Franeker & Surroundings

Franeker is a city full of stories

Both feet in the Frisian clay and simultaneously connected to the greatness of our solar system, as Eise Eisinga made tangible with his world-famous Planetarium. As the Star of the Frisian Eleven Cities, the former university city of Franeker has everything a person needs for relaxation, reflection and inspiration: hospitality, character, space and a daily portion of little happiness. How can you find that? Franeker is a city full of stories and that will come to life if you look, listen, taste and are open to meeting…

It is the combination of historical heritage, urban pleasures and the vastness of the surrounding landscape that make Franeker unique. The perception of time and attention is different here. Greetings to each other on the street, strolling in attractive shopping streets, cycling, sailing or walking towards the horizon in the free space of the Fryske lân, exploring museums and of course lighting up somewhere to enjoy a snack and a drink.

Worth Seeing
Royal Planetarium – The oldest working planetarium in the world
Martena Museum with garden – Citymuseum
Museum ‘t Coopmanshûs
Keats Museum – learn all about the worlds famous Frisian sport
Sjûkelân – the holy grass of the “kaats”sport
Klein Botnia – nowadays the home of the Academy of Franeker
Korendragershuisje – very small museum 
Historical Centre Franeker
Hofje Westerhuis Vrouwengasthuis
– Bolwerk Church “De Mouterij”
– Geuzengat
– Exposition KunstKamer Franeker
– Citytours with cityguides

As befits a character city, Franeker invigorates the inner man in a hospitable way. The menu here offers something for everyone, from tasty lunch addresses and tasty (cozy) eateries to special tea gardens and cozy restaurants. Having a chat is at least as important as a beer, because urban delights come into their own in a personal atmosphere.

Food and drinks in Franeker
Grand Cafe De Doelen
Poort van Franeker
The Stadsherberg
The Grillerije
Pizzeria Toscanini
Pizzeria Antonello
Chinese restaurant Cheung Kwong
Chinese Indisch restaurant Baolong
El Pastel
Worldrestaurant De Valk
The smaakmaker
Brasserie De Stadstuin
Martens Fish and Chips
– All kinds of cafetaria’s (De Bikker, PePe, Frolich, ‘t Park)
– Memo’s Doner
– Puur IJs (icecream)
Tapperij ‘t Noord
Coco Nuts
Stadscafé de Notaris
Café De Kleine Beurs
Bogt fen Gune – Oldest student cafe of Holland

Franeker also knows its events. There is something to do in Franeker almost every month. For current dates see: Franeker Ster van de Elfsteden.

Fashionweekend – april
Franeker Oldies Festival – mei
– Academische Dagen – juni
Hjoed in ‘t Park – musicfestival – juni
PC Franeker – juli – the oldest sportclassic of Holland and the biggest “kaats” game iof the world.
Open monumenten dag – september
Agrarische Dagen – september
Night of the nights – oktober
Room Musicalfestival – november
Midwinterjûn – december
Kryst yn Frjentsjer – december

The Frysian Museum in Leeuwarden
Naturemuseum Fryslân in Leeuwarden
Ceramic museum in Leeuwarden
Aqua Zoo in Leeuwarden
Visitor Centre Sonnema Beerenburg in Bolsward
Us Heit, the Frysian Beerbrewery with museum in Bolsward
– The National Modeltrain Museum in Sneek
Poptaslot in Marssum (part of the Frysian Castle route)
Dekema State in Jelsum
– Elf Cirys monument nearby Giekerk
– Harlingen – nice harbour city
– A day to the wetlands