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One more Anne Frank House question

I’m trying to wrap my head around the ticket buying process. I think I understand it - I’ll basically have to wake up slightly before 3 am on the day I want to buy (my time, noon AMS), have multiple browsers open and a variety of credit cards ready (after notifying my banks), join on online queue for the chance to buy tickets + introduction. And be a wreck at work the next day 😁

Or, I could wake up at my normal time (6 am) and purchase tickets easy peasy without the 30 minute introduction.

Is the introduction really all that and a bag a chips??? Will I really be missing a lot if I don’t book it? Is it highly recommended?

FYI - I have been to Anne Frank House before and know a lot about her story - however, I’m taking a 12 and 15 year old who might benefit more from the introduction.

Any opinion, from someone who has visited with an introduction ticket?

Thank you!

Posted by
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This doesn’t answer your question, however, I think the visit would be more meaningful for your children if they read the book.

Have a wonderful trip!

Posted by
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The introduction can be skipped. The tour is pretty good and you can fill in the gaps. Tickets: exactly two months before your visit they will go online.

Posted by
61 posts

I just don't get it... there are hundreds of tickets available in June, yet the introduction ones sell out within a couple of hours. And, it's only 30 minutes. Am I missing something?

Posted by
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I have not visited (yet) with an intro ticket, but was in the same boat as you trying to decide whether it was worth it or not to pursue for our visit in June. I filtered tripadvisor reviews on the word "introduction" to try to get more of a feel for it and that helped me decide. It sounds like it adds perspective and context. There just aren't that many tickets available for it (<200 total for the day for all time slots when I was looking) and that is why they sell out so quickly. I decided to do the wake up early plan, and then not get too upset if I missed them and we had normal tickets instead. We are going with teenagers of similar ages to yours, and I think they will benefit from the introduction (and we will as well). In the end, it was not very much trouble after knowing the process - so you are most of the way there with that part figured out!

Posted by
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Thanks a million. That really helps. I guess I'll get up at 2:45 am and try for the introduction program tickets. I'm in the same boat as you - if I don't get them, I'll be okay with that. I'd be disappointed if I didn't get tickets at all, but it looks like the regular tickets are pretty easy to get.

Thanks again..

Posted by
596 posts

Thanks for posting this question. I was also wondering if the 30-minute introduction is worth the middle of the night purchase. We are heading to Amsterdam this July and have the date and time marked on our calendars to purchase tickets exactly two months ahead. I am re-reading the book and may just settle for regular tickets.

Margaret

Posted by
61 posts

Thanks to this forum, I was able to buy the introduction tickets!!

I got up at 2:55 am, had my phone and laptop ready to go... at about 3:01 am (12:01 AMS time) the tickets became available. I booked the first slot and while I was waiting for confirmation, I went to my laptop and tried to book tickets at the same time (just in case I had issues with my credit card.) The tickets were already sold out for this time slot (within 3 minutes!) 20 minutes later, there were still some available for 2:00 pm and 8:15 pm. By the time I woke up (less than 3 hours later), they were all gone.

As others have mentioned, if you want introduction tickets, you cannot wait - they are sold out within minutes.

Thanks again!!

Posted by
61 posts

Thanks KLH - because of your advice, I searched TripAdvisor and reading reviews about the introduction ticket there convinced me to go for it. Thanks again!

Posted by
201 posts

Now I'm inspired to get up early and go for it! It opens up 2 months before the date, correct?

Posted by
61 posts

yes - i.e. April 25 if you want to go June 25 (not 60 days) - the tickets are released at noon AMS time (you'll have to figure out what time it is for you.) Good luck!