A Perfect Day Trip to Delft - A Quick Guide to Exploring This Dutch Jewel

Uncover the allure of Delft with our comprehensive day trip guide. From must-see landmarks to hidden gems, immerse yourself in the essence of this charming Dutch city for an unforgettable experience.


In this latest addition to our ongoing series uncovering the Netherlands beyond Amsterdam, we're excited to share our experiences exploring the delightful city of Delft. Ever since we settled in The Hague back in 2018, Delft has held a special place in our hearts as one of the first destinations we eagerly ventured to. Situated just a short tram ride away, its accessibility has made it a frequent excursion for us and a must-see for our guests. Join us as we delve into the delights of this charming Dutch city, sharing insider tips, favorite spots, and unforgettable experiences that make Delft a true gem in the Netherlands' crown.

Canals in Leiden


Delft, a picturesque gem in the Netherlands, beckons visitors with its timeless charm and rich cultural heritage. Nestled amidst tranquil canals and adorned with traditional Dutch architecture, the city offers a serene escape from the bustling urban landscape. Famous for its exquisite blue and white pottery, Delft is steeped in history, serving as the resting place for the Dutch Royal Family since the 16th century.


When family or friends come to visit us in The Hague, Delft is invariably our top recommendation. Its close proximity makes it the perfect day trip destination. Whether strolling along the cobblestone streets, exploring historic landmarks, or indulging in local delicacies at quaint cafes, Delft never fails to captivate the hearts of our guests and leave them with cherished memories of Dutch hospitality.



Inheriting the name due to the Delf canal, Delft started off when a Count established his manor there around 1075 which contributed to grow the importance of the town's market. However, it is only in 1246 that Delft was granted city rights and from there on the importance of trade and industry grew largely. With the Spanish occupation during the Eighty Years' War, William I of Orange, leader of the national Dutch resistance, took up residence in Delft, bringing the city to the heart of the Holland's opposition to the Spaniards.


Afterwards, Delft hosted temporarily the seat of the Prince of Orange following the declaration of independence from Spain. During the Dutch Golden Ages, the city thrived with the traditionally-Dutch blue ceramic industry and as a trade center that allowed the blooming of a rich artistic movement from which one particular citizen from Delft got famous: Johannes Vermeer, "the Master of Light". His most known piece, "Girl with a Pearl Earring", influences not only painters, but also writers and movie makers.

Eastern Gate, Delft


Embarking on your journey to Delft is simple, with various transportation options available to suit your preferences:

  • By train: Delft boasts excellent rail connections to major cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague. Arriving at Delft railway station, conveniently situated in the city center, allows for a seamless transition into exploring the heart of Delft's historic charm. Prices for a one-way ticket from Amsterdam Central Station to Delft typically range from 14-15 EUR, with a travel duration of approximately one hour. From Rotterdam, the journey takes around 12 minutes and costs approximately 3-4 EUR. Trains from The Hague to Delft run every 5-10 minutes, with a travel duration of just 12 minutes and fares averaging around 2-3 EUR.
  • By tram: Travelers staying in nearby cities like The Hague can opt for the tram as a convenient mode of transportation to Delft. Tram number 1 connects The Hague with Delft and takes approximately 15-20 minute journey.
  • By bus: Delft is well-served by bus routes linking it with neighboring towns and cities, providing additional flexibility for travelers seeking alternative travel arrangements.
  • By car: If driving to Delft, it's important to note that the city operates a milieuzone (environmental zone) in its city center. Be sure to check if your vehicle meets the necessary emissions standards to enter this zone. Parking facilities are available in and around the city center, though it's advisable to plan ahead, particularly during peak hours when spaces may be limited.
Upon reaching Delft, the best way to immerse yourself in its enchanting ambiance is by exploring on foot or by bicycle. Wander through the winding streets and along the tranquil canals, allowing yourself to discover the treasures that make Delft an unforgettable destination.
Canal, Markt, Delft
House, Architecture, Delft


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The oldest church in Delft has a long story: rumor has it that there was already a tuff stone church here since around 1050 along the "Delf" canal but it was not until 1246 that the Old Church was officially considered to be founded, after Count William II gave Delft its own charter. In the following centuries, the church developed slowly until its current form of an impressive gothic basilica. The most famous addition is its crooked tower: as it was partially built on top of a former canal, the heavy stones of the tower started to subside on this not-so-found foundation. Luckily the builders managed to stabilize it over time and now Delft's Oude Kerk has this charming little detail that is clearly visible from a distance.


Opening hours - daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. |

Admission - 5.50 EUR |

Oude Kerk, Delft
Oude Kerk, Old Church, Delft
Oude Kerk, Delft


This iconic building has been around for a while becoming a landmark in Delft over the years. It has already served different purposes (the most know been a tobacco shop) but now it houses a cute antique shop which makes it look even more like ancient times. The facade with its 16th-century Renaissance style has been redone in the 60's to give its old charm back and, boy, it worked wonderfully!


In the heart of the city (also know as the Markt), this Renaissance style building gives us the dimension of how Delft has been an important city in the past. It was originally built around the 13th century with its impressive belfry as a sign of the prosperity of the town but only the "Het Steen" (The Stone) tower survived after a fire in 1618. Afterwards, a new building around the tower was designed by the famous architect Hendrik de Keyser and this is the stunning facade we can see nowadays. Under the tower, there is a medieval prison where the assassin of Willem of Orange was kept before sentencing. It can still be visited as part of a guided tour.

 Markt, Town Hall, Delft


This is the heart of Delft! The Markt is the large main square of the town which hosts a market every Thursday for centuries. Once part of the property of the Count, De Markt evolved over time as Delft grew in importance for its trade and administrative role. In the late 1400's, it was first paved and afterwards the Nieuwe Kerk was erected on the east corner of the square. Buzzing during the weekends and on Thursdays, the square is also framed by many shops and restaurants with very traditionally-Dutch-architecture façades selling souvenirs, cheese and the famous Delft blue ceramic. The wind rose at the center of the square is also worth-checking.


Facing the Town Hall, the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) is the other church that dominates the skyline of Delft. Built formerly as a Catholic church in the 14th century, it took almost 300 years for it to achieve the form that it has nowadays. Its tower is the second highest in the Netherlands with a total of almost 110 meters and it is possible to climb its 376 steps to behold Delft (and even Rotterdam or The Hague) from above. With the Reformation, the Nieuwe Kerk became a Protestant church with a rather simple interior. However, its impressive organ (with more than 3000 pipes) and the magnificent mausoleum of William of Orange (and almost every deceased member of the royal family also) pays off the simplicity.


Opening hours - daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. |

Admission - 5.50 EUR |

Markt, Houses, Architecture, Delft
Markt, Houses, Architecture, Delft


At this point you might be thinking there is only churches in Delft. This has to do with the Reformation process in the Netherlands. After the city council opted for Protestantism in 1572, other religions were banned from the town but their followers kept practicing their faith. The Catholics created a neighbourhood called Papenhoek (Papists' Corner) and , with the Old and New Churches now protestant, they start to hold celebrations in secret churches in residential houses. In 1733, the Jesuits managed to build a small church which couldn't be seen from the street. With the religion freedom of the 19th century, the Christians put in practice their plan of building the first Catholic church in the center of Delft after Reformation and built the neo gothic Maria van Jessekerk where once stood the Papenhoek. Its two towers represent the two former Catholic churches in Delft: Oude Kerk and Nieuwe Kerk.


This is not a historical site but while strolling around Delft we stumbled on this jewel of a shop. De Groene vingers or Green fingers is a paradise for plant lovers. It is a pleasant experience to walk around this green oasis with its beautiful decortation. It is undeniable that you will fall in love with this unique garden centre. And believe us, it is hard to leave without a new purchase!


Opening hours |

daily from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Admission - free of charge |


This square was once a Franciscan Monastery which was destroyed after the Iconoclasm during the Protestant Reformation. In its place, a square was founded in 1595 and became the site for Delft's cattle market until the 1970's. Nowadays, it is an inviting and charming square with many different option of restaurants and cafés with terraces to enjoy the view.

