Maritime hotspot in the Drecht Cities
Papendrecht is a green and dynamic municipality located on the banks of Europe’s busiest inland Sliedrecht waterway. The small city located on the dike has 32,000 inhabitants and globally-operating companies such as Fokker, Boskalis and Iv-Groep. The municipality is situated on the border between an urban area and the Alblasserwaard nature reserve and is part of the Drecht Cities, which consists of several bordering cities in the delta area of the rivers Oude Maas, Noord and Beneden-Merwede in the Province of South Holland.
Papendrecht was established 900 years ago and owes much of its growth to its strategic location along the river. Residents of Papendrecht, locally known as ertepellers (‘pea shellers’), used to trade in peas. Peas and other vegetables grown in Papendrecht were taken to Dordrecht by dairy farmers to be sold.