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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 KerkΒ – Protestant place of worship housing the tomb of William of Orange.

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

Main SquareΒ – 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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SouvenirsΒ 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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  • jessica@cornersoftheworld.nl'
    Jessica
    May 24, 2017 at 4:49 pm

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

  • deboravanurk@live.nl'
    Debora
    May 23, 2017 at 9:17 pm

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

  • taste.france@yahoo.com'
    Taste of France
    May 23, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    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 at 1:29 am

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

  • blog_aequilibrist@web.de'
    Monique
    May 21, 2017 at 9:16 pm

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

  • vicisin@aol.com'
    victoria perrone
    May 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    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.

  • rachelbaylis2@gmail.com'
    Rachel Baylis
    May 21, 2017 at 3:37 am

    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!

  • michael@mileinmyglasses.co.uk'
    Michael @ Mile in My Glasses
    May 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    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

  • jacqueline.x@gmail.com'
    Jacqueline
    May 20, 2017 at 10:26 am

    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

  • Elizabeth@asuitcasefullofbooks.com'
    Elizabeth
    May 20, 2017 at 7:18 am

    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!

  • brubuncewanderer@gmail.com'
    Brubunce
    May 20, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Beautiful pics WOW

  • tallgirlbigworld@gmail.com'
    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    May 20, 2017 at 2:58 am

    I’ve never been to the Netherlands, but it’s very high on my list! πŸ™‚ 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

  • laura.yackel@gmail.com'
    Laura Yackel
    May 20, 2017 at 12:52 am

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

  • nbene@rogers.com'
    Tosh
    May 20, 2017 at 12:33 am

    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 πŸ™‚

  • deborah@messagecommunications.ca'
    Tag Along Deb
    May 19, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    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. πŸ™‚

    • Elizabeth@asuitcasefullofbooks.com'
      Elizabeth
      May 20, 2017 at 7:44 am

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

  • danielle.arnold23@gmail.com'
    Danielle Theriault
    May 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Delft is like a mini Amsterdam. So picturesque!

  • anna--lisa@hotmail.it'
    Annalisa
    May 19, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Cool blog! Please take a look at mine!

  • trpbtravels@yahoo.com'
    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    May 19, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    it reminds me a bit of Bruges:)

  • hiashleylamar@gmail.com'
    Ashley
    May 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    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.

  • christiegoyette@gmail.com'
    Christie
    May 19, 2017 at 9:59 am

    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 πŸ™‚