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Royal Delft: Delftblue Factory and Museum

1. Royal Delft: Delftblue Factory and Museum

Royal Delft, established in 1653, is the last remaining original Delft Blue factory from the 17th century in Delft that still hand makes Delft Blue according to a centuries-old tradition. Discover the history, craftsmanship and innovation of this royal company during a visit. The Royal Delft Experience takes you on an inspirational journey through the world of the centuries-old earthenware. Paintbrushes carefully touch the white earthenware, whilst elsewhere clay is poured into handmade moulds. It is here, at Royal Delft, that craftsmen have been creating the iconic Delft Blue for almost 400 years. Admire the collection of antique and modern pieces of Delft Blue earthenware and experience the authentic production process in the factory. In the showroom, the complete collection of hand-painted classic and modern Delftware and souvenirs are displayed and can be purchased. In 2018 Royal Delft celebrated its 365th anniversary. Highlights of the year were the exhibition “Nouveau Blue: vision to realisation” until 30 September and the painting of a Delft Blue tile painting by 365 people during the year. To complete the experience you can join one of the painting workshops and discover the skill needed to be a Royal Delft craftsman (upon reservation). Finally, you can soak up the atmosphere in Brasserie1653 that overlooks the beautiful courtyard garden, whilst having a cup of coffee, High tea, or lunch. There are audio and guided tours available in 8 languages. Royal Delft is easily accessible from Amsterdam, the Hague, and Rotterdam.

Delft: Entrance Ticket for the Old and New Churches

2. Delft: Entrance Ticket for the Old and New Churches

Visit two of the most famous churches in the Netherlands: the 'Oude Kerk' and 'Nieuwe Kerk' of the city of Delft. Both are architectural marvels full of history and stories and can be visited with just one ticket The New Church was completed in 1655. Almost every member of the royal family since the death of William of Orange have been laid to rest here. The church is also known for spectacular architecture, giant pipe organ, and stained-glass windows The Old Church is thought to have been founded in 1246. See its crooked tower, which is 2 meters off-center, and admire its distinctive stained-glass windows. It’s also where you’ll find the graves of famous Dutch people such as the painter Vermeer.

Delft: Vermeer Centrum Delft Museum Entry Ticket

3. Delft: Vermeer Centrum Delft Museum Entry Ticket

Book your ticket to the Vermeer Centrum Delft Museum to see reproductions of Johannes Vermeer. Learn about the Dutch Baroque Period painter's life, techniques, and painting at this quaint museum. Arrive at Vermeer Centrum Delft, a former Guild of St. Luke building, and speak with a volunteer to learn about the museum. Receive an audioguide and head to the basement where you'll watch a short film on Vermeer and Delft in the 17th-century. Afterward, see 37 painting reproductions by Vermeer. Learn about the artist's life and family, as well as the city he lived in. The first floor of the museum is dedicated to Vermeer’s working ­method. Use a camera obscura to play with colors and perspectives and literally step into a Vermeer painting. On the second floor of the museum learn more about the love messages in Vermeer's paintings. In the exhibition "Love messages from Vermeer" understand the meaning and symbolism of certain objects and details in the artist's paintings. Conclude your visit to the museum with a visit to the gift shop.

From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof, Tulip Fields & Delft

4. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof, Tulip Fields & Delft

Arrive in Keukenhof before noon and follow your guide to skip the lines. Learn all the interesting facts about tulips and history of the Netherlands on a walking tour amongst the themed floral displays of Keukenhof Gardens. See millions of daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths in bloom. Enjoy the stunning scenery and photo opportunities in the endless sea of flowers in Keukenhof. Later in the afternoon, visit the canal city of Delft. You will get to see a typical Dutch town which is famous for its iconic Delftware. Join the workshop prepared at Delft Blue Pottery Factory to learn about the Dutch handcraft tradition. Your guide will then take you to the lively market square of Delft where you can stroll along historic canals, cobblestone streets and the medieval architecture in the Old Church, City Hall, the New Church and more. You’ll have time to explore museums, shops, bars and cafés at your own pace.

Delft: Private Historical and Cultural Guided Walking Tour

5. Delft: Private Historical and Cultural Guided Walking Tour

See the historical sights of Delft on a guided walking tour in English, German,Dutch, French or Spanish, on this customizable tour. Marvel at the mausoleum of Prince William of Orange, the founding father of the Netherlands. Stroll over the medieval square to the beautiful city town hall in Renaissance style. Let us peek inside and see how justice was spoken here centuries ago. Venture down small alleys to find charming courtyards, cross historic bridges over the numerous canals and find several highlights along the old streets, like the ancient church, the Prince´s Court, the beguinage, the only remaining historical windmill and the best hidden court of Delft: the court of Almonde. Walk into the paintings of legendary Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, on this guided walking tour through the artist's hometown and visit the places where his masterpieces were set. Delft is famous for 1 other thing, aside from its connection to Vermeer and William of Orange: Delft Blue pottery. Learn about its origins and see a master painter at work in one of the pottery places in town.

Private Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam to The Hague & Delft

6. Private Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam to The Hague & Delft

Start your sightseeing tour in a relaxing way with a pickup service at your accommodation. After a short meet-and-greet with your driver, you will be taken to your first location, The Hague. The Hague is an important city in the Netherlands, home to some of its most important buildings. The Hague plays host to the Dutch government and parliament. You can also see the embassies, the international court and criminal court, the Peace Palace and the International Court of Justice just to name a few. Your tour guide will acquaint you with this very important place.  For a change of scenery, your guide will take you to the Mauritshuis to witness the famous artwork within. This gallery is home to classic Dutch artists such as Vermeer, Rembrandt and Jan Steen among others. The gallery predominantly contains classics from the golden age but contains a wide variety of exhibitions.  After experiencing culture and art in The Hague, the tour continues in Delft. Delft is a city near The Hague, known for its Delftware pottery. You can view this blue with white handmade pottery in the Royal Delft museum to experience something uniquely Dutch.

Delft: City Tour with Dutch Food and Drink

7. Delft: City Tour with Dutch Food and Drink

Explore Delft's architectural, historical, and cultural highlights, as well as its hidden gems together with a local guide. On your way, stop for local bites such as poffertjes, cheese, bitterballen, an Indonesian rice table, local fried fish (or raw herring if you dare), and what is probably the best chocolate and ice cream in the city.  Listen to your guide telling interesting stories and anecdotes about the city and Dutch food. Finish the tour in a local brewery enjoying a " borrel" which is the Dutch word for "a cozy drink with friends".

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Visitors can move around freely and go on a discovery tour themselves. Two small films at the beginning of the tour introduce the topic. In the factory itself, all production processes are clearly visible. The shop at the end is well stocked and should leave nothing to be desired. We recommend!

I expected to see a house with antique furniture with paintings. But, this museum is very interesting, it is didactic and helped me to understand the symbols in the paintings of the masters of the golden age. An evocation of life in this period would complete well. Nice museum.

Great explanatory films, fascinating museum and wonderful to watch artists painting the designs onto the white Delft ware. Peaceful gardens where we enjoyed generous helpings of panini and 'poffertjes'.

Went with my 9 and 13 year old boys. Both said it was interesting and that they learned something. Was a wonderful opportunity to see a lot of Delftware and learn about the history of it.

Really good museum ! Very good explanation ! It´s a very nice place. The visit of the factory was a good plus. Too bad it's a bit far from the city center but it’s walkable