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Dordrecht - Open Day Hoebée Shipyard during 'Dordt in Stoom'-event

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B: Merwede river

od A. van Die, 980 meters away

River Merwede with at the horizon the Dordrecht-Papendrecht bridge.

Merwede river

C: Huis te Merwede

od A. van Die, 1.0 km daleko

Castleruins at the merwede river

Huis te Merwede

D: Huis te Merwede

od A. van Die, 1.0 km daleko

Ruins of the merwede castle - huis te merwede

Huis te Merwede

E: Kloostertuin

od A. van Die, 1.9 km daleko

Kloostertuin

Kloostertuin

F: Hof

od A. van Die, 2.0 km daleko

hof dordrecht

Hof

G: Dordrecht Restaurant

od Chris Koedam, 2.0 km daleko

Dordrecht Restaurant

H: Entry to the Hof

od A. van Die, 2.0 km daleko

Toegangspoort tot het hof dordrecht, in de oude binnenstad. Een plein is rondom bebouwd en een rustig...

Entry to the Hof

I: Taankade - Nieuwbrug Dordrecht

od A. van Die, 2.0 km daleko

Taankade, hoek Nieuwbrug, Dordrecht

Taankade - Nieuwbrug Dordrecht

J: Nieuwbrug Dordrecht

od A. van Die, 2.0 km daleko

Paintjob at nieuwbrug dordrecht

Nieuwbrug Dordrecht

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