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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

Anne Frank: Our 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 to visit
    You 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 there
    The 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

Walking through history with the help of Michael an excellent guide

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.

Excellent, informative and comprehensive tour.

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.

Great with a good mix of history, facts and humour

We really enjoyed the tour, seeing and hearing the history of Amsterdam. Kor was a great guide and made the tour interesting and fun. He had a great interactive style and made everyone in the group feel included. We really enjoyed his humour. A good and fun way to see Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Free Walking Tour Reviewed by David, 10/18/2016

Great tour! Learned alot of interesting things.

Really great tour. Very comprehensive. Even though it was 3 hours long it went by fast and they were thoughtful enough to include a break at a pub for us to sit down for a little bit.
Amsterdam Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Danielle, 10/17/2016

Very enjoyable all facts given in a friendly manner by Lisa

Most enjoyable. All information given in a very understandable and friendly manner. Walking very manageable weather was good so it helped.
Amsterdam Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Margaret, 10/17/2016

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