Ah, lovely Delft: compact, charming, relaxed. It's a very popular tourist destination – day trippers (and lovers of beauty and refinement) clamour to stroll Delft's narrow, canal-lined streets, gazing at the remarkable old buildings and meditating on the life and career of Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer.
The artist was born in Delft and lived here – View of Delft, one of his best-loved works, is an enigmatic, idealised vision of the town. Delft is also famous for its 'delftware', the distinctive blue-and-white pottery originally duplicated from Chinese porcelain by 17th-century artisans.
Delft was founded around 1100 and grew rich from weaving and trade in the 13th and 14th centuries. In the 15th century a canal was dug to the Maas river, and the small port there, Delfshaven, was eventually absorbed by Rotterdam.
Amsterdam Super Saver 2: Windmills, Delft, The Hague and Madurodam Day Trip
Immerse yourself in the charm of the Netherlands with this combination of two best-selling tours at a discounted price. Take a morning tour from Amsterdam to see the famous Zaanse Schans windmills and the quaint fishing villages of Marken and Volendam. Then, continue your day trip from Amsterdam with visits to three don't-miss attractions: Delft, The Hague and Madurodam.
Delft, The Hague and Madurodam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam
Take a fascinating afternoon tour to see Holland in a Nutshell at Madurodam, shop for a famous blue pottery at Delft and go for a drive through the former capital, The Hague. Your scenic guided tour starts with a visit to the picturesque town of Delft to tour Delftse Pauw, one of the famous Delft blue potteries.