Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Delft

Delft lies on the River Schie between Rotterdam and The Hague, its picturesque Old Town ringed by canals and home to many churches and old houses. Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Delft: New Church, Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, The Old Church, The Prince’s Court and Prinsenhof Museum, Delft City Hall.

New Church

In Delft’s spacious Market Square (Markt), the majestic New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) is, in fact, anything but new. Built between 1396 and 1496, this splendid church’s Gothic tower rises 108 meters above the large square, offering great views and pleasant chimes from its 17th-century carillon.

Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles

De Porceleyne Fles – manufacturer of Royal Dutch Delftware – was established in 1653 and is the last remaining maker of this world-famous pottery (all told, there were 32 such manufacturers in the area in the 17th century).

The Old Church

Delft’s Old Church (Oude Kerk) was built around 1250 and is notable for its slightly leaning tower, along with its fine timber vaulting from 1574. The tower was rebuilt in 1450 in a style characteristic of the Coastal Gothic movement so popular in northern Europe, and is notable for its distinctive four corner turrets around the pyramidal roof.

The Prince’s Court and Prinsenhof Museum

One of the most attractive corners of Delft, Prinsenhof consists of a picturesque group of buildings built around 1400 as the nunnery of St. Agatha. Secularized after the Reformation, it was the residence of the Princes of Orange until the seat of government moved to The Hague in the 16th century.

City Hall

On the west side of the Markt is the Renaissance Delft City Hall (Stadhuis). Rebuilt in the 17th century on the site of the original 13th-century Town Hall, this impressive structure retains one surviving component of its predecessors: the 15th-century stone tower known as Het Steen, richly decorated with pilasters and sculptures and a small gable with a figure of Justice.