Visit the Eise Eisinga Planetarium and handball match on the Sjûkelân in Franeker.

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While Franeker University no longer exists, you can still sense the presence of the academy, which Napoleon closed in 1811, in the town’s old streets. Stroll past the professorial residences and enjoy a beer at the Bogt van Guné student pub.

  • Enjoy a beer in Holland’s oldest student pub.
  • Visit the planetarium from 1781 that still works.
  • Enjoy a Frisian handball match on the Sjûkelân.

Sjûkelân kaatswedstrijd

On the fifth Wednesday after 30 June, tension in Franeker rises. This is the day of the most important ‘kaats’ or Frisian handball competition of the year on the Sjûkelân, the most famous handball field in Holland. It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable, typically Frisian sports event. The best player of the winning three-man team becomes the King of the PC. He is presented with the silver kaats ball.

Eise Eisinga Planetarium

The Eise Eisinga Planetarium shows the exact position of the heavenly bodies. The wool carder Eise Eisinga built it in the course of seven years in the 18th century. He wanted to make astronomy more accessible for regular people. When you step out of the door, you can see the town hall dating from 1591. The pleasant inner city of Franeker can be explored on foot. Don’t forget to check out the tiny grain carrier’s cottage, as well as the orphanage, Martini Church, and ‘t Coopmanshûs museum.

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