Delft Travel Guide

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Delft Highlights

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    margaretvn says…

     wonderful buildings, compact centre, lots of history 

  • Con
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    ATLC says…

     Bit touristy but wonderful shopping! 

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     I loved the place, could happily spend a week there 

Delft Things to Do

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  • Nieuwe Kerk

    This famous church, with the second tallest steeple in The Netherlands at 375 ft, is consecrated to St. Ursula, and faces the City Hall across the market square. By legend, the concept arose from the vision of a Delft beggar Symon in January 1351 who saw an image of golden church with Mary seated on a throne. A wooden church was erected on the site...

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  • Markt square

    The central market of Delft is one of the largest market squares in Europe, 50x120 yards, and bounded on the short ends by the Nieue Kerk and the Stadthuis. On the long axes, stores and restaurants with outdoor dining occupy most of the buildings. The square is on one of the highest points in the city and dates to the late 13th C, and has been used...

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  • Delft Blue ceramics

    It is true! When visiting Delft you may not leave without visiting a shop, a boutique, a school or a museum full of Delft Blue. Most tourists do visit the Stedelijk Museum at Prinsenhof ... But you may find all over the place those cute little shops with Delft Blue gifts. Take your walk in peace and quiet, and enjoy your time when spotting one of...

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Delft Restaurants

  • Super tasty food!

    De Waag is both a cafe and a restaurant. We came here after a long day of sightseeing and were intrigued by the old rooms full of character so that we decided to have dinner here. The restaurant seemed to be very popular as all the tables were occupied and the waiters and waitresses had a lot to do, but soon enough we found out why: the food is...

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  • A Chain that Delivers

    Bakker Bart is a franchise chain of baked good and sandwich shops, the largest in the Netherlands with almost 200 outlets opened since 1977. The founder, Bart Velasco, sold his company to a large German group in 2000 and moved on to other businesses. He may have consumed a few too many of his rich breads, pastries, and sandwiches, crossing from a...

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  • Don't miss the"poffertjes", Mr. Clinton...

    There are restaurants from nearly every nationality, but some of them are exclusive, and situated in beatiful buildings. The typical Dutch soup is the "Erwten soep",peesoup, and "rode kool met appeltjes" .

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Delft Nightlife

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  • Bebop

    Bebop is a jazzcafe where you can eat and drink.Or simply watch the old-fashioned wallpapers.A good place to get a rest on workingdays, crowded in the evenings of the weekends.

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  • Best mayonnaise ever

    The Belvedere is quite easily among the most popular cafes of Delft. Located right in a lively locality of Beestenmarkt, this place is always full of people - something I like a lot!What I do have to recommend here is the french fries. This is a Belgian cafe and true to its name it does have Belgian mayonnaise. Its probably the best mayonnaise I...

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  • nightclub

    We visited this club on May 5th 2007. This club would not allow us in (a group of 10 people). They do not allow foreigners in and even told our Dutch host that the reason for not letting us in was because we were a group of foreigners. As a group we comprised of 1 Dutch (resident of Delft), 1 English, 1 German, and 7 French.This was a disgusting...

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Delft Transportation

  • Park and Walk: Free parking in Delft

    You have to pay to park in or near the center of Delft, and most of the center is closed for carsThere are several car parks around the center, where you pay 2 euros/hour (2012).If you are cheap like us, you park just outside of the center for free in the residential areas. We parked near the Weteringlaan, less than 15 minutes walking to the center...

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  • Access to Delft

    Delft is located on major highways and accessible by car and also connected directly to The Hague by a tram that takes only a few minutes. Yet for most visitors intercity train must be the easiest. Twice an hour service from Amsterdam, maybe an hour and ten minutes, buy tickets and get on the train. Crowded cars, but available seats on every train...

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  • By tram to or from Den Haag

    I decided to take the tram from Delft to Den Haag instead of the train. I'd recommend it as a safe, comfortable-enough, easy and cheap way to see a bit of suburban Delft and Den Haag on your way between the two places. There are only two tram route in Delft: the number 1 goes to Den HaagThe tram stop had a very helpful diagram showing all tram...

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Delft Shopping

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  • Delft Blue Pottery

    Just world-famous for its blue and white pottery, porcelain and ceramics Delft cannot be left without visiting a Delft Blue shop. You may find beautiful small Delft Blue products for your kitchen,... And don't forget the Delft Blue tiles which are in favour, even the very cheap kitchy-ones. Some hand-made painted souvenirs are really gorgeous...

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  • Board Games Eldorado

    If you are a board game geek like me and happen to be in Delft, why not pay a visit to the city's biggest and surprisingly well equipped "spelletjeswinkel" (games shop) Speldorado? In a central location, this shop seems to stock pretty much all the board games that are en vogue at the moment, ranging from card games to strategic games, from...

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  • Shoes great for feet

    Quite by chance I came across this shop. They have a webshop called onlybrands.nl and I had ordered some FitFlops there. When they were delivered to my home, they turned out to be too small. Instead of sending them back, I decided to visit the store and try them on there.Well, the end of story is that the sandals I'd originally ordered are now in...

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Delft Local Customs

  • Inside Nieuwe Kerk

    According to my brochure this organ was built by the Utrecht organ builder Bätz betwen 1837-1839. It has 3 keyboards, 48 registers and a free foot keyboard (pedals). And more than 3000 pipes. I've not been to an organ concert in this church but I have in the Oude Kerk (old church).

