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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: Museum Prinsenhof Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

3. Delft: Museum Prinsenhof Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

The Museum Prinsenhof Delft offers a unique opportunity to explore the history of the Netherlands, Delft, and Delftware. Learn all about the history of Delft and the rest of the country as you explore the museum, itself a building of great historical importance. The museum is located on the site of some of the most dramatic and consequential events in Dutch history including the assassination of William of Orange, the Father of the Dutch Nation. The bullet holes of the assassination are still visible. Learn more about the famous inhabitants of Delft's past such as the world-famous painter Johannes Vermeer, Michiel van Mierevelt, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and Hugo de Groot. Discover the role that the citizens of Delft played in the history of the Netherlands and how Delftware became the global brand it is today. See some beautiful Delftware pieces in the museum next to beautiful paintings from the period known as the 'Golden Age'.

Delft: Vermeer Centrum Delft Museum Entry Ticket

4. 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: Delft and The Hague Private Tour

5. From Amsterdam: Delft and The Hague Private Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour to the potteries in Delft, Madurodam, and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. You have entrance tickets to the Mauritshuis museum, Madurodam, and the Royal Delft potteries where you stay approx. 1 - 1.5 hours at each spot. If there is time left you can have a nice lunch in The Hague. You will be picked up in a luxury Mercedes sedan or minivan by a professional driver. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam Private Day Tour

6. Amsterdam: The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam Private Day Tour

Discover some of the top highlights of Holland on this full-day tour. As you explore The Hague, Delft, and Rotterdam, you’ll learn about the fascinating history and culture from your private guide. You’ll see sights like the Binnenhof, take in the incredible architecture, and much more.  After being picked up, you’ll travel to the city of Delft, home to the Delft Blue pottery and the House of Orange-Nassau. One of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Delft played a highly influential role in the Dutch Golden Age, and its architecture reflects this. Here you can visit the famous Royal Delft Museum, where you’ll learn about the famous Delft Blue pottery (entrance is €14 per person). Next, it’s on to The Hague, the political center of the Netherlands. Explore the charms of this old town with memorable sights, such as the 19th-century restored City Hall, Binnenhof, and the New Church. After your visit to The Hague, you’ll have the chance to visit the Madurodam museum. This miniature park is home to a range of 1:25 scale model replicas of famous Dutch landmarks, historical cities, and large developments (entrance is €16.50 per person). From there, your guide will drive you to the city of Rotterdam. Discover how the destruction during World War II led to an intensive rebuilding process and Rotterdam becoming one of the most daring examples of modern architecture in the Netherlands. Here you have the option to visit the Euromast tower to have a great view of the city (entrance is €10.50 per person). After your visit to Rotterdam, your guide will drive you back to your hotel or any other desired location.

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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!

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'.

The murder of William of Orange had been covered in our granddaughter's class. She was also told about the museum she would like to visit. It was a success, she listened carefully to all the audio.

Mr Bram, our guide cum driver, was simply fantastic. He took lot of effort to explain all details, took us thru various lanes and by lanes, and ensured we have an enjoyable and enriching tour

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