Franeker (or Frjentsjer in the Frisian language) is a city in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands.
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.
Franeker lies about 20 km to the west of Friesland's capital, Leeuwarden.
From Leeuwarden, take the A31.
A direct train service connects Franeker with Leeuwarden.
- Korendragerhuisje. 10am-9pm. Very small museum in a very small house from 1634 about grain harvesting, but worth a short free visit free entrance.
- Eise Eisenga Planetarium, 3 Eise Eisingastraat, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The world's oldest still operational planetarium, from the late 18th century. €3.50 (adults).
- 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 2009, this is July 29th.)