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Oostpoort, Delft

Oostpoort, 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  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 Porceleijne Fles (address: Rotterdamseweg 196) is a factory where you can see how they are produced. The entrance fee is euro 8. In their shop you will find a nice collection of handpainted Delft and a collection of Delft made with thransfers.

Delft Pottery de Delftse Pauw (address: Delftweg 133) is a factory which exclusively produces handpainted Delftware. There is a personal guided tour free of charge. In their shop you will find a nice collection of Delftware, all handpainted. Prices are factory prices.

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). Do not forget to go and see the Gemeenlandshuis, a very impressive early 16th century building

The Nieuwe Kerk is the place where the Royal Family is buried. October 2002 was the first burial in a series, the one of His Royal Highness Prince Claus, the husband of Queen Beatrix, the ones of her mum and dad a bit later. Really sad, "Sans famille".

Every Thursday there is a large market on "de Markt" with vegetables, fruit, fish, cloth, bakkery and all kinds of other things.

Every Saturday there is a little market on the Brabantse Turfmarkt and Burgwal, nearby the central market place. 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

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.


July 05, 2007 change by lpx

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