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Coordinates: 52°00′54″N 4°21′24″E / 52.015°N 4.35667°E / 52.015; 4.35667

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Coordinates: 52°0′54″N 4°21′24″E / 52.015°N 4.35667°E / 52.015; 4.35667
Country Netherlands
Province South Holland
Area (2006)
 - Total 24.08 km2 (9.3 sq mi)
 - Land 23.21 km2 (9 sq mi)
 - Water 0.87 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2008)
 - Total 96,168
 - Density 4,180/km2 (10,826.2/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Delft (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland (Zuid-Holland), the Netherlands. It is located in between Rotterdam and The Hague. Delft is primarily known for its typically Dutch town centre (with canals); also for the painter Vermeer, Delft Blue pottery (Delftware), the Delft University of Technology, and its association with the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau.



Delft in 1652 (Blaeu)

The city dates from the 13th century. It received its charter in 1246.
For its development from a rural village in the early Middle Ages to a city in the 13th century see the article "Gracht", section "Delft as an example".

The association of the House of Orange with Delft began when William of Orange (Willem van Oranje), nicknamed William the Silent (Willem de Zwijger), took up residence in 1572. William was the leader at the time in the struggle against the Spanish, the Eighty Years' War.

Delft was one of the leading cities of Holland and was equipped with the necessary city walls to serve as a headquarters. When William was shot to death in 1584 by Balthazar Gerards in the hall of the Prinsenhof, the family's traditional burial place in Breda was in the hands of the Spanish. Therefore, he was buried in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), starting a tradition for the House of Orange that has continued to the present day.

Delft Explosion

Egbert van der Poel
A View of Delft after the Explosion of 1654

The Delft Explosion, also known in history as the Delft Thunderclap, occurred on 12 October 1654 when a gunpowder store exploded, destroying much of the city. Over a hundred people were killed and thousands wounded.

About 30 tonnes of gunpowder were stored in barrels in a magazine in a former Clarissen convent in the Doelenkwartier district. Cornelis Soetens, the keeper of the magazine, opened the store to check a sample of the powder and a huge explosion followed. Luckily, many citizens were away, visiting a market in Schiedam or a fair in The Hague. Artist Carel Fabritius was wounded in the explosion and died of his injuries. Afterward, Egbert van der Poel painted several pictures of Delft showing the devastation.


Typical view of Delft (Vrouw Juttenland)
Crest to the City Hall
Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)
Delft canal (Molslaan).

The city center retains many old and historical buildings, and many streets have canals in the center, inhabited by fish and plants making this beautiful small city a tourist destination. Historical buildings include:

  • Oude Kerk (Old Church). Buried here: Piet Hein, Johannes Vermeer, Anthony van Leeuwenhoek.
  • Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), constructed between 1381 and 1496. It contains the Dutch royal family's burial vault, which between funerals is sealed with a 5000 kg cover stone.
  • The Prinsenhof (Princes' Court), now a museum.
  • City Hall.
  • The Oostpoort (Eastern gate), built around 1400. This is the only remaining gate of the old city walls.
  • The Gemeenlandshuis or Huyterhuis, built in 1505, which houses the regional water authority Delfland since 1645.
  • Waag (Delft)


Delft is well known for the Delft pottery ceramic products which were styled on the imported Chinese porcelain of the 17th century. The city had an early start in this area since it was a home port of the Dutch East India Company.

The painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was born in Delft. Vermeer used Delft streets and home interiors as the subject or background of his paintings.

Several other famous painters lived and worked in Delft at that time, such as Pieter de Hoogh, Carel Fabritius, Nicolaes Maes, Gerard Houckgeest and Hendrick Cornelisz. van Vliet. They all were members of the Delft School. The Delft School is known for its images of domestic life, views of households, church interiors, courtyards, squares and the streets of Delft. The painters also produced pictures showing historic events, flower paintings, portraits for patrons and the court, and decorative pieces of art.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is one of three universities of technology in the Netherlands. It was founded as an academy for civil engineering in 1842 by King William II. Today well over 16,000 students are enrolled.

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, providing postgraduate education for people from developing countries, draws on the strong tradition in water management and hydraulic engineering of the Delft university.


East of Delft is the Delftse Hout ("Delft Wood") recreation area, with a lake (suitable for swimming and windsurfing), narrow beaches, a small nudist area (not fenced off), restaurant, community gardens, campground and other recreational and sports facilities.

