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Your Day Trip to Delft from Utrecht

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The Perfect Dutch City for a Daytrip

Delft, a charming city nestled in the heart of the Netherlands, is a hidden gem that offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and picturesque landscapes. With its cobblestone streets, stunning canals, and iconic architecture, Delft is a popular place for travelers seeking an authentic Dutch experience.

Here we will explore the top three attractions of the destination, talk about the history, and provide detailed information on how to get to there from Utrecht. But first, book a Free Walking Tour to get to know the city properly!


Join a Free Walking Tour in Delft

To make the most of your visit to Delft, discover the hidden treasures of the township with the Free Walking Tour. Led by knowledgeable local guides, this engaging tour takes you on a journey through Delft’s history, culture, and lesser-known sights. From the iconic Nieuwe Kerk to the charming canals, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the city’s unique character. The tour lasts approximately two hours and operates on a pay-what-you-wish basis, ensuring that everyone can enjoy this enriching experience. Click on our logo to join the next tour in Delft and discover the city with a local!


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Top 3 Must-See Attractions In Delft

  1. The Royal Delft Experience

No visit to Delft is complete without immersing yourself in the world-renowned Royal Delft Experience. Located in a historic building dating back to the 17th century, this unique museum showcases the art of Delftware, the famous blue and white ceramics that have become synonymous with the city. Take a guided tour and witness the intricate craftsmanship behind these exquisite pieces, or try your hand at painting your own Delftware masterpiece in one of their DIY painting workshops. The Royal Delft Experience is a true testament to Delft’s rich artistic heritage and international influence.

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  1. The ‘Oude Kerk’ (Old Church)

Standing tall in the heart of Delft’s historic center, the Oude Kerk (Old Church) is a magnificent Gothic structure that dates back to the 13th century. As you step inside, you’ll be greeted by awe-inspiring stained glass windows, ornate wooden carvings, and the final resting place of Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer. Climb the church tower for panoramic views of the city, or simply soak in the serene atmosphere of this architectural marvel. The Oude Kerk is a true monument to Delft’s rich history and is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.

  1. The Vermeer Centrum Museum

Step into the world of one of the greatest Dutch painters of all time at the museum Vermeer Centrum Delft. Dedicated to the life and works of Johannes Vermeer, this interactive museum offers a fascinating insight into the artist’s techniques, inspirations, and the historical context in which he created his masterpieces. Admire high-quality reproductions of Vermeer’s paintings, learn about his artistic process, and gain a deeper understanding of the Golden Age of Dutch painting. The Vermeer Centrum Delft is a true haven for art lovers and a testament to Delft’s cultural significance.


A Small Town with a Big Impact

Greet Mak, the famous Dutch historian and writer, once called Delft a ‘living view box, full of canals and picturesque corners’. It’s the perfect description for one of Holland’s most delightful places. With beautiful elegant bridges and intricate quays, the settlement was built on a complex network of waterways from the 1300s. The village began about the same time as Amsterdam, and in the 14th century rose to become one of the larger, more important cities of Holland. Being the biggest beer brewer back in the day, its bubbling golden history is still honored by numerous local pubs, microbreweries and craft cafes.

Delft’s political history is rooted in the murder of William the Silent, the famous ‘father of the Netherlands’. It is also the birthplace of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, who invented the microscope and the science of microbiology. The city is also home to the stunning Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), where members of the Dutch royal family are buried. And of course it’s the hometown of the iconic Delft Blue Pottery, from a local factory that has changed little since 1653.

No doubt this little town has made its bright blue mark on the world!


Getting to Delft from Utrecht

From Utrecht by train, take the Intercity 2040 or 1742 towards Den Haag Centraal, about a 40 minute ride. When you get to The Hague, take the Sprinter 5153 or 5253 towards Dordrecht for the 15 minute ride to Delft for a total travel time of about an hour. It’s also possible to go through Rotterdam, check with the NS or

By car from Utrecht, the 70 kilometer trip will take about 40 minutes, mainly along the A12 and N470. The center of Delft is not accessible for motorized vehicles unless you have a special exemption. It is best to park your car in one of the parking garages which are all on walking distance from the city center. Consult this website for details. Parking on the street in the regulated area is also possible, but without a permit, this is only allowed on very few locations.


Take the Opportunity to Experience Delft

Delft is a city that captivates visitors with its rich history, cultural heritage, and breathtaking sights. Whether you’re exploring the Royal Delft Experience, marveling at the Oude Kerk, or immersing yourself in the world of Vermeer, Delft offers a truly unforgettable experience. So pack your bags, embark on a journey to Delft, and let this enchanting city weave its magic on you. Read our guide Tim’s recommendations for the best places to visit and where to wine & dine like a local.

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