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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
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.
Learnt so much of the life of Anne Frank. 2 hours passed by in a blink of an eye. Lots of walking involved but was able to seat whenever one became available. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time beforehand to go toilet and carry a bottle of water as no stopping was possible.
Great little cruise around Amsterdam. The boat was comfortable, the guide and the boats Captain were fun giving a great commentary. Drinks were constantly offered and topped up if required. I found the cheese below average. Good covid controls and distancing in place. Would recommend.
We had a great trip around Amsterdam canal with our captain Stan. He told us very interesting details about the story and the landmarks in the city. Drinks are nice and there are blankets and umbrellas available if the weather is not good.
The staff were fun and enthusiastic about the tour and answering all of our questions. Very beautiful enviroment and the wine and cheese tasted good. This was one of the highlights of our trip.