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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.

  • Nieuwe Kerk

    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!

  • Museum Het Prinsenhof

    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!

  • Oude Kerk

    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.

  • City Hall

    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.

  • Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles

    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.

  • The Old Canal

    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!"

  • Oostpoort

    7. Oostpoort

    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.

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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

  • Language
    Dutch and lots of English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +31
  • 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

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 603 reviews

Top notch it was really worth it! The boat trip in Rotterdam's harbor was memorable. The visit of Delft was just the right amount of touring and some time to ourselves. The Didn't do much in the Hague but at least went there. The day was full throughout. Our guide Willem did an excellent job with his maps and historical story-telling, which filled in alot of the blanks for me . Very well done and would recommend it.

We enjoyed the museum very much, and so did the children (14 and 10 years old). At the beginning, a film, a little history about the museum, then a museum tour with an audiobook, and at the end you can see the workers at the factory how they create these masterpieces. We spent about 1.5 hours there. Worth the price for me. I recommend.

Was very nice, enjoyed the trip due to the detailed explanation from our guide julliet rainmaker. Some of the facts if travelled ourselves, we would have missed out. Beautiful city view of delft, Rotterdam and hague is worth the visit. Will defenetly travel more of these guided tours.

Onze gids liep prettig rustig. We kregen alle tijd. Meer dan genoeg informatie en uitleg. Voorlopig kunnen met alle adviezen van onze gids nog wel even voort in Delft.

Juliet was very nice to us. She was explained great details and well organized trip. it was nice experince. thank you