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Delft
Travel Guide

Delft showing a river or creek and street scenes

Visit a beautiful city in the province of South Holland that inspired a renowned 17th-century artist and where a national hero was assassinated.

The city of Delft, with its tree-lined canals, grand mansions and churches, is still as beautiful as it was when Johannes Vermeer painted View of Delft and The Little Street. As well as being home to the 17th-century painter, it is also the birthplace of the exquisite hand painted porcelain Royal Delft. One of the city’s less-celebrated claims to fame is that this is where the national hero Prince William of Orange was assassinated.

Follow the information cubes that have been placed at various locations around the city that were significant in Vermeer’s life. Start outside the Tourist Information Point and visit the home where the artist lived out his married life. Tour the Oude Kerk, the 13th-century church where he is buried.

The final stop of the walk is the Vermeer Center where you will visit a studio to learn more about his technique and the hidden love messages in his paintings. To see some Vermeer originals, stop by the art museum in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.

At about the same time as Vermeer was starting out on his career, Royal Delft set up business. Go to the last surviving 17th-century Delftware Factory, now a museum that focuses on the past, present and future of the famous pottery range. You can even design your own plates. Watch Royal Delft products being created at the Candelaer pottery workshop on Kerkstraat.

Pick up more insights into the city’s history when you explore the Prinsenhof, where William of Orange once held court. The Prince of Orange led the rebellion against the Spanish Habsburgs in the 16th century, and is still considered a national hero. See the spot where the nobleman was assassinated. In the wall, you can clearly make out the holes left by the bullets that killed him. This museum also has a collection of historic costumes, 17th-century Delftware and paintings by Vermeer’s contemporaries.

The beautiful city that inspired Vermeer is at its prettiest when viewed from the water. Take a boat tour of the canals and enjoy the scene as you sweep by monuments, monasteries, churches and mansions.

Riva Hotel The Hague
Riva Hotel The Hague
3.5 out of 5
Brasserskade 221, Delft
The price is $83 per night from May 5 to May 6
Situated in Delft, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Vermeer Centrum and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Delft University of Technology. Delft Town Hall and Eastern Gate ...
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Campanile Delft
Campanile Delft
3 out of 5
Kleveringweg 53, Ypenburgse Poort, Delft
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $65 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Vermeer Centrum and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Delft University of Technology. Eastern Gate and Delft Town ...
3.8/5Good! (593 reviews)
The staff here are amazing
"Clean convenient and comfortable. The staff here are really what makes the hotel.. they were outstanding. From check in to check out they were professional, happy and helpful. We ate a meal here and had a drink at the bar, which was very nice. I cant thank the girls enough. Outstanding job ladies. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Campanile Delft
Hotel de Koophandel
Hotel de Koophandel
3 out of 5
Beestenmarkt 30, Delft
The price is $96 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in the heart of Delft, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vermeer Centrum and Delft University of Technology. Delft Town Hall and Eastern Gate are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (93 reviews)
"Reception was very helpful. Central and convenient location. Nice decor and pleasant atmosphere. Overall, very good experience, despite it is a bit overly charged and no access by car (perfect for walk though)."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Hotel de Koophandel
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Long stay with adress registration
Long stay with adress registration
3.5 out of 5
asvest, Delft
Situated in Delft, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Theater de Veste and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Delft University of Technology. Delft Town Hall ...
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City Center Penthouse w/ Balcony Open View
City Center Penthouse w/ Balcony Open View
Delft, South Holland
The price is $108 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Situated in Delft, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Theater de Veste and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Delft University of Technology. Delft Town Hall ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
super clean place
"I enjoyed so much this apartment, it have everything family need, and very clean, beautiful view, very nice stuff, always in hand when need them not far from beach 20 minutes driving. definitely will come again."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

City Center Penthouse w/ Balcony Open View
Newly Build Loft Heart City Center Delft
Newly Build Loft Heart City Center Delft
Delft, South Holland
The price is $119 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in the heart of Delft, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Theater de Veste and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Delft University of Technology. Delft ...
Newly Build Loft Heart City Center Delft
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