Delft, the quintessential Dutch village

Posted on 23. Nov, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Netherlands, Photo Posts, Press Trips

When you think of the Netherlands, and Holland in particular, what pops to your mind?

Canals, cobblestone streets, bicycles, cheese and gabled roofs?

This is exactly what you’ll get in Delft. All these ingredients together make the ultimate Dutch village, the one we imagine, the one we read about and the one we want to see. Away from the hustle of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Quite the Dutch paradise, if you ask me.

The typical canals

It couldn’t be quintessential without canals, right?

And in Delft, when it rains, it pours. There are SO many cute, quaint canals around the city, that it was quite a challenge to only pick two photos. Much more tranquil and clean that those of the capital, and therefore even more picturesque.

The charming town squares

It doesn’t get prettier than this! Although the main square is quite impressive with the city hall and the cathedral, my favorite one of all was Beestenmarkt, which was covered in orange leaves, and slowly tucking away for winter. It’s surrounded by quirky shops, bars and restaurants, and would make for a great shelter on a rainy day. Or on the opposite, the perfect place to enjoy the last warm rays of sun of the season.

The Dutch architecture

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The small details

I noticed that Delft was a lot cozier than Rotterdam, Haarlem or other Dutch cities I visited. Perhaps it’s the many candle-lit cafĂ©s, the dark wood bars or the blankets everywhere… but I felt like I could spend hours sitting at one of Delft’s many establishments and simply enjoy life, and indulge in some people-watching, after a bicycle ride around the city’s canal.

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The beautiful streets

What I remember from my all-too-short visit in Delft, is that every turn, every corner, the village seemed to get even more beautiful than it was, despite me thinking that it couldn’t possibly get any better.

That’s what Delft will do to you - surprise you, entice you more than you ever thought possible.

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Disclaimer: I was a guest of Eurail.com. As always, all opinions and ‘Biggest Delft Fan’ title are mine.

Have you been to Delft? What was your favorite thing to do in town? What did you prefer?

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26 Responses to “Delft, the quintessential Dutch village”

  1. Pete

    23. Nov, 2012

    Yep, just added Delft as a future destination, lovely photos Marie-Eve.

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  2. Erica

    24. Nov, 2012

    Looks lovely!

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  3. Michael Hodson

    25. Nov, 2012

    Reminds me of the looks of so many towns and cities in that area… and I love it!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      02. Dec, 2012

      I loved it too! The best of the Netherlands condensed it one place, really.

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  4. Andrea

    25. Nov, 2012

    Very pretty! Have never been there but I’m curious that it doesn’t seem to have SO many bikes as some of the cities…

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      02. Dec, 2012

      It is indeed much less overwhelming than Rotterdam or Amsterdam :)

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  5. John Williams

    25. Nov, 2012

    I love the Netherlands. Amsterdam has a lot to offer but so do most of the other cities. My personal favourites are Utrecht, Leiden and Maastricht.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      02. Dec, 2012

      I really prefer Delft to Amsterdam, without hesitation. But I need to make it to south Holland next time!

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  6. Jade - OurOyster.com

    26. Nov, 2012

    Nice photos - really captures the atmosphere!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      02. Dec, 2012

      I tried my best - it was a lovely grey autumn afternoon. My favorites!

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  7. Leigh

    26. Nov, 2012

    Looks like a fantastic place to visit. Your photos are awesome.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      02. Dec, 2012

      Thanks so much Leigh - it really is a wonderful village.

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  8. Samantha Angela

    28. Nov, 2012

    Beautiful Pictures!

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  9. Richard

    29. Nov, 2012

    Looks gorgeous. Do you know how easy it is to get there from Schiphol?

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      02. Dec, 2012

      Traveling within the Netherlands is very easy as it’s a really small country. You can probably get a train from Schiphol to Den Haag, and then switch to Delft - the whole journey won’t take more than an hour.

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  10. Sarabell

    29. Nov, 2012

    Oh goodness. I’ve seen photos of the canals before but not like this, and none of the rest of the photos! I love it! I am really enjoying my US travels right now but I am so excited to finish those up and see the rest of the world!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      02. Dec, 2012

      It was so beautiful! You really should go to Delft in your next European stretch.

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  11. Love those canal photos and all of the color.

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  12. Angela

    03. Dec, 2012

    Typical Dutch indeed, it looks very clean. Beautiful pictures.

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  13. Turtle

    12. Dec, 2012

    Beautiful photos! I love all the little details!

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