A Useful Guide To Visiting Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam, visiting Anne Frank House is – quite simply – a must. It certainly was to me and it was the most touching, interesting place I visited in the city.
Anne Frank lived in hiding with her family in Amsterdam for two years. During this time, the family spent their daily lives tucked away in a small annex above a factory in the middle of the city.
The house was left in a bad state in the years following the end of World War II, but it was thankfully saved from demolition and a museum was established in the late 1950s.
The main purpose of Anne Frank House is to preserve the place where Anne and the others that hid in the attic lived and the place where she wrote her famous diaries – which I hope you have read (in my case, it is one of the first books I can remember reading!).
Visiting the museum is a poignant and contemplative experience and allows you to get to know the teenager behind the diary, her family, life in the Secret Annex (that’s how the apartment where they lived was called) and get to know more about what life was like for Jewish people during World War II.
Welcoming in over a million visitors every year, the museum is one of the most important places in the city. The scars of the war are still felt keenly in Europe and, rather than shying away from the horrors of war, Anne Frank House puts a human face to the terrible atrocities, working to educate people in order to stop such a terrible period of history from ever being repeated.
Anne’s story is endlessly fascinating. Stepping through the secreted door into the annex, visiting Anne Frank House, the place where she penned her diary and learning about her life is an experience that you will not forget in a hurry.
In this post, I will explain everything you need to know before visiting Anne Frank House and include some useful tips for a smooth experience. Let me however start by telling you a bit more about Anne Frank herself.
Are you planning a trip to Amsterdam? Don’t forget to also read my posts The Best Places To Visit In Amsterdam and What You Need To Know Before Visiting Amsterdam.