City of Delft

Delft is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, and was established as early as 1246. The city is well-known for its ties with the Dutch Royal family and the famous painter Vermeer. Delft is considered as top 10 must visit cities in the Netherlands according to tripadvisor and touropia.

William of Orange, the first in the Dutch royal line, held court in Delft in the 16th century and was assassinated and buried in Delft. In the museum “Het Prinsenhof” you can still see the bullet holes in the wall where William of Orange was killed.

Delft is also world renowned for its Delft Blue Porcelain and its lovely canals. Royal Delft, established in 1653, is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century. The world famous Royal Delftware is still entirely hand-painted according to centuries-old tradition and is located very near the Faculty of TPM (Building 31). Delft is sometimes named ‘small Amsterdam’ as it has cannels, historical buildings but on a smaller scale.  Other famous historical figures who lived and worked in Delft are the painter the inventor of the microscope, Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek.

Delft is located between the larger cities of The Hague and Rotterdam, the former being the seat of the Dutch government and the latter, with its one of the largest ports in the world. Delft has a pleasant, well-preserved and lively historical centre, with characteristic canals, ancient merchant houses, old churches and a magnificent city hall, which makes it a popular tourist attraction throughout the year. Visitors can choose from a variety of high quality accommodations. Most of the information about the city can be found on the municipality website.