1. CERAMICS ROUTE
Delft and ceramics are inextricably linked. Not only does the city have a centuries-old tradition in the field of ceramics, it is also home to an extremely active and contemporary ceramics industry. Experience Delft's ceramic highlights on our ceramics route!
How: Go to this link on your smartphone, which will show you the route and some interesting information about the different ceramic works of art that you will encounter along the way.
Lenght: roughly 3.5 kilometres
2. ART ROUTE
Do you love both art and Delft? If so, this art route is something you must experience. Geert de Vries, who knows Delft intimately, set out this roughly 6 kilometre route through the city. You will come across all kinds of interesting pieces on the way, ranging from statues to street art, and dating from 1769 to 2020.
How: on your tablet or smartphone, surf to kunstwandelingdelft.nl and you will see the route and accompanying description.
Lenght: roughly 6 kilometres
3. VERMEER WALK
You may have already seen the ‘Vermeer cubes’ on the streets of Delft? They are part of the Vermeer walk.
The Vermeer walk takes you to locations that played an important role in Vermeer’s life, such as the house where he was born, the home where he lived with his family and the location depicted in his painting ‘The Little Street’. The walk includes six Vermeer cubes. Each cube tells you more about the life and work of the painter. So it really is a voyage of discovery!
How: a paper map + information on the cubes
Length: roughly 2 kilometres
Price: €2.50. For sale at the tourist office and vermeer centrum.
4. ANTONI VAN LEEUWENHOEK WALK
Another son of Delft, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), discovered bacteria and sperm, among other things, and is therefore regarded as the founding father of microbiology. During this walk, you will learn everything about his fascinating life and see where he was born.
How: go to this link on your smartphone. You see the route and brief information about the different locations.
Length: roughly 3 kilometres
5. VAN MARKEN ROUTE
Jacques van marken and his wife agneta set up many businesses, including de nederlandse gist en spiritusfabriek (now dsm), calvé delft (now unilever) and de lijm- en gelatinefabriek. As socially-concerned entrepreneurs, they were the first to introduce revolutionary new ideas in the netherlands, such as a pension plan, health insurance and the works council. These innovations would not become commonplace for another 70 years.
The van marken route takes you past the places in delft that were important to jacques and agneta, including agnetapark, the first garden suburb in the netherlands.
How: the route and explanations can be found on the paper map offered for sale at delft tourist office and on museum van marken's website.
Length: four routes are shown on the map: 3, 4.5, 5 or 7 kilometres.
Price: € 3.50
6. TU WIJK
Would you like to see more of delft than just the historic city centre? If so, take a walk between the imposing buildings of the former technical college that were built between 1895 and 1945 and discover the story behind tu wijk, the university district.
How: go to this link on your smartphone. You see the route and explanations about the different points of interest.
Length: roughly 1.8 kilometres
7. HISTORIC DELFT AND THE BIESLANDSE BOS
Delft's city centre is a great place for a walk. Another highly recommended walking area, the woodlands of bieslandse bos, is located just outside the city. The bieslandse bos, an area of woodland planted around 1985 for timber production, now has a recreational function. It is a patchwork of forest, swamps, wild grasslands and wooded marshes. This walk, set out by royal delft, ensures you enjoy the attractions of both the city and the natural environment outside it.
How: follow the route on route.nl
Length: roughly 13.5 kilometres
8. Monuments soundwalk
Are you interested in the many impressive monuments in Delft? Then the audio tour of Monument Day Delft is a must. On this map you will find the route, and on the website you will find an audio tour at the relevant monument, which can be listened to from your mobile.
How: follow the map here and click on the relevant monument on this page.
Lengte: depends on route.