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Culture of Dordrecht. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Dordrecht is a city with a rich history full of important events in the past. Local people have managed to keep many interesting landmarks that remind of those days. Naturally, they are like a magnet to numerous travelers from all over the world. In the central district of the city, there are more than 900 historical buildings that belong to different epochs. When taking a stroll along the picturesque canals of Dordrecht, tourists can admire ancient dukes’ palaces and mansions, many of which have been turned into museums and exhibition centers.
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The city is also famous for its religious landmarks that are definitely worth the attention of travelers. Vacationers are recommended to visit Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-Kerk. The construction of this church started it 1285 and was ended only at the second half of the 15th century. The height of the main tower of this grandiose building is 65 meters. It may not sound impressive, but such height was unique for the Middle Ages. In the bell tower, there are 67 bells, including a true landmark – the heaviest bell in the Netherlands.
Augustijnenkerk is a no less amazing landmark that travelers will certainly want to explore. There is an old monastery in the territory of the cathedral. Initially built in 1293, this cathedral hasn’t undergone any serious massive restoration, so visitors can see a truly ancient building in its original form. Nieuwkerk is also a very interesting building. Despite its name, the church is definitely not new as all building works ended in 1175. Some scientists think that Nieuwkerk is the oldest church in the Netherlands. Copyright
Due to its unique architectural style Dordrecht has managed to keep its unforgettable atmosphere of the Medieval. All buildings in the town are created in the same style and as many of them … Open
Guests of the city should also not forget to attend Kyck over den Dyck windmill. It is the only windmill in the city, and it is a true miracle that it has managed to survive for centuries after its construction. For a long time, the windmill was used for grist production purposes. The malt was delivered from local breweries. Tourists should also consider adding visits to local museums into their excursion program. Many local museums exhibit collections of truly unique artifacts. For example, Painting Museum was founded yet in 1842. Its spacious halls have become home to numerous works of Dutch artists. The age of some works is more than three hundred years. Moreover, there is a beautiful garden near the museum that is also an important landmark of the city. Van Gijn Museum is open in a gorgeous mansion that was the home of a famous banker until 1922. When the owner died, his house was turned into a museum that now exhibits collections of old paintings and crafts, children toys and gravures.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Dordrecht and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Dordrecht and surroundings

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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Dordrecht
♥   Palace 'Huis ten Bosch Palace' , 39.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Lange Voorhout Palace' , 39.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Kneuterdijk Palace' , 39.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Noordeinde Palace' , 39.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Peace Palace' , 40.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Kasteel Drakestein' , 57.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Soestdijk Palace' , 60.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Dordrecht and around
♥   Art museum 'Kunsthal' Rotterdam, 18.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen' Rotterdam, 18.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Dordrecht
♥   Basiliek van de H. Liduina en Onze Lieve Vrouw van de Rozenkrans, Schiedam, 22.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H.H. Agatha en Barbara, Oudenbosch, 25.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint Catharinakathedraal, Utrecht, 44.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Sint Maarten, Utrecht, 45 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van St. Jan de Evangelist, ’s-Hertogenbosch, 45.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Johannes de Doper, Laren, 63.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van Sint-Bavo, Haarlem, 64.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Dordrecht and near


From the series “Unbelievable and Magnificent Bridges and Viaducts”
The construction of the bridge cost more than 163 million euros. Queen Beatrix took part in the ceremonial opening ceremonies. Since the opening, the bridge has 'an active social and cultural life'. The director and main actor Jackie Chan has the bridge as the shooting location of the series 'Who am I?' Filmes in 1998 was chosen. In 2005 the concert of the world famous DJ Tiesto took place on the background of the beautiful bridge. The Erasmus Bridge is one of the landmarks of modern Rotterdam, connecting the city center with one of the newest and most active districts - Kop van Zuid. … Read further


From the series “Permanently Sinking Cities and Regions”
Even in the 16th century on the territory of the Netherlands the first windmills were built for dewatering the lands. However, the storms became harder and harder year by year. If the water will rise even for a meter, Hague, Brugger, Amsterdam and Rotterdam will be fully destroyed. Until the ocean level is relatively stable, specialists can cope with the problems. In the event of the global warming, the situation can be drastically changed. … Read further

Efteling Park

From the series “The Most Fantastic Amusement Parks in the World”
For the guests who like the breathtaking and active entertainments, there are more than 30 attractions, including 5 roller coasters. The interesting attractions can also be found in the 'house with the ghosts'. The realistic attraction 'the Land of Dreams' will please the small park guests. As a legend tells, Walt Disney visited the Efteling Park shortly after the opening. The magical atmosphere of the park has inspired him to found Disneyland. … Read further
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Dordrecht

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