Dordrecht: South Holland’s Oldest City

One of my favorite things about traveling around Europe is exploring old small towns – we just don’t have old in the United States! A stop in Dordrecht, Holland’s oldest city, is a must for anyone who adores small towns, quirky architecture & being the only American around for miles (this is not a bad thing). Founded in 1220, the area had rather infamous flood in 1412 & they’ve been perfecting water management ever since. The houses are all either built at a slant, to allow for furniture to be hoisted up to upper floors, or have ended up at quite a slant, due to the soft ground they’re built upon. An hour of walking covers most of the town, including the lovely waterfront area where you can catch a waterbus to Kinderdijk or all the way to Rotterdam. I toured the city as a guest of Visit Holland; here are some of my favorite images from our time there:

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Dordrecht Holland

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Dordrecht Holland

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Dordrecht Holland

everything leans!
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Dordrecht Holland

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Dordrecht Holland

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Dordrecht Holland restaurant

Looking for a lovely al fresco dinner after your day of touring? Try Huis Roodenburch – just be forewarned: the menu is only available in Dutch! Also, bring your patience, as service was “European speed” (that is: not fast)
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Note: My time in Holland was hosted by Visit Holland; however, all opinions here are my own. Dinner & the town really was awesome, even if it moved at a slower pace than Americans are used to.

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Christina is a 30-something D.I.N.K. travel writer & photographer who travels the world often wedged into the middle seat. Follow her on Twitter & Facebook.

2 Responses to Dordrecht: South Holland’s Oldest City

  1. Esther August 4, 2017 at 4:40 am #

    My first job as a journalist was in Dordrecht, and it was such a terrible experience that I never actually went back!! Haha! My brother in law lives on the outskirts of Dordrecht, but haven’t made it back to Dordrecht in years. I really should, I do remember how pretty it is.

    • christina August 4, 2017 at 7:19 am #

      I can see how living & working in Dordrecht might be tough – it’s a really small town! But charming to visit, if just for a stroll along the waterfront.

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