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Information about Delft

Delft is a city definitely worth visiting for a day out. It is the city of origin of the world famous Delft Blue pottery and the artist Johannes Vermeer. The historical city centre offers much in the way of interest for culture lovers, fun shoppers, historians and tourists. The shady squares, peaceful inner courtyards and romantic canals make time stand still. Delft is a lovely place for a stroll. It is atmospheric and picturesque with its traditional building fronts. Nevertheless, the city has moved with the times and nowadays has the reputation as an academic city, thanks to the TNO University of Technology and research institute.

History

The history of Delft spans centuries. It was once the residence of King William of Orange, and the members of the house of Orange-Nassau were traditionally entombed in the royal crypt of the Nieuwe Kerk church. No wonder the city is also referred to as ‘the city of Princes’.

Location and surrounding area

Delft is a city in Zuid-Holland, located on the Schie waterway. Delft is easy to reach by car, and The Hague and Rotterdam are about 15 kilometres from this city. The historical city centre of Delft is mainly a car-free zone. The easiest and cheapest option for parking is at one of the multi-storey car parks or other car parks.

Delft has a beautiful nature area called De Delftse Hout. The area has a recreational lake with a small beach where you can enjoy the sun during the summer months. The lake is a great place for fishing, as well as for swimming, surfing and rowing.

Places of interest in Delft

In Delft, there are many places of interest to visit and admire, almost too many to mention, so you would need more than one day to see everything. For example, there are various monumental buildings such as the Delft Town Hall, the Kruithuis gunpowder house, Molen De Roos windmill, the St. Huybrechtstoren tower and the Watertoren tower. The city also has many churches, such as the Genestetkerk, the Maria van Jessekerk, the Nieuwe Kerk, the Oud Katholieke kerk on the Bagijnhof, the Oude Kerk, and other places of worship such as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and many more.

Take a trip down memory lane and visit the museum shop, Winkeltje Kouwenhoven, which sells old-fashioned and nostalgic products, such as soap, traditional Dutch candy, brushes, scrapbook pictures, oil lamp parts and religious souvenirs.

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Art and culture in Delft

Delft has numerous museums and galleries, as well as different exhibitions every week. The city has certainly earned the title of City of Art 2010. As a result of a form of cooperation with a female Chinese artist and the Royal Delft factory, the Sint Agathaplein now boasts a new artwork, a lamppost made from porselein.

The Zuidpoort area in the south of the city is referred to as the cultural centre of Delft.

Museums

Delft has many interesting museums that are certainly worth a visit. The Freebee Map lists some of them for you:

At the Vermeer Centrum Delft, you can find out everything there is to know about the amazing Johannes Vermeer, a world-famous artist, who was born and bred in Delft;
The military museum, that brings the Dutch military history to life – from prehistory, the age of chivalry, the world wars, to the present UN missions;
Royal Delft (Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles), the only remaining earthenware factory out of approxim