Delft, Netherlands, Complete Tour

Delft, Netherlands, Complete Tour

You will love the Dutch city of Delft. It is one of the most famous, historical and
beautiful towns in the Netherlands, preserved in picture book perfection. It’s also a modern city that functions very
well for its hundred thousand resident as you’re going to see in this comprehensive
video guide. It’s a town of bicycles, canals, cheese and
beer. Typical of the Netherlands, with friendly,
well-educated people, excellent preservation of its historic buildings, many of them 400,
500 years old, clustered in the historic center of the old town in a compact size, about one-half
square kilometer. Very easy to cover walking around on foot. It would be quite okay if your main activity
in the visit is just sitting at a terrace restaurant having a beer, soaking up the historic
atmosphere. You’ll find many outdoor restaurants all around
the big market square. We will take you there, show you a calm day
and we will show you a busy market day right in the center of town. With over 500 stores and several street markets,
shoppers will find much to love. And we’ll take you to the ultimate shop where
they manufacture and sell Royal delftware, the classic product this town is most famous
for. Perhaps your main activity here is simply
walking around enjoying the extensive pedestrian zone. No cars, quiet lanes, little canals. Even in the evening it’s a charming spot to
be out walking or you could rent a bicycle. It’s so easy to reach Delft by train using
the excellent Dutch rail system where you will arrive in a new station. It is a spectacular contrast to the old buildings
of the historic center. A bridge leads from the station across the
canal right into town where you’ll cross the tram tracks and plunge right into the historic
center. Perhaps you’ve arrived in the evening. It’s an especially magical time. We will show you a lot more evening shots
later in the program. Have a beer outside at twilight, then find
a cozy restaurant for a lovely meal. You’ll find the Netherlands is a relatively
small country, easy to get around. From Delft to Amsterdam is only one hour by
train. And the other main cities around Delft that
we will be showing you later in our series are half an hour to 10 minutes away. An overview from Google Earth illustrates
the route that you’ll take walking out of the train station into the old town. It’s only a few blocks and you’re in the middle
of things. Head north a few more blocks to walk to the
direction of the central market square. You won’t need a taxi to get your hotel, just
walk and notice the beauty of these buildings. Simply called the market or de Markt. This will be the center and focus of your
activities in Delft with the new church at one end sporting the second-highest bell tower
in the country, and the City Hall at the other, and of course with shops and restaurants all
around. We will also take you walking on those nearby
streets along the beautiful canals and see more shops all around the center. It’s a small area just about one-half square
kilometer. And while you could get a feeling for the
place with a one-day visit walking around in the market square and checking out some
of the nearby blocks, however, you’ll see it’s much more worthwhile to spend a couple
of nights so that you can really relax and enjoy the special charms of this place, perhaps
best in the shoulder season like September, seen here when it’s nice and quiet and peaceful. They get a million annual visitors, mostly
in the summertime, but that’s nothing compared to the crowds that you’re going to run into
in Amsterdam, which unfortunately is the only place that many visitors to the Netherlands
ever see. And while Amsterdam is a wonderful destination
that you must visit, it would be a shame to stop there and miss out on all these other
places in the country that we will be showing you in our series. We had a nice talk with the owner of one of
the cafés on the market square here who filled us in on his feelings about Delft. You’re here in Delft and you want to know
why people should come to Delft? We have a lot of old buildings of course in
Delft, which is very nice. Everything you can do in the cities you can
do it by feet, so you don’t have to use a bus or tram or train, you could just walk
here. And it is like is like a fairytale actually,
that is what I think about. And then there’s the little canals. Yeah there are like canals, you can make a
round-trip by boat, markets, fleamarkets so you can come buy small things with the flower
market, there is a grocery market every Thursday. So there is a lot to see in the city, what
you really like, what people normally very like. There are a lot of terraces and restaurants. You can eat on the boat, or you can eat on
the square. You really feel in the 1600s when you sit
here. Very well preserved, historic. Yeah we’ve got people like to, to keep their
things very nice and in very good shape, uh-huh. And then of course Vermeer. And of course we have a lot of painters. We have art museums, the Vermeer Museum. We’ll take you inside the Vermeer Center later
in the program. Nice painting of Vermeer, the street of Vermeer,
his house where he has been born is in this town as well. You can visit as well, yeah, and then. Yeah you just. When you’re here, it’s nice to be here for
a couple of days and then you can see all the town if you like. Very relaxing. Very relaxing because it’s a student city
as well. There are about 15,000 students, so it gives
a very good energy to the city. People live here, yeah they live above the
businesses you you see. Yeah but people bought it long time ago. And it keeps it in the families. And not many cars. No, it’s completely car free. You can park your car on the edge of the center
