Visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

The Anne Frank House is a must see experience if you're in Amsterdam, Netherlands. There's no denying that. The Anne Frank House, also called the Anne Frank Huis, is a humbling reality that will truly put one's problems into perspective. Anne Frank is a Jewish girl who went into hiding during World War II to escape the Nazis. You've probably heard about her journal The Diary of Anne Frank & its many other titles.

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About Anne Frank
Anne Frank is known for keeping a diary during her time in the Secret Annex. She wrote short stories, diary entries, & favorite quotes from other writers. She wanted her diary to be published as a novel after the war, which was why she attempted to rewrite it. She didn't get the opportunity to finish because her family was discovered & arrested. Anne, her family, & four others hid in the small Secret Annex for two years before being found. 

Waiting in Line
Prepare for a long queue if you want to visit the Anne Frank House. The waiting time ranges. I ended up waiting for 90 minutes, but I talked to a local who said it's not unheard of to wait up to four hours. It really varies per day & depends how long you feel like waiting in line. If you know ahead of time when you're heading to Amsterdam & the Anne Frank Huis, you may buy entrance tickets online, print them out or show them on your smart phone. It gives you a direct entrance. However, these tickets can be sold out months in advance. As of this blog post, the earliest ticket is available October 10th.

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Admission & Tickets
You may purchase your tickets in advance or buy them at the door. That just means you have to wait in the queue. Adult admission prices are €9. If you're 10 - 17 years old or have a European Youth Card, it's €4.50. You can learn more about prices, admission, & hours of operation here.

Once You're Inside
Photos, videos, & using your cell phone are not allowed out of respect for other visitors & to preserve the original documents & photos. That said, I have no pictures from inside the building. That's just something you'll have to witness yourself. Once you're inside, you can see the photos that Anne hung up in her room & even the lines on the wall to mark the growth of the children. Throughout the Annex you'll see personal documents from the Frank family & even some videos with background information.

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The Overall Experience
The Anne Frank House is a place to learn & understand the history & horror of the past. It's not a palace with enormous chandeliers & gold covered ceilings. But it most certainly is grand. It's magical. It's thought provoking. You will leave the Annex feeling changed, feeling inspired, possibly even feeling somber but grateful.  If you make it to the Netherlands & Amsterdam, absolutely take the time to go to the Anne Frank House. I recommend it to anyone.

Have you been to the Anne Frank House? Have you read her diary? I'd love to learn about your journey too! :]


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  1. I would love to visit one day!

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  2. I'm Dutch myself and I haven't been there (yet), but it's definitely something I want to experience.

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  4. Wow, how awesome is it that you were able to visit such a historic place?! I've never been there before, but I definitely intend on planning a visit.

    Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have an amazing weekend :)

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  5. Visiting here is on my bucketlist for sure! I love visiting these types of 'museums' and it really helps you appreciate it much more.
    When I was in England I got to visit where Shakespeare grew up, as well as Anne Hathaway's cottage. It was pretty neat. Stratford-upon-avon is a beautiful place.

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    1. That sounds really fun; I need to visit England again! :]

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  6. I definitely want to visit one day. Seriously great post - I am already inspired by it :)

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    1. You'll enjoy it very much, I'm sure. :]

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  7. I read the book and I'd so love to visit there

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  8. Lovely post, I hope to visit one day.

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  9. I'm so jealous, what a beautiful place. I would so love to visit here. I've heard that there's no feeling like it, the depth and emotion of it all.

    Alexandra Louise x

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    1. You're so correct. It's an emotional experience!

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  10. This must be such a moving experience, I went to Amsterdam but didn't get time to visit so I would love to do so


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    1. Moving indeed. Hope you get to go one day. :]

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  11. I read The Diary of a Young Girl for the first time 5 years ago, and it has since been on my re-read list multiple times. It's one of my dreams to visit the Anne Frank House! My brother has visited it before and all he has to say are amazing things! But that QUEUE, ah!

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    1. The queue is the only downside. Overall, it's worth the wait. :]

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  12. I'm off to Amsterdam in November. Can't wait to see it!

    Aine Oh

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    1. Look into buying your tickets ahead of time online. :]

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  13. I would love to visit there one day. It must be such an amazing place to see.

