Travel to Delft may be off the beaten path for most travelers coming to the Netherlands who may be much more familiar with Amsterdam. But there's so much fun filled family activities to see and explore! And being only an hour away by train from Amsterdam, there's no question that Delft should be a part of any visitor's trip to the country and it makes an easy and fun day trip with a baby.
One Day in Delft
One day in Delft is really not enough. But if that's all you have, make the most of it. If you're short on time, here's a sample itinerary to consider.
Morning: Arrive in Delft at the main train station. From there it is only 1.5 km walk to the Royal Delft. Take an hour or two learning about the history of Delft Blue Pottery and its royal connections.
Are you into history? How about handcrafted? Here you will see pottery being made as it has been for centuries, by craftsmen whose workplace dates back to the 17th century! There's the museum to give you an idea of the history, a factory where you can actually watch the pottery being handcrafted, and then a gift shop to take home your vary own authentic Delft Pottery. (I'm stressing authentic because there are many imitations out there. If you want to be sure that you're getting the real thing, then get it here!) Plus, for those of you traveling from the States, you get the 21% VAT tax refunded. Win-Win all around. And don't worry about leaving the stroller behind because everything here except the inner garden is stroller/wheelchair accessible. This is another great reason to make this your day trip with a baby destination if you're looking for somewhere to go from Amsterdam.
Afternoon: It's lunch time! Now that you've spent the day learning about pottery, I bet you've worked up quite the appetite. Head back the way you came from the train station, and you'll pass right by Huszar .
Kid's corner ✔ enough space for a stroller ✔ well priced delicious menu ✔ Everything here is destined to entice you to take it easy and enjoy! It did for us, anyway. I think we spent a good hour or so enjoying ourselves. And since no day trip with a baby would be complete without a place she could also enjoy, this place really fit the bill.
Once you're thoroughly rested & ready for more adventure, head on over to the 13th-century Old Church, the 15th-century New Church and the Prinsenhof, which was once home to William of Orange and is now a museum. Along the way there are all sorts of quaint buildings to see. Plus loads of canals!
And once you're done, it's a simple train ride back to Amsterdam.
There are so many wonderful places a short distance from Amsterdam! If this one wasn't on your list of places to take the family before, I hope that it is now! Tell us how your Delft day trip with a baby went in the comments below.