A photo tour of Delft, south Holland

A photo tour of Delft, south Holland

Last spring we paid a short visit to the town of Delft, in south Holland. Although we could have stayed longer, the town’s narrow, canal-lined streets were easy to stroll around in just a few hours.

Here are some of my favourite photographs from the trip.

Delft

Delft

Delft dates from the 11th century, and is full of olde-worlde charm.

Delft

Delft

Delft

There’s a real buzz to the town on market days (Thursdays and Saturdays), with busy canalside cafes and restaurants full of visitors and locals. The market takes place in the ‘Markt’, or the town square, in the shadow of the grand Stadhuis (town hall).

Delft

In the spring and summer, an antiques market lines up along the side of the canals in the town centre, with everything from quirky paintings to brass ornaments on sale.

Delft

Delft is the birthplace of artist Johannes Vermeer, who painted Girl with a Pearl Earring. If we’d had longer there, we’d have paid a visit to the Vermeer Centrum Delft, which gives a glimpse of his studio, and of what it would have been like for the artist, living in 17th Century Holland.

If you’re looking for tradition, in Delft it’s everywhere, from the imposing Niewe Kerke to the wrought-iron street lamps, and the  street organs piping out merry tunes.

Delft

Delft

Delft

Delft

Delft is home of the distinctive blue-and-white Delft pottery, developed in the 17th Century from Chinese influences. If there’s room in your car, you can pick some up in one of the town’s many workshops and studios.

Make sure you leave some space for cheese, too. Much of it comes from neighbouring Gouda (which you can read about here).

Delft

Like the rest of south Holland (which I’ve posted about here), we found Delft to be a relaxed, enjoyable, child-friendly place. Hopefully we’ll return one day.

Delft

If you like this, you might also enjoy:

A week at Strandpark Vlugtenburg, south Holland

Six stops on a south Holland road trip

A morning at Gouda cheese market

Windmills at Kinderdijk, near Rotterdam in Holland

Music boxes and Old Masters at the Mauritshuis Museum, the Hague

Family fun at Duinrell Wassenaar

  • Gouda
    A morning at Gouda cheese market

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12 Comments

    • Nell
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Thanks. We loved it!

  1. April 28, 2017 / 11:41 am

    such a pretty town!

    • Nell
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      It is indeed.

  2. April 28, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Wow, it looks so beautiful! And actually it has made me realise how little I know about Holland as a country. I’ve visited twice and didn’t stay anywhere that looked so traditional as Delft. Time for another visit I think!
    Nat.x

    • Nell
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      It was like bottled heritage! A gorgeous place.

  3. April 29, 2017 / 8:06 am

    Delft really is a beautiful city. I have not been there since I was a student in Leiden. I reckon it’s time to return.

    • Nell
      Author
      April 29, 2017 / 9:16 am

      Ooh – how long did you study in Leiden? I love that part of the world. I’d like to spend a big tranche of time there at some point.

  4. April 30, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    There is certainly something that is quite ‘storybook’ about Holland, isn’t there? Love the photos!

    • Nell
      Author
      May 4, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you!

  5. May 4, 2017 / 8:16 am

    This looks absolutely beautiful! It certainly makes me want to travel. It looks almost magical.
    There!
    Thanks for sharing x

    • Nell
      Author
      May 8, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      It did feel like a very special place!

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