Well-known persons


Delft was the birthplace of several internationally well known persons: Adrienne Buteijn

Otherwise related

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Delft is twinned with:[1]


Delft Markt with the old City Hall and Nieuwe Kerk.

See also


External links

Further reading

  • Vermeer: A View of Delft, Anthony Bailey, Henry Holt & Company, 2001, ISBN 0-8050-6718-3

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Delft [1] is in the Netherlands. It's a beautiful, unspoiled town with traditional architecture, canals, bikes, and the world famous blue and white ceramics.

Oude Delft with terrace-boats
Oude Delft with terrace-boats



Delft is more than 750 years old. Its name is derived from 'delven' which means delve or digging. Delft's oldest canal is called The Old Delft (de Oude Delft). Delft expanded around it; later on many other city-canals were dug as life lines through the city. These grachten are still the pride of Delft.

In 1246 Delft received city rights, granted by Holland's Duke William II. Delft grew prosperous and new neighbourhoods were added to the city. In 1355 it reached the size it would remain at until the 1900s.

In 1536 a great fire destroyed 2300 houses. The most likely cause was lightning striking the tower of The New Church. About 100 years later, in 1654, an explosion destroyed large parts of town; a warehouse with 36000 kg of gunpowder blew up. A new warehouse (Kruithuis) was later built, outside the city perimeter.

Delft has long been a centre of art and science. With the foundation of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) in 1602, Delft also became a trading center. The VOC was at one time the largest trading company in the world, with a huge fleet and offices all over Asia. One of the Dutch offices was in Delft.

In 1842 the Royal Academy for Civil Engineering (Koninklijke Acedemie voor Burgerlijke Ingenieurs) was founded. Nowadays know as Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) it is Delft's biggest employer. About 13,000 students study in Delft.

Get in

By plane

Amsterdam - and limited flights to Rotterdam airport which is only a few kilometres away.

By train

Delft has two railway stations: Delft (near the city center and the best connection for the universtity) and Delft Zuid (Delft's southern residential area). (Direct) train connections run from:

  • Den Haag Central Station or Hollands Spoor(10 mins, €2)
  • Schiphol Airport (45 mins, €8) (the train from Schiphol does not stop at Delft, you need to change train at Leiden or Den Haag HS).
  • Amsterdam (1 hour, €11)
  • Rotterdam (15 mins, €3)

By tram

Delft is a short tram ride from Den Haag by tram. Tramline 1 runs from Scheveningen, through the center of Den Haag and Den Haag HS to Delft. Travelling time is approximately 20 minutes from the center of Den Haag to the center of Delft. From Scheveningen to Delft takes about 45 min.

By car

Delft is easily reached by car. Coming from Amsterdam or Schiphol, it is at the end of the A4 motorway; coming from Rotterdam, Delft has several exits off the A13 motorway. The old city center has been made largely car-free, but there are two large car parks at the edge of the center (Zuidpoortgarage and Phoenixgarage). These car parks are expensive, but parking on the few public parking spaces on the streets in or near the city center can be even more expensive. Beware of the signs "alleen vergunninghouders" (only permit holders) in some streets in the vicinity of the city center, especially in residential areas. Unauthorized parking in those streets will cost you about €60. If you do not mind a 15-minute walk, consider parking for free in the university area. Usually at weekends there is a lot of free parking space.

By bus

Buses from Den Haag and Rotterdam terminate at the Delft bus terminal, which is in front of Delft railway station. Tram line 1 from Den Haag (HS) runs to Delft and has stops near the city center and railway station.

Get around

Walking - the centre is small enough to walk across in ten minutes. If you want to go further, hire a bike near the railway station or take a bus. Tram no 1. connects the center and station.