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  14. Visiting Anne Frank Huis is most probably a goosebump moment....

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  16. Never been in Amsterdam but really looking forward to go and hopefully soon :)

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  17. I would love to visit Anne Frank's house! I grew up reading her diary and watching documentaries and movies based about her life. Her legacy definitely would live on forever!

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    1. Me as well, so I think you'd absolutely love it. :]

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  18. Oh I have wanted to visit here as well!! So nice!!! You are lucky to go! On my list for sure!!!

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  19. I was lucky enough to visit Anne Frank's house while studying abroad in college. So beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring all at the same time. I'm glad you enjoyed your time there!

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    1. So glad you were able to go. It's a marvelous place. :]

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  20. I want to visit there someday, all since I read her book as a child!

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  21. I am going to Amsterdam later this year and this is top of my list! I read her diary when I was younger but I will definitely reread before going!

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    1. Reread it for sure! Then go to the Anne Frank Huis. :]

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  22. I'm embarrassed to say I've never read her diary nor have I visited this museum, even though I live in the Netherlands. I've only recently seen Rembrandt's Night Watch (finally!) at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. So I'm getting there ;-) . But Anne Frank is definitely a fascinating historical figure and I can imagine it's a special and intimate experience to visit the museum, especially if one has read her diary!
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    1. The Rijsmuseum is wonderful as well. I suggest reading Anne's diary. :]

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  23. Thanks for sharing your experience and the recommendation! I have never been there but I've heard a lot about it, and it would be a great to visit someday.

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    1. It's seriously such a moving experience. I still think about it. :]

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  24. I read her diary when I was about 13 or 14 so when I visited Amsterdam a few years ago I vowed to go visit the house. Luckily for us, it was early in the day and pouring with rain when we arrived and I think we only waited 15 minutes! It was honestly such a surreal and humbling experience, there's nothing like it.

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    1. 15 minutes?!?!! That's insane! The local I talked to said the girls waited 4 hours in the rain. You were lucky. :]

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  25. I bet it was a very moving experience. Definitely a place I want to see. Great post.

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  26. Aw I went there last year and was completely blown away by all that I saw that the time I spent became insignificant. And I love that you cannot take pictures of what lies within the walls of the building. It makes you stop and walk a little slower to be able to drink in all that is being said and shown. Definitely agree with you, this is a place to visit if you are ever in the area x

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  27. Wow, thanks for sharing! It's nice to have a voice for these kind of things!
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  28. I would definitely love to visit one day, much inspired by The Fault in Our Stars. x I love the diary you bought!

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  29. I love historic places and this could be one I would like to go to in future. :)
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  30. I have visited the Anne Frank house, I found it a little emotional and I'm not that type of person! It a great experience!xx

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  31. I'd love to go there. I read her diary when I was younger and I've always wanted to go since! x

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  32. I have never been to Anne Frank's but having read her diary, I would love to go and breathe the same air, walk the same floors.

    Lucky you!

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  33. I visited earlier this year in January and it is truly amazing to see how a family lived for so long, cooped up in the small living rooms and bedrooms. It makes you realise how lucky we all are to have our freedom. Amsterdam is an amazing city and this is definitely one of the highlights! :) xx

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  34. This sounds amazing! Her story is so remarkable and it must be really crazy to stand in the exact place she and her family hid. I'd love to visit someday. Thanks for the tip about the queue, will definitely try to book in advance.

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  35. OMG I remember reading this when I was younger and staying up until 3am to finish it. The story just about broke me and I don't know if I'd be able to walk through the house. Thank you for sharing!

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  36. I've always wanted to go to the Anne Frank house, I feel like even though it would be really emotional it would be a once in a life time experience!

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  37. I'm heading to Amsterdam hopefully in my Europe trip in June! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us!

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    And in summer waiting lines for Anne Frank museum can indeed become very big during holidays so it's best to go there early.
    Actually, I think the experience of visiting also depends on the history classes people got during school. I sometimes host tourists at my house and I noticed that people coming from schools or countries where not much attention is paid to (foreign) history generally weren't impressed by the museum simply because they missed all the background knowledge of all the horrible things that happened during WWII.

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