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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 to visitYou may visit year-round, but check the website first. The House is closed on major holidays.
- What is the price?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 thereThe Anne Frank House is an easy 20-minute walk from Centraal Station.
- Additional tips
- 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
the walking tour was really good. our tour guide, Sam is very informative, attractive, and expressive. thru Sam, we know Amsterdam bettet in just 3.5 hours. we had a great time and it will become our unforgettable memory for us. thank you so much. danke.
Very interesting tour. We got the chance to walk all around the city centre. Our guide HardKor was great, very energetic , you could see that he loves what he does and knows his stuff. We learnt a lot about dutch history and culture in a very fun way. Keep up the good work !!
Tim was one of or the best guides we experienced in touring European cities with their 3 hour walking tours. He was knowledgeable and very entertaining. Would highly recommend taking this tour with Tim.
A really interesting and informative walk and talk. Readings from Anne's diary brought the events of wartime Amsterdam alive. The hope, the helplessness and the ultimate horror. A good way to learn about the background of the diary at our own pace. A highlight of our mother and daughter weekend.
We found this tour an excellent way to gain an insight into Amsterdam's history during World War 2. The guide was knowledgable and included a wealth of information about the area and its background at other times. The tour was delivered with historical detail along with elements of humour. We were able to see and understand aspects of the city and its memorials which we would otherwise have overlooked. Would recommend this tour.