the City Hall
the City Hall
  • Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), Markt 80, +31 15 2123025, [2]. Closed on Sundays. Located on the Markt square, this church was built in 1496. The royal burial chamber is in this church. Prince William of Orange was the first to be buried here, after being shot in 1584. It is possible to climb the 108,75 meter tower to get a impressive view of Delft and surroundings. €3 (€2,50 extra to climb the tower), with free entrance to the Old Church
  • Oude Kerk (Old Church), Heilige Geestkerkhof 25, +31 15 2123015, [3]. Closed on Sundays. This is Delft's oldest Church, being built in 1246. The interior of this church is excellent. Famous Dutchmen are buried in this church, including: Piet Hein, Maerten Tromp and Johannes Vermeer. €3, with free entrance to the New Church
the Old Church
the Old Church
  • De Prinsenhof, Sint Agathaplein 1, +31 15 2602358, [4]. Open M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa,Su 1PM-5PM. In medieval Delft Sint Agathaklooster was the biggest cloister in Delft. After 1650 it was split in two parts. Part of the chapel remained for religious service (Waalse Kerk). Prince William of Orange held court in the rest of the complex. He was killed here in 1584. Nowadays the complex houses some museums, including the city museum. €7,50.
  • Synagogue, Koornmarkt 12, +31 15 2563371. Open Jun-Oct only on sat 14-17. This former synagogue was built in 1862 as temple, to a design of Ir. Leon Winkel. The building houses a permanent exhibition to the remembrance of the Jewish victims in WWII.
  • Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft factory), Rotterdamseweg 196, +31 15 2512030, [5]. Open 9-17. Around 1750 32 earthenware factories were located in Delft. Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles is the only factory remaining from that era. It is possible to visit the factory or to participate in a workshop. Guided tour €6,50.
  • De Candelaer, Kerkstraat 13, +31 15 2131848, [6]. De Candelaer is a little porcelain factory in the inner city. It is possible to visit De Candelear.
  • Molen de Roos (windmill), Phoenixstraat 112, +31 71 5012672. It is possible to visit the mill if the blue flag is flying. For a group visit, call ahead.
  • Artilleriemagazijn( Artillery Depot), Paardenmarkt 1. As a result of the reformation around 1572, many cloisters were abandoned. This happened to the Clarissenklooster as well. It became a warehouse for sulphur, saltpeter and canon. In 1637 a small tower for firepowder was built. In 1654 this tower exploded, destroying a large part of the city. After this it was rebuilt.
  • Universiteitsbibliotheek (University Library), Prometheusplein 1, +31 15 2785678 [7]. Between the Mekelweg and the Schoemakerstraat sits one of the largest technical libraries of Europe. It is housed in a glass building, with a sloping grass roof penetrated by a concrete cone. Free entrance during opening hours.
  • Armamentarium, Korte Geer 1, +31 15 2150500 [8]. Open 10-17. Its location made Delft a good place for a central weapons warehouse. In 1601 a large warehouse was built. It is a very beautiful building. Nowadays it houses the army museum. €6.
  • Botanische Tuin (Botanical Garden), Julianalaan 67, +31 15 2782356, [9]. Open mon-fri 8:30AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-4PM, Su (only May-Sep) 12PM-4PM. The botanical garden of Delft University houses a large collection of 'utility' plants, both in greenhouses and a nicely laid out park. Good place to spend a few quiet hours on a sunny afternoon. €2, free for TU Delft students.
  • Techniekmuseum (Technology Museum), Ezelsveldlaan 62, +31 15 2785200 [10]. Open Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Sun 12PM-5PM. This museum, run by Delft University, is housed in a beautiful building. It displays a wide range of historical engines, as well as the history of the calculator. Activities aimed at children are organized regularly. €2,30.
  • Almshouses
    • Hofje van Gratie, Van der Mastenstraat 26-38. This was a hofje for single women, founded in 1575 by Pieter Sasbout. Originally situated on Korte Geer, but with expansion of the Armamentarium it was relocated to its current location.
    • Hofje van Pauw, Paardenmarkt 54-62. This hofje was built in 1707 as stated in the will of Elizabeth Pauw.
    • Klaeuwshofje, Oranje Plantage 58-77. This hofje was meant for unmarried or widowed catholic women. It was founded in 1605 by Dirck and Elizabeth Uyttenhage.
  • Stadhuis (Town Hall), Markt 78. After a fire in 1618 after which only the tower remained, Hendrick de Keyser rebuilt the town hall. He reused the tower and some remaining walls. In 1620 construction was finished. The building was renovated in the 19th century.
  • Vleeshal (Meat Hall), Voldersgracht 1. Built in 1650. It is one of the only Hollands Classical buildings in Delft. Originally a meat market, later it was converted for wheat. Nowadays it is a youth society. It is possible to eat here for a modest price (around €4).
  • Visbanken (Fish Trade), Cameretten. Fish market, one of the oldest shops in the world.
  • VOC-Huis (Dutch East India Company House), Oude Delft 39. The VOC consisted of 6 chambers. One of them was located in Delft. Part of the sea harbour of Rotterdam belonged to Delft at that time.
  • Oostpoort (East Gate), Oostpoort 1. Eastern gate to the city, built around 1400 and of the four original gates the only surviving one. Small building. It looks kind of cute. It is not on the famous painting by Vermeer (because that's the South Gate), as many tourists wrongly think.
  • Agnetapark, Agnetapark. Just northwest, 10 minutes of walking outside the inner city, this small park was built around 1880 by a local factory owner for his workers. It contains small working-class cottages and has been a state monument since 1989.
  • Stroll through town
  • Climb Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) tower
  • Visit De Porceleyne Fles, or take a workshop
  • Rent a bike and visit De Delftse Hout, a park/leisure area to the east of Delft. Cycle through the woods, sail on the lake, have a picnic, walk through the arboretum
  • Visit the Antique Markets around the streets and canals of Central Delft , every Saturday, April - October (free to visit)
  • Listen to music, read a magazine or drink a glass of freshly made orange juice in one of the world's most modern libraries, the DOK Library Concept Center (Vesteplein 100) [11] (free to visit)
  • Every week, Studium Generale organises lectures on a wide range of subjects. Usually these are in Dutch, but roughly once a month there may be one in English too. The lectures aim at the interest of students, but other people interested may often attend as well. Admission is usually free [12].
  • There are a few theaters in the inner city; Theater de Veste, Vesteplein 1 [13] is the largest theater, with shows almost every night (except during summer). The Microtheater, next to the New Church is a small theater with around one show per week.
  • There are two cinemas in Delft. Filmhuis Lumen, Doelenplein 5 [14], shows mostly cultural and foreign movies. MustSee Delft, Vesteplein 5 [15], is a new cinema near the Theater de Veste in the Zuidpoort (big screen, large seats).
  • Channel cruse (Rondvaart Delft), Koornmarkt 133, +31 (0)15 2016385, [16]. Experience a different view on Delft from a canal boat (Dutch / English tour guide)  edit
  • Tour the sights of Delft in a horse drawn tram (more info at the tourist office)

