City hall: view from the tower of the New Church.

General historic city walk

During the general historic city walk all the important historic facts, buildings and persons will be treated. The most important buildings that will be part of this city walk, of course within the available time, are:

New Church (vault of the Royal House);

City hall;

Smallest house of Delft;

Gemeenlandshuis van Delfland (offices of the Delfland polder authorities);

Old Church;

Prinsenhof: former Saint Agatha convent, later the court of Prince William of Orange where he lived and was killed;

Saint Lucas guild.

Important famous people from the Dutch history, who will be treated:

William of Orange: the founder of our nation;

Johannes Vermeer: famous painter of the 17th century;

Hugo Grotius: the founder of the international law of nations and the sea;

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek: inventor of the microscope and founder of microbiology;

Piet Hein: a 17th century sea hero;

Maarten Tromp: a 17th century sea hero.

Subjects that will be treated:

Historic framework;

Medieval centre of trade;

Harbour of Delft (Delfshaven).

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William the Silent in the herbs garden of the former Saint Agatha convent.

House of Orange city walk

The focus in this tour is on William of Orange, the founder of our nation. Another name for him was William the Silent. He lived in Delft from 1572 in the Prinsenhof, the former Saint Agatha convent, and was murdered there in 1584. He was buried then in the New Church and there the tradition started to bury members of the Orange Nassau family there in the vault. Later they became the royal family and still the royal family is burying there death in the New Church in Delft. Important buildings that will be treated:

New Church (vault of the Royal House);

City hall;

Smallest house of Delft;

Prinsenhof: former Saint Agatha convent, later the court of Prince William of Orange where he lived and was killed.

Subjects that will be treated:

Historic framework;

Medieval centre of trade;

Harbor of Delft (Delfshaven);

Eighty Year War: rebellion against the king of Spain and the foundation of the Netherland as a sovereign country.

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The nice novel of Tracy Chevalier: Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Vermeer city walk

Johannes Vermeer was one of the most important painters of the 17th century together with Rembrand van Rijn and Frans Hals. Johannes Vermeer was born in Delft and worked all his life in Delft. In a Vermeer city walk we will show you the following places:

House of birth (the house itself is broken down, but you can see very well where the little boy was playing);

Huis Mechelen (the house is broken down but you can see very well in which neighborhood he started to paint);

The houses of the painting "The little street";

Saint Lucas Guild (the front is rebuilt and the Vermeer Centre is there establishes);

House of Maria Thins his mother in law where he lived and worked after his marriage.

Although the buildings are lost it gives a very good impression, where he did grow up and worked. For the people, who have read the book of Tracy Chevalier "Girl with a Pearl Earring", we can show the neighborhood described in the book inclusive the Meat Hall. We can advise to combine a Vermeer city walk with a visit to the Vermeer Centrum, where you find a lot of information about Johannes Vermeer. All his paintings are shown, but unfortunately they are all copies. We can combine this city walk with a guided tour through the museum Lambert van Meerten where you can a see a style room resembling the one you see in his painting The city walk is also to combine with a guided tour through the museum Paul Tétar van Elven, where you can get a good idea about the house of a painter.  If you like to get a price indication, please click here>>>>.

 

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Delftware city walk

In the 17th century Delftware was developed and is still today world famous. A city walk about this subject has to lead to a factory, where you can see the way it is made and painted by the artists by hand. A visit to De Candelaer is good to combine, because it is in the historic centre. De Candelaer is a small factory and if you like to combine it with a visit to a bigger factory, we can go to the Royal Delft or De Delftse Pauw. This is a good walk, but it can also be done by boat, horse tram or bus.

The city walk is to combine with a guided tour through the museum Lambert van Meerten with a nice collection of Delft Blue tiles. It is also possible to combine this with a guided tour through the museum Paul Tétar van Elven, where you will find a very nice collection of porcelain (not Delftware).  If you like to get a price indication, please click here>>>>.

 

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East India House.

VOC / United East India Company city walk

The Dutch United East India Company (VOC = Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie) was founded in 1602 and was trading with the far east (for instance China, Japan, Indonesia, India). Delft was one of the six city's part of that first multinational company of the world. Buildings that will be passed during this city walk are:

East India House: the offices of the Chamber of Delft;

Armamentarium;

Foundation of Renswoude;

Saint Barbara Convent;

Indische Instelling;

The house of Diederik van Durven;

Old Church;

City hall.

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Front of the Armamentarium.

Military historic city walk

This city walk will take two hours and will pass all the places in the historic city where a military building was or still is. Some buildings to mention, but not all:

Armamentarium;

Artillery Institutions;

Saint Hippolytus Chapel;

Gemeenlandshuis van Delft (offices of the Delfland polder authorities);

Prinsenhof;

Old Church;

Military buildings at the Paardenmarkt;

Doelentuin (shooting-range garden);

Markt.

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