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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 in[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]


  • 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 next[edit]

Routes through Franeker
Harlingen  W NLD-N31.svg E  Leeuwarden

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