Visiting Amsterdam: What you need to know

The Anne Frank House

Perhaps one of the staples of Amsterdam. Your trip to the city is never complete without a visit.The house, which was converted into a museum in May 1960, contains an exhibition about the persecution of the Jews during World War II, as well as discrimination in general.

Always book online and print your tickets out beforehand. The Anne Frank House is infamous for its lengthy queues - be smart and beat them to it! Also, arrive at least 15 minutes before your time slot. It can be a little difficult to find exactly where you need to go, and this would be especially useful if you want to take some photos of the door and of the Anne Frank statue!

If you want to get the most out of your experience, also book an introductory program before your visit to the museum. In 30 minutes, you will be guided through the history of Anne Frank and World War II as well as the persecution of the Jews. These tickets are available to buy on the Anne Frank House website.

The Jewish Quarter

Amsterdam is renowned for its wealth of museums, and the Jewish Cultural Quarter is no different. Purchasing a single ticket gives you access to all JCQ locations. This includes the Jewish Historical Museum, the JHM Children's Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue and the Hollandsche Schouwburg.

The ticket is valid for one month, so you don't have to visit everything in one day! If you are there for a while, it may be useful to plan out your trip. If you only wish to visit the Hollandsche Schouwburg, a ticket is not necessary, but you are free to make a voluntary contribution.

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