Annual events

Especially during summer there are several annual events to visit, most of them are in the open air and free to visit. For a list of upcoming events, you can check out the Event calender: [17]. An incomplete list of annual events:

  • Mooi Weer Spelen, creative event with street theater (free), exhibitions and theater shows on special locations (some of them are free), one entire weekend, usually somewhere in June [18]
  • Taptoe, National event of non-military marching bands performing parades and demonstrations, usually the first weekend of September (free)
  • Westerpop, (rock) music festival with local, national and international artists, usually the last weekend of August (free) [19]
  • Varend corso, flower decorated boats sailing from the Westland (the glasshouse area where special flowers are grown) to Delft, usually a Sunday in the beginning of August (free)
  • Lichtjesavond ("evening of lights"), evening with christmas atmosphere, where christmas songs are sung, a large christmas tree on the central market square and many, many lights. Usually on a Tuesday evening, halfway December (free)
  • Open Monumentendag ("day of the open monuments"), on this national event, many monumental buildings can be visited for free, which are otherwise closed to the public. This includes climbing to the top of "Molen De Roos", the windmill on Phoenixstraat 112, and visiting the former city prison and torturing room (backside of the City Hall), where the alleged murderer of William of Orange was tortured in 1584. It usually takes place on a Saturday. Inform at the tourism office when the next open monumentendag is held.


Traditional Delft pottery. Avoid anything that says "Holland" on it, or depicts windmills. Check out the antique stores if you want something really traditional.

The shopping area in the city center spreads roughly from the "Zuidwal" on the south to the "Choorstraat" on the north. The national and international stores like C&A, H&M and McDonalds concentrate on the southern part of the city, while the more alternative small stores and gift shops can be found more to the north. Apart from some supermarkets, shops are usually closed on Sundays and on Monday mornings.