and you just walk into the center. You only have to watch out for bikes, that’s
the only thing. Yeah. And what’s the building behind you? That’s the City Hall. It was the Palace of Justice before that. And they still have some offices? Yeah some offices with, not, not much, not
very much, no. And now it’s just for people who like to marry. With a bit of humility and sense of humor
this couple is having fun getting into an old Volkswagen bus, beautifully restored,
looks like excellent condition, rather than getting into a limousine. One of the most important things, I think
why people come to Delft is because our Royal family is buried here in the church. Inside the church you’ll see the monument
and mausoleum of William of Orange. More about that later. My name is George, George Stroomberg, and
I’m the owner of From 9 to 7. It looks like George’s restaurant is a fun
place to work. Thank you very much. And it’s a nice place to eat. I had a lovely brunch there. You’ll easily find it right on the main market
square. They also serve lunch, and salad, soup, you
can get an early dinner and of course they serve beer and wine. The tower that rises above City Hall is considered
the city’s oldest surviving building dating back to 1300. It’s the remains of the fort of the Dukes
but lightning struck in 1618 burning down the rest of the building. They were able to save the tower, and then
they designed a new U-shaped building to wrap around the tower, constructed later in the
17th century in a Renaissance style. Behind it is the House for Butter, a very
important product back in those days. Now it’s a restaurant, like many of the other
buildings around the square. You’ll find a nice variety of visitor-oriented
shops, like cheese and souvenirs, there’s clothing stores, the famous pottery. And surprisingly it’s not a touristic ripoff
kind of place because it’s also shopping area for some locals as well. It’s a place where they go through many barrels
of beer. Hugo Grotius was a Delft native whose writings
in the early 17th century, laid the foundation for international law. He was the first to describe the world as
a society of states held together by mutual agreements rather than force. You can get around in that mini-shuttle if
you’re tired of walking. The market gets very busy every Thursday,
it’s market day, people flock here and you’ll notice that most of the shoppers are locals. We are here in the month of September when
there are not that many visitors walking around. And they’re here to buy their produce, get
fresh vegetables, pick up lunch and candies, get some cheese, chat with their neighbors
and generally enjoy this atmosphere which is been going on, they say, for over 500 years
with the same market right here. The Dutch have a long history of trading and
commerce, with the establishment of the incredible Dutch East India Company back in the beginning
of the 1600s. While looking at today’s market, it’s a good
time to recap some of that amazing history of the Dutch West India Company, which during
the 17th century became the world’s first global corporation, establishing many trade
routes that reached from Africa through India and into the Far East. Their early focus was on the spice trade,
trading in nutmeg, cloves and black pepper, where they actually gained a monopoly of trade
to Europe and could charge 20 times more than what they paid for these goods, quickly making
them very wealthy with soaring profits. Over time they diversified, trading silver
and copper from Japan to trade with India and China for silk, cotton, porcelain, textiles,
also gaining a monopoly over cinnamon, becoming the world’s richest company with over 150
merchant ships and 40 warships, 50,000 employees and a private army of 10,000 soldiers. Throughout that Golden Age of the 17th century,
Delft played a major role with its own harbor, along with the larger cities of Amsterdam,
Rotterdam and several other ports. At the same time Delft had its own strong
economy with production of textiles, butter, cheese, and 200 breweries, using slightly
polluted canal water that was then made drinkable by using it to make beer. This highly developed economy produced enormous
wealth that enabled construction of the beautiful city that we see today, which fortunately
was preserved because later in history, the economy of Delft went into a decline, and
not a lot happened here in the 19th century in terms of redevelopment, thus preserving
the beautiful historic structures. At the same time in the 17th century Delft
was enjoying an artistic Renaissance and scientific breakthroughs, with the career most famously
of Vermeer, and also the scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek, who invented the microscope
and created the science of microbiology when he discovered bacteria. Is that why Dutch cheese is so good? I mean, the combination of science and arts
and agriculture and trade somehow has given us this wonderful food, and quite affordable. Here you get a kilogram for 10 euro. Well now I shifted us over to the other market
that happens in Delft at the Turfmarkt. It’s smaller than that Thursday main market
but still really charming. Primarily a food market, it gets started before
9 o’clock in the morning. Nearly all of the shoppers are local. Easy to find, it’s located just one block
south of the main market square. It’s always nice to have a look at the local
markets when you travel, and each city takes its turns. There is usually two, sometimes three markets
per week in each place. We are here in Delft on a Saturday morning. And it’s a local affair, it is a relatively
small market for produce, vegetables, fruits, fresh breads and just a place to have a look
and poke around. Of course they do have supermarkets here in
Delft, but it seems that the locals prefer coming out and buying their foods fresh, and
certainly when the market appears on a Saturday morning. You can tell that the shoppers here with their
bicycles are regular customers. (greeting and laugh)
With the food basket on the front and a children seat in the back, this bicycle is your basic
family vehicle, a Dutch version of our SUV, maybe. This country has 17 million people and 23
million bicycles. On Saturdays this is a general market with
some flowers sold, but on Thursdays, the same place has a bigger flower market. Along with the famous tulips, the Dutch grow
a wide variety of blossoms – it’s a big part of their economy. There are some ready-to-eat food, so you will
not go hungry here. Maybe pick up some bread to go with your cheese
and fruits, and you’ve got yourself makings of a nice picnic. Love that dark bread. It’s called Turfmarkt because it used to be
a canal where they brought in turf or peat, that decayed soil that was used as a fuel
for the breweries which were major Delft industries back in the Middle Ages. And the canal was filled-in in the 19th century
and became this very useful tree-lined plaza. It’s one of the main open-air spaces of Delft,
which of course has a number of outdoor restaurants that are open every day in the fair weather. On a map, we can see the three main squares
in the center of town. The Turfmarkt where we’ve just been, the main
market square, and the Beestenmarkt, just two blocks over but slightly out-of-the-way
so it’s more of a gathering place for locals rather than the tourists. It’s an ideal tree-shaded plaza surrounded
by restaurants and bars, with indoor seating as well as outdoors on the terrace, a great
place to hang out and relax. It’s a lot more peaceful now than in its early
days when it was the animal market square, the Beestenmarkt where they sold the cattle
and prior to that back in the 16th century, it was a monastery. Later in the 20th century it became a parking
lot and it wasn’t until the late 90s that the parking spaces disappeared and this lovely
entertainment center was created, surrounded by 11 restaurants. Spijsuis de Dis is one of the best in town. According to Trip Advisor, it ranks number
3 out of 200 restaurants in Delft, with that cozy interior and a friendly, helpful staff. I had an excellent meal in here. It’s a big menu with 15 different meat and
fish entrées, and four different vegetarian choices, washed down with a lot of good Dutch
beer. Typical price for an entrées in the mid-20
euros, or you could just have an appetizer and a drink. But make a reservation if you’re going for
dinner. Just around the corner from the Beestenmarkt
along a lovely canal is the location of the hotel that I stayed at for my three nights
in Delft, and had a chat with the owner, who described it, and the surroundings. Welcome at the Hotel Johannes Vermeer. Hotel Johannes Vermeer is located in the city
center of Delft. And we’re here at the Molslaan. The Molslaan is one of the nice little streets
of Delft, with a lot of convenience stores, we have a nice shoe store and flower market
every week. So it’s really nice to walk around here, walking
distance of all the nice points of interest of Delft – the big market square with the
City Hall and church. Even the station is in walking distance, within
10 minutes you are at the train station. Delft is a small city. We call it little Amsterdam, so it has a lot
of canals, but also a lot of nice little secret streets where you can walk around, also very
good to do it on boat or by bike. But it’s really nice to just walk around and
see all the nice old buildings, and all the people who live here, as well, some little
nice houses. At a lot of students are living here. This hotel has 30 rooms – 25 standard rooms
and five suites. We also have a nice patio and a roof terrace,
so I think you will really enjoy here at the Hotel Johannes Vermeer. And we also serve breakfast and lunch here
in our brasserie, just a little restaurant where we have nice coffee, cakes, and sandwiches
and salads. And we are famous for our wall painting of
the Girl With the Pearl Earring, well known as the famous picture of Vermeer. Delft is famous, of course, for Johannes Vermeer,
one of the famous painters from Holland. But also famous for its Delft Blue. We have several Delft Blue factories where
they still paint the ceramics. And right on the canal. And right on the canal with the swans and
ducks.(ducks quack) There is a historic building nearby that dates
back to 1563 when it was an orphanage, and then became headquarters of the city construction
engineer and now it’s a restaurant. Walking a few blocks back over towards the
city center we passed another restaurant, de Kurk, which bills itself as a gastropub
– lots of different beers on tap and gourmet pub grub with a traditional, if simple, wood
paneled interior. You can see that Koornmarkt is a busy street. It’s really a lot of fun to walk along here. Just watch out for the bicycles. Many shops and the canal running along it,
with little bridges across the canal. We’re right in the center just near the marketplace,
heading for the Vermeer Center, a nice museum about the life of Vermeer. As usual in this small city, it’s only about
a five or 10 minute walk to get there. And these really are some of the nicest blocks
in town. This is as good as it gets, complete with
several antique shops spilling out onto the sidewalk. The Vermeer Center Delft is housed in a historic
building that used to be a guild for creative people, a gathering place like a union hall
for bookmakers, booksellers, potters and painters. They came here to socialize and discuss the
