Top attractions in Delft
Best things to do in Delft
Small and scenic, Delft's historic cityscape lies between Rotterdam and The Hague on the River Schie. Once famous for its Delftware pottery and porcelain tiles, quaint streets and resplendent monuments make it a sightseeing favorite! Here are a few highlights.
1. Nieuwe Kerk
Despite its name, the market square's New Church dates back to 1496. Climb its tower to see as far as Rotterdam, The Hague, and, on a clear day, even Amsterdam!
2. Museum Het Prinsenhof
Originally built as a nunnery in 1400, the museum boasts many local artifacts. William of Orange was shot here, and visitors can still see the bullet holes in one of the walls!
3. Oude Kerk
Delft's Old Church was built in 1250 but received a Gothic overhaul two centuries later. It's the resting place of many notable Delft natives, including the painter Jan Vermeer.
4. City Hall
The "Stadhuis" looks simply magnificent from outside, but take a tour of its interior to marvel at elegantly decorated rooms from the Orange Gallery to the Council Chamber.
5. Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles
Delft was home to 32 producers of Delftware pottery in the 17th century, but here's the sole survivor. Take a tour to see artisans at work and its collection of historical pottery.
6. The Old Canal
Stretching from north to south, the Old Canal's picturesque buildings are perfect for sunny-day strolls or bike tours. Check out the nearby Begijnhof and the "hidden church!"
Looking to expand upon that leisurely stroll? Head to the south-eastern corner of the Old Town, where you'll find the pretty "Eastern Gate" at the junction of several canals.
Planning Your Visit
How to get there?
Delft can be reached from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Rotterdam The Hague Airport. The latter is much closer but less well connected. You will have to take bus 33 to Rotterdam Centraal Station and then continue by train from there (about 40 minutes altogether, not including wait times). Direct trains from Amsterdam take about 45 minutes
How to get around?
Delft's Old Town is mostly car free. It's easy to navigate the small city by foot, but keep an eye out for bikes and taxis, which are allowed to use some pedestrian streets. As with many places in the Netherlands, cycling is easy, convenient, and greatly encouraged. If you'd like to partake in the country's favorite mode of transport, bicycles are available to rent at the train station. You'll need a valid ID and cash for a deposit.
Good to know
- Dutch and lots of English
- Euro (€)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Best to have sunshine light your way around cozy Delft. June through September are great months to consider.
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What people are saying about Delft
This was a very small group, only 5 of us so it was almost a private tour. Juliette was our guide and she was great, she provided us with loads of information about the places we visited and the history and the life in general. As we were a small group we had extra walking stops in Rotterdam (markethall and cube houses) and in the Hague (Parliament) which weren't in the itinerary which was great. I'd recommend introducing a walking tour in Rotterdam and the Hague at the expanse of the harbour tour which could be omitted. Highlight was definitely Delft, which is amazing. Thanks Julitte and Jan (the driver).
It was a great tour. Despite the weather being rough and it raining almost the entire day our tour guide Eva made sure we make the most of our trip and visit every place planned for us. She was energetic and interactive with all of us on board. The driver Peter too was kind and polite. The only recommendation I would give, is to have us see more of Rotterdam city instead of the cruise ride that is booked for an hour. Thank you for the experience!
We had an amazing time in the museum and learnt a lot about bols and the alcohol making progress in general. All the interactive concepts were brilliant. We liked that you could touch, feel and smell everything. The rooms are very aesthetically pleasing too. The bar at the end is fabulous and the guys behind the bar were brilliant!!
Really interesting museum and factory tour. Owing to coronavirus we were the only people on the tour with an audio guide which was great. Recommend going now when it’s quiet!
Brilliant experience, friendly informative staff, get there early, gives you chance to chat with staff, before it gets too busy, and €6 for extra cocktails is really good!!