With almost 100,000 inhabitants, the city of Delft is located at the heart of the province of South Holland, between Rotterdam and The Hague definitely mapping out the international atmosphere of the city.
However, Delft is still an undiscovered typical Dutch city. The glorious past of the city comes alive in its great number of monuments, the facades of buildings, churches and monasteries and almshouses.
Delft is known for its historical ties with the Dutch royal family, Delft Blue pottery, the painter Vermeer and scientist Van Leeuwenhoek. The friendly and vibrant student city with its centuries-old canals, charming courtyards and rich history make Delft a unique and distinctive conference venue.
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Are you going to Delft for the first time? We would like to give you some tips about all the must-see attractions.
DELFT BLUE, VERMEER AND ORANGE
Delft is the city of the world-famous Delft Blue ceramics, the birthplace of the ‘Master of Light’ Johannes Vermeer, and has close ties with the Royal House of Orange. Many of the tourist attractions therefore have a link with one or more of these three icons.
ARE YOU A LOVER OF HISTORY AND CULTURE?
Then there are some attractions you definitely won’t want to miss. The slender tower of the New Church, almost 110 m tall, has been a recognisable landmark in Delft for centuries. And if you climb the 367 steps to the top of the second highest church tower in the Netherlands, you have an amazing view out over the city and the surrounding area.
Not far from the New Church is the Old Church, also known by the local residents as ‘Scheve Jan’ (Crooked John) on account of the strange kink in the tower. Both churches have international allure because of all the famous people from Dutch history who have been interred within their walls. Next to the Old Church is the Museum Prinsenhof Delft, an elegant historical building which was once the home of William of Orange. Here you can discover the history of Delft (and the rest of the Netherlands) and the origins of Delft Blue ceramics. A visit to Delft would naturally not be complete without a visit to one of the local earthenware factories, where you can see and experience the world-famous Delft Blue ceramics and pottery being made in the traditional way And last but not least: get up close and personal with Johannes Vermeer in the city where this world-famous painter lived and worked his entire life. You can discover everything you want to know about his life and work in the Vermeer Centrum Delft