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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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.

Our insider tips

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.

What people are saying about Anne Frank House

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 3,525 reviews

Amazing guided tour by Kor ( probably the best guide you can get !)

If you want a priceless professional stand up comedian and amazing guide for the same ticket insist to get Mr Kor tour in English. You cannot believe the 3 hours is over. This guy is very multi talented individual the tip you may give him at the end will not be good enough for the show.

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Great overview to start a trip to beautiful Amsterdam!

Charly did a great job. He Gold Anouar history, architecture and about tolerance as the heart of the city. The tour took Place at very nice places in the City Center of Amsterdam. One Pause in the middle. Tip based. Great overview to start a trip to beautiful Amsterdam!

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Splendid glad my daughter found this tour

Kendra was awesome, well versed for a naturalized Amsterdamer! Also great sense of humor!

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It was a great start of my visit to get an idea of Amsterdam

I really enjoy the private tour, our guide Kendra was just great, very informative and funny. I do recommend for those travel on their own and.are staying just a limited time in Amsterdam.

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Highly recommend this very informative and fun tour!

Jacob was an excellent guide. Very informative, engaging and fun. He gave us a lot of interesting history and details about Amsterdam that would be impossible to get on your own. As is the nature of history, there are many unique perspectives on historical events and the impacts of those events. Jacob handled these areas exceptionally well, making the tour feel very inclusive to all nationalities and cultures. The tour is the perfect length and it covers a lot of ground. It's a great way to see and learn about Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. While there were times when other services were promoted during the tour, they were discrete and did not impact the experience. I would definitely recommend this tour, and if you get Jacob, bonus!

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