History of Dordrecht
Dordrecht obtained city rights as early as 1220, making it the oldest city in Holland. Located in a wetland area with such rivers as the Merwede, Noord and Ouwe Maas, it was an important merchant city with a lively trade in wood, cereals and wine. That history, wealth and culture is still clearly visible. Not only does the historic city center of Dordrecht harbor around 1,000 monuments – they are also splendidly used as restaurants, museums and theatres.
Highlights of Dordrecht
Dordrecht’s rich history is still clearly visible when you walk past the old inner city harbors, monuments and museums of Dordrecht. Absolute must-sees are the Museum 1940-1945, the Great Church (Grote Kerk), the renowned collection of paintings of the Dordrechts Museum, the gorgeous interior of the old mayor’s house ‘Huis van Gijn’ and the thirteenth-century Augustine monastery ‘Het Hof’. Also highly recommended is the gorgeous view of the rivers’ intersection from the Groothoofd.
Visit Dordrecht
Dordrecht is best discovered on foot. Take the ‘Rondje Dordt’ (Dordrecht Round), for instance, a signposted walk past the inner city harbors, monuments, important historic spots and attractive shopping streets. You can sail through the old harbors on an electric boat, which will take you past houses built in the water and under dark bridges.

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And for us, the history WW2 buffs:

Welcome to the Museum 1940 - 1945
Museum 1940 - 1945
Nieuwe Haven 27 - 28
3311 AP Dordrecht
Phone: +31 78 6130172
E-mail Museum:
Admission prices
Adults  -  € 3,00
Children under 12  -  € 1,50
Holders of the Veteran Passes have free admission on presenting these passes.
There are special rates for school parties.

Opening hours
1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
The Museum 1940 - 1945 is closed:
• New Year's Day, Easter, Koningsdag, Whitsun, Christmas, New Year's Eve
• Monday, January 8, 2018 until Monday, January 29, 2018
• Friday, May 11, 2018

About the resistance in and around Dordrecht from 1940 until 1945.
Ideally situated at the confluence of the river Oude Maas (Old Meuse) and the river Beneden Merwede (Lower Merwede), lies the oldest city of 'Holland', Dordrecht. The old centre still possesses the facades of historical buildings and arches, among which the Grote or Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (The Great or Our Lady's Church) and the Prinsenhof/Hofcomplex (Prince's Court/Court Complex. In Dordrecht at one of the harbours, the Nieuwe Haven (New Harbour), the Museum 1940 - 1945 is situated in an ancient building, at number 27-28. The Second World War also left its mark on this former garrison city of pontoneers and torpedists, the old historical city of Dordrecht.

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