Franeker (or Frjentsjer in the Frisian language) is a city in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands.
The history of Franeker goes back to early medieval times. The old centre is still surrounded by a canal, but most of the associated defensive structures have been demolished in the 19th century.
Franeker lies about 20 km to the west of Friesland's capital, Leeuwarden.
From Leeuwarden, take the A31.
A direct train service connects Franeker with Leeuwarden.