Franeker Travel Guide

  • Civil ceremony at the Town Hall
    Civil ceremony at the Town Hall
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  • The facade of the city hall.
    The facade of the city hall.
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Franeker Things to Do

  • St Martins Church (Martinikerk)

    This interesting church dates from 1421 and is the only church in Friesland with a choir aisle. I do not normally include churches in my pages (other than large cathedrals ) but some of the churches I was taken to by friends in Holland where very impressive and this one was the first I saw on my 2009 holiday.It really is a beautiful church and is...

  • Royal Planetarium

    Frankeker resident Else Eisinga built an accurate scale model of the solar system in his living room when townsfolk warned him they were worried that a forthcoming planetary conjunction would mean the end of the world. Eisinga wanted to prove to the towns citizens that the end of the world was not on them and between 1774 and 1781 built this...

  • The Town Hall

    The Town Hall of Franeker was built in renaissance style between 1591 and 1594. The building was extended in 1760 and the exterior was restored from 1887 to 1890. Another restoration, of the interior, took place around 1955.This is a beautiful building and part of the ground floor is open to the public. Entering in the Hall you see where justice...


Franeker Hotels

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  • Hotel-Restaurant De Stadsherberg

    Oud Kaatsveld 8, Franeker, 8801 AB, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Tulip Inn Franeker

    Hertog van Saxenlaan 78, , Franeker, Friesland 880

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Franeker Restaurants

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    Planetarium Cafe: Next to the Planetarium

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 22, 2009

    A small elegant cafe full of charm in a building that dates from 1745. There is a bakers shop at the front and then two rooms for cafe customers. The first is traditional Dutch with brown stained wood and the back room is a lighter room - the website has photos.
    There is a varied menu of salads, sandwiches , light snacks and cakes. The coffee is good and there is a range of teas.
    The rest rooms are clean but cramped. Disabled access would be difficult .

    Planetarium Cafe

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Franeker Transportation

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

  • Car parking in Franeker

    Parking in the town centre is difficult but there is a large free car park close to the town centre.Off the A31 follow the signs in to Franeker along Hertog van Saxenlaan and then at the roundabout turn left in to Burg. J. Dijkstraweg - just past the swimming pool on the right is the free car park.

  • Gettiing to Franeker

    The station was opened on 27th October 1863 and is located on the Arriva operated Leeuwarden - Deinum - Dronrijp - Franeker - Harlingen - Harlingen Haven line. There are two trains per hour . The station is quite a way from the town centre - I would estimate a 10 minute walk. However the 33, 36 and 75 bus services stop at the station before moving...


Franeker Local Customs

  • Talko to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Netherlands with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There...

  • Grolsch -> Just like home sweet home!...

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Alkmaar (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular...


Franeker Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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Franeker What to Pack

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    Travel light!

    by Jerelis Written Nov 26, 2015

    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

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Franeker Sports & Outdoors

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    Frsian handball

    by Britannia2 Updated Jun 22, 2009

    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.

    The towns handball pitch

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