Day trip to the charming city of Delft
Only one hour by train from Amsterdam, Delft is a great choice for a day trip. Well known for its blue porcelain, which indeed can be found in numerous shops around the city, it has more to offer to its visitors. It’s a charming, compact and cosy city, with beautiful architecture, old buildings and impressive churches, canals and shopping streets. Delft breathes history through all its pores — I almost felt like I went back in time during my visit (thanks to the small cobbled streets, the antique shops, the houses, and probably the autumn rain!)
An interesting fact; Delft is the birthplace of the famous painter Johannes Vermeer. You can follow his footsteps around the city, visit the Vermeer Center to learn about his life and work, and find his grave in the Oude Kerk (Old Church). Something else that stood out for me was how friendly the people are, eager to practice their English and tell you stories about the city. I didn’t have time to see everything in one day, of course, but I’m lucky to live so close and I’ll return to see the city again, maybe this time in spring.
If you’re wondering what is there to do in Delft, I recommend to not miss:
- Walking around as much as you can, admire the streets and the houses — there’s no need to take any public transportation from the railway station, the centre is easily reached on foot
- The Vermeer Centrum or the Museum Prinsenhof
- Oude Kerk and Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) — you must see these beautiful churches. Don’t miss the blue heart next to the Nieuwe Kerk
- Visiting Royal Delft to witness production of the blue Delft porcelain
- Hunting for special shops or for antique ceramic shops (these were my favourites).
Here are some photos to show you how beautiful Delft is on an autumn day: