Delft is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. It's quiet, tiny and very climatic. It became famous due to a beautiful blue and white porcelain with motifs of rural life, technical colleges and the fact that famous Dutch painter, Jan Vermeer, was born there.
In the western Netherlands, about 10 km from Rotterdam, there’s a small town with a name difficult to pronounce - Delft. Maybe it’s not the most beautiful village in the country, but it’s surely worth visiting it. It can be explored in one day, but it will be a day spent in a very special way.
Charms of the Dutch village
Delft can boast not only of a centuries-old history, but also unique atmosphere. It’s filled with colorful houses, while the streets are narrow and winding. Webs of channels stretch for miles, and you can admire romantic bridges thrown over them. The charming landscape of Delft touches the heart. The most prestigious apartments are located in the former barns and brick houses that in the past belonged to sailors and wealthy merchants.
The historic heart of the city isn’t big, but with every step we encounter a thing or building worth a closer look. It’s best to begin the trip from the Gothic cathedral located at the old market square and then wander through the tangle of winding streets. On the other side of the market square there’s a beautiful town hall, and in its center stands a statue of Hugo Grotius, the founder of international law.
Another noteworthy places include, among others, Municipal Museum (Stedelijk Museum het Prinsenhof), which features a collection of paintings by Jan Vermeer. Well-known artist was born in this city. The museum is situated in a medieval building, which in the past served as a monastery, and then the residence of the first king of Netherlands, Willem of Orange. In the tombs located at the market square members of the royal House of Orange were buried.
From the sixteenth century, the city is famous for the production of ceramics, with a particular emphasis on blue and white porcelain. When visiting Delft, you should see De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, which is a museum and factory of ceramics. In several exhibition halls there’s a number of exhibits belonging to ordinary people, including bowls, vases and plates with motifs of boats and windmills. There’s also a copy of Rembrandt "Night Watch", which was made on the tiles. Wandering between the rooms, you can see how trends were changing in ceramic art. What's more, you can also watch the artists at work.
In the museum there’s also a shop with beautiful products of Delphi ceramic. As befits the products from which the city is famous for hundreds of years, their prices can be pretty shocking for an average tourists. On the other hand equally astounding is the craft, precision and quality of workmanship.
Night in the city
In the suburbs, in a distance of approx. 15 minute walk from the town center, there’s Camping Vakantiepark Delftse Hout. Per a night stay for two adults and the position for motorhome you will have to pay 24-28 euros (depending on the season). The price includes access to electricity and cable television. You can come here with a dog – for his stay you will pay 3.5 euros per day.
If someone managed to get acquaint with all the attractions of the city, but still feels unsatisfied, may use the option of look at it from a different angle. You can go on a cruise and see Delft from another perspective.