Escorted Rail Tours to Delft
Visit Vermeer's home in this delightful pottery town
The town of Delft is one of the prettiest towns in the Netherlands,
famous for its pottery. The compact city centre is small enough to
cross on foot in less than 15 minutes, making it easy to explore.
Tree-lined canals and cobbled streets wind away from Markt, Delft's
large central square. The famous artist Johannes Vermeer spent his
life in Delft. On the quieter streets and canals, you get an
impression of the original town that inspired his lifetime of work.
Delft is one of Holland's historical centres and home to the Dutch
royal family, The House of Orange. William of Orange was killed and
buried here in 1584 at the end of his struggle against the Spanish
in the Eighty Years' War.
More about Delft
Delft is probably best known for the blue-and-white porcelain
and pottery that originates from the area known as Delftware. Delft
ceramics have been an important export product for more than 400
years. Royal Delft, established in 1653, is the last remaining
Delftware factory from the 17th century. The world famous Royal
Delftware is still entirely hand-painted according to centuries-old