  • Vrouwjuttenland: In this short street along a canal, near the New Church, alternative clothing and gift stores can be found. Pipe or cigar smokers should definitely visit "Van Renssen". The street also contains a small organic / health food supermarket. On summer evenings, once a week there are performances of musical artists, performing from a boat on the canal. Check the health food supermarket for the exact dates.
  • Choorstraat: Just around the corner from the Vrouwjuttenland, the Choorstraat can be found. This pleasant small street offers a variety of stores, like a drugstore selling all sorts of tea, an international gift store selling everything from tajinnes to buddha statues, a chocolate store, a gameshop and a large book store.
  • Bastiaansplein: The newest shopping area in town, consisting of a large supermarket (7 days a week open until 10:00PM) and several clothing stores. Tiles in the street light up at night.
  • Voldersgracht: For those who need good advise on tasteful alcoholic beverages, they definitely should visit the store Wines and Whisky's. Furthermore the Voldersgracht holds a large record shop, which sells a wide range of LP's and CD's from all ages. The street also has a religious gift shop, the Bijbel-In.
  • Martinus Nijhofflaan: The "Hovenpassage" is a covered shopping area, 15 minutes of walking outside the city center. The shops are smaller and less alternative, but it contains a wide variety of stores and a large supermarket, the "C1000". Another large supermarket, the Albert Heijn, is on the other side of the street.


Note that restaurants on the central market place can be more expensive than those in back-streets.

  • The café Kobus Kuch, Beestenmarkt 1 [20], has a nice choice of lunch breads, but is probably best known for its home made pies. If the personnel is not to busy to bake one for you, you can even order an entire pie to take home.
  • At Lunchroom Leonidas, Choorstraat [21], named after the Belgian chocolates (which they sell too) has nice lunch breads and a wide variety of tea. During summer time you can take your lunch out in the patio at the back. Bonus here: no background music!
  • Spijshuis de Dis, Beesten markt 36 +31 15-213 1782. Authentic Dutch fare, based on recipes of the 'golden age' Dutch chef John (jan) whom also had a place in CA.
  • De Parel van Flores, Volders Gracht 31, +31 15 2130946 . Authentic Indonesian cuisine (unlike the other indo-chin-thai places in town). Family owned with excellent service and reasonable prices. No reservation needed. Appetizers €5, Meals €10. Great atmosphere and amazing food.
  • Pizzeria Dennis [22], Nieuwstraat 8, +31 15 2158677 [23]. Reasonable pizza's and middle eastern dishes (shoarma/kebab). Relatively cheap. The place is much more oriented on take-aways then on eat-ins. 7 days a week 4.00 - 10.00 p.m. Service fast and friendly, delivery service. Large portions. No reservation needed. Pizza €5-7.50, Meals €10-14.50, Drinks €1.50. Has a nice website especially the registered users section.
  • Ladera, Oosteinde 123, +31 15 2125950. Affordable traditional dutch menu. Join the locals for a chat at the main table, have your own table, or eat in the garden (out the back, not indicated). Weekdays 4:30PM-8:00PM. Service fast and friendly, no reservation needed. Ask for special dishes, not indicated on the menu. Dinner €7-10, coffee €1.
  • Vlaanderen, Beestenmarkt 16, +31 15 2133311 [24]. Nice location for lunch or dinner. Good food (but slightly overpriced), sometimes activities take place, such as an open stage. Check out the patio at the back. When making reservations ask for the patio. Lunch €10, dinner about €30, 3 course menue about€35.
  • Café de V, Voorstraat 9, +31 15 2140916 [25]. Excellent food, probably the best price/quality ratio in Delft, where food and hotels are generally overpriced. Daily menue at unbeatable prices (except maybe "De Ruif"), about €7.50. Dinner about €10-20.
  • Eetcafé de Ruif, Kerkstraat 22-24, +31 15 2142206 [26]. Excellent food at acceptable prices, the best place in Delft for a sunny summer day, food served in the garden and on a barge with sunshine till late in the evening. Daily menue at low prices is usually out at about 20:00h, dinner about €15-20.
  • Stadscafé De Waag, Markt 11, +31 15 2130393 [27]. Simple restaurant, prices are ok.
  • LEF Restaurant, Doelenplein 2, +31 15 2120617 [28]. Very nice Paris bistro style restaurant/bar. Sit outside under the trees in the summer. Great food, low prices. €12-18.
  • Olympia, Hippolytusbuurt 43, +31 15 2136579 [29]. Greek restaurant. Lots of seats, but cozy atmosphere. Outside terrace with a view of the Oude Kerk. Large portions of good quality food (try the specials!) at reasonable prices. Very fast service. Main courses €15-25.
  • Malee, Voldersgracht 29, +31 15 2120781 [30]. Authentic Thai food in a small restaurant. Every day, "auntie Malee" cooks a 3 course dinner for her guests. Not as spicy as you'll get in Thailand, but still a treat for your tastebuds. Reservation advisable for larger groups. 3 course meal €15. Closed on Mondays.
  • Mañana Mañana, Verwersdijk 124, +31 15 2141472 [31]. A wide variety of tapas in a Spanish restaurant, also much choice for veggies. A bit outside the city center, but worth the walk. 3 course meal around 20 to 25 €.
  • Het Pakhuis, Phoenixstraat 4c, +31 15 2125925 [32]. Tapas-like design restaurant on the edge of the inner city. About twenty totally different dishes, also five recommendable ones for veggies. Tram 1 stops almost in front of the entrance. 3 plates of tapas, a drink and a dessert around 30 to 35 € Good price/quality ratio.
  • Stadsherberg De Mol, Molslaan 104, +31 15 2121343 [33]. Who wants to eat having a medieval experience, should definitely visit this restaurant. Bring a bag of money, it's not cheap.

