Anne Frank House – Living History

The famous house in 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 will find valuable tips and learn how to avoid the long line in front of the entrance.

A great crowd in front of the Anne Frank House - Photo by Bogdan Migulski - CC

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

Exceptions to opening times: 1 January 12.00pm to 7.00pm, 4 Mai 9.00am to 7.00pm, 4 June 9.00am to 7.00pm, Closed on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), 7 November 9.00am to 6.00pm, 25 December 12.00pm to 5.00pm, 31 December 9.00am to 5.00pm.

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

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.

Tip

There is often a very long line in front of the Anne Frank House with a long waiting time (often more than 2 hours). We recommend visiting the Museum one hour before opening time or after 6pm. Even better: Buy tickets online and make a reservation.

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 inside was caringly 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 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

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.

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.

Cruel End – death in the concentration camp

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

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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