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Is it too early to order tickets online for Anne frank house for end of August 2017. Will there still be long lines? Thank you

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There's no reason to order tickets to Anne Frank Haus until you arrive in town. If you go during off peak hours, you can purchase your tickets and walk right in.
My daughter was 11 years old when we took her there, and it made a lasting impression on her.

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Absolutely. Go to their website now and try. If you can't get tickets yet, keep trying every month. We starting trying 6 weeks out from a June vacation and weren't able to get tickets in advance and ended up waiting 1 1/2 hours in line to get in. While we were in Amsterdam, we stayed near the House so we were passing it several times a day - the line was always long - morning, afternoon and night.

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Carolyn,
Anne Frank Huis begins selling tickets two months out. You can only visit the museum before 3:30 if you have made a reservation by purchasing tickets online. August will still be a very busy time with tourism so it would be more convenient for you to pre-purchase your tickets as soon as they become available or else you will likely find yourself standing in a long line to obtain a ticket to get in after 3:30. Yes, you may be able to go very late and get in without a huge line, or you may not. If you are planning on visiting other museums and are going to purchase a museumkaart then you just note that when you are buying your ticket to AFH, that you are paying with your museumkaart. Then all you have to do is show the museumkaart to them when you enter the museum at your reserved time with either a paper ticket or the ticket on your cell phone. The museumkaart pays for itself on the 4th or 5th visit to museums and is a good deal at about 65 euros. It is easily obtained at many museums, churches, and canal houses throughout the city. I'm getting ready to go to Amsterdam next week, and even though it is the off season I am still pre-booking my AFH tickets so I can go at the time I want.

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7261 posts

I was there on November 11 2016. They are only available to buy online two months in advance and it is better to order online otherwise you will have to stand in a long line starting at 3 pm for a ticket not ordered in advance online.

Posted by
228 posts

One thing that bothers me and you can call me a stickler about this but the name is Anne Frank HUIS ! That's the Dutch word for house . Not haus which is the German word for house . Considering the A.F. story , let's not call it by the German name as this happened in the Netherlands .

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Hi Carolyn from Barrington,

This is Shelly from Barrington! We'll be in Amsterdam for a couple of days 1/1 - 1/4. I 'm wondering if anyone knows how the non-ticket evening lines will be in January. We don't want to spend a lot of time in line but it would be great to have flexibility when we attend. Thank you

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16883 posts

David, FYI, this change to the ticketing process was for visits from May 1, 2016.

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Ignore any advice to just walk up and buy tickets -- we have been in Amsterdam many times, sometimes in gloomy off season, and always seen a long line at this site. We booked timed entrance tickets and walked right in past a line of about 150 people waiting who insisted 'we have tickets too, you have to wait behind us'. They had tickets, but we had a timed reservation and were literally able to walk in past this long line with no waiting at all.

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We were there in June 2016 and purchased our tickets in early April 2016. It is timed entry until 3:30 pm. This changed in May 2016. I would suggest getting tickets for as early entry as possible and show up at least 30 minutes prior to your entry time.

Posted by
565 posts

You should definitely try to purchase your tickets ahead of time when they are released in June or so, but don't despair if you can't. Despite all the warnings here, you can get into the huis without issue if you think outside the box and go at a different time. It's open until 10 PM in August, and if you arrive at 7 PM or later, the line is very likely to be manageable. It only takes about an hour to tour, so afterwards, you can enjoy one of the Jordaan's wonderful restaurants.

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I don't want to sound as a schoolmaster, but please do write Anne Frank house or huis. Haus is German, which is painful in this context.

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646 posts

I don't know what the lines were like under the old system, but we spent a week about three blocks from the Frank House last June and it always had a long line regardless of what time of the afternoon or evening we passed it.

We had reservations and got in without hassle. It is well worth it.

We were just in Amsterdam this past weekend. It was cold, rainy and wet outside and there was still a long line to get in after the 3:30 time. We were really glad we made reservations online for a specific time as this is a not to be missed experience. Good luck!

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1940 posts

Buy your timed entrance tickets as soon as they become available. I had meant to buy tickets in advance, but waited too long and the timed tickets were all sold out several weeks before we left (and this was October). We were staying nearby so we expected to be able to get in without a problem, but every time we passed, even late in the evening, there were long lines. Don't take a chance if this is important to you. We now have a good excuse to return to Amsterdam (and plan ahead better!).

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We are going in April/May and planning on buying the Museumkaart ticket. With this ticket can't we just 'walk in' or will there be only certain days/times that we will be able to use it. I'm not getting all the information I'd like on line about the Museumkaar ticket.

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No, you cannot just walk up and enter with a museumkaart. You must have reservation saying you are entering with a museumkaart and then show the card at the door. Even with reservation there are good sized lines of people waiting for their turn to enter. The only way to enter without reservation is to go after 15:30 and wait in big lines.

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We will visiting the AFH while we are docked on our river cruise. Our free time in Amsterdam is broken up with the ship's activities. I think a 3pm slot will work best for us. How long is the average visit? Is allowing 2 hrs enough?