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Have a look at Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam

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Have a look at Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam
Feel like taking in a bit of history? Then why not leave your Amsterdam hostel for the day and go and check out where one of the world's most famous books was written.

Visit the Anne Frank House and see where the youngster, who was hiding away from the Germans at the time, brilliantly penned a diary about the German occupation of Holland throughout the Second World War.

When I went to see the dwelling I even got to touch the bookshelf where the secret annexe was that she stowed away behind. It was really emotional and I felt tingles go down my spine as I moved my fingers onto it, but it was a fantastic experience and a great memory - one that I would thoroughly recommend.

Someone who shares my enthusiasm for the place is Paromita Pain, who writes for the Hindu. She describes Anne as a person "you could have been friends with in the Amsterdam of 1942". And I certainly got this feeling when I am visiting her old house, which is near the canal and close to the main square.

Walking through the small rooms was very poignant and you even get to see the toilet, which has "delicate" blue etchings and is a credit to Dutch delft pottery.

But the 15-year-old seemed to be a fairly normal kid despite all the commotion at the time.

Ms Pain added: "Contained within the walls of this now famous building is the life of a girl who back-chatted her mum, got mad with neighbours but also believed there are more good people in the world than bad."

And individuals who are travelling to Amsterdam soon could still make it in time for the temporary exhibition on Otto Frank – Anne's father – which is all about the opening of the house in 1960 and what his dreams for it were.

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