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Royal Delft, Delft

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Of the 32 earthenware factories established in 17th-century Delft, Royal Delft is the only one remaining. The facility now houses hundreds of pottery pieces including jars, platters, tulip vases, and architectural tiles. Discover how the firing process works with fascinating presentations and examples, and look for pieces once created for and owned by the royal Dutch family. You can also walk through a replica of Johannes Vermeer's dining room, a revered Delft painter. Audio guides are supplied so you can get every detail of the displays. Before you leave, consider buying your own piece of Delft pottery. Make Royal Delft a centerpiece of your Delft vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Delft itinerary builder.
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  • You learn all about the history and current production of Delftware. you also see many examples of their craft. Good if you have a bike to get there from town, but there are little shuttles.  more »
  • The Royal Delft Porceleyne fles is what outside the village (~ 15 minutes walk). However, there are sufficient parking spaces in front of the factory. You can do the tour with audio guide (free at the entrance in different languages). The tour starts with an instructional film. After that, you are guided along many historical examples of Delft blue. At the end of the tour you will visit the production hall, where the pots, vases etc be shaped and baked. You should especially to the inner garden visit. There is historical on one side of the garden that really special is for Netherlands with its architecture. The entire building is quite (a national monument) with its many examples of construction ceramics in the style of the 20s and 30s of the 20th century.
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  • This tour was interesting and we enjoyed seeing the museum of past works and the current manufacturing floor. That said the price for the self-guided tour was quite pricey at over 13euro per person. C...  more »
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  • The factory tour is fairly short and didn't tell me much I didn't already know. But I've been through glass factories before and they're pretty similar. We were also there on King's Day so I think most of the workers had the day off. There was only one worker painting the pieces and I think that was mostly for the tour. The main reason to visit is of course, to buy Delft! They have a wide selection, with the hand painted Delftware costing more than transferware. No matter your budget, you're sure to find something you like - and can afford. They also ship to the U.S. and don't charge tax so that's pretty nice. It will take five weeks to arrive, though.
  • Interesting museum about delftware. The factory is included in the visit and it is quite fun to see the producing process of delftware. The souvenir store is impressive as well. You can get a discount price at 9.5 euro if you have a museum card.
  • Good collection. As a tourist you are also guided for tax refund on your purchase. In their factory, you can also see how delftware is made. In the shop, you might also see somebody making beautiful fine drawings on vases.
  • Mind blowing collection of Royal Delft Pottery. The demonstration of Delft pottery making was an eye opener. The intricacies makes it special.
  • Very unique hand painted and transfer designs. Excellent workmanship worth supporting.

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The most popular accommodations in Delft cluster in the historical town center, a compact area heavily booked on the weekends and during the summer. Make your arrangements well ahead if you wish to stay there, or explore the guesthouses near the main train station if you prefer to travel without prior reservations. The city's long- and short-term rental houses, which often cost slightly more than centrally located hotel rooms, offer an affordable alternative for families in need of more space and privacy.
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