Destination Guide: Delft
by A Marr & Associates Media
Beginning our six-part introduction to our members is our mini guide to Delft!
Delft is located in the west of The Netherlands, sitting quietly between The Hague and Rotterdam, a humble town with an artistic history to shout about. In the seventeenth century it was home to Johannes Vermeer and other artists part of the ‘Delft School’, famous for their genre painting of every day life but also lending to the Dutch decorative arts scene at the time.
What to Do:
It’s no surprise then that one of the town’s central attractions is Royal Delft, the earthenware factory with an extensive selection of Dutch ceramics and souvenirs. Here you can learn about the history of the iconic pieces, explore the dining room of Vermeer, meander through the delicate antiques, the factory and admire the historical courtyard. €12 per person
Another artistic highlight includes The Vermeer Centre Delft which houses a life size image of the universally famous Girl With A Pearl Earring painting. As well as this inspirational oeuvre, here visitors will learn about the life, work and inspirations behind the great artist accumulating in an impressive collection of 36 pieces. €8 adult ticket €4 child ticket
The Museum Paul Tetar van Elvenmay be one of the lesser-known attractions but this 17th-century building is worth a visit in its own right; the original features and décor masterfully combine to produce a show stopping interior. What was once the home of Paul Tetar van Elven, it now showcases several treasures including some Rembrandts and a Vermeer. €5 adult ticket €2.50 child ticket
As the historic focal point of the town, the Museum Prinsenhof was the location for the assassination of the Dutch Founding Father, William of Orange. Visitors with a gruesome taste can even spot the bullet holes whilst learning about the legacy he left behind. €10 adult Free for children
If museums aren’t your thing, Delft is the perfect size to simply do some wandering. Stroll along the canal, or browse through the Grote Markt in the city plaza for antique collectables, vintage clothes or one-off pieces to take home.
Delft is also an architectural delight and visitors could easily spend a day or two marveling at the variety of churches lining the streets. Visit the Neo-Gothic ‘Maria van Jesse‘ church or the lavishly decorated Old Catholic Coventicle and don’t miss the ‘Old Church‘ which leans by almost two meters.
Visitors can also climb up the Nieuwe Kerk for some fabulous views across the town and if you’re lucky on sunny days the 27 stained-glass windows project kaleidoscopic colours onto the interior walls.
Where to Stay:
Delft has a variety of fantastic hotels to choose from whatever your budget or style, visit their website for ideas.
How to Get There:
Tram – The Dutch enjoy the slower pace of life and by tram is one of the most leisurely ways to see the country. Delft is only a short tram ride from The Hague
Bike Hire – As we know, Holland’s favourite way to travel is on two wheels! Pedal along like a local for €6,50 per day. Bike hire is available behind the train station, Delft Centre. Pay a deposit of €50,00 and ID is mandatory.