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


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.

Get inEdit

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

By carEdit

From Leeuwarden, take the A31.

By trainEdit

A direct train service connects Franeker with Leeuwarden and Harlingen.

Get aroundEdit


  • 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
Martena museum from the garden
city hall






Go nextEdit

Routes through Franeker
Harlingen  W   E  Leeuwarden

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