Delft is popular tourist attraction in the Netherlands. It is home to Delft University of Technology (“TU Delft”), regarded as center of technological research and development in the Netherlands, Delft Blue pottery and the currently reigning House of Orange-Nassau.
Delft is located roughly between Rotterdam, to the south, and The Hague, to the north. Together with them, it is part of both Rotterdam–The Hague Metropolitan Area and the Randstad.
Historically, thanks to the pioneering contributions of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and Martinus Beijerinck, Delft can be considered to be the birthplace of microbiology as a scientific discipline.