Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis)#3 in Best Things To Do in Amsterdam
Inside the Anne Frank House, travelers will see the location where not so long ago the 15-year-old Anne Frank penned a journal that would become a best-seller. Travelers can imagine what it'd be like to stay hidden away for more than two years, only to be betrayed and taken to a concentration camp. Artifacts inside the museum include historical documents, photographs, film images and belongings from those in hiding and those who assisted them. Frank's original diary and other notebooks are also on display, though original objects from the annex are not on display, as it was stripped of its contents during the war. A free audio guide – available in nine languages – is included with admission.
Visitors described the experience as educational but emotional, despite the relatively short time it takes to tour the house (about an hour). Travelers also said that there are most always heavy crowds and long lines, so you'll want to plan ahead. Several of the city's top guided tours make stops here – consider signing up for one if you want a little guidance during your visit.
The Anne Frank House is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 1 through the end of October and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 through the end of March, with extended hours (until 10 p.m.) on Saturdays. Admission costs 9 euros (about $11) for adults and 4.50 euros (about $5) for children ages 10 to 17; add on an extra half-euro for online ticket purchases (which are required at this time).
If you'd like to enjoy a 30-minute introduction to the life story of Anne Frank, you can book an introductory program ticket, which costs 14.50 euros (almost $18) for adults and 10 euros (almost $12.50) for children ages 10 to 17 (and includes admittance into the house). Keep in mind that demand for tickets almost always exceeds supply. Visitors should also note that until July 1, 2018, tickets can only be purchased online. On-site facilities include a museum store and cafe. You can reach the museum via trams 13, 14 and 17 to the Westermarkt stop. The museum sits about a 20-minute walk from Centraal station. Keep in mind: Photography is not allowed in the museum. For more information, visit the Anne Frank House website.
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Located southwest of the city center, the 116-acre Vondelpark is the favorite leafy retreat of just about everyone. Not only is it the largest city park in Amsterdam, it's also one of the most revered in all of the Netherlands. Most recent travelers said they enjoyed people-watching and picnicking at the park, but other reviewers recommend avoiding a late-night visit as the park can be a little frightening once the sun sets. During the day, though, the park is filled with couples, families and friends, and is definitely worth a visit.
Ponds, fields and playgrounds are connected by winding paths, which also run by an open-air theater, a rollerblade rental, a rose garden, several cafes and a range of statues and sculptures. Open dawn to dusk, you can take trams 1, 2 or 5 to the Leidseplein, and you'll have just a quick two-minute walk to reach the park's entrance. The park is free to visit.
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