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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Planning Your Delft 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

Very good guide but some of the guests...not so!

Pietre was a very good guide...easy to understand and very knowledgeable. We did enjoy the tour but were disappointed that we missed much of the Hague (International Court) because ignorant guests don't follow instructions as to when to return to the bus. We do think that Pietre should have enforced the time restriction even if it meant leaving people behind. The rest of us paid for a tour that, because of a few inconsiderate guests, was incomplete.

Highly recommend Rotterdam; an awesome place

This was our first visit in the Netherlands. Jan our tour guide displayed good humor, knowledge of the area where we are touring. He made our first visit very pleasant. Jan was very patient in answering our numerous questions. He brought us snacks and water which we truly appreciated. We highly recommend Jan as tour guide. He gave us his business card but we misplace it, hopefully you could send us some information so we could send a thank you note.

There’s more to see when you step outside Amsterdam

Top way to expand your experience of the Nederlands! A comfortable way to see the South Holland precinct. View The Hague area, see Delft township and witness the iconic pottery being made by craftspeople and see Rotterdam by Road and via the waterways. Don’t limit your experience if Holland just to Amsterdam this trip is worth it.

Totally satisfied with the tour and the service

Well-thought choice of the cities and sights to see. The guide was simply amazing - professional, friendly and easily switching between 4 languages! The agency staff was very courteous and let me leave the suitcase in a locked room in their office for the time of the tour and even after. A great way to see Holland in one day!

Our guide, Gerda, was extremely knowledgeable and excellent.

Gerda was terrific and a wealth of knowledge. The Hague and Delft were amazing and it wa so shame to not have more time in both places. The Royal Delft tour was great. Thoroughly recommend this trip if you have limited time as I did.

Delft, The Hague and Madurodam: Half-Day Tour Reviewed by Karen, 05/12/2019