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Delft by night. Left the New Church, right the Old Church

Delftware is famous for its iconic blue and white style

One of the quaint bridges of Delft

Enjoy a pancake on a pancake boat

Climb the tower of the New Church for an amazing view

Tomb for William of Orange in the New Church

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Delft: town of pottery and giant churches

 

Delft is one of those quaint Dutch towns that makes you feel like you are in a small-scale version of Amsterdam.  But do not underestimate this town: it has a lot to offer. Right in between The Hague and Rotterdam - it takes 15 minutes either way -- Delft has a central location in the country.

The most striking part of Delft is the large market square, marking the centre of the town. The square is dominated by the “Nieuwe Kerk” (New Church) and the City Hall, with its typical red shutters. The New Church is of high cultural and historical importance to the Dutch: this is where members of the royal family are buried after they pass away. They are buried in Delft because the first stateholder (a sort of king) of the Netherlands, William of Orange, was killed here in 1572.    

It is definitely worth climbing the tower of the New Church. The church and tower are open every day from 9:00 to 18:00 in summer, or 10:00 to 17:00 in winter. Entrance fee for the church + tower is € 3,50 for adults. With this ticket you can also visit the Old Church, which is just around the corner. The Old Church dates back to 1246. If you look carefully, you can see that the church tower tilts a little bit.

The market square is surrounded by boutique shops, selling Delftware, flowers and Johannes Vermeer items: the famous 17th Century painter of “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” lived in Delft all his life. In the Vermeer Centre of Delft, located in the former premises of the painters’ guild that Vermeer managed, you can explore his life and lifestyle. Entrance fee for the centre is € 7. It is opened daily from 10:00 to 17:00.  

The market is a great place to buy the real Delftware. But why not have a look at the only Delftware factory left and see how they make it? De Porceleyne Fles is situated just outside of Delft. Four times a day, a “Delftware bus” goes from the centre of Delft to De Porceleyne Fles. Ask your hotel or the local tourist information for further details. Opening hours: daily from 9:00-17:00. Closed on Sundays from November 1 to March 26. Entrance fee: € 8 for adults.