General tourist information, Delft
Delft is located between Rotterdam and The Hague. Delft is primarily known for its typically Dutch town centre (with canals); also for the painter Vermeer, Delft Blue pottery (Delftware) and its association with the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau.
I was lucky to visit it in December of 1996.
You can watch my 2 min 46 sec Video Delft Niewe Kerk Tower Panorama out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Tourist Information Point
2611 HN Delft
Phone: +31(0)15 215 40 51
The ‘Historic walk through Delft' is an illustrated walk with a handy map which introduces you to the rich history of Delft.
Moreover, in this walk you read everything about the connection between Delft and the world famous Delftware, the royal family and the painter Johannes Vermeer. Besides the basic walk (approx. 1 ½ hour), you can also choose to do 3 extra loops through other parts of the city.
You can do this walk in your own time and at your own pace.
This walk costs € 3,50 and is available at the Tourist Information Point.
Useful Delft hyperlinks:
The Local Tourist Office (VVV)
2601 CV Delft
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org.
City council website
Apparently this house behind the main market is supposed to be where the artist was born and lived, but the guide explained something i didn't quite understand about the fact that his real house had burned and they moved the plaque to something approximate...
Fondest memory: Pancakes with fresh cherries and sour cream!!!
Favorite thing: Just outside the trainstation you can find this machine. You can choose between several tours and general information. When finished it'll print a map for you that you can take with you. On one side is the map with the route you've choosen, on the other side a small map with hotels and food&drink-establishments. Very convenient/
Delft is a welcoming place. Many open air terraces on squares, streets and even on boats in the canals. Many attractive shops and good up-to-date brochures (free) available from the Tourist Information Point and in restaurants.
I've tried to give an impression about Delft on my Delft page with 50+ tips and photo's.
Visit the many highlights, museums, churches, cloisters and other old buildings.
On entering Delft you find a blue heart of glass. It shows that Delft is a modern city in an old but shining armour!
I must go to:
- The Nusantara museum about Indonesian history and culture
- Het Prinsenhof with decorative arts and 17th century paintings
- The Oude Kerk (Old Church) with its 9000 kilo giant bell
- etc. etc.
Get the information on the website mentioned below (and repeated ad nauseum) or get some nice brochures at the Tourist information point.
The best thing about Delft is its beauty at every corner, the sun shining on the water in the canals, the many people enjoying typical Dutch pancakes on the Markt square, the weddings at the Town Hall, especially on Fridays and the great many nice little shops.
Fondest memory: The tourist office (not the usual VVV as that is closed down) can be found at:
Toeristen Informatie Punt
2611 HN Delft
Where is it located?
Well, if you turn your back on the Nieuwe Kerk (see picture) and walk on the right side of the Markt square, at the end turn right and then immediately left. On the corner you find a fish stall, turn right and then the Tourist Information Point is about 5-10 metres on your right hand side.
the canals and bridges,
the old houses some of them from 1500--1600,
the museums'" het prinsenhof".
The V.O.C. museum place.
The Army museum.
Fondest memory: Never miss the "Grote Markt",
one site the big church,
the other site the beautiful townhall,
Delft, another unplanned surprise... Once again the suggestion came from my Dutch friend: I had a spare afternoon and he suggested I'd leave Rotterdam (was he trying to get rid of me maybe?) Anyway, I followed his suggestion and took the train to Delft. Delft is only 20 minutes away, but it really looks like a world apart: it's a very old town, with little stone buildings, a plesant market square, lots of little canals lined with trees, and even more tiny bridges. It's a very tiny town, but of incredible beauty. What else? History pervades the place. Never have I seen such a huge concentration of beautiful houses, churches and museums.
Fondest memory: Every corner seemed to scream to have someplace to be visited. I think one could really spend a few days there and not get bored.