A couple of months ago, at the beginning of May, my husband and I decided to go on a daytrip to the lovely Dutch town of Delft. I took heaps of pics that day (what did you expect?!) but I haven’t shared them with you just yet… until today that is 😀 Let me take you on a trip through this authentic piece of Holland!
As always, we decided on just strolling around the little town, enjoy the hustle and bustle and drape ourselves down on a terrace here and there.
I’ll treat you on some pictures I took that day.
We started off our walk crossing canals, passing fabulous buildings. And that’s what I love about Dutch towns: the mix of canals and old canal houses. In between the older buildings are newer ones of course, but a lot of them blend in really well.
Delft has hundreds of listed buildings. A lot of them date back to the 17th – 18th century, some even to the 16th century.
The Prinsenhof can be entered from a gate you find at Oude Delft. It has a museum about Holland, Delft and Delftware and you can spend some time in the garden.
The museum is housed in a building of great historical importance. It was once the court of William of Orange, the founder of the Dutch nation. His statue watches over the garden.
The Prinsenhof museum lies at the Agathaplein. This is a lovely place where you can find a cute sweetshop: Winkeltje Kouwenhoven. Check it out and buy some Dutch ‘drop’!
Of course I took the opportunity to take some outfitpictures in Delft. You can see the outfitpost here!
On the market you can find several shops selling Delftware. I wanted to buy something for my friend in Australia, but I didn’t want the touristy stuff and all the rest was waaaaaaay too expensive… so sorry Katelijne… I’ll find you something else 😉
Besides hundres of bicycles, the market place has some fabulous historical buildings on offer, like the ‘Nieuwe Kerk’ (the ‘new church’) which dates from the 14th century… not so new if you ask me! The top part of the church is completely black now because of pollution.
On the other side of the market place is the 17th century town hall.
Many Dutch towns have courtyards. I did a blogpost once about a walk through courtyards in Utrecht which you can read here. In Delft we also found a couple of courtyards, offering the people living around it the peace and quiet of a garden.
Of course a daytrip wouldn’t be a daytrip without some wining and dining… and we did just that in this beautiful and quirky bar/restaurant ‘t Postkantoor. In the afternoon we had wine and bread on the outdoor terrace, at night we came back here to have a lovely diner for two. I can highly recommend this bar/restaurant!
Have you ever visited Delft before? Let me know in the comments!
PS: do scroll down all the way for more pics of Delft!