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Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Delft

Delft

Delft is a nice old garrison town halfway between Rotterdam and The Hague. The name Delft actually means "Ditch". The center of the town has a few nice canals, you can wander along, and some good museums.
Delft is a university town, with a renowned technical university, so there are always many young people around and the atmosphere is pleasant enough. The only drawback: most students are male, and there is some shortage of young women.

Delft is of course also famous for Delftware, blue and white ceramics. They are on offer in all the tourist shops.
The Porcelijne Fles (address: Rotterdamseweg 196) is a factory where you can see how they are produced.
The main attractions include: Markt (central market place), Nieuwe Kerk (New Church on the Markt) and "het Stadhuis" (Cityhall, also on the Markt). Further on, the Wijnhaven is a nice canal, the Prinsenhof (nowadays a museum, but in history the place where Willem of Orange lived and is murdered), the Oude Kerk (Old Church), and "het Legermuseum" (the Royal Weapon Museum). The Nieuwe Kerk is the place where the Royal Family is buried.

Every Thursday there is a large market on "de Markt" with vegetables, fruit, fish, cloth, a bakery and all kinds of other things. Every Saturday there is a little market on the Brabantse Turfmarkt and Burgwal, nearby the central marketplace.


There is also on Saturday an antique market on the Hyppolytusbuurt, but only during summertime (approximately April-September). More information about Delft, you can find on the website http://www.delft.nl.

If you are visiting Delft there is a tourist office at the Hippolytusbuurt, a street between the Oude Kerk en the Nieuwe Kerk. Hope you enjoy your visit to this beautiful small city.



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