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Anne Frank House

And the secret behind the bookcase

Anne Frank was born in 1929 in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Margot, her sister is 3 years older. Otto and Edith Frank, their parents, are very worried when Hitler and his Nazi-party take over the German government and decide to move to Amsterdam in 1933. In 1940 Nazi Germany invades The Netherlands and the family is no longer save once more.

Anne Frank huis Prinsengracht canal Amsterdam
Tourists in front of the Anne Frank house at the Prinsengracht canal 263 in Amsterdam

Into hiding

During the Nazi occupation the family decides to go into hiding on a secret location in the city center of Amsterdam called "het Achterhuis". It's a typical Amsterdam canal house being used as office/warehouse with steep interior stairs. Anne's family share the location with the Van Pels family and later on with an additional 9th person. The place is very crowded. The families only have limited privacy and must live in near silence.

Anne's diary

Anne collects her feelings and thoughts on a daily basis in her personal diary. In 1944 they are betrayed and on August 4th they are all arrested by the Germans and sent to Auschwitz. Only Otto Frank returns after the war. The others all died of disseases, exhaustion or are murdered in the gas chambers.

The Anne Frank House museum tells the full and impressive story of Anne Frank and her family.

Statue at Merwedeplein

From 1933, when Anne's family left Frankfurt am Main in Germany to escape the Nazis, until 1942 when they entered their Prinsengracht refuge, Anne lived at Merwedeplein 37 in the Rivierenbuurt area. In 2005 a bronze statue of Anne was unveiled on the square at Merwedeplein. Her father Otto bought Anne's diary as a present for her 13th birthday around the corner in a shop at Rooseveltlaan (formerly known as Zuider-Amstellaan) 62.

What do visitors say about Anne Frank House?

Adress and visitor information

Anne Frank House

Address: Prinsengracht 263-267
Postal code and city: 1016 VG  Amsterdam
Province: Noord-Holland
Web: Anne Frankhuis
Additional information: The Anne Frank house is a major tourist attraction. It provides fascinating insight into the Frank family's life during the war. The museum also provides information on the plight of more than the 100.000 Dutch Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. The Anne Frank house can be very busy. Entrance tickets have to be bought upfront and online.

Let op: The location on the map is an indication. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route



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