Tourist information

Delft is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, which was already established as early as 1246. Delft is nicknamed ‘de Prinsenstad’ (the Princes’ City), because William of Orange, the first in the Dutch royal line, held court in Delft in the 16th century. Other famous historical figures who once lived and worked in Delft are the painter Johannes Vermeer, the inventor of the microscope Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek, and the first Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Jacobus van ‘t Hoff.

The city has a beautiful, well-preserved, lively historical center, with characteristic canals, ancient merchant houses, old churches and the splendid city hall, making it valued by tourists throughout the year. Visitors can choose from a variety of good-quality accommodations.

Delft University of Technology is the university of the first Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, Jacobus van ‘t Hoff, and one of the leading research universities in engineering science & technology in Europe and the world. Established in 1842 by King William II, Delft University of Technology has a rich tradition reaching back 175 years. With over 20,000 students and a research staff of almost 3,000 people, it currently is the largest and most diverse university of technology in The Netherlands.

You can find out more regarding Delft and it’s history here – recommended hotspots to visit, guided tours through lovely Delft, and great places for food & drinks.