Franeker is pretty small, but has many monuments all in walking distance.
The architecture is interesting, covering almost 4 centuries of history.
Then there are the canals which give the village that cosy feel.
Get yourself a map at the local Tourist Information Point (VVV - follow the signposts in the centre or get one from the website below) and just start to walk.
You might discover some true gems!
See Travelogue 'Monumental Franeker' For More Pics!
The major Frisian handball tournament, called the P.C. (short for Permanent Committee), is the oldest regulated sports tournament in the world. The P.C. is yearly held in the city of Franeker since 1854.
Frisian handball is played on a rectangular lawn of 61 m by 32 m by two teams of 3 players. In the center of one short side of the field is a receiving zone of 5 m by 19 m defended by 2 players, the other team member remaining field player. One of the opponents serves the hard leather ball with his bare hand from a serving box at about 30 meters from the receiving zone. If he does not succeed in reaching the receiving zone, the receiving team gets a direct score. When the receiving team, of which the players are allowed to wear a single hardened leather glove, returns the ball over the short line behind the serving box (called the upper line, in Frisian boppe) they also get a direct score. Of course, the serving team is allowed to prevent this happening by hitting or holding the ball before the upper line. The place where the ball remains after such a rally is marked with a small woodblock called a kaats, which is best defined as an undecided score. When two such undecided points occur (or one, if one of the teams is on game point) the teams change places. In the next rally, the team that then has the receiving position, tries to hit the ball past the first kaats and, if any, in the next rally past the second kaats, so deciding the undecided points. Then they start all over again.
Interesting Frisian town
A very interesting and scenic town that centres on a beautiful town hall. It is also home to the worlds oldest working planetarium and a corn museum.
This was one of the first Frisian towns I had ever been to and it was interesting to see the slight difference between Franeker and other similar size Dutch towns in central Holland that I know so well.
There is a real feeling of actually travelling to get here - the town is compact and easy to find your way around although the railway station and car parks are some distance from the town centre.