It was a rainy night when we finally arrived in Delft after a long day of travel. The streets were glistening from the lanterns and lights hanging in the trees alongside the canals throughout the city. The smells of amazing cuisine filling the air from every direction! Even without the daylight, I fell in love with this charming little town.
How we got there
We left Genova early Wednesday morning. When we booked our flights we didn’t realize that Milan Bergamo was actually an hour further than Milan Central Train Station. It took us almost 3 hours to get to Bergamo from Genova. Our flight was just under 2 hours to Eindhoven, where we then had to catch another train to Delft, which was close to 2 hours. We booked the Bergamo to Eindhoven tickets because it was cheaper than flying into Amsterdam from Genova, but we quickly realized that transport in Holland is not as cheap as in Italy. We spent about an extra 120 Euro’s on trains for the two of us to Delft and back to Eindhoven. It was also about the same thing to Amsterdam from Delft with return. Even with the extra travel, it was fine because we got to see some nice countryside during the train ride. Also, the trains were much cleaner and nicer. ( Sorry Trenitalia!) I guess this is where the extra money goes! So, when checking airfare, always consider the cost of other transport when booking an airport further away from your destination to save money!
We stayed at the MuseumHotel by BestWestern. Hotels in Delft have a lot more of their own character and as opposed to big chains, which you can still find in bigger cities. The quality was great. It was super cute and all the staff was very friendly and helpful!! They were really great!! The room was really nice and comfortable! We booked a double and the bed was like a cloud in heaven. It was so soft and amazing that I was tempted to spend my whole vacation in it!!! The view from my pillow was directly of the clock tower which was also pretty cool! They offered an included continental breakfast in their charming dining room and it was a perfect start to the day! In summary, I do recommend this hotel as an option!
Things to do in Delft
Visit the Old Church and the New Church – Its 3.75 Euros to visit both and you can pay an extra 3.50 Euros to climb the tower in the new church. The new church isn’t really “New”, it is still hundreds of years old. It’s located on one end of the market square in the city center across from the City Hall. It is the resting place for the Royal Family. The old church leans quite a bit because it was built on a filled in canal, which was a cause for concern way before our time, but they made adjustments and continued building it. It is still closely monitored to this day.
Eat Dinner in the Market Square – There are plenty of restaurants throughout the city that look great to choose from. You should try some restaurants outside of the market, but make at least one of your meals in the market square as it’s a nice environment and view.
Oostport – It is a part of the original city wall, this gate was built around the year 1400.
Walk and visit the cafes along the canals – The city is full of charming canals on every turn you take. You can easily find a cafe for an afternoon tea or snack along side a canal.
Take a stroll at night – As the sun went down, the city became something magical as the candles and lights brighten the streets. One of my favorite things were how the restaurants were lit up with candles everywhere. The city was so romantic and charming at night.
Take a canal tour – There are a few tour companies you could choose from. Sit back, relax and take a nice ride through the canals and see all the beautiful canal homes and streets while hearing a history of the town.
Delft Pottery Factory – There are a couple of factories but the one we went to was located a bit outside of the city center, but not too far to walk if you don’t mind a stroll. It took about 30 minutes to walk there. If your just looking to buy pottery, there are plenty of shops in the city center but here you can actually take a free tour and see how the traditional Delft pottery is made. The pottery is quite expensive. You can easily pay a few hundred for a plate but its beautiful and if you can afford it. It’s one of those things you should definitely have at least one piece of from a visit to Holland. I would suggest hanging it on a wall rather than eating off of it! There are some less expensive smaller pieces as well. I got a traditional Holland shoe with a windmill and farm painted on it and I love it!! Only regret is that I did not get two! You can also find some Delft Pottery in the town. Some is less expensive but here you know you get the real deal.
We visited the churches but did not climb the tower. The first night we ate at a place called “Rossio”. I had Sea Bass and a side of caramelized artichokes with dried cranberries, walnuts and a tomato alfredo sauce. To. Die. For! Right now as I’m writing this, I am craving it again so bad!
On the second night, we ate at a place just behind the City Hall. I can’t remember the name of it but its ok because even though this place was considered to be more “gourmet” with a “chef”, I was not a huge fan of it and probably would not recommend it. It was a 26 Euros 3 course menu and we had to pick from 3 or 4 options from each category. The tomato soup appetizer was amazing but I think I heard my steak MOO when I actually asked for it medium well. The restaurant on the third night was really good! We went to the biggest restaurant right in the center of Market Square, Het Konings Huys. We sat just before sunset and watched as it turned to night over the square. We both ordered the chicken satay and it was a huge meal! It came with all kinds of extra sides! I couldn’t even finish mine but it was great! Great value and quality for the price!
Once it got dark, all the windows in the apartments overlooking the square filled with shadows as people had their shades open. It looked like a shadow puppet play. Each window with its own story. Apparently the Dutch aren’t big on privacy as some of the rest of the world. It seems to be an old tradition, from what I heard, that it was a status symbol to have more windows with open blinds. It was a way to showcase your life and riches. Some also say that it was a way to show that they are humble and have nothing to hide. Who knows which is true. If you do know, comment below because I would love to know more about it. It is very interesting either way. Many places also had big pieces of art hung in their windows, but not facing into the house to see while inside, but instead facing outward to the street, for the people walking by to admire!
We spent one day going to Amsterdam. We were not there long but I may write a separate blog about that day.
Have you been to Delft? If so, comment below about your favorite things there! I would love to hear about it 😀 Also, feel free to like and share!!!