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  • Royal tomb

    On the Market square of Delft stands tall the high tower of the Niewe Kerk. It is one of the highest in The Netherlands and inside the church are the graves of the Orange-family (royal) of The Netherlands. Especially the beautiful grave monument of the father of the fatherland, William of Orange, is surely worth a visit. The Orange-family are very...

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  • Nieuwe Kerk

    As usual I cannot resist to make a close up of the tower. An added bonus is always if there are bells to be seen from the outside, although the true campanological treasures usually remain hidden inside the tower. For that one must climb the tower. I''m sure the view would be magnificent.

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Delft Warnings and Dangers

  • Enjoy the local apple and SALIVA...

    I'm a girl from Delft and I can assure you that this says nothing about local conception of hygiene and food, but more about the bakery. Fortunately the bakery doesn't exist anymore. It's now a branche of Subways. Enjoy your food in Delft!

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  • Late Night Hooligans

    As I lay in limbo one night, I heard the crash of glass breaking, praying it wasn't the windshield of my car parked next to the outside canal on the street below. On a walk earlier in the day I saw broken car glass on the sidewalk and wondered if it was a reoccuring theme in this seemgly Payton Place.The next morning, we walked past the Indian...

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  • Enjoy the local apple and SALIVA ...

    Looking down into the cellar of a famous posh bakery located on the main place of the town ("markt"), me and my family witnessed the talents of the baker in preparing those local apple fritters or donuts called "appelflap", and consisting of an apple ring between two discs of dough. This experienced man (aged about 50) used neither his baking tools...

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Delft Tourist Traps

  • historical center

    DON`T GO IN THE CENTER WITH YOUR CAR BECAUSE YOU WILL NEVER REACHES THE NICE THINGS. There is a nice way to avoid all the parking problems, there are a few beautiful parking garages where you can park for reasonable prices.

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  • Markt square souvenir shops

    It is a beautiful town square, but with nothing but souvenir shops surrounding the square, I must say that this is a tourist trap. Each store is pretty much the same as the other. If you want to get the obligatory tee-shirt or things with delftware design this is the place to be. Go inside Nieuwe Kerk and if you can climb up the tower. If you...

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  • Restaurants and shops at the market...

    Be careful if you are hungry or want to buy a souvenir at one of the shops at the market place. Especially the reastaurants are tourist oriented and more expensive than others. Try restaurants and cafés away from the market place and compare the prices of the shops. If you are on a budget trip, go shopping in the shopping center near Zuiderstraat.

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Delft What to Pack

  • My video and photo cameras in...

    SONY Video Camera Recorder (Video 8) CCD-TR303E (1993-2003).With SONY AC Power adaptor and charger AC-V35 (1993-1995) and Hama Camcharger Combi II – universal battery charger/discharger for 6V NI-Cd video batteries. Ten years of life until its audio recorder failed. Its charger failed after 2 years working. The second charger worked 8 years. Its...

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  • My map, guide book and booklet in Delft

    Here is my map, guide book and booklet that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Delft.Netherlands. Le Petit Futé Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 1997, 250 pages.

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  • Leave your stuff in Amsterdam...

    I was staying in a Amsterdam hotel already. When it came time for me to go to Delft for night I took a day bag and left the rest of my stuff in the Amsterdam Hotel lock up. Hands free!

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Delft Off The Beaten Path

  • A nice place for a walk: Delftse Hout

    If Delft with all its small-town picturesqueness is getting a bit too much for you, why not go for a walk in the nearby Delftse Hout (Delft Wood)? It's only 1.5km away from the city centre and makes for a nice walking terrain. While there were hardly any people when we were there on an icy and windy winter's day, Delftse Hout is actually very...

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  • Vleeshall

    My eye was caught by the bull's head sticking out of this building, just off the Markt. It's the 'flesh hall'...the old meat market.It's a really old building, dating back to the 1300s and originally largely built of wood. Some of that earliest building still remains in its vaulted cellars (not accessible to the general public, as far as I know)....

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  • Enjoy the architecture

    Delft's historical centre has canals (of course). The canals are lined with older buildings, with lovely and varying gables as well as frills and furbelows of all types which reflected both the status of the original owners and the fashion of the time.It is well worth spending time wandering the side-street and canalsides. Whenever I visit the...

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Delft Sports & Outdoors

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    DELFT ROWING IN CANALS

    by ATLC Written Jun 1, 2003

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    I've seen people row their canoes in the Delft canals so I guess that's a sports tip!

    Equipment: A canoe, peddles, and a swimming diploma? :-)
    Sorry, I don't have any further info!

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  • General tourist information

    Delft is located between Rotterdam and The Hague. Delft is primarily known for its typically Dutch town centre (with canals); also for the painter Vermeer, Delft Blue pottery (Delftware) and its association with the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. I was lucky to visit it in December of 1996. You can watch my 2 min 46 sec Video...

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  • Delft Blue Pottery

    Walking through picturesque Delft and its lovely small streets along the canals you may find some really beautiful views. So have a city-walk which can be booked at different tourist shops, where you can choose for your own theme (like an art walk, history-walk, architecture-walk etc.) Very fond of the Delft Blue this house door attracted my...

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  • Historical Delft

    This statue (2003) is also located in the Prinsenhof Gardens on St Agatha's Square. William of Orange was shot in 1584 in the Prinsenhof (the Prince's Court). www.delft.nl

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