Anne Frank House Amsterdam – The Ultimate Guide

The small house at the Prinsengracht, where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis and wrote her world-famous diary, is one of the most interesting sights in Amsterdam. Here you can find valuable tips and learn how to get tickets.

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam - Photo: © Dennis van de Water

The museum is a real tourist magnet. Every year, up to 1.3 million people visit the beautiful Anne Frank House in Amsterdam's canal district.

Tip - Discover the historic center in the footsteps of Anne Frank

The Portuguese Synagogue, World War II Resistance and the Jewish Quarter. Explore the narrow streets of the old town with an expert guide. Here you will find an overview with recommended tours.

At the original location, with a lot of personal items, you can comprehend the oppressive fate of the occupants of the Anne Frank House.

In the next part you will learn everything about tickets, opening hours and how to get to the Anne Frank House. We have also summarized the most important facts about Anne Frank's touching story.

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Hours and Tickets - Anne Frank House at a Glance

In the Anne Frank House, a free audio guide leads you through the museum. This will give you exciting information about the exhibited objects. It also helps you follow the stories that are being told inside the museum. The guide is available in English and many other languages.

Long line in front of the Anne Frank House (bottom right in the picture)

For adults, the entrance fee is 16 euros. Children and teenagers between 10 and 17 years pay 7 euros. Children between 0 and 9 years pay only one euro.

Important - Tickets only bookable online!

On the 1st Tuesday of the month, all tickets for the following month are put online and sold (from around 9am). Unfortunately, the tickets are often sold out within a few hours. You can only buy tickets directly on the Anne Frank House website. There is no sale on site.

You can visit the Anne Frank House all year round from 9 am to 10 pm. Please note the exceptions to the opening hours (e.g. on New Year's Day or Yom Kippur). The best time to visit is in the early morning or after 5:00 pm.

Opening hours of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

You should plan at least one hour for a visit to the Anne Frank House. Viewing the most important rooms with the audio guide usually takes no more than an hour and a half.

Read on. In the next part, you'll learn all about Anne's life story and the secret hideaway in the back of what is now the Anne Frank Museum.

How can I get to the Anne Frank House?

From the centre, the Anne Frank Museum is very easy to reach on foot. It takes approximately twenty minutes from the central station.

Route to the Anne Frank House – Press to activate

Address: Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam

If you’d like to go by bus or tram, “Westermarkt” is the next stop. Busses: 170, 172 and 174. Tram: 13, 14, 17. Show the Anne Frank House on the map.

Read on and learn all about Anne's biography and the secret place in the back building of today's Anne Frank Museum.

Anne Frank House – A Monument Against Oblivion

With Anne Frank’s story, the terrible consequences of the Nazi terror of the Third Reich can be recognized – Millions of European Jews during the Nazi regime, suffered the same or similar tragic fates.

The line in front of the Anne Frank Museum - Photo by Guilhem Vellut - CC

In 1957 the Anne Frank House was rescued from decay and opened to the public by Anne’s father and several allies. Their goal was to bring together young people from different cultures to fight against intolerance and racism.

The interior of the Anne Frank House was lovingly restored

A lot of furniture was destroyed or stolen back then. But the inside could be partly reconstructed and many personal items of the hidden people are displayed. The exhibition is topped off with videos by contemporary witnesses and their impressive stories.

A visit to the Anne Frank House is thought-provoking

As a visitor you can empathize with the oppressive density of the hideout. Can you imagine hiding here for two years, always afraid of getting caught and killed? In any case, most visitors leave the Anne Frank House contemplative.

Anne Frank’s Touching Story

Before the Nazis completely destroyed her life and her family, Anne Frank lived a carefree life in Frankfurt.

Anne-Frank-Street-Art - Photo by Mike Seidman - CC

1933 the Nazis took over in Germany. The life in the home of the German Jews became soon life-threatening for them. The Frank family decides to flee to the Netherlands.

The Franks like it in Amsterdam. The daughters Anne and Margot have several friends. Work-related, everything is perfect for the father. With his spice trade he builds his own company. The family feels save and wants to stay.

When in May 1940 the Nazis invaded the Netherlands, the world of the Frank family began to topple again. What to do, when cruel persecution, deportation and murder threaten your life?

Soon, the escape from the Netherlands was impossible for the Frank’s. Out of fear Anne’s father decides to disappear with his family.

Hiding in The Rear Annex - 2 Years in The Underground

Together with his business partner and a few employees, Anne’s father furnishes a hiding place, in the tiny rear annex of the company building. The secret entrance was camouflaged with a bookcase.

Two years in the secret hiding place

Starting from the 6 July 1942 eight people, the Frank family and another family, lived in this narrow hiding place with only 75 square meter for almost over two years. The residents had little privacy, had to be completely quiet and were not allowed to leave the hiding place.

Anne Frank Statue (next to the Westerkerk, opposite the Anne Frank House)

Especially for the fun-loving Anne, the life in the underground must have been boring and overwhelming. To pass the time Anne read a lot and became the ambitious writer. Like this, her famous diary was created during her time in the hiding place. This impressive contemporary document shaped the consciousness of the world about the cruel persecution of the Jews in the Third Reich.

Tragic End - Arrest in August 1944

Anne and the other residents of the hiding place surely realized, that there were bounties placed onto the heads of Jews in Amsterdam. The hopelessness and the fear among the people in the hiding place must have been unbearable.

The last entry in the diary - Anne Frank died at the age of 15

A few days before the arrest of all inhabitants of the rear annex on 4 August 1944, Anne Frank wrote the last entry of her diary. The hiding place was revealed.

The arrested were taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp by train. Anne, unlike some of the others, was not murdered immediately. After some time, she was brought to the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen where she died of typhus weakened by hunger and miserable, hygienic conditions – Anne Frank died at the age of 15.

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