If you are on a really tight budget, many student societies provide food, for a modest price (around €4). To check what is on offer look here: [34]. De Koornbeurs (one street away from the main market place) is probably the best choice, the others are much less used to visitors, especially when they are not students.


Try the local Delftse Mueselare Bier.

view from canal cafe
view from canal cafe
  • Al fresco at one of the many bars around the market square, or on a floating terrace (apparently unique to Delft) on a canal.
  • "De Beestenmarkt"; around this square in the city center are many pubs and bars. In the summer it is filled with people drinking a beer between the trees.
  • Many students get a drink at their fraternity (extremely cheap). Mostly you need to be a member or be introduced.
  • Jazzcafé Bebop, Kromstraat, a good café where the music is not so loud that you can't hear each other speaking, where the bartender is friendly and the visitors are on average around 25-30 (outside the weekends maybe somewhat older). It has a wide variety of beers and during summer the patio at the back is open.

Go out and dance

There are a few places to go out and dance:

  • The Koornbeurs (alternative student fraternity and youth society, no membership needed) has a disco on Friday and a metal underground scene on Saturday
  • Speakers. Here you can dance during the weekend.
  • The Lorre. This is a student disco that belongs to a fraternity (DSC). It is not always open to the public.
  • Cine Dans Cafe (still under construction, not open yet). This one is just new and located near the theater (theater de Veste).
  • Hotel Coen Delft, Coenderstraat 47, +31 15 2145914 [35]. Comfortable, clean, reasonably priced and right next to the railway station, the only hotel in Delft offering a free sauna for it's guests. Also offering a free WiFi service and a lobby computer. 40 rooms, double room €110, breakfast €12.
  • Hotel de Emauspoort Delft, Vrouwenregt 9-11, +31 15 2190219 [36]. Right behind the New Church. 23 rooms, double room €100, breakfast included.
  • Hotel Grand Canal, Breestraat 1, +31 15 2157133 [37]. Housed in a historic building (former city prison and VOC building) overlooking the canals, 2 minutes from the railway station. Clean and well-furnished, not very wheelchair-friendly. WiFi internet. Double room €95/150, breakfast €16.

Bed & Breakfast

There are several Bed & Breakfasts in Delft [38].


There are three campgrounds in Delft.

  • Camping Delfse Hout is located near een small artificial lake, suited for swimming. A camping spot for two persons, including a car costs between €19,50 and €24,00. Cabins (for three/four persons) are also available for €36,00. Cottages can be rented for €265,00 per week. Services include a restaurant, recreation room, supermarket, launderette, playground, tabletennis, bike rent, swimmingpool. This is not a quiet place. Korftlaan 5, tel: 015 2130040.
  • If you look for a smaller setting, try Uylenburg [39]. Sites cost €10,50 for a tent/caravan/camper or €7,50 for a two persontent. Additionally you have to pay €2,50 per person. There is also a very pleasant guesthouse. Rooms are €45/50/75 for 1/2/4 persons. Breakfast is €6 per person. Tel.: 015-2143732, e-mail:
  • Even smaller is De Grutto. This is definitely only for the real nature lover. You have to be a member of NIVON to camp here. There are only 25 spots. For more information call Mrs. W. Klunder tel. 079 - 341 83 25 (18.00 - 20.00). Directions, take bus 64 from Delft Station. Ask the driver to let you out at Rietzangerstraat, it is a 30 minute walk from there.


