Attractions in Delft
William of Orange, the “father” of the Netherlands, Delft Blue a world brand and masters in innovation. Delft is creating history. Discover Delft in a beautiful monumental building.
The Vermeer Center in Delft offers an exploration through the life, work and city of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Step into the 17th century and look at the images of his entire work and listen to the stories behind the world renowned paintings.
Royal Delft, founded in 1653, is the only remaining Delft ceramics factory from the 17th century. You may discover the world of Delft Blue and you can watch how it is still authentically produced in the 21st century.
In 1383 they started building the New Church, which is inextricably associated with the Dutch Royal family. Since William of Orange all members of the royal family have been buried in the royal burial vaults in the New Church. The extraordinary beautiful grave monument of the “Father of the Fatherland” can be admired in this church.
The beginning of the oldest church of Delft traces back to the early middle ages. Around 1050, within the settlement along the “Delf” a small tuff church (12×30 meters) was found. In 1240, the church was expanded with two aisles and a choir. In 1246, Delft received city rights which is also the official “year of birth” of the Old Church.
Delft city hall is situated on the market square across from the New Church. The first building dates back to 1200 after it was renovated in 1400 AD. In March 1618 it burned down in a large city fire after which it was rebuilt based on a design of Hendrick de Keyser, an example of Dutch renaissance.
The botanical garden of the Technical University is an oasis of calm, smell, colour and quiet. It houses a voluminous collection of technical plants. Discover the world of spices, (sub)tropical fruits and organic resources.
The Science Centre is part of Delft University of Technology and is located in the building of the old Mining Faculty from 1911. This centre shows the position of technology and science in society. It is an exciting quest that has not ended yet, just like science.
During a 45 minute canal cruise in the beautiful Delft canals, you get to know Delft a bit better with a view from a completely different angle. You navigate along old patrician houses, historical sites and underneath old arched bridges.