Postcards From Amsterdam: Prinsengracht 263

Walking past this famous address took me back in time. Ignoring the line outside the museum, I thought about how many people might have walked past its unassuming facade, never knowing that eight people were hiding in tiny rooms behind a false bookcase for over two years.

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Their efforts were mostly in vain. The small group was betrayed, deported and sent to Auschwitz. The identity of the person who gave away their secret hiding place remains a mystery. If not for young Anne, sharing a small room with a strange man during her adolescent years, hopefully pasting postcards and magazine photos on her wall to cheer the place up and all the while keeping a diary, we may not even know her story.

Her father, Otto Frank, was the only survivor among the group and later published Anne's diary. When I was her age I found an old paperback copy on my parents' bookshelf and read it from cover to cover. Seeing the hiding place so many years later was especially moving. I highly recommend a visit to the Anne Frank House on a visit to Amsterdam. Most of the guidebooks suggest arriving at 5 pm. to avoid waiting in line, but it seems everyone takes this advice and I waited 30 minutes. It's worth the wait, however, and at only €8.50 admission (no large bags allowed inside), is not to be missed.

Our next stop is Berlin, where we'll be learning about and sharing more important historic sites from the 20th century.

Have you read The Diary of Anne Frank?

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Marie @ Eurotriptips

I really enjoyed Anne Frank Huis, and I reread the book right before I visited. Such a moving experience! I remember going to dinner in a nearby restaurant after the visit with my friends, and everybody spoke in a low tone, and very few words were actually spoken. We were just all absorbing this moment.

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

I really want to read the new release of the book as they have printed parts that were left out before. We’re headed to Auschwitz in the next few days and I think it will be really sad and moving just as you’ve described. Such incredibly difficult, horrible times…

Christy @ Ordinary Traveler
Christy @ Ordinary Traveler

This is such an intense story. I really wish I had visited this place while I was in Amsterdam. Next time for sure.

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

It took me a few visits to Amsterdam to get there as well but it was worth it!

Catherinesweeney

Visiting Anne Frank House was a highlight of Amsterdam for me. I thought that it was an incredibly moving experience and recommend it to everyone. I read Anne’s diary when I was young and have often thought of her, her family and all those who lived during that terrible time.

I also got there late in the day (and while it was lightly raining) so only waited about 10 – 15 minutes.

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

I agree, Cathy – definitely one of Amsterdam’s best attractions!

Laura @ Travelocafe
I didn’t visit the house when I was in Amsterdam for I don’t even remember what reason. I didn’t read the book either, for I thought it might be too tough. But just yesterday I finished ‘The Book Thief’ and I loved it. The Book Thief is supposed to be similar to  Anne Frank’s Diary – The story of one girl in Nazi Germany. I must confess I cried for the last half hour of the book as I don’t recall ever crying while reading a book. Have you read it? Very moving. And now I’m thinking about reading Anne Frank’s Diary… Read more »
Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

I haven’t read it, Laura, but thanks for putting it on my radar! They have recently re-released Anne’s diary as well with even more original content than was in the original text. I’m sure you’d love it so maybe a great time to check it out =)

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