Delft is a real open-air museum. Sandwiched between The Hague and Leiden, this city has been described as the “absolute center” of Holland. The historic center of Delft has been preserved since the 17th century.
There is an opinion that the market square of Delft, with a 109-meter bell tower of the New Church (Niewe Kerk) is the most beautiful in the country.
How to get there
According to clothesbliss, the Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Brussels railway passes through the city. Trains on this route stop at the main station. The Delft-Suid station (“Delft-South”) accepts only local trains, it does not operate at night. Delft is also connected by direct rail links to The Hague, Dordrecht and Eindhoven.
Ground transport is represented by approximately ten bus routes, both local and connecting Delft with The Hague and Rotterdam. The buses are operated by Connexxion and the routes are numbered uniformly throughout South Holland. Delft and The Hague are also connected by a tram line (route 1).
Entertainment and attractions of Delft
Delft is a city known all over the world for its many historical monuments, most of which were created in the 16th and 17th centuries, picturesque canals that reflect ancient buildings, and blue and white tiles that adorned all the fireplaces and stoves in the palaces of Russian emperors.
One of the main attractions of the city is the Prinsenhof Palace. The museum, whose collection includes not only paintings by masters of the 16th-17th centuries, but also collections of porcelain and silver, once housed a monastery, and then the residence of Prince William I of Orange during his struggle against Spain.
Next to the palace is the Gothic 75-meter Old Church (Oude Kerk), built at the end of the 13th century on the site of the wooden church of St. Bartholomew. The Old Church, built on the principle of a Gothic basilica with unforgettable stained glass windows by Jupe Niolos, has undergone numerous renovations and is famous for its tower, which leans a couple of meters from the vertical. In the 17th – 19th centuries, three powerful organs were installed in the church, and the Bourdon bell was placed on the bell tower. Today, divine services and organ music concerts are held in the Old Church.
On the Market Square is another Gothic basilica built in the 14th century – the New Church (De Nieuwe Kerk). The church is the tomb of members of the Oran dynasty. Under the mausoleum of William I of Orange, buried in 1584, there is a crypt of the entire royal family. In addition, one of the most famous citizens of Delft, Hugo Grotius, is buried in the church, the epitaph under the marble portrait of which reads: “The miracle of Europe, blessed sage.” The church is open to visitors and functions both as a place of worship and as a museum.
The Town Hall is also located on the Market Square, built in the 17th century in the style of the Dutch Renaissance. The town hall was built on the site of the count’s prison in the Middle Ages, since then only one tower has survived. Previously, the building housed the Guild of Gold and Silver Jewelers and the Guild of Apothecaries, now it is, above all, a historical place where the people of Delft get married.
It is worth noting that Delft is the first city in Holland to build fortress walls that protected it from raids. To date, only one Eastern Gate, built in the early 15th century, has survived. The monument is made in the Gothic style, crowned with beautiful domes with spiers. The gate, which once opened the way to the ancient city, is now a cultural heritage of Holland and a colorful architectural masterpiece of Delft.
Museums in Delft
There are quite a few interesting museums in Delft, such as the Museum of Lambert van Meertan, known throughout the world for products and household items made from the famous Delft tiles. Here you can see the oldest and best collection of amazing faience. The Army Museum or the Delft Military Museum proudly presents the history of the Netherlands to residents and tourists, here you can admire the uniforms and vehicles of the military, weapons and drawings. Take a look at the old Royal Porcelain Manufactory, where craftsmen still make everything with their own hands using ancient equipment according to centuries-old traditions. Here you can participate in the process and even make yourself a souvenir.
In addition, in the city you can visit the grave of Karl-Wilhelm Naundorff, an impostor who pretended to be the French King Louis XVII. It is located in a long-unused cemetery near the building of the Royal Yeast and Alcohol Factory.