Anne Frank House

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A Quick Refresher about the Story of Anne Frank

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.

  • This is a letter for Kitty

    1. This is a letter for Kitty

    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.

  • One in eight survived the war

    2. One in eight survived the war

    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.

  • The diary almost didn't make it

    3. The diary almost didn't make it

    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.

  • Anne was inspired to publish her words

    4. Anne was inspired to publish her words

    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."

  • They tried to escape before going into hiding

    5. They tried to escape before going into hiding

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • Prepare your kids before the trip

    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.

  • Avoid the queues by planning ahead

    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.

  • How much does the Anne Frank House cost?

    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.

Good to know

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Anne Frank House

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Wat doe je in de schoolvakantie met je 4 kinderen (8-13 jaar) in een lockdown? 3 uur lopen door een drukke stad klinkt niet voor de hand liggend. Onze gids Raoul was in staat om mijn kroost volledig geboeid te houden en vragen te stellen. Ze vonden het enorm boeiend om zijn verhalen te horen over wat er zich allemaal afspeelde in de oorlog. Hij weet het ook persoonlijk te maken met anecdotes over zijn moeder. Een bijzonder persoon met een bijzondere gave te verhalen over vervlogen tijden. Aanrader!!

My husband and I had a wonderful time on our boat tour. The operators of our boat, Charly and Isabel, made it an Educational and entertaining. The did their level best to get all guests involved in the hour tour. Boat was clean, instructions to get to the boat were great and the staff did have all of us social distance on the boat as well as use hand sanitizer before entering the boat. I needed assistance because I have a broken leg and they were greedy helping me get comfortable for the ride.

My mum and I enjoyed the cruise. Tj was very friendly and pretty good at telling us about some history. It was a fun experience.

Sophie was amazing, communicate well, very polite and helped out loads. Best thing everrrrrr

This was brilliant time, so many information about Amsterdam, canals, buildings.