administrators took their seat in the building and it found its current function as city hall. The rich history of the city and the city hall can be seen in the interior. Stadhuisplein 1, 078-639 6110, www.dordrecht.nl 1st Sun of mth 12:00-17:00. €1.00. Kunstrondje Dordt [Art walk Dordrecht] participant. 't Zeepaert One of the oldest houses in the Netherlands with a decorative, Gothic stepped gable. An audio tour takes visitors on a journey back in time. Wijnstraat 113, 078-770 8008, www.dordrecht.nl/zeepaert 1st Sun of mth 12:00-17:00. Groups also on other days by appointment. € 1.00. Kunstrondje Dordt [Art walk Dordrecht] participant.
MUSEUMS Dordrechts Museum An art museum with a rich collection of Dutch paintings from the 17th century to today. Paintings from among others Albert Cuyp, Rembrandt's Dordrecht students, 19th century impressionists and contemporary artists. Museumstraat 40, 078-7708 708, www.dordrechtsmuseum.nl Tue-Sun 11:00-17:00. Adult € 10.00, Young people (13-18) € 5. Het Dordts Patriciërshuis, Museum aan de Maas Unique mansion with authentic period rooms furnished with original Louis XVI-style furniture. Featuring the extraordinary circular Maaskamer (Maas chamber) that offers a view of the three-river point and an art collection of works from various 18th century painters. Wolwevershaven 9, 078-843 8746, www.dordtspatriciershuis.nl Wed-Sun 13:00-17:00. € 5.00. Huis van Gijn Former home of banker and collector Simon van Gijn (1864-1922). In addition to interiors from the 17th, 18th and 19th century, a rich collection of arts & crafts, a collection of toys and the Atlas van Gijn. Nieuwe Haven 29, 078-770 8709, www.huisvangijn.nl Tue-Sun 11:00-17:00. Adult € 7.00, child (13-18) € 3.50. Stichting Museum 1940-1945 Dordrecht Region Museum of general history that shows the ups and downs of the Drechtstreek region during World War II. Including the mobilisation, national socialism, the resistance and the occupation. Nieuwe Haven 28, 078-613 0172, www.museum19401945.nl 1/2 to 31/12 Tue+Wed+Fri+Sat
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10:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00. Adult € 2.00, child (6-12) € 1.00. Nationaal Medisch Museum An irreverent glance at the medical world. Intended for a very wide public, while the children enjoy themselves in hypermodern doctor's white coats and coloured stethoscopes, you will be glad to be living now. Stadhuisplein 2-3, 078-645 2354, www.medischmuseum.nl Mon 13:00-17:00, Tue-Sat 11:00-17:00, 1st Sun of mth 13:00-17:00. Adult. € 6,00, child. (4-12) € 4,00. Natuur- en Cultuurhistorisch museum Twintighoeven [Natural and cultural history museum] The cultural history of the island of Dordrecht since the St. Elisabeth flood of 1421. Attention is given to man and landscape, archaeology, and the nature on the Island of Dordrecht and in the Biesbosch. Noorderelsweg 2b, 078-621 3921, www.twintighoeven.nl Wed 10:00-16:00, Tue+Thu+Sat+Sun 12:30-16:00. Free.
NATURE & DAYTRIPS Nationaal Park De Biesbosch The largest freshwater tidal area of Europe, with as its main entrance the city of Dordrecht. A part of the National Park is found on the island of Dordrecht with the Biesboschcentrum Dordrecht as the departure point for relaxing and exciting excursions, by water and by foot. Baanhoekweg 53, 078-630 5353, www.np-debiesbosch.nl Publicly accessible, all the time. Duurzaamheidscentrum Weizigt Sustainability centre Water garden, culture and nature garden. The site includes a Climate greenhouse, a city farm, an Aquarama, apiary, bird island and a small animal-garden. Van Baerleplantsoen 30,
078-7708200, www.weizigt.nl Mon-Sun 09:00-17:00.
