If you love strolling along winding canals, sipping beer in outdoor cafés, and exploring pretty streets and squares, Delft is the perfect destination.
Small and charming, Delft has canals running through the centres of its narrow streets and a beautifully preserved historic centre. With its laid-back atmosphere, it’s great place to combine relaxation with culture.
The city is mainly famous for Delftware, the blue and white porcelain and pottery, and for being the birthplace and home of the painter Johannes Vermeer. But it’s also home to the Delft University of Technology, the most important engineering school in the Netherlands, and as a university town it’s full of restaurants, cafés and pubs.
With good train and bus links, Delft is an excellent base for exploring the rest of the country, as well as being an enjoyable destination in its own right.
Paint your own Royal Delft
Admire intricately hand-painted Royal blue Delftware and even try painting your own when you visit the 17th century Royal Delft factory, the last remaining one from this period. You can also see the production process in action, as well as visit the museum and showroom.
Eat in a floating café
Enjoy a tasty pancake or a refreshing beer at one of Delft’s outdoor café boats on the city’s canals. Or watch the people go by from the cafés in Market Square, the largest square in the Netherlands.
See the city through Vermeer’s eyes
Take a guided walk around the city and see the sights that inspired Vermeer’s paintings, as well as the church where he was baptised. You can see samples of the painter’s work and find out more about his approach to art and the stories behind his pictures when you visit the Vermeer Centre.
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