Papendrecht is a typical dike village, where the original inhabitants settled along the Merwede river. Papendrecht’s riverside location is characteristic of the region. The Alblasserwaard area is predominantly rural, but now also has a more urban feel, due to the surrounding historical ‘Drecht cities’. The best-known one is Dordrecht, the oldest city of Holland.


Just outside the busy Randstad you will find the Alblasserwaard, where you can discover a landscape that is pure ‘Holland’. Huge stretches of green meadows with black-and-white cows, pollard willows, windmills, historical farms and orchards. ‘Pure Holland’ also means flat, so that walkers and cyclists can really enjoy their tours on the rural roads and dikes. Planning your favourite route is easy thanks to the network of cycle paths and the signposted walking routes. A popular tour takes you past the windmills of Kinderdijk. These 19 sturdy windmills have been given a place on Unesco’s World Heritage list and they attract visitors from all over the world.

Biesbosch National Park

In the Alblasserwaard is the Biesbosch National Park. This is a protected nature reserve with tidal fresh water. How is this possible? The Sliedrechte Biesbosch is connected to the sea. If you would like to find out more about the landscape, try canoeing or go for a walk with a forest ranger from the Dutch Forestry Commission. Floating along the creeks, you can imagine yourself being part of a Dutch jungle adventure!

Drecht cities

Papendrecht is one of the municipalities in the region of the ‘Drecht cities’, a name given to cities with names ending in ‘drecht’. These are Papendrecht, Dordrecht, Sliedrecht and Zwijndrecht. Dordrecht is the largest – and possibly the best-known – of the Drecht cities. It is the oldest city in the Holland area of the Netherlands, known to the locals as ‘Dordt’. Dordrecht has seen the number of tourists rising for some years now. It offers an ideal combination of historical city walks and a wide range of shopping opportunities. It is enjoyable to visit Dordrecht from Papendrecht by water taxi. 


For an outing to a real metropolis, you can visit Rotterdam, which is not far from Papendrecht. In the category ‘large city centres’ Rotterdam is entitled to call itself the Best City Centre in the Netherlands until 2018. Visit the Market Hall, a covered market with 1,600m2 of eating places and 4,600m2 of shopping space – just one example of the vast range of shopping opportunities available in Rotterdam. The Lijnbaan, Koopgoot and Hoogstraat make up the best-known shopping route in the centre. Rotterdam is often praised for its impressive modern architecture. For the best view of Rotterdam’s phenomenal skyline, climb to the top of the 185-metre-high Euromast. We guarantee it is well worth the effort at any time of day or night.

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