Delft is a city that is full of culture, traditions and a network of fantastic canals. Located in the South Holland province, Delft is directly in-between The Hague and Rotterdam, and Zoetermeer is just 15 minutes to the north east. With origins in the 11th century, delft has always had an association with canals and it was developed into a city around the 13th century.
The renowned Dutch leader William of Orange had a residence in Delft and during the 1500’s it was one of the prominent cities in the Netherlands for many years. In modern times, Delft has become well known for its ceramic pottery industry and also has a plethora of historical monuments and stunning architecture such as the city hall and Oostpoort.
Lets explore the best things to do in Delft:
1. Nieuwe Kerk
Translated as the New Church, this wonderful religious structure can be found on the popular and central Markt Square.
Although named the new church, the structure actually dates back to the 1300’s and was completed in 1496. Its main feature is a huge bell tower that stands at a monumental 108.75m high.
Built in a gothic style, the exterior and tower of the church look fantastic and create a real centrepiece for the Markt square opposite the city hall.
Entombed inside the church are a myriad of Dutch royalty including William the Silent and other prices of Orange.
A main attraction of the church is to climb the bell tower for unparalleled views of Delft – From the viewing platform you can see for miles!