ORGANISATIONS Alarm number Police/Fire brigade/Ambulance 112. For non-emergency: 0900-8844. Albert Schweitzer hospital Premises Amstelwijck, van der Steenhovenplein 1 and Dordwijk, Albert Schweizerplaats 25, 078-6541111, www.asz.nl Bibliotheek a tot z Public library Groenmarkt 153, 078-6205500, www.debibliotheekatotz.nl Post offices - city centre BLZ, Vriesestraat 43, 078-6133077 AKO Dordrecht NS, Stationsplein 3, 078-6390793 Stadskantoor [Municipal offices] Spuiboulevard 300, 078-6398989, Public Information Number: 14 078 Public transport Openbaar Vervoerlijn [public transport customer service line], 0900-9292, www.9292ov.nl Stad- en Streekvervoer Arriva, 0900-2022022, www.arriva.nl Streekvervoer Connexxion, 0900-2666399, www.connexxion.nl Stichting Taxicentrale, 078-6131234, www.taxicentraledordrecht.nl Veerdienst De Biesbosch, www.veerdienstbiesbosch.nl Waterbus, 0800-0232545, www.waterbus.nl Watertaxi Imbarcazione Barone, 06-2143 5005, www.ibarone.nl
PODIUMS/ NIGHTLIFE Energiehuis Noordendijk 148, www.energiehuis.nl Halls: 8, Theatre/Pop podium, Conference and congress accommodation.
Jazzpodium DJS Grotekerksplein 1, 078-614 0815, www.jazzpodiumdjs.nl Theatre/Pop podium, Nightlife/ Bar. The Movies Nieuwstraat 60-62, 078-7200777, www.themoviesdordrecht.nl Film.
RENTAL AA Rental Laan der Verenigde Naties 75, 078-633 8319, www.aarental.nl Car. Ballonvaren uit Dordrecht 06-4243 9743, www.ballonvarenuitdordrecht.nl. Balloon flights. Biesboschcentrum Dordrecht Baanhoekweg 53, 078-630 5353, www.np-debiesbosch.nl Bicycles, Scooters, Canoes, Electric Boats, Rowing Boats, Party Boats. Bike Totaal Zwaan Stationsplein 6, 078-635 6830, www.czwaan.nl Bicycles, Tandems, Electric Bikes. Bootverhuur Dordrecht Baanhoekweg 1, 078-616 5201, www.bootverhuurdordrecht.nl Open motorboat, sloop. Fietstaxi Dordrecht 06-1457 2226, www.fietstaxidordrecht.nl Bicycle taxi trips. Shirestal De Griendheuvel Nieuwe Merwedeweg 2, 06-2506 0301, www.degriendheuvel.nl. Covered wagon/ carriage. Imbarcazione Barone Traditional, wooden boats. Oranjelaan 27, 06-2143 5005, www.ibarone.nl Open motorboat, Open sailing boat, Sailing yacht. CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT 29
ADRESSES Koetserij Bijker Old timers and coaches. Noordendijk 43, 078-616 3892, www.koetserijbijker.nl Old-timer, Covered wagon/ carriage, Coaches. Maia Ligfietspunt Stevensweg 79a, 078-616 6302, http://maialigfiets.nl Recumbent bikes, Tandems. Pak je Biezen Pak je Biezen Ottersluis, 06-3425 1820, www.pakjebiezen.nl. Open motorboat. Sport- Health Centre Pentagon Sikkelstraat 3, 078-616 6964, www.pentagonsport.nl, Scooters. Ribvaren@Merz Korte Kalkhaven 3, 06-2005 8610, caferestaurantmerz.nl/?p=714 Open motorboat (RIBs). Sixt Rent a Car Dordrecht Planckstraat 5, 023-5698656, www.sixt.nl Car. De Smaak van Buiten Zuidendijk 266, 078-617 7708, www.desmaakvanbuiten.webklik.nl Covered wagon/ carriage. Stapvoets door Dordrecht Trip in a horse-drawn tram or covered wagon. Groenezoom 400, 06-4155 9330, www.stapvoets.com Covered wagon/ carriage. SternRent Dordrecht Mijlweg 73, 078-621 3631, www.sternrent.nl Car. Trabant Verhuur Postbus 602, 06-5166 5692, www.trabanthuren.nl Old-timers (Trabants).
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VVV Zuid-Holland Zuid Electric bikes for individuals, tandems and Solexes only for groups. Spuiboulevard 99, 078-632 2422, www.vvvzhz.nl Tandems, Solexes, Electric bikes. EetcafĂŠ Waterlust Steel flat-bottomed boat for 6 pers. Badweg 20, 078-635 6700, www.waterlust.nl Open motorboat. Surfvereniging Windkracht Baanhoekweg 9, 078-621 2510, www.windkracht-surf.nl Sailboards.
