Famed for its hand-painted blue and white ceramics, Delft is a charming city ringed by canals. Medieval churches and merchant homes have been beautifully preserved alongside museums and galleries detailing the work of Dutch masters.
Things to do in Delft
Wander through the historic streets of Delft, stopping at the 15th-century Nieuwe Kerk where Prince William of Orange was buried. Climb the tower for panoramic views across town, then continue to Oude Kerk, the oldest church in Delft, which dates back to 1246 and leans out over the Oude Delft canal.
Gain insight into the life and work of Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer at the Vermeer Centrum, where reproductions of his 17th-century works are on display. The museum is set within a recreated Guild of Saint Luke and explores the events that took place in Delft during Vermeer’s life.
No trip to Delft would be complete without visiting the Royal Delft Factory, the last remaining factory from the 18th century. Admire the exquisite ceramics that have become famous around the world or participate in a workshop to create your own.
Soak up the local comings and goings at the Beestenmarkt, a tree-covered square packed with alfresco restaurants, cafes and bars. While it’s the perfect spot for a sundowner during the summer months, it transforms into a festive ice-skating rink during winter.
Getting around Delft
Delft is a short train ride from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and is within easy access of Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Regular trains connect both cities, while a tram makes the trip to Den Haag. The narrow streets of Delft’s city centre are best explored on foot.