Top 6 Things to do in Franeker, The Netherlands

September 19, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Franeker (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfraːnəkər] ( listen); West Frisian: Frjentsjer) is one of the eleven historical cities of Friesland and capital of the municipality of Waadhoeke. It is located north of the Van Harinxmakanaal and about 20 km west of Leeuwarden. As of 1 January 2014, it had 12,781 inhabitants. The Eise Eisinga Planetarium, established in 1781, is located in the city.
Restaurants in Franeker

1. Eise Eisinga Planetarium

Eise Eisingastraat 3, 8801 KE Franeker, The Netherlands +31 517 393 070
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4.5 based on 246 reviews

Eise Eisinga Planetarium

Reviewed By Jurgen R - The Hague, The Netherlands

Ingenious ... that is the word that immediately came to mind when visiting the oldest still functioning Planetarium in the world!
It is certainly impressive what Eise Eisinga did in the late 1800’s: for 7 years he created this Planetarium in his living room (so yes, it is not the size that matters here)!
Don’t miss the short 20-min movie about his live (actually quite well made) and the short guided narrative (every 30 minutes during busy times - in both English and Dutch)!
And end your visit in the small but charming lunch- / tearoom!
All-in-all a place not to be missed when in the area!

2. Port of Harlingen

Harlingen, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Port of Harlingen

Reviewed By WorldTravelOne - Breukelen Ut

The port of Harlingen is a lot about Rederij Doeksen. They rule the waves going to and from the Islands. A lot of people come to Harlingen to catch a ferry to Terschelling or Vlieland. They leave their car in one of the car parks or the garage at the port. Pretty pricey, although not big city pricing. The port itself does not have a lot to offer.

3. Aeolus

Hearewei 24A, 8855 AZ Sexbierum, The Netherlands +31 517 591 144
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Aeolus

Reviewed By memberHolland - Holland

We visited this children's attraction in july. The center was not crowded at all.
It consists of 3 sections: a rather old technical discovery center that looks like a children's museum, a modern indoor playground and a rather old outdoor playground. When the glass pyramid was build, about 25 years ago, it was a real state of the art prestige project.
My child liked it a lot and we spend 3 hours in the center. The center was open untill 19.00 hours. Ample parking is free. Entrance for children is 7,50 euro. Entrance for parents is free.

4. Museum Martena

Voorstraat 35, 8801 LA Franeker, The Netherlands +31 517 392 192
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4 based on 27 reviews

Museum Martena

In Franeker staat een uniek stadskasteel uit 1500 waar Museum Martena is gevestigd. Franeker heeft een roemrucht verleden als Frieslands enige universiteitsstad, in de academiezaal staan we hier uitgebreid bij stil. Anna Maria van Schurman, de slimste vrouw uit de 17de eeuw, heeft een eigen zaal. We vertellen over de geschiedenis van het kasteel op de bel-etage. De prachtig ingerichte kamers ademen de sfeer van eeuwen geleden. In de tijdelijke tentoonstellingen besteden we regelmatig aandacht aan moderne kunst uit Friesland. Kortom, een verrassend museum: historisch en hedendaags.

Reviewed By bas k - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Martena-stins dating from 1498 is a charming Medieval fortified house dating back to the 15th century. The garden;Martena-tuin is free to visit and a lovely place to rest after admiring the historical collections. Franeker was the former university town of Friesland(1585-1811) and the museum...MoreThank you for taking the time to write something about our museum! We appreciate your positive feed back.

5. Korendragershuisje

Zilverstraat 28, 8801 KC Franeker, The Netherlands
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4 based on 19 reviews

Korendragershuisje

Reviewed By jennitar - Atlanta, Georgia

It is fun to briefly step into this free "blast from the past" in Franeker. It gives a nice bit of history about the town.

6. Franeker City Hall

Raadhuisplein 1, 8801 KX Franeker, The Netherlands
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Franeker City Hall

Reviewed By David R - Neutral Bay, Australia

Not a lot to see inside this old but very beautiful building. Some art works and furniture, and access to a few municipal rooms still in use today. It's free and worth browsing but won't take long.

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