Puttershoek – Zwijndrecht Every day, this foot passenger ferry takes some 200 students and commuters across the Oude Maas river. Passengers can board at Puttershoek in the traditional Dutch café 't Veerhuys'. In Groote Lindt (municipality of Zwijndrecht) the ferry departs from the ARA Hotel. Both eateries have waterfront outdoor seating areas offering views of the Oude Maas. Every year, more than 50,000 cyclists and walkers use the ferry. Especially for this group, the ferry also operates at weekends during the summer period. The foot passenger ferry has an important task in connecting cycling routes on IJsselmonde and throughout the Hoeksche Waard. History The Puttershoek – Groote Lindt ferry has been in operation for many years, and the route dates back to 1439. The construction of the Barendrecht bridge in 1888 and the introduction of cars diminished the importance of the ferry, and in 2005, the end of this ferry connection seemed very near. Fortunately however, this was prevented, thanks to the efforts of a number of parties, resulting in the salvation of this centuries-old ferry connection in 2006 after years of uncertainty. And, to this day, the foot passenger ferry is fully operational, and its use has since doubled!