RESTAURANTS CENTRE American McDonalds Dordrecht Centre Restaurant with indoor Playland and Birthday Party Room. Bagijnhof 10, 078-614 0828, www. mcdonaldsdordrechtcentrum.nl Seats: 230, Fast food, American, Wi-Fi. Bistro De Lachende Gans Biologic bistro. Singel 389, 078-631 3255, www.delachendegans.nl Seats: 100. Brasserie Art & Dining In the Dordrechts Museum, museum visit not required. Museumstraat 40, 078- 632 9100, www.art-dining.nl Closed: Mon. Seats: 90, Wi-Fi. Brasserie Bellevue Brasserie open all day. Boomstraat 37, 078-633 2500, www.bellevuegroothoofd.nl Wi-Fi.
Sandwich Bars/ Breakfast Bakker Bart Achterom 14a, 078-202 0200, www.bakkerbart.nl Bread & Breakfast Statenplaats 21, 078-613 4826. Subway Vriesestraat 75, 078-635 0319, www.subway.com Chinese/ Indonesian Happy Lin Voorstraat 282, 078-614 1057 Closed: Thu, Chinese, Surinamese. Mulia, Indonesian Restaurant Vriesestraat 11, 078-614 5104 Indian/ Indonesian. Pubs serving food/ Grand Cafes Babylon Voorstraat 293, 078-614 5111, www.eetcafebabylon.nl Seats: 20, pub serving food. Baloe Beer On the square with bars and restaurants: the Scheffersplein. Wijnstraat 241, 078-639 9988, www.beren.nl Seats: 170, pub serving food, Wi-Fi. 't-Bevertje With garden terrace (partially covered). Johan de Wittstraat 49, 078-614 3043, www.cafehetbevertje.nl Closed: Sat+Sun, seats: 43, pub serving food. Centre Ville Inexpensive plate service. Voorstraat 345, 078-631 1575 Closed: Sun, seats: 60, pub serving food. Crimpert Salm Only fresh products for lunch, dinner and coffee. Visstraat 5, 078-614 5557,
www.crimpertsalm.nl Seats: 36, Grand Cafe, Wi-Fi. Dordts Genoegen Enjoyable meeting point in the heart of Dordrecht. Voorstraat 256, 078-843 8001, www.dordtsgenoegen.nl Grand Cafe, Wi-Fi. Het Gerecht Voorstraat 202, 078-843 6940, www.grandcafehetgerecht.nl Closed: Mon, Grand Cafe. Grandcafé Groothoofd Groothoofd 4, 078-613 1565, www.groothoofd.nl Grand Cafe. Jongepier Groothoofd 8, 078-639 0855, www.eetcafe-jongepier.nl Seats: 50, pub serving food, charging point for electric bike. Taveerne In de Klander Muelen Family restaurant. Statenplein 149 -150, 078-635 6338, www.klander.nl Seats: 60, pub serving food, Wi-Fi, charging point for electric bike. De Noot Grote Markt 8, 078-631 8302. Eetcafe de Passant With terrace near Grote Kerk and harbours. Blauwpoortsplein 15, 078-614 5182, www.eetcafedepassant.nl Closed: Wed, seats: 42, pub serving food. Rood, wit & rosé - wine shop & wine bar Voorstraat 227, 06-15351817, www.roodwitenrose.nl Closed: Mon+Tue+Wed, pub serving food, wine bar. ZARA Restaurant & Lounge Voorstraat 261, 06-4137 2238 Pub serving international food, lounge bar.
De Grote Griek Voorstraat 392 -394, 078-648 9495, www.degrotegriek.nl Closed: Mon, seats: 150, Wi-Fi.
La Venezia Dordrecht Italian ice-cream and coffee. Vest 180-184, 078-613 5928, www.laveneziadordrecht.nl Closed: Nov-Feb.
