What makes Delft special; maybe it’s its role in shaping the concept of quality art during the Dutch Golden Age; or, more currently, it being the hub of international technological advancement, thanks to the TU Delft? Truth is, it’s all of that and much more. As an international arriving to Delft, an average sized city snuggly fit between The Hague and Rotterdam, you’ll find more than 100 000 residents plus a quarter of that in students, leading tranquil, if sometimes whimsical, lives. Reasons to live here include not only it being the residence of several massive international employers, but also its scenic old town streets, cordial restaurants and bars, and locally present everyday leisure activities.
Living in Delft
Be sure to dedicate time discovering Delft’s surroundings. Start with the central Market square, where the beautiful Old Church and Artisans’ and Merchants’ Guild Houses are built, and where the (Blue) Heart of Delft takes centre-stage. Wander around the lesser-knoen parks, from the Botanical Garden to south of the centre, and the Wilhelminapark and Delftse Hout to the west, which are great for a nice walk. Finally, take a dip in the local lake and camp the night away at the Delftse Hout.
The starting point of any outing plan should be Delft’s official tourism website listing the local events museums, markets and, really, much of anything worth attention. Delft also puts forward a few theatres and a couple of cinemas. For shopping, there is an area from the “Zuidwal” in south to “Choorstraat” up north, with smaller, authentic stores and gift shops located more on the northern side. Keep fit with one of more than 20 fitness and sports locations dotting the city. For clubbing there are a few places, but those seeking a more complex night out should consider visiting The Hague or other cities.
Working and education in Delft
Several large international corporations reside in Delft, and being an employee there is in itself a very convincing argument to live in this city. These organisations are UNESCO-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, IKEA, Samsung, DSM, Brightsight, YES!Delft, and of course, the TU Delft, which is the largest employer in the city. Education wise there, apart from the university, there is an International School Delft, which in addition to primary education will start offering the secondary education from Fall 2019.
Getting sick won’t put you in a pinch either, as Reinier de Graaf Hospital, where many specialists are located, is in the very middle of the city. It is the oldest hospital in the Netherlands still in existence today.
The old town is largely car-free, but commute wise the relatively tiny size of the city allows it to be walked across in some 10 minutes, while a bicycle will get you almost anywhere you need relatively fast. Delft is rather well connected to both The Hague, with two designated trams (1 and 19), and the rest of the region with both local and regional buses. Within walking distance from the Market square is the Delft train station.