Delft is a beautiful Dutch city located in between Rotterdam and The Hague in the Netherlands. Well known for theÂ Delft Blue Pottery, this small city has a typically Dutch city center lined byÂ gorgeous canals.
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The city of Delft has a history dating back to more than 750 years, its name derived from the word “delven” in Dutch meaning to dig. Delft has a good connectivity by road and rail with the other major cities in the Netherlands and the Amsterdam Schipol airport is just 45 minutes away.
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Most of the Delft attractions are concentrated in and around the city center and it is best to walk along the narrow winding paths. Just keep an eye on the traffic.
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Start with the Oude Kerk (Old Church) situated on Heilige Geestkerkhof 25. As the name indicates, this is the oldest church in Delft, built in the 13th century. Originally known as the St Hippolyte Church, it was the highest building of its time,Â characterizedÂ by the 5 spires.Â The famous Dutch Baroque painter Johan Vermeer is buried here.
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The Markt Square contains the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) built in the 15th century. The church is important since it houses the royal burial chamber. Prince William of Orange (Willem van Oranje) was the first royal to be buried here after being shot in 1584. Since then, the tradition continues.
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The Stadhuis (City Hall) is also situated in the Markt Square, just opposite the Nieuwe Kerk. It was rebuilt in the 17th century after a fire destroyed the building.
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The city is also home to the Delft Technical University (TU Delft), one of the three universities of technology in the Netherlands. Just behind the university, in Julianalaan, lies the Botanical Garden. Enjoy the rich plant life including tropical, sub tropical, and ornamental plants and herbs in this beautiful green area.
Another one of the things to do in Delft is a trawl around the traditional open markets held in the city center, every Thursdays and Saturdays. Shop till your heart’s content, the next great bargain may be just round the corner!