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.
Tours To Nieuwe Kerk
Zaanse Schans Windmills & Delft and The Hague Day Trip with Free 1-Hour Cruise BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $112
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
Delft, The Hague & Madurodam Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $67
Duration: 6 hours
Nieuwe Kerk Reviews
I have climbed a lot of church towers and do not experience claustrophobia but the climb up Nieuwe Kerk put me on edge! The tower stairs are narrow, slippery, steep and two people can barely pass... more »
There is certainly plenty of history in this lovely old building. It is called the New Church as there is an even older one in the town. Both worth a visit. It you can manage it, do climb all 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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