Kreta Groenmarkt 84, 078-631 5801, www.grieksrestaurantkreta.nl Seats: 120. Olympiada Visbrug 2, 078-631 2323, www.olympiada.nl Closed: Mon, seats: 115. Living room restaurants Chef en Sloof Voorstraat 128, 06-5121 5308, www.chefensloof.nl Closed: Sun, seats: 12. Living room restaurant Prins' Bovenkamer Voorstraat 386 e, 06-2440 2848, www.prinsbovenkamer.nl Seats: 7. Italian Costa d' Oro Simple Italian restaurant. Voorstraat 444, 078-613 6875, www.pizzeriacostadoro.nl Closed: Tue+Wed+Sun, seats: 46, pizzeria. Eataly Wijnstraat 170, 078-631 1338, www.eataly.nl Piccola Italia Voorstraat 259, 078-614 4950, www.piccola-italia.nl Closed: Mon, seats: 63, Italian. Portobello Vriesestraat 39-41, 078-614 6050, www.pizzeriaportobello.com Closed: Mon, seats: 100, Italian pizzeria.
Ice-cream parlour Talamini-gelato Trendy Italian ice-cream parlour for ice-cream, coffee and pastries Groenmarkt 141, 078-613 2134, www.talamini-gelato.nl Closed: Dec-Feb + Mon, seats: 32, coffee shop, ice-cream parlour. Japanese/Sushi Sushi & Japanese Grill Café Shabu Shabu Wijnstraat 239, 078-639 0715, www.shabushabu.nl Japanese, sushi. Sushibar Sushi-Sushi Sarisgang 31, 078-879 6194, www.sushi-sushi.nl Japanese restaurant. Chicken Famous Mister Chicken Take-away and sandwiches. Voorstraat 215, 078-615 7545, www.famousmisterchicken.nl Closed: Mon. Lunchrooms The Beatnik American Cafe American coffee shop. Voorstraat 171, 078-7504818, www.beatnikcafe.nl Closed: Mon+Tue, American. Coffeelicious Coffee, breakfast and lunch. Wijnstraat 182, 06-48100972, www.coffeelicious.nl Closed: Mon. Den Witten Haen With terrace in peaceful urban garden. Groenmarkt 19 b, 078-611 2050, www.denwittenhaen.nl Closed: Sun, seats: 200. CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT 31
ADRESSES Lunchroom Hema Lunchroom in department store Hema. Bagijnhof 15, 078-614 4073 Closed: Sun, seats: 144, place to eat. Lades Smaakvol Shop with lunchroom. Vriesestraat 71, 06-2059 1742, www.lades.nl La Place Lunchroom in department store V&D. Voorstraat 258, 0900-235 8363, www.laplace.nl Seats: 390, lunchroom. Nobel’s Brood Coffee and lunch. Grotekerksbuurt 53, 078-737 0377, www.nobelsbrood.nl Closed: Mon+Sun. Van der Sterre Patisserie with lunchroom and high-tea. Vriesestraat 97, 078-613 3286, www.banketbakkerijvandersterre.nl Closed: Sun, seats: 100, patisserie. In de Vergulde Lampet Statenplein 62, 078-614 7737, www.indeverguldelampet.nl Closed: Mon+Sun, seats: 50, lunchroom. Zusjes Only organic & vegetarian dishes. Voorstraat 431, 078-635 1106, www.zusjes.net Closed: Sun+Mon, lunchroom, vegetarian. Mexican Pablo’s Cantina Houttuinen 32, 078-614 2126, www.pabloscantina.nl Closed: Mon+Tue, seats: 120, Argentinian, Mexican. Breakfast The Captain’s Table Achterhakkers 72, 078-613 601, 32 CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT
www.hoteldordrecht.nl Seats: 32. Pancakes/Poffertjes (Dutch delicacy) Pim’s Poffertjes & Pannekoekenhuis Friendly 'poffertjes' and pancake house. Nieuwstraat 19, 078-631 2709, www.pimspofenpan.nl Closed: Mon+Tue, seats: 38. Visser’s Poffertjessalon Groenmarkt 9, 078- 613 7373 Seats: 60, 'poffertjes', pub serving food. Restaurant Blanc Exclusive restaurant at the three-river point. Boomstraat 37, 078-633 2500, www.bellevuegroothoofd.nl Wi-Fi, French. Delicees Speciality restaurant near the Grote Kerk. Lange Geldersekade 8, 078-621 3772, www.delicees.nl Closed: Mon+Tue, seats: 26. Diva’s Situated in The Movies. Nieuwstraat 60, 078-720 0780, www.restaurantdivas.nl seats: 50, filmmenu. Ellis Island Mediterranean food with an American twist. Steegoversloot 189, 078-6130434, www.ellis-island.nl Closed: Sun-Tue. Humphrey’s 3-course set menu for a fixed price. Stationsplein 36, 078-613 8825, www.humphreys.nl Seats: 164.
