fun things to do with kids in delft netherlands    Travel for Kids
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Delft is a charming town, famous for its blue and white ceramic work, and hometown of Johannes Vermeer. Kids will like wandering around here, so spend time walking around the streets and canals, lined with old houses. Some houses have front doors that open right onto the water.
    Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) – The Gothic-style tower of the Nieuwe Kerk is incredible. It's a huge 15th century stone tower, sitting on marshland, that doesn't lean at all. Climb up the tower (376 steps) for a bird's eye view of the town.

Central Market – Thursday is market day in the square in front of the Stadhuis. There are also free carillon concerts in the summer.


Canal cruise – Take a 50 min. cruise through old city Delft, and find out about Vermeer and the history of Delft. Departures from Koornmarkt, every hour, March to October.

kids books netherlands
Johannes Vermeet  
Johannes Vermeer
Mike Venezia

Mini- bio of Johannes Vermeer – his paintings are famous, but the man himself is a bit of a mystery. Living his whole life in Delft, Vermeer painted, he also managed an inn, an art business, and had 15 children. (Picture book)


Vermeer's Secret World
Vincent Etienne

Wonderful exploration of Vermeer's luminous paintings with fascinating details, including an astonomer twirls a globe, a young woman makes lace, and his famous The Girl with a Pearl Earring. (Picture book)


anna and johanna  
Anna and Johanna
Geraldine Elschner, Florence Koenig

A story inspired by two of Vermeer's paintings, The Milkmaid and The Lacemaker, two girls, born on the same day, exchange birthday presents for each other. And discover a secret. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Netherlands pages)
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