Amsterdam is definitely desired like a film shoot location. But one of the most recent, and one of the very most prolific films in recent years has been the Fault within our Stars in Amsterdam (TFIOS). Teens and seniors alike are flocking to determine where various scenes from the Fault Within our Stars were shot all over the Dutch capital city, AKA Amsterdam.
I literally can't even convey how excited I am to share this post along with you (probably has something to do with having only turned a grownup myself)! Ever since reading it and watching the movie, I've been attempting to see all of the special spots that Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace visited! So here’s a quick guide to visiting the filming locations for that Fault in our Stars in Amsterdam:
The Bench from The Fault in Our Stars
Address | Leidsegracht 2 within the Canal District
Yep, you are able to visit that bench where the two lovers shared a particularly deep conversation. Suitably covered in graffiti in the book and some from the film's most quotable lines, the bench mysteriously disappeared this past year (or should I say was stolen?!)
However, not to worry as it is back in its rightful spot and officials have assured that it's the real bench in the movie. On the disappearance here. Funnily enough, there also happens to be a second bench near the famous one where someone has written ‘this bench is great too‘.
Address | Best-seen beyond Amsterdam Centraal Station
Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters take tram number 4 within the movie. However, once you’ve taken one tram, you’ve taken all of them. You can easily have a picture from the number ‘4’ tram outside the main train station within the city centre. To tell the truth, all of the trams look pretty similar so I’m not sure if it’s worth going for a tram simply to say that you’ve been on the same one as Hazel Grace!
Tram prices: Twenty four hours hop on/ hop off – EUR7.50. Alternatively, you will get free Amsterdam transportation by using the I Amsterdam city card, which is great good value if you’re looking to benefit from the best of museums in Amsterdam, as well as discounts across a wide range of Amsterdam attractions and city transport included in the price.
Address | Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam
Home to 1 of the most famous paintings the world over, 'The Night Watch', in actual fact, only the outside of the museum is featured in the film. The young lovers walk-through the archways pictured below. The archways are funny because they go directly through the centre from the museum.
Visit the beautiful square behind the museum at any time of the season and you’ll soon discover that this can be a pretty park having a sparkling fountain. During the spring, Museumplein is among the the best places to enjoy the tulips in Amsterdam, whilst in the summer it’s an ideal spot to have a picnic. Purchase your Rijksmuseum entry ticket within advance.
Anne Frank House
Address | Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam
Augustus and Hazel share their first kiss here. Did you know that the set used in the movie was really a reconstruction as filming in the attic is strictly forbidden. Actually, visitors on tours are only able to glimpse the attic through a mirror on your wall within the floor below.
The actual museum takes a time to queue up for to visit (but is definitely worth it). I would recommend going early or later within the day because these periods are less busy. At no more the museum, there's a video clip where influential and celebrities are interviewed. John Green is interviewed within this video as one of the most well-known scenes in TFIOS is filmed in the house.
The museum is open; 1 November – 31 March: 9h00 – 19h00, 1 April – 31 October: 9h00 – 21h00, 1 July – 31 August: 9h00 – 22h00
Things to understand before visiting Amsterdam for the first time
While you’ll manage to find English speakers pretty much anywhere you go in the Netherlands, you may well desire to be prepared for situations where you need to know a little Dutch if you take a simple Dutch phrasebook with you.
With an increasing number of tourists going to the city each year, the very best hotels and guesthouses tend to become unattainable fast and so you’ll wish to book your place to stay in Amsterdam well ahead of time. Check the best accommodation prices in Amsterdam here. Alternatively, for those looking for a far more unique experience whilst in the Dutch capital, consider booking to remain on a houseboat!