Franeker is one of the eleven historical cities of Friesland.
The Elfstedentocht (Eleven cities tour), at almost 200 kilometres, is a speed ice skating match with 16,000 skaters.
It is held in the province of Friesland in the north of the Netherlands, touching each and every city (by history) of the province.
The tour is conducted on frozen canals, rivers and lakes between the eleven historic Frisian cities.
The last tour was held in 1997.
Skaters must collect a stamp in each city, and at three secret check points, and must finish the course before midnight.
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