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Dordrecht municipality
Flag of the municipality of Dordrecht
Coat of arms of the municipality of Dordrecht
coat of arms
province South Holland South Holland
mayor Wouter Kolff ( VVD )
Seat of the municipality Dordrecht
 - land
 - water
99.47  km 2
78.61 km 2
20.86 km 2
CBS code 0505
Residents 118,678 (Jan 31, 2019)
Population density 1193 inhabitants / km 2
Coordinates 51 ° 49 ′  N , 4 ° 39 ′  E Coordinates: 51 ° 49 ′  N , 4 ° 39 ′  E
Important traffic route A16 E19 N3 N217
prefix 078
Postcodes 3301, 3311-3319, 3328-3329
Website Homepage of Dordrecht
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Dordrecht ( listen ? / I ) is a town and municipality in the Dutch province of South Holland , on the island of the same name . It is located about twenty kilometers southeast of Rotterdam . Its total area is 99.47 km², of which more than a fifth (20.86 km²) is water. According to the CBS, the population was 118,678 on January 31, 2019 . This makes Dordrecht the fifth largest city in the province. Around them, the Beneden Merwede arm of the Rhine divides into the Noord Canal , the Oude Maas and the Dordtsche Kil . This "three-river corner" in the north of the city is one of the busiest waterways in the Netherlands. Audio file / audio sample

The urban area extends over the entire Dordrecht Island, while the core area of ​​the city is located in the northwest.

In addition to shipyards, there are wood and metal processing industries and a smaller seaport in the city.

The city is on the German-Dutch holiday route Oranier Route .


Dordrecht received its town charter in 1220, making the town the oldest in the former Holland (but not in the Netherlands). In 1421 large parts of South Holland were inundated with the St. Elisabeth Flood , making Dordrecht an island. The strategically valuable location of the city, which also had stacking rights , made it an important stacking market and trading center from around 1299 . Goods in the place were wine, wood and grain. The Hanseatic League knew how to put the commercial center of Bruges with the Dordrecht location under political pressure several times.

Joan Blaeu : Dordrecht 1652

On 15./16. In July 1572, representatives of most of the cities of the Netherlands met in Dordrecht, in the “Het Hof” building. There they made William of Orange their leader and declared their independence from Spain . This Dordrecht meeting of the estates thus marks the beginning of the Dutch struggle for independence . In 1618/1619 an important religious gathering of the two Reformed churches in the Netherlands took place in Dordrecht as the Dordrecht Synod to discuss the Statenvertaling , the first Dutch translation of the Bible . It was opened and closed by the Dordrecht preacher Balthasar Lydius . In 1632, the Dordrecht Confession was adopted at a synod convened by the Dutch Mennonites . In the 18th century, the importance of Dordrecht decreased considerably in favor of Rotterdam .

Through the centuries Dordrecht has played a key role in the defense of Holland. Dordrecht was a garrison town well into the 20th century. Pioneers were stationed in the Benthienkazerne along the Oude Maas. During the mobilization in August 1939, teams were sent to Dordrecht to defend the island. During the German occupation from 1941 to 1945 the river clearing flotilla Netherlands was stationed in the Nieuwe Hafen. Dordrecht and its surroundings also became the focus of battles in the winter of 1944/1945 during World War II . The border between liberated and occupied territory was at the Hollands Diep . In 1970, Dordrecht incorporated the previously independent town of Dubbeldam , as well as the part of the (preserved) municipality of Sliedrecht located on the island of Dordrecht .


Distribution of seats in the municipal council

Local elections 2018
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p

The local elections on March 21, 2018 resulted in the following distribution of seats:

Political party Seats
2006 2010 2014 2018
Beter Voor Dordt 6th 15th 14th 8th
VVD 6th 5 3 5
CDA 4th 3 4th 4th
D66 1 2 4th 4th
GroenLinks 3 3 2 4th
ChristenUnie / SGP 3 3 3 4th
PVV - - - 3
SP - - 3 2
Verenigde Seniors Partij 2 2 2 2
PvdA 12 6th 4th 2
Gewoon Dordt - - - 1
Dordtse Partij - - - 0
Blanco Lijst - - - 0
WEK Dordrecht - - 0 -
Eco-Dordt 2 - - -
total 39 39 39 39


Wouter Kolff ( VVD ) has been the acting mayor of the municipality since September 13, 2017 . His colleagues include Piet Sleeking ( Beter Voor Dordt ), Peter Heijkoop ( CDA ), Rik van der Linden ( ChristenUnie / SGP ), Marco Stam (Beter Voor Dordt), Maarten Burggraaf (VVD).

Town twinning

Dordrecht maintains the following cities twinning :

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Dordrecht
Blazon : “A golden crown restson the red shield with the white pole . Shield holders are two golden griffins with silver claws. "


  • The river quay and the Groothoofds gate
  • The Gothic Grote Kerk ("Great Church") with an unfinished tower that can be climbed
  • port
  • Merchants' houses, including the “Simon van Gijn” museum, furnished in the late 19th century style, with collections of art and rarities
  • "Het Hof", former Augustinian monastery, later the governor's court, now a cultural center
  • The Dordrechts Museum with some very important paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries; Until 2009 many pictures from the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum , which was then under restoration, were exhibited here
  • The gabled houses in the Wijnstraat ("Wine Route"); many house an antique shop or a second-hand bookshop
  • To the south and east of the city lies the De Biesbosch National Park , a wetland area


sons and daughters of the town


Web links

Commons : Dordrecht  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Dordrecht  - travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand . In: StatLine . Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Dutch)
  2. Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2017 Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek , accessed on May 29, 2018 (Dutch)
  3. Result of the local elections: 2014 2018 ( Memento of the original from May 30, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed on May 29, 2018 (Dutch) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. ↑ Allocation of seats in the municipal council: 2006 2010 2014 2018 ( Memento of the original dated May 30, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed on May 29, 2018 (Dutch) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. Wouter Kolff nieuwe burgemeester Dordt: kans kon ik niet laten lopen. In: AD . De Persgroep Nederland , July 4, 2017, accessed May 29, 2018 (Dutch).