Anne Frank House
No trip to Amsterdam is complete without a tour of the Anne Frank house, which is full of history and emotional stories.
Anne Frank lived with her family and several family friends in the annex for more than two years during World War II. The building originally served as Otto Frank's (Anne's father) business and a movable bookcase was used to hide the entrance to the annex.
Only one other person knew of their hiding place and supplied the family with food, news and support for as long as possible until the secret was told and the house was raided on Aug. 4, 1944. All those hiding in the annex were sent to different concentration camps. Only Otto survived, returning later to the house.
Anne kept a thorough diary, which offers a remarkable tale through the eyes of a young girl, telling her daily stories, thoughts, dreams and experiences, including the famous line, "despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart".
Today the house serves as a museum, telling the story of those who lived there. You can read quotes from Anne's diary, and see photographs and other belongings once owned by the Frank family.
During peak tourist season, the line can be long, so arrive early. It is also more difficult to look through the house at your own pace; it becomes more of a walking museum where you continuously move slowly throughout the rooms, only pausing briefly.
After your visit walk back towards Dam square but turn right just before reaching the Royal Palace. After a couple of blocks you will see the Amsterdam Museum.
Kids 10-17 €4
Kids 10 and younger Free
March 15-Sept. 14
Daily 9am-9pm (Saturdays to 10pm)
Sept. 15-March 14
Daily 9am-7pm (Satudays to 9pm)