Delft is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland (Zuid-Holland), the Netherlands. It is located between Rotterdam and The Hague (Den Haag). Delft has a typical Dutch town centre with canals. Delft is also known for the painter Vermeer, Delft Blue pottery (Delftware), the Delft University of Technology, and its association with the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. The city dates from the 13th century (1246). In 1572 William of Orange (Willem van Oranje), nicknamed William the Silent (Willem de Zwijger), took up residence in Delft, this is the beginning of the bond between Delft and the House of Orange. He became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is thereby the founder of the branch House of Orange-Nassau. When William was shot to death in 1584, he was buried in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), starting a tradition for the House of Orange that has continued to the present day. Delft was one of the leading cities of Holland and was equipped with the necessary city walls to serve as a headquarters.
In the beautifully preserved historic centre of Delft you get in touch with the rich history of the city all the time.
When you think of Delft, you think of Delftware - and that is no surprise when you consider that Delft ceramics have been an important export product for more than 400 years.
House of Orange
Delft is proud of its historic ties with the Dutch royal house.
Not only was the famous painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) born in Delft, but he lived and worked here almost all his life.
Churches and Monasteries
There are many Churches and Monasteries in Delft which you can view from outside and sometimes visit from inside!