Religious Services

There are several church services available also in English. Some of them offer partly English spoken services, others offer translations by a headset or written on paper (both handed over at the entrance). The list below is not complete, but gives an impression of the possibilities.

  • International Reformed Evangelical Fellowship (Ecumenic service), Heilige Geestkerkhof 25. [40] Sun: 12:00 noon (in English)
  • Delft Christian Fellowship (Evangelistic/Charismatic service), Cort van der Lindenstraat 1. [41] Sun:??:?? (Indonesian / English / Dutch)
  • Levend Water (Evangelistic/Charismatic service), Hermesstraat 65. [42] Sun: 10:00 AM (Dutch / English)
  • Gereformeerde Kerk vrijgemaakt (Reformed), Schoemakerstraat 1. [43] Sun: 11:00 AM (Dutch, with English translation on paper)

Get out

Take tramline 1 to Scheveningen. It terminates right on the beach. It takes about 1 hour to get there (the same trip by train is faster, you have change in Den Haag). Also, rent a bike and go exploring, go west.

This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!

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DELFT, a town of Holland in the province of South Holland, on the Schie, 5 m. by rail S.E. by S. of the Hague, with which it is also connected by steam-tramway. Pop. (1900) 31,582. It is a quiet, typically Dutch town, with its old brick houses and tree-bordered canals. The Prinsenhof, previously a monastery, was converted into a residence for the counts of Orange in 1575; it was here that William the Silent was assassinated. It is now used as a William of Orange Museum. The New Church, formerly the church of St Ursula (14th century), is the burial place of the princes of Orange. It is remarkable for its fine tower and chime of bells, and contains the splendid allegorical monument of William the Silent, executed by Hendrik de Keyser and his son Pieter about 1621, and the tomb of Hugo Grotius, born in Delft in 1583, whose statue, erected in 1886, stands in the market-place outside the church. The Old Church, founded in the 11th century, but in its present form dating from 1476, contains the monuments of two famous admirals of the 17th century, Martin van Tromp and Piet Hein, as well as the tomb of the naturalist Leeuwenhoek, born at Delft in 1632. In the town hall (1618) are some corporation pictures, portraits of the counts of Orange and Nassau, including several by Michiel van Mierevelt (1567-1641), one of the earliest Dutch portrait painters, and with his son Pieter (1595-1623), a native of Delft. There are also a Roman Catholic church (1882) and a synagogue. Two important educational establishments are the Indian Institute for the education of civil service students for thecolonies, to which is attached an ethnographical museum; and the Royal Polytechnic school, which almost ranks as a university, and teaches, among other sciences, that of diking. A fine collection of mechanical models is connected with the polytechnic school. Among other buildings are the modern "Phoenix" club-house of the students; the hospital, containing some anatomical pictures, including one by the two Mierevelts. (1617); a lunatic asylum; the Van Renswoude orphanage, the theatre, a school of design, the powder magazine and the state arsenal, originally a warehouse of the East India Company, and now used as a manufactory of artillery stores.

The name of Delft is most intimately associated with the manufacture of the beautiful faience pottery for which it was once famous. (See Ceramics.) This industry was imported from Haarlem towards the end of the 16th century, and achieved an unrivalled position in the second half of the following century; but it did not survive the French occupation at the end of the 18th century. It has, however, been revived in modern times under the name of "New Delft." Other branches of industry are carpet-weaving, distilling, oil and oil-cake manufacture, dyeing, cooperage and the manufacture of arms and bullets. There is also an important butter and cheese market.

Delft was founded in 1075 by Godfrey III., duke of Lower Lorraine, after his conquest of Holland, and came subsequently into the hands of the counts of Holland. In 1 246 it received a charter from Count William II. (see C. Hegel, Steidle and Gilden, ii. 251). In 1536 it was almost totally destroyed by fire, and in 1654 largely ruined by the explosion of a powder magazine.

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  1. city in the Netherlands, in the province of Zuid-Holland


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Delft is a city and municipality in South Holland, the Netherlands

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Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)

Delft is a city in the province South Holland in the Netherlands. It is about halfway between Rotterdam and The Hague. It is famous for its Delft Blue pottery and the Delft University of Technology. It is the place where the royal family, the kings and queens, are buried. It has about 94,000 inhabitants.

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Delft is a city with typical Dutch canals, churches and large canal houses. The largest church in Delft is the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).

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