arts and promote their businesses. Vermeer use to attend to this guild very often,
including some periods when he was the chairman. In the lower level they have an exhibit of
his entire collection with copies of all 37 known pictures in the original size, high-quality
digital reproductions. And they reconstructed what his studio might’ve
looked like with some copies of implements and paintbrushes. He lived in Delft his whole life and by the
age of eight he lived across the street at an inn owned by his father, and later he went
to live with his mother-in-law on the other side of the market square, so he always used
to be around this area. The museum also features some innovative multimedia
displays and movies, and you will have an audio headphone set to guide you through. The museum is open every day from 10 to 5. When you come out of the museum keep on walking
along the Voldersgracht, this lovely canal with shops along one side of it. And that’s going to lead you down to an intersection
of several bridges which are among the most picturesque in town, including this bridge
that was featured in that movie the Girl With The Pearl Earring, with Scarlett Johansson
walking across it. We are in a quaint neighborhood that’s just
behind the New Church, that big structure that’s on the main market square. We will be taking you in there shortly. But now were going to have a walk around and
look at some of the bridges and the side lanes here. The Eetcafé invites you to sit on their open
terrace or on their dining boat that will surround you with peace but also give you
an awesome view at the busy and picturesque streets of Delft. We’re going to take you on a little wander
around here for the next couple of minutes and show you from an aerial perspective of
Google Earth the neighborhood that were looking at. It is just behind the New Church quite near
the marketplace, in a pedestrian zone of canals and wide sidewalks with many shops and restaurants. This bridge right next to Eetcafé is one
of the most famous and picturesque in town. Each bridge is a little hill for the bicycles
to go over and if you’re not going fast enough, like this guy, you need to use your foot to
push you along. That’s why most bicycles pedal along pretty
quickly, with all these ups and downs they’ve got to navigate. This is the famous Little Street. After much research, it was recently discovered
that this is the location for one of Vermeer’s most famous paintings, as seen then and now. That painting is just one of only two of his
surviving works that picture actual scenes in Delft. The remainder of his paintings are mostly
portraits that were done inside his house, which was located a few blocks away over by
the market square. Nearly 700 buildings in Delft are listed as
national monuments because of their beauty and their cultural historical value and this
means that the owners would need a permit before they’re going to make any kinds of
modifications to it. That’s one of the main reasons that Delft
is looking so historic and is so well-preserved – there is a lot of government control that
makes it happen. These buildings are protected inside and out,
where you even need permission to clean the façade or change the color. After going up and down a few of these canals
we circled back towards the New Church and heading through the market square, to have
a look at the street that Vermeer lived on for most of his life. His house was on this road, and yet very little
is actually known about Vermeer. It’s quite a mystery. His actual house is gone but they say the
location of it was probably right about where this tattoo parlor’s located, next to a church
which has a sign on it commemorating this historic location. And that brings us back to the market square,
where it is time for us to go to church. It’s called the New Church even though it
dates from the early 14th century, about 750 years old, so the name is something of a paradox,
but at least it’s newer than the Old Church. So it’s all relative. We’ll also show you the Old Church in a couple
of minutes. It’s most famous as the burial place of the
Dutch Royal family, the House of Orange, featuring a remarkable funeral monument to William of
Orange, also called William the Silent. He is considered the father of the country
because in 1572 he came here to live and work to lead the revolt against the occupying Spanish
army, and he succeeded and defeated the Spaniards becoming the founder of the Netherlands. The church is still used for burials of some
members of the Dutch Royal family, most recently in 2002 and 2004. The Tourist Information Office is located
on the market next to the New Church. They are known as VVV and can be very useful
in your visit. So you should stop in and get some free maps
and information, tips on dining, walking tours, activities, and hotels. We had a chance to talk with one of their
representatives about what to see and do in Delft. Delft is a beautiful city, a historic, beautiful
small town. It’s a historical inner-city a cozy inner
city with a lot of shops, cozy restaurants, the Square. It’s the perfect postcard town. And easy to see the whole place on foot. The longer you stay, how more details you
will see, wooden buildings, with the museums within the historical inner-city. We’ve got Johannes Vermeer, world famous painter. He was born and raised here in Delft, and
we’ve got Delft Blue, which is world-famous as well. Delft is a perfect home base. It is centrally located within Rotterdam and
the Hague. It is only 10 minutes away by train, Gouda
as well. Also Leiden and Utrecht are nearby, approximately
30 to 40 minutes. So it’s the perfect base to cover all the
