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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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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.

It was the best cocktails and cheep as well!

You go through the museum and can touch and smell ingredients. Then you enter a cocktail room with computerised menus on the wall where you print your recipe, and then you get your cocktail! Excellent cocktails! Nice place to visit!

Amsterdam: House of Bols Admission Ticket Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/04/2016

Great cocktail and love all the flavours.

It was a nice experience and it wasn't too crowded like many other places in summer. What I enjoyed the most was testing all the smells. Staff are friendly and some cool stuff at the gift shop.

Amsterdam: House of Bols Admission Ticket Reviewed by June, 08/01/2016

The dark rooms were not working, but other than that it was TOPS

I didn't know what to expect and it was a real treat. Low crowds and a unique experience. Loved the free cocktail and bought out the gift store!

Amsterdam: House of Bols Admission Ticket Reviewed by Diane, 03/06/2017