Delft City Breaks
With its wonderfully preserved town centre and pretty canals lined with trees, Delft is one of the prettiest cities in the Netherlands. It also boasts one of the country's richest cultural histories, as the home of the Royal family, with its renowned porcelain factories and the works of Vermeer.
Delft is one of the Netherlands' most popular cities - with its old-world charm and narrow, canal-lined streets, crammed with an array of remarkable old buildings. The compact city centre is small enough to cross on foot, and all of the main sights are within easy reach of each other - and almost all are less than a mile from the central square, the Markt. In addition to Delft's many charms, the city is ideally placed for day trips to some of the Netherlands' other outstanding attractions making it a fantastic base from which to explore.
Each of our Rail & Stay short breaks to Delft takes you from St Pancras International in London on the Eurostar service to Brussels Midi. There is a short connection in the Belgian capital, where you board the Intercity service for the journey into the Netherlands. Arriving in Rotterdam, a local service then completes the journey to Delft. For your Rail & Stay short break to Delft, you will be departing on a morning Eurostar service.
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- This 2-night break includes accommodation at the 4* Best Western Museumhotels, which is located in three different monumental buildings in the historic city centre of Delft. Each building is decorated with antiques and works of art and it is a perfect place to relax and discover what the city has to offer.Departures from September to September
Popular attractions on short breaks to Delft
Delft is synonymous with the blue and white pottery it has been producing for centuries, and today there are a couple of factories open for tours. The Delft Peacock offers daily tours and sometimes shows the painters at work, whilst the Porceleyne Fles is the city's only original factory - having been making the world-famous porcelain since 1653 AD.
Acclaimed artist Johannes Vermeer lived in Delft for all of his life, and painted some of the most famous works of his age here. Today you can visit a number of the locations from which he painted his exterior pieces, including the canal-side at Hooikade where 'View of Delft' was created.
Set in a former convent, this complex of buildings is where William the Silent, of the Dutch Royal House of Orange, held his court until he was assassinated in 1584. The bullet hole in the wall is still on display, as is a range of historic art from the Dutch Golden Age, complemented by several contemporary pieces.
Old and New Churches
With its leaning tower, the atmospheric Gothic Old Church certainly looks each of its 800 years. Amongst the highlights of this vast building are the three ornate organs, and the final resting place of Vermeer. The grand New Church boasts the second-highest tower in the Netherlands. It features displays and exhibitions on the Royal House of Orange, as the family's crypt is housed there.
The Netherlands' second city is just a very short rail journey away. Known as the 'Gateway to Europe', Rotterdam has one of the largest ports in Europe, and is packed with things to see and do. Among its highlights are the preserved part of the 14th century harbour, the superb Maritime Museum and the huge Euromast, which offers spectacular views over the city.
One of Europe's most famous and beautiful cities, the captivating Dutch capital is just an hour away by train. Among its attractions are Anne Frank's House and the Rijksmuseum.