Although Nieuwe Kerk translates to "New Church," this site holds centuries of history. The Protestant church was founded in 1350. In 1584 William the Silent, a Dutch prince, was entombed in a mausoleum inside. This started a tradition of burying Dutch royalty in a private family crypt. The most recent burial was Queen Juliana and her husband Prince Bernhard in 2004. Climb the church tower, the second highest in the country, for views of Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam, and Rotterdam Harbor. Put Nieuwe Kerk on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Delft road trip website.
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Visited Nieuwe Kerk in corona times, so we had to book ahead as they had limited numbers significantly. This ended up being a great thing because we (three of us) were the only people going up and... more »
I enjoyed climbing up this tower as i do most. But this one is a little better than most in some ways. Its super small and i would advise not to do it on a busy weekend. The view is great and the..... more »
The new church on the opposite side of the street. The sarcophagus monument is awesome with marble decoration, arches and nobility emblems. The long stained glass are magnificent and irradiate light through them lighting up the wide spaces across the church. A small souvenir shop leaves you some memorable items to take back home.
Highly recommend climbing up the tower for great views of the city. Try to go early or else you’ll be stopping and starting continuously navigating around people going down while you go up (and the staircase is really narrow and twisty!). Watch your head on the way up as well!
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