metropolitan areas of the Netherlands. Delft is a very convenient place to live. It’s like in a small town where everything
is within hand reach. Delft is one of the biggest student cities. We’ve got the University, a well-known and
quite famous and high-ranked university. it’s a technical university, so we’ve not
only got like a historical but we’ve also got the new, a city of innovation technique. You can buy a ticket for all day, or a single
ride on that little van. Another major pedestrian shopping street just
a few blocks north of the market square, and then we came across yet another street market,
number three if you’re keeping track. This one’s a lot of fun. It’s kind of an antique general market. You can pick up some Royal Delft porcelain
at a bargain price. Get some clothing kn ickknacks, some antiques,
maybe. You might call it a fleamarket but it’s a
little bit more upscale, very nice stuff. It happens on Thursdays, but it’s even bigger
on Saturday. You’ll notice they’re not selling food here,
they’re not selling clothing. Oh, there’s some fabrics, but all kinds of
vintage items. It’s the kind of place where you can strike
up conversation with some locals. It extends right up to the Old Church where
we are going next. Notice this unusual bridge that has a small
terrace down at the water level. There’s a stone staircase called the Mosseltrap
that leads down to the water because muscles, the shellfish, were brought here by ship until
the 19th century. That leads us next door to the Old Church,
which dates from 1246 and that makes it the oldest church in Delft, built in the Gothic
style. Both the New Church and Old Church have international
allure because of all the famous people from Dutch history who have been interred within
their walls. Here we have burials of Johannes Vermeer,
the scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek and also an Admiral Martin Tromp who helped defeat
the Spanish back in the 16th century, fighting against the mighty military of King Philip
the Second of Spain. It’s quite remarkable to see the amount of
stained-glass windows in this very early Gothic church. The light comes flooding in. Some of the windows are colored and others
are plain glass to give that effect of brightness and heaven inside the church. Of course there were many renovations and
expansions and reconstructions of the church during its centuries of existence. The organs here and also back in the New Church
are both often played as part of concert performances open to the public. Just behind the church is a very important
historic site called Prinsenhof. It was the court of the prince back in the
Middle Ages. Originally it was a monastery and later served
as a residence for William of Orange, the founder of the country, who was murdered here
in 1584. The museum today is open to the public. They have changing exhibits as well as their
permanent collection. Just around the corner along the Old Delft
canal you’ll find a nice hotel, Delft Museum Hotel. And beyond here towards the north it’s mostly
residential district. So unless you’ve got lots of time, you really
don’t need to venture further north. You definitely want to explore Delft at twilight
and into the evening. Come on out, have a drink and have some dinner,
stroll through these beautifully-lit streets, especially in the neighborhood around the
marketplace. Not only is it the historic center, but it’s
considered downtown Delft by the local residents. This is where they come to party and walk
and see their friends. There are a couple of really excellent restaurants
just behind the City Hall. And throughout the market square in front
of that tall church tower, you’ll find many more restaurants. The Grandcafé, which is open from 9:30 in
the morning until 1 AM. You could sit indoors but it’s so much nicer
outside in the evening. And the Waag. As you see, both very popular with a local
clientele so much that their websites don’t even have English language version. However, of course, Dutch speak English. We are so fortunate as English-speaking tourists,
there is never a problem in communicating, so menus nearly always have English translations
for you. It’s quite safe to be out walking at night. Don’t worry about any danger because the crime
rate in the Netherlands is much lower than America, for example, because the Dutch have
created a society that takes care of everybody. We have two more activities to show you tomorrow
morning: we’re going to take a boat ride in the canals and we’re going to go visit the
Royal Delft factory and show you how they make the Delftware. The map shows a quick recap of our walking
route through the center, easily managed in a couple of days. Beyond that historic center are the residential
neighborhoods that you might not have time to see. Then we will show you some of our canal boat
ride and take you off the map to the right, down to Royal Delft factory. Next morning we took the canal boat tour with
the company called Rondvaartdelft. They’ve been doing this for 50 years so they
really have experienced captains and guides. And they take you on a nice short route. I’m just going to abbreviate the tour for
our video. It’s already a pretty long movie, and we want
to get down to the Royal Delft factory, so some quick scenes of the buildings, historic
buildings gliding by going under the bridges. Their brochure claims the guides are all passionate
and knowledgeable about the rich history so we wanted to talk to one of the guides and
get his story. I’m a full-time student here studying mechanical
engineering, where I just finished my bachelor and I’m now going to do my Masters here in
Delft. So in two years I will be graduated. Did you do your undergraduate Delft also? Yes,
I did it as well. Oh, so you like Delft? I like Delft, and it’s a good University here,
