city in Friesland, the Netherlands

Franeker (or Frjentsjer in the Frisian language) is a city in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands.

church at square

Understand Edit

The history of Franeker goes back to early medieval times. The old centre is still surrounded by a canal, but most of the associated defensive structures have been demolished in the 19th century.

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Franeker lies about 20 km to the west of Friesland's capital, Leeuwarden.

By car Edit

From Leeuwarden, take the A31.

By train Edit

A direct train service connects Franeker with Leeuwarden and Harlingen.

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  • Korendragerhuisje. 10am-9pm. Very small museum in a very small house from 1634 about grain harvesting, but worth a short free visit free entrance.
Planetarium View
working of planetarium on loft
  • 1 Eise Eisenga Planetarium, Eise Eisingastraat 3, +31 517 393 070, . Tu-Sa: 10-17, Su: 11-17. From April to October also Mo: 11-17. The world's oldest still operational planetarium, from the late 18th century. It's also a cultural world heritage site. €6 for adults, €5 for children.    
  • PC Franeker. A prestigious ball game event with a tradition that goes back to 1853. Held every year on the fifth Wednesday after June 30th. (In 2016, this was August 3rd.)
Martena museum from the garden
city hall

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Routes through Franeker
Harlingen  W   E  Leeuwarden

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