The Dordrechts Museum won't impress you with paintings by van Gogh, Vermeer, or Rembrandt, like many other musems in the Netherlands. This place has the collection of paintings by painters who where natives of Dordrecht. Personally, I never heard of the painters such as Willem van Leen, Samuel van Hoogstraten, Jacobus Leveck, Arnold Houbraken, and many other 17th century's painters whose works are now can be seen in the museum. Additionally, the museum has a collection of works of painters of art school of The Hague and Amsterdam.
The first building was built as cloister and served as a house for people who suffered from diseases and mental ilnesses. Later the complex was expanded and since the year 1904 it became a museum.
The Dordrechts museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Addmission 5.50 Euro is
As we arrived to Dordrecht we just wandered around the city without having any particular place in mind. This is how we came across the Park Merwestein. The entrance was a gate with a very medieval look, so we actually thought that we're getting into another "hofje" which are usually found in every city in the Netherlands. But what actually found out was a nice park with canals, little bridges, and even animals. Not that Dordrecht lacks nature, but this little park in the middle of the city was really nice to walk in.
Later we found out that this park was created in the 1885 in the style of English landscapes and untill today has the status of "Stadspark" the city park.
It is not one of the must see attractions, but if you come across this park I am sure you will enjoy your visit
In 2005 VTer Urzu was jumping through this court, like a monkey, but in the 16th century this was the place where William of Orange (also known as William the Silent) became the offcial "stadholder" of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands. He even lived here for a while, before he moved to his residence in Delft.
Het Hof was build as a monastery in the late 13th century, later, during the 80 years war with Spain the sons of William the Silent had their headquarters here. The monastery was later called Princenhof and then renamed to its present name Het Hof, because this was the popular name for it.
About 40 years ago, 't Hof was almost destroyed completely by the city council who owned it by then. Fortunately this idea wasn't accomplished. Instead, the complex was reconstructed thanks to the new foundation "stichting het hof".
This used to be an Augustin cloister built as early as 1275. Around the inner court yard there were a hospital, bakery, brewery and other service buildings.
After a fire in 1512, the whole complex was rebuilt in Renaissance style.
It's an enormously important location. In 1572, the 12 States of Holland came together for their first meeting of free states, deciding to revolt against Spanish rule. It was here that William of Orange was made Stadholder, the leader of Holland. This is also the link to my hometown Brielle which was the first town to be liberated on April 1st 1572.
The Scheffers square was actually a bridge called Tolbrug which was broadened in the 16th century to create a stone cover over the harbour. The square itself could only be reached by stairs. On the square a commercial exchange was built to promote trade with England.
The center of Dordrecht has various canals or 'harbours' running through it.
There are various boat tours in and around Dordrecht. For here I will mention the canal boat tour combined with a city walk.
One example is a tour that takes place only on 4 Fridays per year.
29 Apr 2005
20 Mei 2005
16 Sep 2005
28 Okt 2005
Make reservations a week ahead!
Boat tour, coffee break, lunch in De Reiziger (see my Restaurant tips), city walk with guide, tour of distillery and tasting at Rutte &Zn.
€ 29 per person.
The De Witt brothers, most famous politicians in The Netherlands. Johan de Witt was the most important statesman of his time. Both he and his brother Cornelis were lynched in 1672 in The Hague by a furious crowd.
Built in 1383 by Flemish traders who used it as a market hall for their fabric products. It is a town hall since 1544. You can visit the town hall every first Sunday of the month from 12-17 hrs and it costs 1 euro (children free).
Just walk the city center to get to know it. There are many nice sights, buildings and such. Here the canal along the 'Grote Kerk' where the houses seem to be stuck on the bulk of the church.
I haven't made a proper photo of the church (dating from the 12th century) but visit the website to see more (in Dutch).
In the centre of the city (like in the centre of all cities in Holland) there is a massive church. Most people will tour the church because it's free and easy to get to. However, many people don't know that for just 1 euro you can climb the stairs to the top of the bell tower. The climb is narrow and twisted.. so much so that if you go too fast you might get motion sickness. It's a fair climb, but so worth it!
You will first reach a old wooden door. Open this and you are inside the bell tower. The MASSIVE bell is right in front of you. It's absolutely gorgeous. There following a couple steps and another door. This door can be opened to a 'patio' almost. It's a ledge (with railing, obviously) at the very top of the church. From here you can see all of Dordrecht presented below you.
I'm afraid of heights, and even this was a must see! Very cheap, you'll get your daily workout, and incredibly stunning.
The first Augustinian church was built after 1293, but of that building nothing remains after two fires destroyed it in 1512 and 1773 respectively. At the time of the last fire the church had been in protestant hands for already 200 years, but the name is used up to this day, perhaps because names like "Great Church" and "New Church" were already taken. During the last rebuilt the church received its current facade in Classical style. This facade follows the curve in the road.
Millions of people have paid a visit to a tiny statue of a little peeing guy in Brussels. So why is it that hardly anybody comes to see this? Here, standing in the tympanum, is another little boy proving to the entire world that he is a man and proud of it! The house isn't called De Onbeschaamde ('the unashamed') for nothing. It was designed by Pieter Post, one of the great architects of Dutch Classicism, and built from 1649 until 1653. In a time the country was ruled by conservative protestants you would expect people were more prudish back then, wouldn't you?
This is something that is easily missed, and I think that's a bit of a shame. Standing just outside the old centre, surrounded by some really ugly new buildings that disguise the real age of this neighbourhood almost perfectly, is the Nieuwkerk. Built on the location of a destroyed Gothic church of which the two choirs were incorporated, this was the first church in the Netherlands that was adapted to the needs of the protestants. The tower is an addition from the 19th century. Today the building houses two shops in cooking supplies.
The Groothoofdspoort is the biggest and most interesting city-gate in Dordrecht and dates from ca. 1450, although in 1617-1618 it was rebuilt in Renaissance style. In 1692 a tower was replaced by the current dome. The picture doesn't do it much justice, there are some really nice details to be seen on both sides of the gate.
The town hall at first sight is a building in neo-classical style, but behind this early-19th century facade a much older building in Gothic style is hidden. It is partly built over one of the canals, as is especially visible at the back of the building. At that location some medieval parts of the building are visible as well.
Laan de Verenigde Naties 363, , Dordrecht, Zuid-Ho
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Achterhakkers 72, Dordrecht, 3311 JA, The Netherlands
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