DelftNetherlands

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Visit Delft

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.

Top Hotels in Delft

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Museumhotels Delft
Best Western Museumhotels Delft
4 out of 5
Oude Delft 189, Delft
$72
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in the heart of Delft, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oude Kerk and Nieuwe Kerk. Delft Town Hall and Vermeer Centrum are also within 10 minutes. ...

4/5Very Good! (346 reviews)

"LOcation is perfect and the rooms are very comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Best Western Museumhotels Delft
WestCord Hotel Delft
WestCord Hotel Delft
4 out of 5
Olof Palmestraat 2, Delft
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$97
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

Situated in Delft, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eastern Gate and Nieuwe Kerk. Oude Kerk is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away. Delft Station is 24 minutes ...

4.4/5Excellent! (213 reviews)

"Friendly staff, helping all the times that was needed. Good size room"…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

WestCord Hotel Delft
Hampshire Delft Centre
Hampshire Delft Centre
4 out of 5
Koepoortplaats 3, Delft
$96
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Situated in Delft, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nieuwe Kerk and Oude Kerk. Vermeer Centrum and Eastern Gate are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (304 reviews)

"Room was a good size, bed was comfortable and plenty of storage. The fridge in the room was helpful although it would have been nice to get more than just one bottle of water on the first day. Aircon was a bit noisy."…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Hampshire Delft Centre

Popular things to do in Delft

Oude Kerk
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Oude Kerk

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Tour an ancient church with a leaning bell tower where many leading figures of Dutch history are buried and commemorated.

Nieuwe Kerk
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Nieuwe Kerk

4.5/5(15 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Delft when you make a stop at a top site like Nieuwe Kerk. Experience the area's entertainment choices and fascinating museums.

Eastern Gate
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Eastern Gate

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Eastern Gate in Delft. Experience the area's fascinating museums and entertainment choices.

Markt
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Markt

5/5(9 reviews)

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Markt in Delft. Discover the area's entertainment choices and shops.

Delftse Hout
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Delftse Hout

Explore the great outdoors at Delftse Hout, a lovely green space in Delft. Experience the area's entertainment choices and fascinating museums.

Scheveningen Pier
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Scheveningen Pier

4.5/5(121 reviews)

Learn about the history of Scheveningen Pier, a well-known monument in The Hague. Stroll along the area's beautiful beaches or experience its fascinating museums.

Top activities in Delft

The Royal Delft Experience
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The Royal Delft Experience

$14

Royal Delft, established in 1653, is the last remaining original Delft Blue factory from the 17th century in Delft that still hand makes Delft Blue according to a centuries-old tradition. Discover the history, craftsmanship and innovation of this royal company during a visit.

City Discovery Game: Delft's secret alleys & blue ceramics
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City Discovery Game: Delft's secret alleys & blue ceramics

$4

An interactive city discovery experience across Delft. You solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser. Your challenge starts in the main hall of Delft Train Station. All the information you need for your adventure is in your email from Secret City Trails.

Vacation Photographer in Delft
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Vacation Photographer in Delft

$31

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam
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Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

$99

Let us take you to South Holland where you will see Rotterdam's unique and bold architecture. You will make a visit to the famous food market and then you'll embarque on an amazing 1-hour river cruise. Continue your journey to Delft and take a guided stroll through this enchanting town.

Live guided tour Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague from Amsterdam
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Live guided tour Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague from Amsterdam

$96

A mix of modern, historical and political Netherlands in just one day. During this full day tour you’ll discover the Netherlands outside Amsterdam! This excursion is packed with interesting things to do and fascinating sites to see.

Experience Johannes Vermeer
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Experience Johannes Vermeer

$10

Visit: Vermeer Centrum Delft, Voldergracht 21, 2611 EV Delft The Netherlands Experience the life, the work and Delft, the city of the 17th-century master of the light: Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675). - See reproductions of the original paintings in c

Reviews of Delft

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 25, 2019

Good restaurants

4/5 - Good

Trusted

Jul 27, 2019

The people were very friendly and helpful. In the shipping and hotel. Taxi was very friendly as well as the he people on the street. A great place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 23, 2019

Great city to walk and enjoy!

5/5 - Excellent

Phil

Jul 20, 2019

A charming town. Worth seeing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 21, 2019

It's beautiful and the canals are picturesque. We were here for the Thursday market, which was full of delicious foods, unique finds and fresh fruits.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2019

Friendly people, Impeccable language skills