Anne Frank Huis
Far and away the best-known site in Amsterdam, this is a suitably moving museum. The hiding place of the Franks (along with two other families – the Van Pels and the Pfeffers) was actually two doors down, but the museum has expanded over time to accommodate its many visitors. They all survived for more than two years, in an annex behind a moving bookcase in the building where Anne’s father Otto had his business. Otto’s staff aided the three families with food and supplies, but in August 1944 they were betrayed and deported to concentration camps. Only Otto survived. The small, empty rooms remain evocative, and the tale of the three families is told through video, photography and informative text, along with quotes from Anne Frank’s famous diary. Many of the original household fittings remain. Being so well-known, it comes with monstrous queues. The museum suggests people visit in the evening, but they’re still lining up around the block until 7pm or 8pm. Our advice would be to try a weekday morning, or the last hour of the day.