Knollen & Citroenen Dutch/ Flemish dishes. Groenmarkt 8, 078-614 0500, www.knollen-citroenen.nl Closed: Mon+Tue, seats: 34, Dutch, Belgian. Merz Eating + Drinking + Culture = Merz. Korte Kalkhaven 3, 078-613 2582, www.merzdordrecht.nl Closed: Mon, seats: 120, Café-restaurant, Wi-Fi. Veerhuis Quality cuisine with view of three-river point. Bleijenhoek 2, 078-613 2425, www.veerhuisdordrecht.nl Closed: Mon, seats: 55, international. Zest Unique formula of dishes and delicatessen. Nieuwstraat 5, 078-645 1962, www.restaurantzest.nl Closed: Sun+Mon, seats: 43, restaurant, Traiterie. Pensioners/55+ Stadsplaza Beverwijckstraat 49, 078-649 2111, www.wielborgh.nl Spanish Tapasbar Miró True Spanish tapas and pinchos. Voorstraat 256 b, 078-620 0017, www.tapasmiro.nl Closed: Oct-Apr: Mon, seats: 100, pub serving food, Tapas. Tapasbar ’t Vlak World tapas with view of inner harbours. Vlak 11, 078-613 1088, www.hetvlak.nl Closed: Mon, seats: 16, pub serving food, Tapas. Steakhouse SteakProef Wijnstraat 233, 078-613 6576,
www.steakproefdordrecht.nl Closed: Mon+Tue Thai food Nakorn Authentic Thai restaurant. Voorstraat 397, 078-614 9396, www.nakornthai.nl Closed: Mon +Tue, seats: 25. Tea Gary’s Tearoom Classical English tearoom. Voorstraat 410, www.garystearoom410.nl Closed: Sun+Mon+Tue, tearoom, English. VB Bubblethee Vriesestraat 92, 06-1204 4342, www.veebeebubblethee.nl Turkish Diwan Otantik Turks restaurant Lange Breestraat 3, 078-635 2486, www.diwanrestaurant.nl Closed: Mon, seats: 70. Fish
Pubs serving food/ Grand Cafes
Bastion Hotel Dordrecht/ Papendrecht Laan der Verenigde Naties 363, 078-651 1533, www.bastionhotel.nl Seats: 170, pub serving food, Wi-Fi.
De Hoff'nar Restaurant with orangery in coach house of Crabbehof Castle. Talmaweg 10, 078-618 0466, www.restaurantdehoffnar.nl Closed: Sun, seats: 40.
Grandcafé Boekmans Grand cafe furnished as a traditional English library. Dudokplein 210, 078-622 9366, www.boekmans.nl Seats: 90, Grand Cafe, charging point for electric bike.
Khotinsky Stylish catering establishment in the Energiehuis. Noordendijk 148, 078-2040 000, www.khotinsky.com Poldercafe de Waterjuffer Small pub serving food in Water Tower. Kromme Zandweg 80, 078-622 4411, www.hoteldewatertoren.nl Closed: Mon, seats: 42, restaurant, pub serving food, Wi-Fi, charging point for electric bike.
Huiscafé Biestro Baanhoekweg 53, 078-630 5364, www.np-debiesbosch.nl Restaurants Chez Heeren Jansen Cosy restaurant on the Dordtse Kil. Wieldrechtseweg 52, 078-618 2232, www.chezheerenjansen.nl Sat-Sun, seats: 76, international. Jacks Steakhouse Steakhouse at golf course in Hollandse Biesbosch. Baanhoekweg 50, 078-621 1039, www.jackssteakhouse.nl Seats: 80, Wi-Fi, charging point for electric bike.
Visrestaurant Marktzicht Specialists in lobsters, oysters and fish. Varkenmarkt 17, 078-613 2584, www.visrestaurant-marktzicht.nl Closed: Sun+Mon+Tue, seats: 24, Mediterranean. Fish restaurant De Stroper Classical French cuisine with seasonal specialities. Wijnbrug 1, 078-613 0094, www.destroper.com Seats: 60, French.
