The city’s history really comes to life when you take a stroll around its lovely inner ports. Dordrecht is a centuries-old trading hub because of its strategic location on the water. In 1299, Count John granted the city a vital staple right, ensuring that all goods that were transported by barge had to first be unloaded and stored in the city’s warehouses. These goods were then sold and/or loaded onto barges again. Today the names of the warehouses, streets and jetties still remind us of the flourishing wood, wine, sugar and grain trade.
Boat trip historic harbours