Discover the true story of Willem of Orange, get up close and personal with Johannes Vermeer, and see how the world-famous Delft Blue ceramics are made.
Did you know that the Netherlands was founded in Delft? In the 16th century, in 1572 to be exact, William of Orange, the ‘Father of the Nation’, came to Delft to lead the rebellion against the Spanish invaders. After he had defeated the Spanish, he founded the Netherlands as a parliamentary state based on the principles of freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
The palace where he lived and worked is now the Museum Prinsenhof Delft. In 1584, he was gunned down by Balthasar Gerards in the stairway of his palace. The bullet holes in the wall can still be seen in the museum even today. In the museum, which is situated in the wonderful St. Agathaplein, you can discover the history of Delft, and thus the origins of Delft Blue, in an interactive exhibition. Fun and interesting for both young and old.
In the Royal Crypt of the New Church you will find ornate tomb of William of Orange. Many other members of the Royal House of Orange-Nassau, both past and present, have also been laid to rest in the Royal Crypt.
The most famous girl in Delft history is of course ‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring’ painted by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. The 17th-century 'Master of Light' lived and worked in Delft his whole life. His paintings are now on display in galleries and museums throughout the world, but only in Delft can you admire his complete oeuvre. You will find everything you want to know about his life and work in Delft.
Whenever you visit Delft, a visit to one of the earthenware factories is an absolute must! See and experience how the world-famous Delft Blue ceramics are still made in Delft in the same authentic way.
More information about museums, churches, restaurants, cafes, and hotels can be found in https://www.delft.com/ .