Top Tours & Activities 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- LanguageDutch and lots of English
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+31
- Best time to visitBest 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
If you want in one day to see three different cities this is the best choice. Delft was so beautiful, Delft potery very interesting, Hague beautiful too and Rotterdam perfect choice for persons who want to see an industrial city.
We thoroughly enjoyed this day trip. The only negative is that there were some stops that we simply would love to have spent more time. This itinerary provided a great overview and if we had more days we could have revisited our favorites.
Very presentable great knowledge of the towns and their history, Nothing was to much trouble.
Gerk picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel in Central Amsterdam in a private car. He gave us a wonderful walking tour in both the Hague and Delft. The highlight of the trip was the visit to Mauritshuis which among many others has three Vermeer paintings and the "Goldfinch" by Fabritius. Also and in my opinion, not to be missed, the Escher museum which was also one of the Royal residences is a must see if you like Escher. An excellent and very pleasant way to see the Hague and Delft. Also very reasonable price for a private tour. Gerk is a very nice and pleasant fellow to spend the day with, you will enjoy your trip.
Gerk did a great job of getting us to the Hague and Delft from Amsterdam and answering all our questions about Dutch history and culture. We thoroughly enjoyed our day, and our teenaged kids did as well. We were able to stay as long as we wanted at the Maritshuis in the Hague to see the incredible collection, and then lunched on the square there before proceeding to Delft to see the churches and old town. We saw a lot in the 8 hours from our 9:30 hotel pickup in Amsterdam to our 5:30 dropoff at the end of the day. I wish we had booked Gerk's windmill tour as well.