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    The Dordrecht Tour

    by Valeggua Written Sep 10, 2006

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    The Dordrecht Tour and the Dordrecht Canal Tour conducts you trough Dordrecht's historical inner city.
    Panels will guide you along the 3 km. walking route. Along the way there are several monuments and musea to visit. At various locations there are 'Talking walls'

    Every 1st Sunday of the month Art-,galeries-, and ancient shops are opening there doors along the route.

    The Canal Tour, on board of the 'Dordtevaar' gives you a nice view of the city harbours and rivers.

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    The Biesbosch

    by Valeggua Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    National parc the biesbosch is ' green silence'.
    The 7100 hectare big area has it's own specific plants and animals.
    You can take guided walking tours.
    When you don't like walking, you can make a tour by boat.

    The parc also has got a day recreation area, where there are little beaches, skate- and cyclingroutes, a golfparcour, restaurant, hotel and survivalcircuit.

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    Dordrecht Art Walk

    by Valeggua Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    When you love Art and antiques, along the Dordt Art Walk there are many tempting antique and curio shops,galleries and art traders, antiquarian bookshops and unusual ateliers. They open extra every 1st Sunday of the month.

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    Groothoofd

    by Valeggua Written Sep 11, 2006

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    The 'Groothoofd' is a famous historic area of Dordrecht. For centuries, this was the place foreigners and royalties came to land.

    When visiting Dordrecht, you really have to come sit here and enjoy the view of 3 big rivers coming together. Te view also was inspirational for many painters and poetry writers.

    You can also drink and eat something at the café's. 100% pleasure!

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    Simon van Gijn Museum

    by Valeggua Written Sep 11, 2006

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    This Museum is the old house of banker and art collector Simon van Gijn. Walking trough this house gives you an impression of the way of living of the rich, in the 19th century.

    Walking trough this big house was kind of scary for me. Probably because many of ghosthouses I visited looked like it. It's got a very dull smell. After all it really was very impressing! All the rooms are intact, and you can also view his collection of art and toys.

    Every 1st sunday of the month entrance is free,
    other days 6 Euro's

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    't Hof

    by ATLC Written Apr 6, 2005

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    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.

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    Town hall

    by ATLC Written Apr 5, 2005

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    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).

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    walk walk walk and dont forget...

    by mantel Written Feb 25, 2003

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    walk walk walk and dont forget your camera.hire a bike and cycle its so easy when you know how ,you must try to get to the windmills at Kinderdijk,they are really special all 17 of them.
    windmills are what poeple think of when you say Holland or the Netherlands and the beautiful buildings around the city of Dordrecht

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    The 'Nieuwkerk' ('new church')...

    by OlafS Updated Sep 14, 2004

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    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.

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    Monument of deWitt brothers

    by Airpunk Written Sep 3, 2005

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    The de Witt brothers were among the most interesting figures in dutch history. Cornelis was mayor of the city and had important functions in the military. Johan is the better known of the two. He was "raadspensionaris" of Holland and the most powerful politician of its time. He had successes in foreign politics and reformed the political system by reducing the power of the house of orange. However, that made him many enemies among the supporters of this house and after the anglo-dutch war, his career went downwards. The brothers were lynched by a mob of orange supporters in 1672.

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    Dordrecht town hall (gemeentehuis)

    by Airpunk Updated Sep 3, 2005

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    The old town hall was built in the 14th century for trading purposes and is in use as a town hall since the 16th century. You can visit it every first sunday of the month between 12h and 17h. However, I don't know if it's worth a visit as it was saturday. At least, I had a look at the highly decorated façade (alhtough larger parts of the buildings were hidden due to restauration work...).

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    Catherijnepoort (of Blauwpoort)

    by Airpunk Written Sep 3, 2005

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    This city gate is one of only two which are still standing in the city center of Dordrecht. It was built in 1652 and is situated near the Oude Maas. Be careful not to fall into the water while taking a picture.

    Very near to the gate, there is a house from the 18th century called "beverschaep". It is highly decorated with many figures on the front, inculding a beaver (bever) and a sheep (schaep) at the top.

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    Groothoofdspoort

    by Airpunk Written Sep 3, 2005

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    This city gate from 1618 is the second city gate (the other is the Catherijnepoort) which is still remaining from the old city defens structure. The gate has a small dome on the top.

    Also, enjoy a few minutes in front of the gate. The view onto the rivers Oude Maas and Noord is very nice.

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    Het Hof - the cradle of the Netherlands

    by Airpunk Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    Het Hof is a small complex dating back to the 13th century. It became famous as the place where the representatives of the free cities of Holland and Zeeland came together to organize the revolution against Spain and free the land from the Duke of Alva. It was also here where William of Orange was confirmed as stadhouder of the Netherlands.

    In the 1960s, the city of Dordrecht decided to demolish het hof, but it was saved thanks to an initiative. Now it is a nice place to visit and to see an important part of dutch history.

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    Well.... walk!

    by ATLC Written Apr 5, 2005

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    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).

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  • Bastion Hotel Dordrecht

    Laan de Verenigde Naties 363, , Dordrecht, Zuid-Ho

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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    Achterhakkers 72, Dordrecht, 3311 JA, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

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    Very nice accomodations, only 3 rooms in the "hotel" nice view of the street below

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