Beestenmarkt, Delft
Beestenmarkt, Delft


A bit further away from the city center but definitely worth visiting, the Eastern Gate is the only remaining of the eight city gates and walls originally built around the year 1400. The high city walls and gates were precisely the reason why Willem of Orange chose Delft as the headquarters of the resistance against the Spanish occupation. The Eastern Gate is a very well preserved example of Brick Gothic Northern European architecture and consists of a two-tower gate with high spires and a drawbridge over the canal surrounding the city center. There is a nice little park around for you to take a break and let the charm of this scenery sink in or to simply take a photo.

Eastern gate, Architecture, Delft, Canal
Oosteinde, Delft, Canal

Eastern gate, Architecture, Delft, Canal



After strolling around the many streets and canals Delft has to offer, this is the place to go! The food in Hummus is delicious, especially for hummus lovers like us! As its name indicates it, the place offers various types of hummus: from the classic to a tomato and feta hummus. Try one of their delicious home-made combos: falafel or shawarma sandwich with hummus and two side salads. 


Opening hours |

Mon, Tue, Wed: from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun: from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. |

Hummus Restaurant, Delft


Although De Lelie is not the first place you think of when you want to get an ice cream in Delft, this chocolate shop remains a must! Since 2013, this place has been making "the best ice cream in Delft" in a traditional way and with natural products. One of the flavor you definitely have to try is called "Delftenaartjes", a combination of white chocolate, almond praline, roasted hazelnuts and almonds. Other combinations with traditional chocolate are also amazing! Not only the taste is delicious, but also the smoothness and the mouth feel are irresistible. Once you have tasted it, you will not want anything else!


Opening hours - daily (except Sunday)

from 10 a.m. to10 p.m. |

Chocolaterie Le Lelie, Ice-cream, Delft

Other options

When it comes to dining in Delft, you're spoiled for choice with a diverse array of culinary options to tantalize your taste buds. Here are some standout eateries to consider during your visit, along with price indications:

  • Ramen Nikkou: Prepare your taste buds for an unforgettable experience at Ramen Nikkou, where you'll savor the best ramen dishes you've ever tasted. While prices range from 10-15 EUR per bowl, the exceptional quality makes it worth every cent.
  • Il Tartufo Delicatessen Traiteur Catering: For an authentic taste of Italy, look no further than Il Tartufo. This charming eatery offers an amazing selection of Italian dishes, with a best-in-class ratio of price to quality. Whether you opt for pasta or panini, expect a culinary experience to remember.
  • De Pizzabakkers: Treat yourself to wood-fired pizzas at De Pizzabakkers, where prices typically range from 10-15 EUR per pizza. With their mouthwatering pies and cozy ambiance, it's a dining experience you won't want to miss.
  • HANNO - Groots Café: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of HANNO - Groots Café, where main dishes are priced around 15-20 EUR. From hearty meals to craft beers and specialty cocktails, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
  • Kek - De Koffiebar van Delft: Start your day off right at Kek - De Koffiebar van Delft, where prices for coffee and pastries are around 3-5 EUR each. It's the perfect spot for a delicious and affordable breakfast or brunch.
  • Boulangerie Michel: Indulge in freshly baked breads, pastries, and sweet treats at Boulangerie Michel, where prices are reasonable and the quality is top-notch.
  • Delfts Brouwhuis: Quench your thirst with locally brewed beers at Delfts Brouwhuis, where you can enjoy a pint of craft beer for around 4-6 EUR, making it a great option for beer enthusiasts.

No matter your culinary preferences, Delft offers dining options to suit every palate and budget. Bon appétit!


Delft ranks in our top 3 cities in the Netherlands for those who seek a truly Dutch experience. We also recommend you to stroll around the streets of the city center for nice perspectives on the traditional architecture, especially the cute Voldersgracht, Oude Delft and Oosteinde. If you are looking to Dutch up your experience with a visit to a windmill, the still-operating Molen de Roos (Rose Windmill) is located within a 10-minute walk from the Markt Square and is the only remaining mill in town.

And now it's your turn to let us know your impressions, thoughts and also tips to visit this cute little Dutch town. Have you already visited Delft? We look forward to reading your comments in the section below.