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Colors of Dordrecht - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Dordrecht is the oldest city in the country. First mentions of it date back to 1120. The charming and picturesque city has many interesting peculiarities. The rich event calendar is one more reason for attracting numerous guests to Dordrecht. The city regularly hosts interesting festivals and fair trades. Dordrecht is also known as Venice of the North dues to numerous canals and unique architectural landmarks, the likes of which are not found in any other city in the Netherlands.
In Dordrecht, tourists with children will have the opportunity to visit a lot of picturesque places. One of the most unusual and attractive places of recreation, is considered to be the farm … Open
When describing holidays that take place in Dordrecht annually, Dordt in Stoom should be mentioned first. This festival is dedicated to quite an unusual theme – steam-powered transport vehicles. The holiday traditionally takes place at the beginning of June. For several days, Dordrecht turns into a giant open-air exhibition hall. The festival’s visitors can look at ancient locomotives, boats, and ships. It is even possible to take a ride in some of the vehicles.
The Grande Parade of Ships is one of the most important and notable events in the festival life of the city. It is an impressive naval parade of old ships that cross the city’s canals. Once it is over, viewers are welcome to explore these ships and even make an exciting cruise, during which they will not only admire the beauty of old ships but also admire the city’s landmarks. Copyright
Despite the fact that Dordrecht is quite a small and calm city, its restaurants will pleasantly surprise all food connoisseurs. Local dining establishments offer popular dishes of different … Open
The city never ceases to attract book fans as one of the most famous book fair trades takes place in Dordrecht. For the event, colorful vending kiosks appear on the streets of the city. They offer all-time favorite classics and latest novels of popular modern writers. One peculiarity of the fair trade must be mentioned here – there are books available in different languages, so not only local people find it interesting to visit the fair trade but also travelers.
dordrecht markets Dordrecht is particularly full with visitors during the Christmas period. There is a reason for that – the moderately sized city hosts the biggest festive market in the Netherlands. It is simply impossible to find such a variety of souvenirs, decorations, and festive Christmas food in any other city in the country. Music fans, in their turn, visit Dordrecht to attend numerous music festivals including such unique events as Wereld Jazz Dagen, Wantijfestival dedicated to street music, and Cello Festival. Besides the events mentioned above, Dordrecht is not deprived of interesting theatre and poetic holidays. Such an abundance of cultural events makes this industrial city simply irresistible in the eyes of travelers who want to return there again and again.
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 … Open
Perhaps, Koningsdag is the most popular holiday in the Netherlands. It is traditionally celebrated on April 27. The holiday is widely celebrated across the country, and Dordrecht is no exception. Koningsdag is the time for exciting parades, music and theatre performances in different parts of the city. By the way, Dordrecht becomes orange for the holiday and all people also put on orange outfits – this color is the official color of the Netherlands. The celebration ends with colorful fireworks at the waterfront, and Groothoofd or Merwekade is the best place to admire the spectacular view.
Dordrecht - Watertoren The middle of June is the time for one more popular event in the city, namely, Zomerklanken Music Festival that takes place in Energieplein. The schedule of the festival includes such activities as music concerts, theatre plays (including puppet theater), and film screening. Among headliners of Zomerklanken Music Festival, there are popular musicians from all parts of the world and, of course, from the Netherlands. During the event, there are special entertaining activities for visitors of all ages (there are more than 250 activities in total). Numerous food courts will never leave guests of this festival hungry.
Dordrecht is located not far from four rivers, namely, Noord, Oude Maas, Beden Merwede, and Nieuwe Merwede. This makes it possible to enjoy such activities as riding a boat in picturesque … Open
One more notable event starts in the city at the beginning of June. Called Big Rivers, this event lasts 10 days. The program of the festival traditionally features various music concerts (visitors can listen to soul, jazz, blues, ska punk, rock, latino, etc.) and theatrical performances. Big Rivers is also famous for its numerous food courts and a fair trade with souvenirs and branded merchandise of the festival. By the way, no ticket is needed as the event is free to enter. Big Rivers takes place in different parts of the city and has both open air and indoor events.
merwekade,dordrecht In the middle of August, all residents and guests of Dordrecht are welcome to visit one more fantastic event, Rockabilly Square. This festival is a wonderful opportunity to immerse oneself in the epoch of gorgeous retro cars, rock’n’roll, and pretty women. All this becomes possible thanks to music, fashion shows, and theatrical performances. That said, if you have your favorite vintage dress or suit at hand put it on and head to the event. By the way, Rockabilly Square takes place in Statenplein. It would be a mistake not to mention one more popular and multifaceted festival that is named Multi Color Festival. This ever-popular event takes place at the end of June or the beginning of July. Multi Color Festival‘s visitors can sample classic and unusual food and beverages, listen to quality music, and dance to energetic vibes. Just like the event mentioned above, Multi Color Festival takes place in Statenplein.
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At the end of June, an exciting acquaintance with gastronomic traditions of the region awaits guests of Dordrecht. This is the time for Lepeltje-Lepeltje Festival. This “delicious” event takes place in Weizigtpark where visitors can not only buy the food they like but also make a picnic. The gorgeous event is impossible to imagine without music that lingers from everywhere. Moreover, there is a special entertainment program for children. Needless to say, the festival’s fair trade is a fantastic place to buy memorable souvenirs and authentic local crafts. Beer fans will, in their turn, like another event, namely, Schuim Bierfestival that takes place in Dordrecht at the end of September. During this festival, visitors can try many different types of beer and leave their feedback – the best beer contest has become an essential part of Schuim Bierfestival. The event usually takes place in Pizzeria Otto e Mezzo.
Dordrecht Tourists visiting Dordrecht at the beginning of June and wishing to spend some good time in the city simply cannot neglect Wantijpop. Moreover, this popular festival is absolutely free to enter. Lucky tourists, who manage to visit Wantijpop, will be impressed with fine food, an interesting music program, entertainments for the whole family, and exciting theatrical performances. The amazing event takes place in Wantijpark. This park is also a traditional venue for one more interesting event in Dordrecht, namely, Palm Parkies. The festival starts at the beginning of July and lasts until the end of August. This is the right place for everyone who likes live music and best local dishes cooked by skilled chefs.
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At the end of every month, starting from April and until September, Pop-up Market opens every Sunday on Beverwijcksplein. This is a great opportunity to purchase local seasoned food and hand-made items. As there is a separated playground for children, they will not be bored when accompanying their parents to the market. Voorstraat Noord Festival is one more event that deserves a visit. This festival takes place at the beginning of September. In short, it is an incredibly entertaining event that will surely not leave anyone indifferent. In the schedule of Voorstraat Noord Festival, there are energetic beats, fabulous dances, an art exhibition, wonderful art installations, and master classes. This is a street festival, so it is located on the street with the same name - Voorstraat Noord.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Dordrecht
♥   Kathedrale Kerk van de HH Laurentius en Elisabeth, Rotterdam, 19.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de Sint-Jan-de-Doper, Oosterhout, 21.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   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
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Dordrecht
♥   Castle 'Breda Castle' , 24.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Slot Loevestein' , 24.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Duivenvoorde Castle' , 38.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burcht van Leiden' , 41.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'De Haar Castle' , 41.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Vredenburg Castle' , 44.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Nemerlaer Castle' , 45.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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