Try visiting one of the 'Hofjes' (almshouses) . Originally Delft had seven 'hofjes', of which just four remain. In the old days, 'hofjes' offered free board and lodging to underprivileged old couples, virgin females or widows.
The best is Hofje van Pauw (built in 1707) at Paardenmarkt 54-62
- Historical Travel
Nesting on the water
During the months of April and May you may see many birds nesting on the water. The nest is made of everyting that floats. One of these birds was sitting on the nest with cover from Mars chocolade bar. You can get close to them and take a picture, but if you really disturb them they'll definitely find the way to protect themselves.
The canals of Delft are perfect for these birds, not many boats are passing (if at all) and the atmosphere of the city is really pleasant in calm, so they have nothing to be afraid of"
Wonderful facades of old Delft
Amsterdam is fanmous for it's canalhouses that show a great variety in types of facades. The same is in Delft, where the many canals had the same function and the houses as well stored the goods that ships from the VOC brought in from over sea. Stairs, clock (bell), frame and triangular ... look around and enjoy the variety in styles in old Delft.
The architecture of the Technical University
In the South parts of Delft, a 15 minutes bicycle ride from the old city centre (or simply by train between Central Station and Delft Zuid) are many of the buildings of the Technical University. It really can be seen as a town in itself and holds many research institues that have built up a world famous name. Especially the water engineering section is very famous and delivers the world top engineers. The terrain has also very modern architecture among which I have put some in the attached two travelogues.
St Hieronymus Gate
What the gate is for i don't know. There is a text above the gate but it is quite difficult to decipher. But i got the date ;-) and apparently it dates back to 1614.
You'll encounter this gate when you walk along the Oude Delft
Antoni van Leeuwenhoek
This plaque indicates that Antoni van Leeuwenhoek lived and worked here. He was a famous scientist and improved the microscope very much. He's considered to be one of the founders of todays cell-biology
The remonstrtate church is build on the inner court at the same place where there was a secret church dating back to 1639. The entrance to the church is through a house that was buidl in 1909 with the portait of the clergyman and poet P.A de Génestet above the entrance.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
Delfts Blue ???
Does this count as Delfts Blue? If you go to the new church and then walk to the right, you'll see this sculpture. It's a giant blue seethrough heart. It makes such a nice contrast to the old buildings.
Beestenmarkt is Dutch for Animal Market. It is a market square just outside the historical center, but still in the city center. A monestary was built on this square in teh 15th century. When it was destroyed in the 16th century, there was a big square of land available. This land was used to have an animal market, where sheep, cows and other cattle was sold. The last cow was sold here in 1972. To commemerate the animal market, there's a modern statue of a cow in the center of the square.
Hidden on the outskirts of town are a few old glorious buildings owned by Rijkswaterstaat, the governmental institution that looks after the water and road infrastructure of our country. I discovered the buildings when I went for a job interview here.
This time I drove back to see them again. But the photo doesn't do it justice as I couldn't get far away enough or I'd have tumbled in the water!
The wall anchors were lovely, elaborate stone masonry and even turrets!
- Family Travel
My business appointment was on Vlaming street. A lovely little canal with lots of houses along it on either side. With all the sunshine, it gave a very village-y feel.
Do get slightly out of the town center and explore!
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
De Roos Mill
De Roos Mill is the only mill left in Delft - and it's a ncie coincidence that this last one is still working. it can be visited and, aside learning how this mill functions, there's also an exhibit called "Delftse Windmolens" which tells you all about the history of all past Delft mills.
Price: 1.50 euros
Open Mondays from 1.00 a.m. to 5.45 p.m, and Tuesdays to Fridays from 9.00 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. .
This type of thing can be seen all over the city. It gives a wonderful feel to the streets. Look out for it.
A hidden musketeer
In the inner court of the Prinsenhof (the way to the toilets from the Nonnery) you can find this little man keeping a close watch on who's coming an dgoing..