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10 Things to do in Delft for an amazing day out

Welcome to the enchanting city of Delft. It is a canal-ringed city in the west Netherlands and known for its connection to Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware, and the Royal House. This university town, located between The Hague and Rotterdam, offers canal tours, museums, churches, mansions and courtyards and so much more. Bars and terraces along the canals, quirky shops, and great cinemas. There’s entertainment guaranteed when you’re in Delft! 

Let’s go and explore the top 10 things to do in Delft. 

1. Visit the Royal Delft Factory

No visit to Delft is complete without a trip to the Royal Delft Factory, the birthplace of the world-famous Delftware. They have been creating high quality Delft Blue since 1653. Opt for a guided tour and witness the intricate process of creating these iconic blue and white ceramics. You’ll be in awe of the skilled craftsmen as they meticulously hand-paint each piece, creating works of art that are cherished worldwide. Don’t forget to visit the museum also to learn more about the history and significance of Delftware.

2. Discover the Oude Kerk 

Step inside the Oude Kerk (Dutch for Old Church), a magnificent medieval ‘Gothic Protestant? church that dominates the Delft skyline. Constructed in the 13th century, it is over 75m tall with enormous church bells that weigh 9 tons! As you enter, you’ll be greeted by stunning stained glass windows, intricate woodwork, and the tranquil ambiance that permeates the space. And of course, you have to climb the tower to get the best views of the city. 

3. Experience the Vermeer Center

The Vermeer Center presents the life and works of the legendary Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. He was the master of light and creator of ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’. See his masterpieces and gain a deeper understanding of his life, work, and city. You can explore interactive exhibits, watch engaging documentaries, and even try your hand at recreating Vermeer’s famous painting techniques (from how he made his paint to what else he did besides painting, you can see all the details). It’s an immersive experience that art enthusiasts won’t want to miss.

4. Enjoy a Canal Cruise

Going on a cal cruise in every city in the Netherlands also has to be one of my favorite activities. No I don’t get bored, and neither will you. I think these relaxing canal cruises are downright therapeutic. You are drifting along the tranquil waters and admiring the city’s architecture, passing under charming bridges, alongside historic buildings. If you want to zone out, you can zone out. But if you want to learn about the city, pop those headphones on and listen to the captivating stories your guides are telling. 

5. Indulge in Local Food

When in Delft, indulge in the local food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You won’t be disappointed. You can explore the local food markets and indulge in traditional Dutch treats like stroopwafels, poffertjes, and haring. The city is full of cozy cafes and restaurants that serve mouthwatering dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. And of course, no meal is complete without a refreshing glass of Dutch beer or a delicious Dutch gin, known as jenever.

6. Wander Through the Botanical Garden

Delft University has a beautiful Botanical Garden. It offers a great chance for you to escape the bustling city center and stroll amidst a vast collection of plants and flowers from around the world. Admire the meticulously curated gardens, each offering a unique experience. If you love nature and looking at different kinds of plants and flowers, this is the perfect spot for you. 

7. Visit the Science Centre Delft

Another activity for you to do at Delft University. Visit the Science Centre Delft, where science and technology come to life. You can view interactive exhibits, engage in hands-on experiments, and learn about groundbreaking research conducted at Delft University. From robotics to sustainable energy, the Science Centre offers a fascinating exploration of innovation and discovery.

8. Explore the Prinsenhof Museum

Prinsenhof Museum is a former monastery-turned-museum. It showcases a diverse collection of art and historical artifacts, including the bullet holes from the assassination of William the Silent. Learn about his story and all that he did for the Netherlands. Wander through the galleries and admire the impressive artworks, learn about the city’s role in the Dutch Golden Age (16th and 17th century). See the beautiful pottery, paintings and utensils from those times. 

9. Relax in the Delftse Hout

Want a day in the park? Then head to Delftse Hout. It is a sprawling park on the outskirts of the city and the perfect spot to escape city life.You can enjoy a picnic by the lake with your family and friends, rent a paddleboat, or simply take a leisurely stroll amidst nature. You can even go camping here. The park offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and is a perfect spot for outdoor activities and relaxation.

10. Enjoy the nightlife 

After a relaxing day exploring history, arts and culture, if you’re looking for a night out on the town, Delft will not disappoint. The Filmhuis Lumen and Pathé cinemas are a great way to start off the evening. Then you can go for a pub crawl through Brabantse Turfmarkt, Kromstraat, Mark and Nieuwstraat. You will have a night to remember here! 

So Delft is a city that has a lot to offer. From nature, history, culture, art, and architecture, you will have a great time in this city. Grab delicious food, or just chill by the canals. It is the perfect mix of slowing down and partying hard. Ready for an adventure? Pack your bags asap! 


Aemilius Dost is originally from the Netherlands but moved to Mexico more than two years ago. He started traveling when he was 19 and visited over 20 countries spread over North, and Central America, Europe and Asia. He currently works as a freelance SEO specialist and has worked with companies such as Surfshark, SafetyWing, and BP.

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