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All you need to know about the Anne Frank Walking Tour in Amsterdam

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In 1933, Anne Frank and her family joined 300,000 Jews who fled from Germany to escape the Holocaust. They settled in the Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam where they got a chance to live peacefully till the Nazis occupied the Netherlands in 1940. Anne, an impressionable teenager, wrote in her diary during her time in hiding from 1942-44. Unfortunately, she didn’t live to tell her story of survival and courage, but her journal was published in the famous book ‘The Diary of a Young Girl.’ The Anne Frank Walking Tour in Amsterdam takes you through a guided journey of the historical places of the Jewish Quarter where you will learn of Anne Frank’s story and the horrors of the Holocaust.

Who is Anne Frank?

‘I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!’

Anne Frank was a teenage girl who was a victim of the Jewish Holocaust and died at a young age of 15. She wrote her story in a diary which she kept during the Holocaust which is now immortalized in the book ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’. It is read by millions of readers and has been translated in over 60 languages.

Anne Frank and her German-Jewish family including her mother (Edith), her father (Otto) and sister (Margot) went into hiding in Amsterdam in 1942 to avoid transportation to concentration camps. They lived for almost two years in a secret annex in her father’s building helped by his colleagues before they were discovered in 1944 and sent to the camps.

Anne wrote about living in the annex in secrecy and her experiences of living in confinement with her family and four other Jewish people. She wrote about typical teenage experiences of angst towards her mother and the blush of first love. But her poignant commentary on the war and life make her among the most widely read victims of Holocaust.

Anne Frank Walking Tour Itinerary

Your Anne Frank Walking Tour starts in front of the Jewish Historical Museum where you will meet your guide and the small tour group of not more than 15 people. On this tour, you will walk around the Jewish Quarter where Jewish families settled way back in the 15th century. It was a particularly important location during the Nazi occupation from 1940-45 where many families took refuge from other parts of Europe and were helped by the Dutch residents.

You will stop at historic buildings and monuments including the Auschwitz Monument and the Portuguese Synagogue, which were witness to the World War II. Your guide will narrate stories of the ‘February Strike’ when the Amsterdam Dock workers protested the persecution of Jews and the ‘Winter of Hunger’ when the entire area was demolished for wood for fires, even the synagogues were not spared!

You will hear horror stories of the war that will seem incongruous in the picturesque lanes and canals of Amsterdam of today. Your guide will narrate the story of Anne Frank and her time in hiding including the post-war efforts of getting her diary published. You will end the Anne Frank Walking Tour in front of her house. Please note, admission to the Anne Frank House is not included in the tour. Tickets to the house can be purchased at the venue itself.

Anne Frank Walking Tour Tickets

  • Learn about life in Amsterdam during the occupation and how Anne Frank became a world icon
  • Visit the Jewish neighbourhood, with its Portuguese synagogue and museum
  • Learn about events such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger

Anne Frank Walking Tour Timings

The Anne Frank Walking tour is available in three slots - 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM

Departure Point

The Anne Frank Walking Tour departs from in front of the Jewish Historical Museum at Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1. Your guide will be carrying an orange umbrella.

Drop Off Point

The Anne Frank Walking Tour ends in front of the Anne Frank House. The tour does not include the cost of museum entrance; you will have to book it on your own.

Anne Frank Walking Tour Duration

The Anne Frank Walking Tour lasts for about two hours.

Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 3 and below do not require a ticket
  • Children aged 4 to 12 years have reduced tickets of 15 Euros.
  • The tour is available in English and Spanish
  • The maximum group size is 15 people.
  • This walking tour is not wheelchair accessible.

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