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Gorinchem is a fortified town in the Groene Hart region of South Holland. The town, while small, has a historic town center with a lot of character. Some foreign visitors have already discovered this gem, but it's still missing from the average guidebook and thus very authentic. It's best to hire a bicycle and explore the surrounding countryside. Windmills, rivers and dikes, all are present in an endless flat, green polder landscape.

Understand

Get in

Gorinchem is on the A27 and A15 motorways. Gorinchem train station is on the railway line Dordrecht - Geldermalsen.

Get around

The region is easily explored by the various river ferries and 'water taxi' (Veerdienst Gorinchem).

See

  • Grote Kerk and Tower - The original medieval St. Martin's church was demolished in the 19th century, but the original church tower survived and can be visited during summer.
  • Gorcums Museum - The town's museum, with a display on the history of Gorinchem and the internationally known Martyrs of Gorcum.
  • City walls
  • Loevestein castle - Medieval castle on the other shore of the Merwede, reachable by ferry

Do

Buy

Eat

  • 1 Galileo, Hoogstraat 25, +31 183 636-793. A good Italian restaurant that overlooks the canal that splits the fortified center in half. The pizzas are relatively large, so a good value for those on a budget. Meat and fish menus are a lot more expensive though. €13-27.

Drink

  • Pavlov, Langendijk 23, +31 183 630 392. Cosy bar with interesting choice in beers, small terrace and lunch.
  • De Keizer, Keizerstraat 14, +31 0183 634 661. Beer pub with large range of Belgian and Dutch beers.

Sleep

  • Le Bon Apart, Eind 16, +31 0183 666 211. Hotel located in the historical town centre.
  • Pakhuis Handelslust, Robberstraat 2, +31 0183 689910. B&B located in the historical town centre.
  • Klein Loevestein, Pompstraat 48, +31 0 616 504 767. B&B located in the historical town centre.

Connect

Go next

Routes through Gorinchem
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