Discover Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is a historic house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located at the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands. During World War II, Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house, known as the Secret Annex.
It is one of the 20th century's most compelling stories: a young Jewish girl forced into hiding with her family and their friends to escape deportation by the Nazis.
The house Otto Frank used as a hideaway for his family kept them safe until close to the end of World War II.
The focus of the Anne Frank House museum is the achterhuis, also known as the secret annex.
It was in this dark, airless space that the Franks observed complete silence during the day, before being mysteriously betrayed and sent to their deaths.
The Anne Frank House is pretty much intact, so as you walk through the building, it's easy to imagine Anne's experience growing up here as she wrote her famous diary describing how restrictions were gradually imposed on Dutch Jews.
• Tours to Anne Frank House
Many people don't realize that up until 1940, Amsterdam was a prominent Jewish center in Europe, even garnering the name 'Jerusalem of the West.' Take a tour of the Dutch city's Jewish sites, including the Anne Frank House with skip-the-line entry.
You'll also visit a late-19th-century diamond factory, once the biggest in Europe, in the old Jewish neighborhood, as well as the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museum). A tour guide shares intriguing historical anecdotes …