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Enrich your knowledge of Anne Frank’s early life on a private 1.5-hour walking tour of Amsterdam-Zuid. In this wealthy residential area, you’ll visit Anne Frank’s family home, first school and the shop at which she bought her famous diary. As you listen to commentary from your knowledgeable guide, you’ll discover fascinating facts about the young writer and receive undivided attention throughout the private tour. Relish the opportunity to customize your tour and conclude with a warming cup of coffee before bidding your guide farewell.
outstanding tour to do in addition to the tour of the secret annex. That is not this tour... this takes you where she lived before going into hiding. Our guide Esther was outstanding and it proved to be every bit as moving as the Anne Frank House itselft
Everyone is familiar with the iconic Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the hiding place from where Anne, her family and all its occupants were arrested and deported to Nazi death camps, but not many know of Anne and her family's life in Amsterdam, before they had to hide away. If this is the case with you, this Tour with the knowledgable and learned guide, Hermelinde is perfect for you.
We met Hermelinde in the Merdeplein Square Park where stands a statue of Anne, all dressed up with layers of clothing and a suitcase, ready to make her way to her hiding place. The park is close to her apartment building, where she and her friends used to play. It was a solemn feeling standing in the same spot as where she would have been watching her flat, calling out to her beloved mother and sister as she played.
Next Hermelinde walked us in Anne and her sister's footsteps to their respective schools, which still exist! We also had a chance to visit the bookstore from where her father bought her iconic diary.
Hermelinde also took as past many artists flats and studios, pointing out to those who helped shelter Jews during the Nazi regime.
We were also shown the homes of the kindly Dutch people who helped tend to Anne, her family and the occupants of Anne Frank House before they were captured. In fact it was one of them, Miep Gies, a lady family friend, who managed to salvage pages of Anne's diary after the Nazi raid, which she handed over to Anne's tearful father, when he was released by the Allied forces from a concentration camp. Thanks to her and Anne's father, we have learnt so much of the Franks' lives, of their near and dear ones, friends and acquaintances and of the terrifying time in Amsterdam and Europe during the Nazi regime.
During the walk, Hermelinde also often pointed out to us buildings that existed during the Second World War and which are still standing in all their glory, very well maintained.
As we had young children, our Tour ended at a popular ice cream parlour and Hermelinde really allowed us to pile our cones high.
Being a native German, Hermelinde has been particularly touched by all the occurances of the Second World War, hence her taking us on this tour, where we were literally walking in many iconic footsteps was truly significant.
I whole heartedly recommed this uniquely different Tour. It's honestly not depressing, but instead very informative. It tells you of lives that were being well lived, before they were tragically turned upside down.
Do this Tour first and then visit The Anne Frank House- everything will then become much clearer for you.
Felicia Variava Albert, Manging Director, Blaze Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India
We did this tour in the morning, and then the Anne Frank museum visit later in the afternoon note: walking tour is in different part of Amsterdam, and timed tickets are needed in advance for the AF Museum. Doing the walking tour in the morning added so much dimension to what we saw later in the museum. Esther, our tour guide, was wonderful. She carefully set up the big picture background in terms of immigration causes and life in this area in the 1930s before layering with many interesting facts about the Frank family. The architecture in the area was fascinating and we aren't big architecture buffs. We have 2 teens and she was very effective in finding ways to engage them. She truly painted a picture of what life was like for Jewish immigrants and how the Dutch were not necessarily complicit but very naive in allowing the Nazis to separate the Jewish community and slowly build their efforts to persecute them. Handled all of our questions very smoothly.
The Anne Frank walking tour was fantastic!! We really had a wonderful time and enjoyed our guided tour so much we went over our allocated time so much - we had to miss part of the tour....since our guide had another tour coming up. Thanks for a wonderful tour!! We will definitely have to come back to do the rest of the tour!!
Very good tour of where Anne Frank lived before the annex, her school and the store where her parents bought her diary. Was an excellent precursor to visiting the Annex.
Warren United States of ...
Wonderful ... humanizing tour of Amsterdam. This had a powerful impact on our children, and us. We left the experiences wanting to more proactively have and inspire kindness, inclusiveness and acceptance.
This tour was amazing!
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed the tour very much.
We loved or Private Walking Tour in Amsterdam. We had four grandchildren with us and they were mesmerized by our tour guide. We had gone to the Anne Frank House the afternoon before. Out tour guide helped them experience where Anne Frank lived with her family before the attic, the school and neighborhood where she lived as a young girl and made it so real for the kids. I can't thank Viator enough for making our tours in Amsterdam so amazing and helping us to teach our grandchildren the culture and history of a wonderful country.
This was excellent! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the Frank family and Anne that you just don't get from the books.
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