Many people have read The Diary of Anne Frank at some point in their lives. Whether you’ve read it for school or just for fun, chances are you’ve found it one of the most moving, heartbreaking pieces of literature you’ve ever experienced.
Anne Frank was born in 1929, and died in one of the concentration camps in 1945 after she and her entire family were betrayed to the Nazi’s. To this day, the identity of that betrayer remains unknown. Everything that is known today about the two years Anne and her family spent hiding from the Nazis comes from her diary. And from the tiny hidden apartment, the Secret Annex, where the Frank and Otto family hid from the Nazi occupation during two years.
Whether you have read and been touched by The Diary of Anne Frank or not, no visit to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to the Anne Frank House Museum. A tour of the museum gives you a peek into the lives of the Frank family during those long and frightening two years. Inside the building which housed the Frank family, a short walk upstairs leads you to the Secret Annex, well-hidden behind a bookcase. It’s shockingly small, and Anne’s room is still decorated with the postcards and clippings she describes hanging on the wall in her diary. On display in the center of the house is the original diary itself, handwritten in Dutch and rescued by her father, the family’s only survivor of the Holocaust.
The Anne Frank House Museum is located in the Westermarkt area, on tram lines 13 and 17. There is generally a very long queue, so you’ll want to get there early if you don’t want to wait two hours to get in. Or, even better, buy a ticket online before you arrive in Amsterdam. Each online ticket comes with a specific entry time, allowing you to skip the queue altogether at no extra charge.