A Day Trip to Delft, Netherlands

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A medium sized city just a 30 minute tram ride from The Hague, Delft is surely the most picturesque stop on any traveller’s Netherlands tour. Known for its blue and white ceramics and beautiful old town, Delft was my favourite find on this trip through the country and if I could change anything about my itinerary it would have been to spend at least one but preferably two nights here. If you find yourself in The Hague looking for a day trip or would prefer to base yourself in Delft to explore the region, here is a complete guide to Delft, Netherlands!

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Introducing Delft, Netherlands

A city more than 750 years old, Delft was built around a canal known as Oude Delft (old Delft) and later many other canals were dug around the city to make Delft what it is today. In the Netherlands and beyond, Delft is most known for their blue and white ceramics known as “Delftware” (believe me, if you don’t know what they are yet, you will by the time you leave!) It is also my top choice for the prettiest city in the Netherlands, moreover one of my top picks for Europe as a whole (seriously, this place is a postcard waiting to happen!)

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A Day Trip from The Hague

Arriving in Delft is by train, tram or car, depending on the rest of your itinerary in The Netherlands. For me, I chose to visit Delft as a day trip from the Hague as it was just a few minutes by train or a 30 minute tram ride from the city centre (I chose the latter so I could see more between the two two cities).

Given the compact size of the city and in particular the old town where you are likely to spend your time, a day trip is plenty of time to discover the city of Delft. It is however the kind of place you could spend a few days wandering at leisure, trying out all the different cafes and bakeries, so it wouldn’t be a bad option to base yourself here to explore the region (and probably cheaper than The Hague).

Things to See

Nieuwe Kerk – Protestant place of worship housing the tomb of William of Orange.

Oude Kerk – 13th Century Gothic-Protestant church with an impressive 9-tonne bell.

Main Square – The liveliest part of town and a great chance to sample local produce.

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Around Town: Shops, Cafes & Bakeries!

The greatest joy of Delft is just to wander without rhyme or reason, popping in and out of little boutiques that take your interest! Here are a few of my favourites:

Chocolaterie De Lelie – Hands down the best gelato in town (SO GOOD!)

Ten to Three Bakery – The cutest bakery in town – great little people watching spot, too!

Vintage Island – Really cute vintage shop – full of day dresses for your Euro wardrobe.

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Delft by boat, walk or bicycle

There are a few ways to see the city and if you have more time to enjoy the city, I’d recommend trying all three. Seeing Delft from the water is a relaxing way to see the city, as well as getting a commentary on the history and happenings as you float along.

Walking the city is by far the most popular choice as the city is mostly flat (like much of the Netherlands) and the only difficulty you will encounter is dodging bicycles who whizz past you!

The final option is to join the Dutchies and grab a bicycle for yourself (and by grab I mean rent one – ha!) This is a great way to explore any Dutch city of town, but just remember to stay to your right, ring your bell when approaching pedestrians, and use your arm to signal a turn before it happens. Voila!

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Souvenirs to take home

As you will soon see, the city of Delft takes a lot of pride in its Delftware and there are many shops selling various levels of quality for you to purchase and take home. If you’re a souvenir kind of person (me personally, I am not) then this would be a great keepsake to take home from your travels to remind you of the Netherlands.

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Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

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21 Comments

  1. jessica@cornersoftheworld.nl'

    Jessica

    May 24, 2017

    I’m glad you enjoyed Delft that much! I’m sure you would love the city of Leiden (also nearby The Hague) as well 🙂

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    Debora

    May 23, 2017

    As a Delftenaar I can tell you it’s not just a little less busy, luckily it’s not very busy at all 🙂 It’s vibrant though, but not packed with tourists

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    Taste of France

    May 23, 2017

    I love Delft. It is so picturesque and low-key. There are lots of cute small cities in the Netherlands–Maastricht, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Breda, Den Hague, Hoorn….
    But I could go on similarly about Belgium. And France. It’s always worth getting off the beaten track.

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    Nadia Cohen

    May 23, 2017

    Lovely photos! Netherlands is definitely on my list of places to visit.

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    Monique

    May 21, 2017

    Wow, this city looks beautiful.
    One time I will visit it, too:)

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    victoria perrone

    May 21, 2017

    I did a day trip to Delft, Rotterdam, and The Hague–loved Delft and I too felt like it was the perfect weekend city. Get there Friday and leisurely explore for two days and then leave Sunday evening. I didn’t have time to go to the Vermeer Museum or see the Gate to the city up close. I did the Delft factory tour–fascinating history.

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    Rachel Baylis

    May 21, 2017

    I love Holland but have never heard of this place before – will make sure i send some time there on my next visit. the photos remind me of Utrecht which is also worth a visit – and the home of Miffy!

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    Michael @ Mile in My Glasses

    May 20, 2017

    This is wonderful! I had never heard of the city before, but after reading this I definitely want to visit!

    I hope you have a magnificent Saturday!
    Michael

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    Jacqueline

    May 20, 2017

    How beautiful! Is Delft a little less busy than Amsterdam?? It looks gorgeous though – I can’t believe last week you were in snow and now you’re eating gelato! Beautiful xxx

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    Elizabeth

    May 20, 2017

    The Princenhoff is so much fun! I wish I could convince my Museum back home to adopt some of the Princenhoff’s technology use!!

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    Elizabeth

    May 20, 2017

    I did a day trip to Delft and highly recommend visiting the Vermeer Centrum, the Princenhoff Museum, and the Royal Delft Blue factory! The Princenhoff is anything but a boring museum. The surround sound and projections and their general use of technology makes it so much fun!

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    Brubunce

    May 20, 2017

    Beautiful pics WOW

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    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld

    May 20, 2017

    I’ve never been to the Netherlands, but it’s very high on my list! 🙂 Also, one request for future posts: could you start including links to the shops and such that you mention (if they have a website)? It’d make it easier for me to track them down is all! Lovely post though xx
    -Claire
    tallgirlbigworld.com

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    Laura Yackel

    May 20, 2017

    Your posts have been so helpful for me when I plan my trips. Thanks! Absolutely lovely pictures, as well.

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    Tosh

    May 20, 2017

    Looks like a beautiful place to visit! Definitely my kind of town; nice and quiet and a place to chill out. Great post and great photos, girl 🙂

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    Tag Along Deb

    May 19, 2017

    I’ve visited Delft twice and it charmed me the first time as much as the second. One other must-do is the innovative Museum Prinsenhof, which covers the history of William of Orange who is credited with bringing the provinces of the Netherlands together. It’s got some very cool techniques for storytelling and is an under-the-radar gem I can’t stop talking about whenever someone mentions Delft. 🙂

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    Danielle Theriault

    May 19, 2017

    Delft is like a mini Amsterdam. So picturesque!

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    Annalisa

    May 19, 2017

    Cool blog! Please take a look at mine!

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)

    May 19, 2017

    it reminds me a bit of Bruges:)

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    Ashley

    May 19, 2017

    Wow, these photos are beautiful! We just learned my husband’s family is from the Netherlands and we are trying to plan a trip there soon. We are still trying to discover exactly where in the Netherlands but once we do we are heading over there.

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    Christie

    May 19, 2017

    I had actually never heard of Delft before reading this but it looks so cute! I’ve only been to the Netherlands once–Nijmegen as a day trip from Germany. But I’m dying to visit more of the country next time I’m in Europe, and I think Delft will definitely have to be one of the cities I visit 🙂

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