How to get tickets for the Anne Frank House
Booking in advance
It has become insanely difficult to get tickets for the Anne Frank House due to its extraordinary and enduring popularity (and of course its extremely small size). As of last year anyone visiting before mid-afternoon must have a pre-booked ticket for a specific time slot. Tickets go on sale exactly 2 months in advance and go in the blink of an eye, and unless you’ve been incredibly organised and managed to book online you can end up queuing from mid afternoon for up to 3 hours.
Assuming you haven’t logged on exactly 2 months ahead of your desired date, it is still definitely worth trying the website repeatedly from about a week before you want to go. Tickets do become available. Midweek tickets tend to be easier to get hold of than weekend ones.
Failing that, the information below could be extremely useful:
This info is not widely advertised and kept extremely quiet not least by the Anne Frank House itself. Make sure you get online just before these times as even these tickets disappear in a flash and can sometimes be available 10 minutes before the advertised slot or up to 10 minutes after.
The website for ticket booking is here
Booking once in Amsterdam
If you fail to secure any before arriving in Amsterdam, another option is to try the tourist centres such as the one opposite Central Station which often have availability and only charge €1 on top of the list price.
Perhaps best of all is the suggestion below:
On the day
From 3:30 PM until closing time (up to 10 PM in Summer) you can visit the Anne Frank House without an online ticket and buy a ticket at the entrance however people start queuing from about 2 PM for this and as a result, mid-afternoon has become completely nightmarish with people queueing round the streets for hours.
The best advice if you don’t have a ticket, is to go LATE, after 7.30 PM or even later, say after dinner, which is about the only time the line dies down. If you head there at 9PM chances are you will walk straight in and avoid the chaos which can surround this sensitive and important place at peak times.
As someone on the wonderful Amsterdam Mamas group commented:
Tourists go early. Locals go late. Do as locals do.