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10th and Final Leg: Westerkerk and Anne Frank House
From left: Westerkerk tower, statue of Anne Frank

Amsterdam's Westerkerk Tower (Left); Statue of Anne Frank

Photo Courtesy of Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Bureau

Directions

Head east on Bloemgracht back to Prinsengracht. You'll be standing directly across from the Westerkerk and the Anne Frank House. To reach both, turn right on Prinsengracht's even-numbered side, then left on busy Raadhuistraat. Turn left again on Prinsengracht's odd-numbered side.

Westerkerk

  • The Westerkerk ("west church") opened its doors in 1631, 10 years after the death of its architect Hendrick de Keyser.

  • At 85 meters (272 feet) tall, the Westerkerk's tower is the highest in Amsterdam. It bears the symbol of the imperial crown of Maximilian of Austria, who gifted it to the city in thanks for the city's support.

  • Dutch master painter Rembrandt was buried in the church, although his grave has never been found.

  • In 1966, Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus married here.

  • The hour bell is the heaviest in Amsterdam; the carillon (set of 50 tuned bells) plays every Tuesday from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

  • Barring renovations, visitors may climb the tower to earn breathtaking views over Amsterdam.

  • The Westerkerk holds Protestant services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Anne Frank House

  • The canal house at 163 Prinsengracht was the temporary hiding place of Jewish girl Anne Frank and her family (and four others) during the World War II Nazi occupation of Amsterdam.

  • Here, visitors can see the secret annex where she wrote her world-famous diary.

  • The unique museum is one of the city's must-see attractions and provides a somewhat indescribable experience.

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