Franeker is one of the Frisian eleven cities and has almost 13,000 residents. This makes it one of the larger cities in Friesland. Franeker is especially known for the big handball tournament held in the summer, the P.C. Many tourists also come to Franeker to visit the planetarium with its model of the solar system.
Franeker has a historic city centre with a lot of monuments, such as the old city hall, the Martinikerk, the Martenahuis and the Koninklijk Eise Eisinga Planetarium. There’s also plenty to see in Franeker from the water. You can hire a boat from one of the various boat hire companies and explore the city from the water. The Martenatuin is a manor house garden with a lot of special stinzen plants and it’s especially lovely to walk through the garden in the spring! It’s also completely free of charge.