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Delft is renowned throughout the world thanks to its relationship with Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue pottery, and the royal family. Feel the past come to life while strolling along canals, churches, townhouses, and courts of law. You can also take boat tours of the canals, museums, markets, and countless pubs.

  • Discover this historic university city with its beautiful museums, canals, and great restaurants.
  • Visit the Vermeer Centre, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, and Prinsenhof.
  • Take a day trip to The Hague, the wonderful court city with its government buildings.

Highlights in Delft

See how the famous Delft Blue pottery is produced at Royal Delft and Delftse Pauw. Both factories have been creating the well-known hand-painted blue patterns since the sixteenth century. You can take a tour and participate in workshops.

The Vermeer Centre presents the life and works of Johannes Vermeer, the creator of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. The Oude Kerk (Old Church) and Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and the Prinsenhof (Princes’ Courtyard) demonstrate the strong connection between Delft and the Royal Family

Day trip to Delft

Delft is a great city for a day trip. The train takes you within 15 minutes to Delft from Rotterdam or The Hague. You will probably fall in love with the small historic city.  

To discover nearby

The beautiful court city The Hague, also known as ‘the royal family’s residence’ and the ‘City of Peace and Justice’ is not far from Delft. Gouda, which is well-known for its cheese, candles and ‘stroopwafels’, is also nearby and well worth a visit.  Zoetermeer finally, with its well-known Snowworld Zoetermeer, is also within easy reach.


Whether you like a low budget place to stay, a romantic hideaway or a boutique hotel, in the city centre or on the outskirts of the city, Delft has a great hotel to offer for every preference and budget. Check out the comprehensive selection and book your perfect hotel here!

Accessibility and parking in Delft

Delft is about 45 minutes by car from the capital of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. It is also easily reached by train. If you travel by car, make sure to check where you are allowed to park your car. There are many parking lots or car parks in and around Delft.

Editors’ tip:

If you want to spend a great day with the children near Delft, Adventure Park Hellendoorn with over 30 attractions is sure to be a success!

The Dutch Golden Age

The Dutch Golden Age (17th century) was a period of tremendous wealth for the Dutch Republic.