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5x Nice Villages in the Dordrecht Area

Dordrecht is a beautiful city with beautiful surroundings. Are you visiting Dordrecht and want to see what is nearby? In this article you can read about 5 of our favorite towns that are not too far from Dordrecht. They are easy to reach by public transport or by car.

Have fun discovering the hidden gems in South Holland!


Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht (often a very overlooked town) is a lot bigger than most people would think. With a small town promenade, a large park and shopping center, the city is lively and well worth a visit. At Shopping mall Schoof you will find everything you need. With dozens of shops you are here for a few hours! End the day at the Sandelingen-Ambacht recreation area with a long walk in nature. The best part? You can bring your dog! If you don't have a dog, you can also watch the cute dogs swimming on the dog beach.


The tourist windmill attraction should not be missing from this list! Kinderdijk is a wonderful place to spend a beautiful summer day. With less than half an hour's drive, it is definitely worth visiting the iconic Dutch windmills. In addition, you can also find different types of activities, such as: Museum Mill Blokweer, engine room Wisboom pumping station, auxiliary pumping station the Factory and audio tours in Kinderdijk UNESCO Official app. You can also take a boat trip around the windmills, so sit back and relax!


Gorinchem (or Gorkum) is a beautiful historic town near Dordrecht. It is a great place to take a city walk and admire the buildings of the city, such as: De Grote Kerk, Slot Loevestein or 't Oude Stadthuys. Be sure to stop by the Grote Markt where you will find a beautiful fountain and numerous restaurants with terraces. Enjoy the view over Gorinchem while enjoying a nice beer or wine on the terrace when the weather is nice.


Alblasserdam, a small town just 20 minutes from the center of Dordrecht, is a fun day out that you must experience. Fancy going shopping? Shopping centre Makado has everything you need for a few hours of entertainment. In addition, La Barrage is highly recommended! This is a lovely restaurant on the dam overlooking the river Alblas. You can dine not only inside, but also on their terrace and even on their boat. During their culinary sailing package you (yes, you! As captain of the boat!) sail around Kinderdijk while enjoying a delicious meal.


Last but not least is Zwijndrecht. This small town is the closest to Dordrecht in this entire list. You can even walk there if you want! The town has the Shopping centre Walburg where you can shop at both the large chain stores and smaller stores. Do you love to swim? De Hoge Devel is an indoor swimming pool with numerous activities that you will certainly enjoy. Next to the swimming pool you will find De Kiboehoeve, a park-like petting zoo where young and old can enjoy!

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