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Last updated: 06 February, 2024
Expert travel writer: Jennifer Ceaser

Just after Amsterdam resident Anne Frank’s 13th birthday in 1942, she and her family went into hiding to escape Jewish persecution under the Nazis. They lived hidden away in a cramped annexe for two years, until they were betrayed and transported to concentration camps. Only Anne’s father Otto survived.

During their period of hiding in Amsterdam, Anne Frank kept a remarkable diary, given to her as a 13th birthday present by her father. After the war, Otto Frank managed to retrieve his daughter’s diary and find a willing publisher. The book became an international sensation.

The house – with cramped annexe – is now Amsterdam’s most popular museum, with Anne’s original red-checked diary on display, alongside the notebooks in which she wrote short stories and quotations. A new exhibition, ‘A Room Full of Dreams’ displays the pictures and postcards she stuck on her bedroom walls.

The museum also offers a special 30-minute programme for those who want an introduction to the story of Anne Frank.

It’s a poignant, moving experience, and an Amsterdam must-see.

Logistics

Price from: £12
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The Anne Frank House is set on the Prinsengracht Canal; the nearest tram/bus stop is Westermarkt, though the house is within walking distance of most points in the centre. Visits to the house are self-guided. Exhibits are well labelled.

Note that there is nowhere to store bags, and you won’t be allowed in with anything bigger than a smallish backpack.

When to do it

The best time to visit is in the evening, when entry queues are shorter and the house is less crowded. Avoid peak times if possible – mid-morning to mid-afternoon and weekends – when it’ll be extremely crowded inside and the queue snakes around the streets outside.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Anne Frank Guided Walking Tour through Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter

Amsterdam

Anne Frank Guided Walking Tour through Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter
Walk through Amsterdam with a professional guide that shows you Amsterdam during the World War II, through the eyes of Anne Frank. This 2 hour small group tour goes from the Old Jewish Quarter to the Jordaan District, where the Anne Frank House is located. Hear the full story of these dark days.

Price: €32

Min age: 0

Rating 4.77 / 5 [5559 ratings]

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Anne Frank Walking Tour Amsterdam Including Jewish Cultural Quarter

Amsterdam

Anne Frank Walking Tour Amsterdam Including Jewish Cultural Quarter
Visit the Jewish Cultural Quarter with the Jewish Historical Museum, the Children’s Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue and the National Holocaust Memorial (Hollandsche Schouwburg). Join our ‘2-hour history of Anne Frank guided walking tour through Amsterdam with a professional guide who will show you how Amsterdam was like during World War II, through the eyes of Anne Frank. This product has two separate things: a walking tour with live guide at the designated time, and a visit to the Jewish Cultural Quarter at your own pace.

Price: €45

Min age: 0

Rating 4.93 / 5 [905 ratings]

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Anne Frank and Jewish Quarter Amsterdam Private Walking Tour

Amsterdam

Anne Frank and Jewish Quarter Amsterdam Private Walking Tour
Walk through Amsterdam with a professional guide that shows you Amsterdam during the World War II, through the eyes of Anne Frank. This 2 hour small group tour goes from the Old Jewish Quarter to the Jordaan District, where the Anne Frank House is located. Hear the full story of these dark days.

Price: €260

Min age: 0

Rating 4.95 / 5 [215 ratings]

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Anne Frank’s Last Walk and visit the Anne Frank House in Virtual Reality

Amsterdam

Anne Frank’s Last Walk and visit the Anne Frank House in Virtual Reality
Every year millions of people travel to Amsterdam to see where the Frank family hid from the Nazis. In this tour, we walk part of the route Anne took on her journey to the hiding place. Travelling back in time to Amsterdam of WWII, we’ll experience Anne’s emotions during the dark days of the war. Using words from her diary, we will learn about Anne, the ‘secret annex’ & what she saw from her refuge. The tour ends in a cafe where you will have a drink & enter the Secret Annex via the magic of a virtual reality recreation (made by the Anne Frank Foundation). Entering through the bookcase into the hiding place you'll see that unlike the actual house, the VR house has the furniture in place, giving a feel of how it was to live there in 1942-44. There’s no crowds, you have the virtual house to yourself to explore at your own pace. We believe this is as close to the real thing as you can get, without stepping foot in the house. Ideal for those who can’t get tickets or access to the Annex

Price: €37

Min age: 0

Rating 4.86 / 5 [152 ratings]

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Anne Frank and the Jewish History of Amsterdam Private Tour

Amsterdam

Anne Frank and the Jewish History of Amsterdam Private Tour
Learn more about Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam in this Private Tour Travel back in time to the 16th century when Amsterdam became a safe place for Jewish families fleeing Southern & Eastern Europe. Wander with our guide through the Jewish quarter and see the famous landmarks. Discover the awful stories of families who were hiding from the Germans in WWII and feel the tense atmosphere from that period of the war. Hear how hundreds of Jewish children were saved from deportation and explore the beautiful Jewish district. Learn about Anne Frank and see the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House from the outside. At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to enter the house (unguided). If you book 7 weeks or more in advance we guarantee to get you tickets for the house. If booked less than 7 weeks, we offer an alternative way to explore the house via a Virtual Reality experience if we are unsuccessful in securing tickets.

Price: €89

Min age: 10

Rating 4.83 / 5 [146 ratings]

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Amsterdam

North Holland, Netherlands

Rows of houses near a canal in daytime

Picturesque Golden Age canals, premier league art, cosy cafés, and liberal urban living combine to make Amsterdam one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals.