Welcome to Delft
South of Amsterdam lies Delft, a Dutch city famous for its
distinctive blue and white ceramics. There is more to Delft than
china, however, and the city has a 750-year history full of drama
Founded in 1246, Delft became a prosperous city until much of it
was destroyed by a great fire in 1536. It was hit with another
disaster in 1654, when a gunpowder warehouse exploded and large
sections of the city were destroyed. Delft has also been the site
of Dutch East India Company offices, acting as a major trading
centre in the Netherlands.
Nowadays, Delft is one of the prettiest towns in the
Netherlands, with a number of beautiful buildings and a network of
canals that are pleasant to stroll along. There are a few museums
worth visiting, and the Thursday Market at the main square is a
great place to both soak up some local culture and do a bit of
The city has a lively atmosphere thanks to the 13,000 students
of the Delft University of Technology, and there are a number of
cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs to keep everyone
entertained. While Delft has no red light district, there are a few
marijuana coffeeshops in town as well.
Of course, the famous earthenware is not to be forgotten and
apart from the tourist shop windows, which overflow with a sea of
blue and white, you can visit the Porcelijne Fles, the factory
which produces the most iconic pieces.
Information & Facts
Dutch is the official language. English is widely spoken.
Fries (as well as Dutch) is spoken by the people of Friesland
Single European currency, or Euro (EUR), is the official
currency of the Netherlands, and is divided into 100 cents. Major
credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. To avoid
additional charges take travellers cheques in Euros, Pounds
Sterling or US Dollars. Foreign currency or travellers cheques can
be changed at banks, post offices or bureaux de change (usually
indicated by the letters GWK). Banks are closed on weekends but
bureaux de change are open. ATMs are widely distributed and most
are open 24 hours a day.