it’s only technical, so I like that. And this is a good job, you’re outside all
day long, just entertaining some people, so that’s fine. This is a part-time job? This is part-time. I do this about, they only work with students,
or most of them are students, and they work about 40 students I think, and you work 4
to 5 times a month, but you make, kind of good money. If the people tip good (laughs). Thank you Ab for a nice ride. And we’re continuing walking south now towards
the Royal Delft factory and showroom, slightly beyond the historic center that we’ve been
spending time at but still a lovely neighborhood with a mix of new and old, passing Breestraat,
which is a direct route over to the train station just a block away from here, and you’ll
see many people are hauling their bags through town to the train station. Here’s the same angle as Vermeer’s famous
View of Delft. We’re looking at one of the old warehouses. At this point, the river is called Schie,
and gets quite wide with direct shipping connections to Leiden and Rotterdam, and from there out
to the North Sea or down the Rhine River. It’s a growing part of town with some modern
apartments enjoying a lovely waterfront view. Which brings us right to the entrance of Royal
Delft showroom and factory where we are going to and enjoy a tour of the facilities. These tours are open to the general public
for slight admission fee, or you’re welcome to come into the showroom, the sales room
without any entrance charge at all. So welcome to Royal Delft. We’re going to take you on a little walk
through our factory covering our long history. We’re going to show you during our tour
our museum, you’re going to watch the painters work, and admire the beautiful collection
in our showroom. And you can have a grand tour when you come
inside, including a reproduction of the most famous painting in the Netherlands, the Night
Watch. You’ll discover the magic of how clay is transformed
into a variety of wonderful porcelain ceramic vessels. You’ll get to see how many of these pieces
are hand-painted. The decorating process starts with the creation
of the outline of the traditional decoration, after which the painters carefully fill in
the details by hand using special paint brushes made of marten and squirrel hair. The Delft blue scenery is painted with a color
mixture made to a centuries old recipe, consisting mostly of cobalt oxide. After the piece has been hand-painted it’s
sprayed with a glaze. Now the glaze covers the decoration with an
opaque white layer, and then during the firing process, the glaze melts at a temperature
of 1200°C into a transparent layer of glass. And with the chemical reaction during the
firing process, the design painted in black, hidden below, comes out a rich Delft blue
with a strong and shiny glazed surface. Most of the pieces are made here in molds. They pour the liquid clay into the plaster
mold. It coats the clay to the walls of the mold,
forming a cast inside that dries and can then be removed. Then each article has to be finished by hand
using a sponge and a knife. When it’s perfect it’s ready for the first
firing process. That happens in one of our five kilns. The firing process takes 24 hours, that’s
including cooling down, and the temperature is about 1100 degrees. Not all of the pieces are hand-painted because
that’s more expensive, so there’s another technique that utilizes a transfer, like a
decal. They put the decal in hot water, place it
on the handmade plate collection, and then during a final firing process, the decoration
fuses into the glaze. The decals are custom designed by the painters
of the workshop. This is the handmade collection but not hand-painted,
created with the transfer technique. You’ll also visit their museum collection
which includes a room in tribute to Vermeer who worked in Delft at the same time this
company was founded. This is our Royal collection. Our name of course is Royal Delft. We do have a very special relationship with
the members of the Dutch Royal family, so we have the honor to realize with our beautiful
commemorative plates, special occasions, but also the portraits. So here you can admire the modern collection
where we like to maintain the tradition but we also like the challenge to go to modern
designers. Well this is our Christmas plate collection. Each year one of our best master painters
realized a new design with a Christmas theme. The history of this company is really amazing. Dutch interest in porcelain dates back to
1600 when the Dutch East India Company brought back some blue painted porcelain from China. And they kept importing it, but because of
problems with Chinese trade and civil wars, the Dutch needed to figure out a way to make
it for themselves, which they did very successfully. And it helped that they had a number of breweries
making beer that were going out of business back in the 1650s, leaving some of the buildings
in Delft vacant and they were perfect for making pottery, because they had kilns and
plenty of storage space. The Royal Delft Company actually got started
back in those days in 1653, and it’s been in business continuously ever since. Back in those days there were 32 different
earthenware factories in Delft. Well, the industry began a decline back in
the 1800s because of competition from other countries, from England and from other European
countries that had some cheaper porcelain, but Royal Delft continued operations under
various ownership, continually growing stronger and more famous. In 2003, they celebrated their 350th anniversary
and in 2012 they opened up the present showroom to the public. And that, my friends, completes our comprehensive
look at the city of Delft.

