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Skip the Line: The Hague and Holland Pass
"Pick up your pass from The Hague Central Station Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or various Travelex branches throughout the Netherlands. Then choose from more than 60 museums and attractions in The Hague Delft and neighboring cities such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam for free skip-the-line entry (see the Itinerary for a full list).Valid for one month your pass gives you your choice of two four or six entrance tickets divided into gold
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Private Walking Tour: Delft's Royal History and Pottery
"Your walking tour starts at Delft Market Square in front of beautiful City Hall. Since this is a private tour you can customize your exact itinerary; simply let your guide know which sights you'd like to see. Head to Delft’s preserved Old Town whose sights include the old town hall the Old Church (Oude Kerk) and Agneta Park. Ponder the life and career of Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer who was born and raised in Delft as you stroll along the canal-lined streets. You’ll then delve into Delft’s royal history by visiting several sites connected to the Dutch royal family. Your guide will tell stories and explain the significance behind each place you visit to ensure y the leader of the Dutch Revolt and the independent Dutch Republic. Born in the House of Nassau
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Private Walking Tour: Delft's Royal History and Pottery
"Your walking tour starts at Delft Market Square in front of beautiful City Hall. Since this is a private tour you can customize your exact itinerary; simply let your guide know which sights you'd like to see. Head to Delft’s preserved Old Town whose sights include the old town hall the Old Church (Oude Kerk) and Agneta Park. Ponder the life and career of Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer who was born and raised in Delft as you stroll along the canal-lined streets. You’ll then delve into Delft’s royal history by visiting several sites connected to the Dutch royal family. Your guide will tell stories and explain the significance behind each place you visit to ensure y the leader of the Dutch Revolt and the independent Dutch Republic. Born in the House of Nassau
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Delfland water council house Tips (6)

The tower, what it's all about

This was the next thing to catch my eye.
In the 19th century people realized that polluted drinking water could cause cholera and typhus. They then came up with systems for the distribution of drinking water. The water came from ´clean´ areas where it was filtered in a natural way. After yet another epidemic of cholera in 1866, large cities got their first water-supply system. The drinking water was stored in purified water cellars and from there pumped to an elevated tank.
Delft got its waterworks in 1887. The water-collection area was the dunes near Monster, where a water tower was built. The loss of water pressure caused by the large distance necessitated a second elevated reservoir in Delft. It was decided to build a water tower on the site of the former bulwark near the Haagpoort, where the town cemetry was situated from 1829 till 1874. The tower was designed by the town architect M.A.C. Hartman, and is 29 metres high. It was built in 1895. The construction consists of brickwork and steel joists. The water was held in the cantilevered upper part: a riveted steel tank (contents 600 m3) with a double vaulted bottom. With its ring-shaped edge it seats at the body of the tower. Its neo-renaissance style is characteristic for that time. With its merlons and its beautiful green surroundings, the tower reminds us more or less of a romantic castle.
Since the tower has been built, its exterior hardly changed. Inside a concrete floor and an iron spiral staircase were added in 1908. At the same time the pump was placed outside the tower. Because of the increased use of water, a purified water cellar (contents 1900 m3) was built next to the tower in 1918.
Since 1921 Delft's drinking water has come from Rotterdam, and is purified Rhine water. The distance necessiated a second pumping-station. Up to 1996 the old water tower was used to regulate the pressure in the system, but it fell into disuse as reservoir much earlier, because through the years Delft needed more than 1250 m3 water per hour!

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iandsmith
Nov 18, 2007

More remarkable houses along the Oude Delft (2)

Besides the "Wapen van Savoyen" another spectacularly beautifuly decorated house deserves your full attention. This huge canal house dates back to 1505 and was built by Jan de Huyter in late-Gothic style. Since 1645 it is the seat of the "Hoogheemraadschap Delfland" (= Waterscape society or "Dyke Conservancy Board of Delfland"). Water and waterlevels are of vital importance to the Dutch landscape. So important that already in medieval times special governements were formed to organise and control the water in various parts of the Netherlands. Delfland was a very important one and stretches out over a vast terrrain towards the sea between The Hague and Hoek van Holland (a very low and fragile part of Holland). Remarkable are the coats of arms of the various parts within this part of the Netherlands, falling under the protection of the Delfland Board.

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Pavlik_NL
Apr 12, 2005

Dyke conservatory board of Delfland

Build in 1505 this building has seen some history. It started out as a private house but housed among others the Court of Holland during the rise of Holland. It also was the home for Filips, count of Hohenlohe who was married to the eldest daughter of Wiliam of Orange..

In 1652 it got the function it has still today

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Mique
Feb 13, 2004

Gemeenlandshuis van Delfland

This is the official name of the building and of the photo in the previous tip.
It's luxury shows the power of the board that worked within: a council that ruled the polders and dykes.
Water is so important in The Netherlands. There are various old and historical water councils that decide stuff about the water and everything that has to do with it. The council is an elected one.

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ATLC
May 30, 2003
 
 
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Dike board"s office of delfland

Built as a privatehouse..a like this house ...so beautifull to see!!Nice colors ..beauty for a photo.Every time when I come to Delft..I go to this house..Great!!

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truus_s
Oct 12, 2004

Architectural opulence

Late gothic private house, most of it still original. Built in 1505 by Jan de Huyter. In 1652 the coats of arms of the members of the polder board were designed by Pieter Post.

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"For your Dutch quaintness fix :-)"
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"Delft from where the "blue" conquered the world."
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"DELFT --A SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS"
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"Delving into Delft"
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"Playing tourist on a beautiful sunny but cold day"
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Things to Do Near Delft

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Hugo de Groot

When you've finished ogling the tilted old church tower, this fine edifice is sure to catch your attention on the other side of the canal. For some reason I never went and photographed the plaque that...
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Nieuwe Kerk

There is so much to see in the New Church, maybe too much to mention. We walked our way up to the mausoleum of William the Silent and the private royal family crypt. After we had a good look at both...
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Oude Kerk

The Old Church is considered to have been founded in 1246, when Count William II gave the industrial little city of Delft its own charter. We were able to visit it when we were on our way from the...
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Prinsenhof

Delftware was invented in an attempt to imitate the world-famous Chinese blue and white porcelain. Thanks to the Dutch entrepreneurial spirit, this 'imitation porcelain' was so successfully developed...
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Mauritshuis

I have to admit that I was a little surprised by the gallery, there was a huge queue, and I waited in line for some 50 minutes. I should note that the queue was badly managed, and it was for those who...
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Koninklijke Stallen

The Royal Stables was established in 1815 by King William I. The present quarters at Hogewal in The Hague came into use in 1878. The Royal Stables houses the gala tack room. The equipment is used for...
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