Delft is one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands, which was already established as early as 1246. Delft is nicknamed ‘de Prinsenstad’ (the Prince’s 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 lawyer Hugo Grotius, who laid the foundations for international law.
The city has a beautiful, well-preserved, lively historical centre, 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 is situated in the province of South Holland between the cities of Rotterdam and The Hague, in the central (western) part of the Netherlands.
On the following website all the information you need for a visit to Delft: Tourist information
This website contains, among others, recommended restaurants, good places to have a drink and the hotspots you must see when staying in Delft.
Transportation / Directions
From Schiphol Airport to Delft
- By train: Schiphol Train Station is located directly below the airport. The direct trains from Schiphol to Delft depart every half an hour and take about 40 minutes. You could buy an e-ticket online or buy a single-use smart card from the NS (Netherlands railway) service counter or a NS ticket machine, both located in the arrival hall. An anonymous OV-chipkaart is a convenient option for multiple travel with the public transportation (train, bus, tram, metro, etc). Time table and travel fee by NS.
- By taxi: A taxi stand is located directly outside the arrival hall at Schiphol Airport. A one-way trip to Delft costs about €60.
From Delft train station to the conference venue
The conference venue is located on the TU Delft Campus.
- On foot: It is a 25-minute walk from the train station to the conference venue (map).
- By bus: The bus terminal is just outside the train station. Bus 40, and 69 will take you to the conference venue ‘Aula TU Delft’.
- By taxi: The taxicab stand is next to the bus terminal.
Public transportation in the Netherlands
The whole country is well connected with public transportation. It is very convenient to travel by train from Delft to other cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht. Moreover, the Dutch railway system is the first national railway system in the world to fully function on wind energy!
You can plan your trip from A to B via public transportation on this site.
Information for the trains can also be found here.
An anonymous OV-chipkaart is a convenient option for multiple travel with public transportation (train, bus, tram, metro, etc.). You have to load travel credit onto such a card at a vending machine or ticket office.
Delft is also well connected with Paris, Brussels, and some other European cities with international trains.
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