If you are looking for culture, tradition and modernity and scenic view in one place, then be assured, you are looking for a splendid vacation at Delft in the Netherlands. In all honesty, this place is the perfect mixture of what is modern and what is medieval. This beautiful city has something or the other for everyone. You will never be disappointed no matter whatever you are looking for in a tour. It is such a beautiful city that you will fall in love with it.
With its canals and its medieval architecture, Delft is a place that will warm your soul and will quench every tourist’s thirst. If you have been looking for things to do in and around Delft while you are on vacation in this beautiful city, quit thinking. The article below brings to you the ten most unique and most amazing things that you could do here. Continue reading and find out more.
1. Delve into the History with the Prinsenhof Museum
Are you immensely interested in history? Then Delft has the perfect place for you – the Prinsenhof Museum. A visit to this museum will let you experience a wonderful trip through the lanes of the history of the country as well as the city. Formerly a palace for a prince who was executed here in 1584, it now houses several paintings, artifacts, and a plethora of great information.
2. Visit the Nieuwe Kerk or the New Church
Here is the thing about Delft – the Old Church is not as old as you would think it is, and the New Church is not as new as you would think it is. The church was started in the 1300s and was completed in the year 1496. The bell tower of this church is enormous, rising at a height of 108.75 meters.
3. Stroll in the Historic and Beautiful City Centre
No matter where you go and what you do in the city of Delft, your trip will forever remain incomplete if you do not take a stroll around the historic City Centre of the city. It is so historic and so beautiful that you are bound to fall in love with it. If you are into gothic cathedrals, you must see the one that is situated here. Apart from that, there are several things like the stained glass, the huge bell, and the beautiful organ that you could admire. You could also see Vermeer’s grave here.
4. Explore Beestenmarkt
Beestenmarkt probably has the most interesting history of all the places in the city. First, it was a monastery. Then with the gradual rise of Protestantism, the monks decided to close the monastery. Thus over time, an animal market sprung up here, and eventually, that gave way to modern shops and cafes and whatnot. However, here you will still see the cow statue that will keep reminding you of its history.
5. Enjoy a Sumptuous Local Lunch at Kek
So much of traveling can go hard on your tummy, and when around midday, it starts begging for food, you need to stop and grab a sumptuous bite. When in Delft, do not even think of missing out on Kek. It is a favorite food joint for the locals. It is pretty affordable, and very importantly, it is very vegan-friendly! Yay! So, it has a little something for everyone so that no one returns with an empty, complaining stomach.
6. Enjoy the Nightlife with Some Tea or Beer at De Klomp
Delft can be a very romantic place if you want it to be. At night you could stroll in the historic parts of the city and soak it in with some awesome tea or maybe some beer. The tea is no doubt great. If you want to have some great beer, head to De Klomp and enjoy some authentic local beer.
7. Rent a Bike and Enjoy the Scenery
Like the rest of Europe, bicycles are popular in Delft, as well. If exploring the city on foot seems too mainstream for you, you could rent a bike and explore this beautiful city. Take your bike wherever you want to and explore as many hidden treasures of the city as you can. It is gorgeous and charming. So don’t forget to get your bikes out and ride through the beautiful streets of this historic city. You will fall head over heels in love with its beauty for sure.
8. Discover the Delft Blue Pottery at Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles
The one thing without which your trip to the city will be incomplete is the Delftware. It is beautiful, and you could head to Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, which is one of the last functioning factories, to hear the audio that will tell you how the traditional pottery is made.
9. Explore the Market Square
If you want to wander through one of the most happening places in the city, you should visit the Market Square. It is always jostling with people and is a great place to observe the local culture. You could enjoy some good food and some drinks here and then continue with your people-watching. Situated in the middle of the old city center, this is where the markets are held, and this Square also has the Town Hall and the Nieuwe Kerk buildings. All in all, it is a treat to your eyes.
10. Delft Canals are the Best Places to Explore
Have you been to Delft if you have not explored its beautiful canals? You can bet that the answer is no. Delft is mainly known for its intricate network of channels, and it is something that you should witness while you are in the city. You could walk around the canals and appreciate its beauty as well as that of the town. The canals are lined on both sides with trees and some typical Dutch architecture in the old city center. There are some coffee shops and houses, even where the water reaches up to the first steps! It is just so much fun!
No matter how many times you visit this city, it will always be new, always be fresh. It will surprise you every time you visit it, and every time you will fall in love with it anew. If you have been wondering whether you should go a vacation to this place, stop thinking and plan for it. Delft is a place for good memories, and therefore, you are going to remember this place for a lifetime.