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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