57 thoughts on “Delft, Netherlands, Complete Tour

  1. And excellent video. I will certainly be making a point of visiting Delft in the not too distant future.

  2. An extremely interesting video! I watched it on 11th May 2019, just a few days after the Dutch Tourist Board in effect said, 'Please do NOT come to Amsterdam – it is too crowded. Please visit our other beautiful cities and our lovely countryside.' (Compare the point you make at 4 minutes into the video.)

  3. Great video. Will take a day trip to Delft in September while I'm in the Netherlands. BTW it's expensive to eat in Holland : (

  4. I'm going to TU Delft this August. Videos about this city pops up sometimes and make me love it already.

  5. your latest travel videos are the nicest with the most comprehensive commentaries on YouTube. Please keep sharing.

  6. Delft, my hometown. Till 12 years lived and at school then moved abroad with my parents..Thursday still the market .

  7. This video brings back so many memories. I worked for a software company in Delft 15 years ago and Delft seems to be my second hometown during my stay. When I see this video today, I remembered the streets I walked, the markets I've visited, the canals I've crossed and the same church with the old clock is still there. I've even ventured as far as IKEA store across the highway. Thank you so much for this video Dennis, you'll never know who you've touched by all your travel videos.

  8. Wow! Nice video. It serves as a guide for me. Will be in Delft in September this year and will be staying there for a year.

  9. Europe is the best.
    Steeped in thousands of years of history.
    The architecture is stunning in each and every country in Europe.

  10. I work at the TU-Delft, our building is 3 km from the centre, I love visiting the old city centre, especially in the summer sipping beer outside in de beestenmarkt!

  11. Delft is very picturesque but rather boring as a city to live in. Cities like Utrecht, Rotterdam and Maastricht are way more enjoyable to live in IMO

  12. meeste mensen zien alleen dit van delft maar weten niks over de wijken, tanthof, voorhof, poptahof enz. maar ja de stad is dan ook eenmaal toeristisch. ik wou alleen dat zulke video's die over nederland gingen niet alleen de binnenstad lieten zien


  14. Unfortunately I watching your beautiful peaceful paradise country from a ever worsted barbarian culture people living country India

  15. I mainly love the Church of Delft 😛 Been there only twice, both because of "eating" xD

    Damn the more I see this, the more it looks like Gouda xD (where I live)

  16. I'll live there someday, I promess. I am an aeronautical engineering and i'm really craving for studying in TU delft!

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