Anne Frank House

The house in which Anne Frank and her family hid from Nazi persecution.

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If you don’t manage to get any tickets online, arrive early in the morning to beat the queues.

Hidden history

Amsterdam’s Anne Frankhuis is a museum inside the very house in which Anne Frank and her family hid for two years during World War II. Particularly if you have read Anne’s famous diary, it makes for a sobering visit.

The exhibits at 263 Prinsengracht are simple, informative and well-presented. The Secret Annex in which the Franks lived, whose entrance was hidden behind a movable bookcase, is a remarkable sight. The wall of photographs Anne used to brighten up her room are particularly moving.

Anne’s original manuscripts are also on view; extracts from her writing accompany different areas of the house, which has been reconstructed to appear as it was in her time there.

A sombre legacy

The house is one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions, so is always busy: the queue can be very long indeed if you haven’t reserved tickets in advance, and the inside can get rather crowded.

Amazingly, the building was almost demolished in 1955 before a campaign led by Otto Frank - Anne’s father, and the only member of the family to survive the Holocaust - called for it to be saved. Today it is the focus of careful conservation by a dedicated team, who aim to preserve for future generations the important tale it tells of the Dutch Jews’ persecution.

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Explore the major sights and hidden gems of Amsterdam on this immersive full-day tour of the Dutch capital. With an expert guide, discover Amsterdam's vibrant culture, architectural beauty and eccentricity, intricate canal network, kilometres of cycle tracks, the city's top two museums, its major monuments and lively markets. End your day with a fabulous cruise along the canals. 

On your private full-day tour, you will:

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  • Admire such iconic masterpieces as the Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, the Yellow House, the Bedroom and his very last work, Tree Roots
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On your private half-day tour, you will: 

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Explore the area of Amsterdam around the Secret Annex where Anne Frank lived with her family, experience her last walk outside and with an amazing Virtual Reality concept created by the Anne Frank Foundation, enter through the famous bookcase and walk around the hiding place in which they lived from 1942-44. 

On your private two-hour walking tour, you will:

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  • Stop at a lovely cafe with a soft drink, small beer or wine included;
  • End the tour with a truly moving and humbling VR experience. See what life was like in the Secret Annex through the magic of Virtual Reality.

Experience the last walk taken by Anne Frank and her family into hiding to evade capture by the Nazis in 1940s Amsterdam. 

On this two-hour walking tour with an expert private guide, you'll explore the neighbourhood surrounding Anne Frank's hiding place. You will see the monuments and sights Anne could glimpse through the loft window in the Secret Annex where she lived in cramped conditions with her sister and parents, the Van Pels family, and Fritz Pfeffer for two years 1942-44

From her famous diary, saved and published posthumously by her father Otto Frank, we know all about life in the Secret Annex; we know about Anne's hopes and fears and dreams; we know that she could see the famous Westerkerke tower and the beautiful canal. 

This tour recreates their final walk into hiding, and tells Anne's story with quotes from her diary, as you walk around the area in which they hid from the Nazis - until they were betrayed, discovered, captured, and deported. Only Otto Frank, Anne's father survived the Holocaust. It was he, who managed to save her diary, and to have it published - so that we would never forget it. 

You'll hear about the influence her diary has had on the Netherlands - and around the world. 

Over a delicious cup of tea or coffee and a slice of apple pie, you'll be able to really experience life in the Secret Annex through the magic of Virtual Reality. It is incredibly detailed: you will walk through the famous bookcase that disguised the entrance, then into the Annex - which unlike the museum - contains all the furniture and belongings that were there at the time. 

You'll see the rooms as if they were all still living there. No crowds. Just you, walking in the steps of Anne Frank. Who, despite everything, wrote in her diary: “Don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.”

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  • Pass by Anne Frank’s house to hear about the history of the writer's house and her family’s tragic story;
  • See the famous Torensluis Bridge and Westerkerk;
  • Explore Dam Square, home to the iconic Koninklijk Palace, a royal residence;
  • See the smallest house in Amsterdam;
  • Explore the pretty Bloemenmarkt Flower Market that famously floats on the water; 
  • Learn the history of Dutch tulips;
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As a centre of Calvinist religious reform, you will also see Amsterdam's Westerkerk, which at its completion in 1631, was one of the first-ever Protestant churches. Amsterdam’s Oude Kerk and Nieuwe Kerk were originally built for Roman Catholic worship before the ‘Alteration,’ the bloodless Calvinist coup of 1578, that saw them converted.

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On your private tour, you will:

  • Explore the historic Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam with your expert local private guide;
  • Enjoy the cobbled streets and historic beauty of the neighbourhood, as well as hidden gems along the canals;
  • See some of the highlights of the area including the Portuguese Synagogue and the city's oldest park;
  • Stop outside the Dutch theatre, which became the Jewish Theatre during the Nazi rise to power - and eventually a holding prison before deportation to the death camps; 
  • Learn about the monuments created by the Jewish Community including the National Holocaust Memorial;  
  • Walk or take a tram to see the famous Westekerk, the Protestant church Anne could see from the Annex loft with its 85-metre tower;
  • Pass by the Anne Frank House where Amsterdam's most famous resident lived in hiding during the Nazi Occupation; 
  • Enjoy a refreshing soft drink, a small beer or wine and a slice of apple pie at a favourite local restaurant;
  • End your tour with an amazing Virtual Reality Experience of walking through the famous bookcase to Anne Frank's Secret Annex, designed in full detail by the Anne Frank Foundation.

Travel back in time to 16th and 17th-century Amsterdam - a safe place for Jewish families who were fleeing Catholic persecution in southern and eastern Europe, and with your expert private guide explore the Jewish district of Amsterdam. Enjoy the beautiful historic buildings as your guide tells you about Amsterdam's rich Jewish culture and history. 

The Jodenbuurt - Dutch for Jewish Quarter - has been a cultural and community Jewish hub since the 1500s and is today visited for its beautiful buildings like the stately Portuguese Synagogue dating back to 1675, and for its moving Holocaust Memorials and Museum. It is famous for being the home of Rembrandt, the birthplace of Baruch Spinoza, and of course the Jewish Ghetto during the dark days of the Nazi Occupation. 

As your wander around this beautiful neighbourhood, enjoy the scenic canal paths, charming cobbled streets, and a few hidden gems. Afterwards, head to the famous Westekerk by tram or on foot - you decide. This is a large Protestant church built in 1675 with a massive 85-metre-tall steeple. This was the monument Anne Frank could see from the loft in the Secret Annex, just a short walk away. Pass by the  Anne Frank Museum where you'll learn all about her life in hiding with her sister, mother, and father, the Van Pels family and Fritz Pfeffer. Hear about the dramatic discovery of their hiding place, capture, and deportation. Thanks to Anne's father, Otto, we have her famous diary - so that these events are never forgotten, so that we remember both with sorrow - but also with hope for a brighter, more tolerant future. As Anne wrote in her diary "Don't think of the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains". 

Your tour ends at our favourite cafe with a cup of tea or coffee and a delicious slice of apple pie! Here you'll also be able to experience the Secret Annex through the magic of  Virtual Reality, an incredibly detailed concept by the Anne Frank Foundation. You'll enter through the famous bookcase, and be able to "walk" around the rooms in which they lived from 1942-44, and unlike the real house, is still filled with their furniture and belongings - as though they were still there. 



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