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You may have read Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, but the truth of her words often doesn't sink in until you visit the secret annex in person. Before you visit this must-see place in Amsterdam, here's a quick refresher course about this impressive girl.
Many of Anne's diary entries were written in letter-form, addressed to Kitty. Scholars still debate whether Kitty was a pre-war friend or a character from Anne's favorite book.
There were eight people in total who hid in the famous secret annex. Otto Frank, Anne's father, was the the only one to survive.
Miep Gies, the Dutch woman who helped hide the Franks, said she would have destroyed the diary had she read it, since the contents incriminated everyone involved, herself included.
She heard Dutch Cabinet Minister Gerrit Bolkestein on the radio: "History cannot be written on the basis of official decisions... What we really need are ordinary documents."
The Franks hoped the war wouldn't come to The Netherlands at all. As the threat grew, Otto and his family tried unsuccessfully to emigrate to England and the USA.
From YouTube channels to suggested reading, you should be able to find a good tool to help you explain the story of Anne and her family to the young ones. It's suggested to bring kids age 10 and up, though all are welcome. Prams and baby strollers are not allowed inside, but there is a storage area available.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Amsterdam each year, and paying a visit to the secret annex is at the top of their must-do list. You can book tickets online, and even avoid waiting in line all together. It's also very easy to accomodate large groups.
Tickets and tours for the Anne Frank House are very reasonable.The admission price for children under age 10 starts at just €0.50 per child.
- When should I visit?
- You may visit year-round, but check the website first. The House is closed on major holidays.
- Is it expensive?
- A standard adult ticket begins at €9.50, and tour and fast entrance prices vary from there.
- Will I need a guide?
- A guided tour costs less than €30/person. Bonus: You get to avoid waiting in line, which can take up to three hours.
- How to get there
- The Anne Frank House is an easy 20-minute walk from Centraal Station.
- Additional information
- The I amsterdam card will not get you in for free.
- The last admittance is thirty minutes prior to closing.
What people are saying about Anne Frank House
Someone on the tour asked why is it that mostly the Jews were persecuted and killed in WW 2? Unfortunately there was no answer for the question. For me it is strait forward - According to the Bible the Jewish nation is God's chosen people and they were warned in Deuteronomy that if they disobeyed Gods word they will be dispersed among all nations and they will be persecuted, which happened time and time again, even today. But God always saves a remnant of the Jews and at the end of times they will be restored as His special chosen people. Please convey this to our tour guide - I can not remember her name.
It was a fantastic couple of hours, the guide was excellent, the history fascinating and our safety was his first consideration. My only reservation would be that it was too long a walk for some people who were less mobile. The traffic is very fierce, and two hours is a lot of time to spend on your feet. There was a little break but we both felt that when that came it would have been enough for a lot of the group. The experience is good value but half an hour less would have been perfect.
The tour was really informative and interesting. It takes you on a journey through points in Amsterdam and shows you pieces of artwork memorating ww2. The guy we had was really friendly and kept it interesting even in the pouring rain. I would definitely recommend this tour, it gives you loads of information and you finish at the frank house!
The tour that we had was excellent - the guide provided a very insightful and empathetic overview of the circumstances that prevailed in Amsterdam over the 2nd World War - we ended up at Ann Franks house. We had purchased tickets to enter Ann Franks house and museum separately - so the overall tour was excellent.
We had a wonderful time with Manuel who was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Anne Frank. He provided us with insightful information related to the sights visited along with him being super approachable and friendly. I highly recommend the tour with Manuel for future references.