RESTAURANTS OTHER DISTRICTS Brasserie Postillion Hotel Dordrecht International restaurant. Rijksstraatweg 30, 078-618 4444, www.postillionhotels.com Seats: 150, Brasserie, Wi-Fi. CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT 33
ADRESSES De Merwelanden Restaurant next to swimming water in the Hollandse Biesbosch. De Bekramming 13, 0184-411 131, www.merwelanden.nl Closed: Mon+Tue, seats: 115, Cafe-restaurant. Van der Valk Hotel Dordrecht Modern restaurant in hotel. Laan van Europa 1600, 078-8700 800, www.vandervalkdordrecht.nl Dutch, Wi-Fi. Villa Augustus In former pumping station with seasonal dishes, ingredients grown in grounds. Oranjelaan 7, 078-639 3111, www.villa-augustus.nl Seats: 200, International. Restaurant & Partycentrum Wantijpaviljoen Restaurant, party and wedding location in Wantijpark. Wantijpark 1, 078-614 1306, www.wantijpaviljoen.nl Closed: Tue, seats: 175, restaurant, Wi-Fi, charging point for electric bike. Vegetarian De Kop van ’t Land Organic and vegetarian, close to ferry to Werkendam. Zeedijk 32, 078-630 0650, www.kopvanhetland.nl Closed: Jan-Feb + Tue-Wed, seats: 28.
SPORT AND RELAXATION Crayestein Golf Golf course with golf shop and restaurant in the Hollandse Biesbosch. Baanhoekweg 50, 078-621 1221, www.crayesteingolf.nl Golf course. Ski and Snowboard Centre Drechtsteden Ski, snowboarding and Fun Tubing possible. Vogelaarsweg 1, 078-621 0355, 34 CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT
www.ski-baan.nl Ski piste. Go-Kart-In Race and party centre. Baanhoekweg 1a, 078-616 6164, www.kart.nl Go-karts, Laser games. Bowling and Party Centre Merwehal Bowling and party centre. Baanhoekweg 1a, 078-616 4777, www.bowlingcentrum.nl Bowling. Mountain Network Dordrecht 1250 m2 climbing hall. Maria Montessorilaan 3a, 088-123 6840, www.mountain-network. eu/dordrecht Climbing, Fitness. Optisport Sportboulevard Dordrecht Sports complex with swimming pool, ice rink and sports hall. Fanny Blankers-Koenweg 10, 078-711 1600, www.optisport.nl/dordrecht Swimming pool, Skating rink.
STUDIOS & ART Galerie Blom Hedendaagse Kunst Contemporary art, figurative and abstract works of Dutch, Belgian and French artists. Paintings, water colours, gouaches, graphic art and sculpture. Johan de Wittstraat 43, 078-631 3130, www.galerieblom.nl Thu-Sat and 1st Sun of mth 12:00-18:00 and by appointment. Galerie De Compagnie Contemporary art, all disciplines. Six exhibitions a year and work of ± 40 artists in stock. Kuipershaven 21, 078-631 7918, www.galeriedecompagnie.com Thu+Fri 11:00-17:00, Sat+Sun 13:00-17:00 and by appointment. Kunstrondje Dordt [Art walk Dordrecht] participant.
DordtYart International centre for contemporary art, housed in a former shipyard in Dordrecht. In the inspirational spaces of the industrial complex, artists can both create and exhibit their work. Maasstraat 11, 078-632 1200, www.dordtyart.nl 13/4 through 5/10 Thu-Sun 11:00-17:00. € 7.00, child (-16) free. Per two people: €12.50. Group arrangement: €10 per person (entry, tour, refreshment). Kunstrondje Dordt [Art walk Dordrecht] Almost sixty shops full of antiques, second-hand books, art and curios reinforce the historic character of the inner city, www.kunstrondjedordt.nl Daily and 1st Sun of mth 12:00-17:00. Free folder available from VVV and participants. Teekengenootschap Pictura Oldest drawing society of the Netherlands (since 1774). Contemporary art exhibitions, graphical art workshop and studios. Voorstraat 190-192, 078-614 9822, www.pictura.nl Wed-Sun 13:00-17:00. Can only be visited during exhibitions or by appointment. Graphical art workshop open Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00. Kunstrondje Dordt [Art walk Dordrecht] participant. A. Mak Kunst- en Antiekveilingen sinds 1839 bv The oldest private auction house in the Benelux. It organises art and antique auctions twice a year and antiques and collectibles auctions three times a year. Visstraat 25, 078-613 3344, www.makveilingen.nl Only during auctions and viewing days.
