The Amsterdam Series (Part 2) – The Anne Frank House

There are a whole lot of reasons to visit Amsterdam but this should be at the top of your list. The Anne Frank House/Museum. The actual house in Amsterdam where Anne Frank and her family were in hiding during World War 2.

The Diary of Anne Frank was written within these very walls. Anne was born in Germany in 1929 and emigrated with her family to the Netherlands in 1933 to escape Jewish persecution in Nazi Germany. In 1940, the Netherlands was invaded by Germany and the Franks went into hiding shortly thereafter. Anne collected her thoughts within the diary while in hiding but never finished her work.

“I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” Anne Frank.

In 1944, everyone hiding in the Secret Annex is arrested. Only Anne’s father, Otto, survives the war and internment. The hiding place and annex has been preserved as a museum that visitors discover room by room with audio and short video. The hidden staircase, artifacts, and the actual diary are all here. You are taken through her short life- the early years in Germany; emigrating to Holland; the German invasion; the hiding place; the arrest; the return of Otto Frank; and the publishing of the diary. It’s a moving experience that will bring tears to your eyes!


The Anne Frank House should be on your travel bucket list (and you get the vibrant city of Amsterdam as a bonus). It is very much a pilgrimmage- there are approximately 1 million visitors per year. A wait of 3 hours is entirely possible. Go early in the morning and/or when raining- the line may be short. You will never forget the experience.

7 thoughts on “The Amsterdam Series (Part 2) – The Anne Frank House

    • markstraveljournal July 3, 2012 / 6:08 pm

      thank you!

  1. Alex Romano August 9, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    I love this Amsterdam series! I have always wanted to travel there but I am afraid to go overseas with with no knowledge of the dutch language. Was this ever an issue while you were there?

    • markstraveljournal August 9, 2012 / 7:13 pm

      Thanks. My personal favorite is Part 4 The Canals. Everybody speaks English in Amsterdam- language is not a problem. I highly recommend Amsterdam for a visit.

  2. Julie September 8, 2012 / 7:58 pm

    Wonderful post! I have wanted to visit the Anne Frank House ever since I was a child and first read her diary. There are so many sites associated with the Holocaust and yet I think this would be one of the most poignant to see and experience in person.

    • markstraveljournal September 8, 2012 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks Julie. You really have to get there at some point. I’m going to Poland in November and will visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. That will be tougher emotionally than Anne Frank House. I’ll have Posts on Poland late in November.

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