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The most Dutch place in Holland

Delft is the ultimate Dutch town. Even more then Amsterdam or The Hague it reflects the history of the Netherlands. Due to a warm connection with the father of the fatherland: William of Orange, Delft became the town of the Oranges and therefore of the Dutch. It was also one of the once all-powerful V.O.C. ("Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie" = United East-Indian Company centres, from which wealth flew into the little country to make it in the 16th and 17th century the centre of the world (in trade at least). Delft blossomed, not only of the power and richness, but also in art and culture. This is the famous city of Johannes Vermeer, one of Dutch most famous painters.

History of Holland, packed in one old centre

Delft was one of the VOC-harbours and was the home of our earliest royalty. The "Prinsenhof" tells you about the father of the fatherland: William of Orange, where he lived ... and died, through the evil murder by the hitman Balthazar Geerards, hired by the Spanish. In the Delft "New church" the graves of our royal family can be visited and on the marketsquare in front of it's high tower the great cityhall shows the importance of the old Delft. Delft took wealth from over the whole world to it, but also gave something in return. "Delf blue" is exported all over the world and became one of the most famous porselan-types. Blue and white decorations that rallied over the globe and can be seen back in Chinese porselan and Russian tiles.

Easily done from the bigger neighbors ...

... but also an ideal place in the centre of everything interesting in Southern Holland. Delft is pressed between the bigger and steadily growing towns The Hague and Rotterdam (both only 20 kilometres distance). From here one easily travels by public transport (train, tram or bus) or by car to Delft. The old town's centre is definately worth a visit as it has a wonderful old centre full of Dutch history. Everything about this magnificent place can be read here on this page.

  • Intro Updated Apr 11, 2005
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  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Wow! This is a fantastic page on a great city !!!

  • Helenbb's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2007 at 6:12 AM

    Dank U Wel. :) you have lots useful tips here. and you are a good father.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2007 at 1:14 AM

    Quality tips, deserving of much better than your current rating. Well researched also.

  • Mar 29, 2006 at 11:53 AM

    The church on the photo is called the "Lutherse Kerk". As the name indicates it belongs the to Lutheran community and was built around 1450 and partly rebuilt in 1764.

  • UrbanSpaceman's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2005 at 7:24 AM

    This is a great page Pavlik - and I made good use of it before we went to Delft in September last year for our 25th wedding anniversary.We loved Delft and will definitely return !

  • tommix's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2004 at 1:35 PM

    You've got a lot of interesting pics and tips here!!!

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2003 at 7:59 AM

    Natuurlijk is Delft een hele mooie stad, ik ben daar geboren. a very nice page Paul & Irina.Delft looks great.

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