South Holland South : Dordrecht
Dordrecht is a historic city in South Holland, Netherlands. In the end of the Middle Ages, this was one of the six important trade cities of the County of Holland. Its center still shows off the rich history of the city.
Direct rail service from Rotterdam Centraal and Rotterdam Blaak takes about 15 minutes. Direct service from Amsterdam Centraal to Dordrecht Centraal via Rotterdam and Den Haag. There is a fast ferry (waterbus) from Rotterdam. Its part of the public trans system and costs the same as the train.
Busses serve the city center and local areas. The best way to see the city is to rent a bike from the bike shop next to the station. Have 50 Euro cash for the deposit for each bike
The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-Kerk ('Our Dear Lady Church') or simply the Grote Kerk ('Big Church') was built between 1285 and 1470. The 65-meter tower contains a carillon with 67 bells including one weighing 9830 kilos, making it the heaviest bell in the Netherlands. Entry to the church is free. Climbing the tower costs one Euro. Be sure you're in shape and not afraid of close spaces. The steps are steep and there is only one way up...or down. See the medieval clock works as well. In the church see the brilliant stained glass windows and especially the modern window dedicated to the guilds of Dordrecht.
The Sliedrechtse Biesbosch, east of Dordrecht, and the Dordtse Biesbosch, south of Dordrecht, together form the Hollandse Biesbosch which is a part of the national park the Biesbosch, one of the largest national parks in the Netherlands and one of the last freshwater tide areas in Europe. The Dordtse Biesbosch has several recreational areas that are used for walking, rowing and swimming
Shopping in the centre of Dordrecht is centred around the Voorstraat, the Sarisgang and the Statenplein (Staten square). The Voorstraat is 1200 meter long, making it the longest shopping street in the Netherlands. Markets are held every Friday and Saturday on the Statenplein and in the Sarisgang and on Tuesday in Dubbeldam.
Many nice resturants are around the Statenplein and outdoor tables abound in good weather.
Scheffersplein off Wijnstraat (Wine Street) is also ringed with many resturants and outdoor tables. Eet Cafe Baloe Beer is reasonably priced and tasty.
Broodje van Willem is a small reasonably priced sandwich shop at 433 West Voorstraat in the shadow of the Grote Kerk.
The historical and picturesque city of Gorinchem is nearby. See the intact bastions. Dordrecht is also within cycling distance of the Kinder Dijk. Route maps are available at the VVV.