ADRESSES Galerie Witt Regular exhibitions of contemporary visual arts. Groenmarkt 125, 078-614 8158, www.galeriewitt.com Thu+Fri+Sun 13:00-17:00, Sat 12:00-17:00 and by appointment. Kunstrondje Dordt [Art walk Dordrecht] participant.
TRADITIONAL COMPANIES Distilleerderij Rutte Traditional distillery since 1872 with wine shop and public house, where even now Dutch gins, liqueurs and eaux-de-vie are still distilled in the traditional way. Vriesestraat 130, 078-613 4467, www.rutte.nl Only for groups by appointment (VVV, 078-63224777). Olala Chocola Traditional chocolate studio with demonstrations and (walk in) workshops. Voorstraat 182, 078-645 4314, www.olalachocola.nl Tue-Fri 08:30-17:30, Sat 08:30-17:00. P. Rijneveen Branderij/ Distilleerderij Traditional distillery of Dutch gins, liqueurs, eaux-de-vie, absinths, special Dordrecht drinks. Tour with tasting. Groenmarkt 4, 06-14296583, www.branderij-distilleerderij.nl Tours and tasting by appointment only. Stichting Stadsbrouwerij Dordrecht Professional microbrewery and educational institute where the beer is traditionally brewed. Schapenkopje Bier (Sheep's head beer) is brewed here. Buddingh'plein 20, 078-750 7227, www.stadsbrouwerijdordrecht.nl Last Sat of mth 14:00-16:00. Groups by appointment. €10 incl. tour (1.5 hours) and tasting.
VISITORS' & INFORMATION CENTRES Biesboschcentrum Dordrecht Visitors' Centre featuring the exhibition: De Biesbosch, a Dutch jungle'. Lots of "do" elements. Information desk, bistro, apiary, library, "green"shop, sailing and walking excursions, 'Beaver Wood' with an observation platform. Baanhoekweg 53, 078-630 5353, www.np-debiesbosch.nl Nov-Mar Wed-Sun 10:00-17:00, Apr-Oct Tue-Sun 09:00-17:00, jul-aug open Mondays. Regionaal Archief Dordrecht Archive Thousands of items from the public archive can be examined including photos, drawings, maps, books, magazines and newspapers. Stek 13, 078-770 8710, www.regionaalarchief.nl Tue-Fri 09:30-16:30. VVV|intree Dordrecht [Tourist Information] Information about recreation, culture, living and working in and around Dordrecht. Tourist information and reception centre for every visitor to the city: tourists, home-seekers or entrepreneurs. Spuiboulevard 99, 0900-463 6888, www.vvvdordrecht.nl Tue-Fri 09:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-17:00, 15/10 to 15/4 Mon 12:00-18:00, 15/4 to 15/10 Mon 10:00-18:00, 1st and last Sun of mth 12.00-17.00.
WALKS All routes are available from VVV Tourist Information Zuid-Holland Zuid.
Daily and 1st Sun of mth 12:00-17:00. Free folder available from VVV and participants. Rondje Dordt [Discovering Dordrecht] Signposted walk through the historic inner city with signs and information panels. VVV Zuid-Holland Zuid, Spuiboulevard 99, www.vvvdordrecht.nl € 4.95. Walks for groups led by a VVV guide (City)walks with a VVV guide by appointment for groups. Walks through Dordrecht, Gorinchem, Leerdam, Oud-Beijerland, Schoonhoven and the windmills of Kinderdijk. VVV Zuid-Holland Zuid, 078-632 2477, www.vvvzhz.nl All walks possible, by appointment only.
WEEKEND BREAK Weekend arrangement Ontdek Dordrecht Book an 'Ontdek Dordrecht' (Discover Dordrecht) weekend break and enjoy a relaxed visit to the city and the Biesbosch. You can choose from three hotels, all in the inner city. The booklet Rondje Dordt leads you past the monuments. Including tickets for the Dordrechts Museum or Huis van Gijn and a day ticket for the Waterbus. 1/1-31/12, arrival Fri or Sat. € 75 to € 99 p.p. VVV Zuid-Holland Zuid 078-6322440, www.vvvdordrecht.nl
Kunstrondje Dordt [Art walk Dordrecht] Almost 70 shops full of antiques, second-hand books, art and curios reinforce the historic character of the inner city, www.kunstrondjedordt.nl CITYGUIDE DORDRECHT 35