Ah, wouldn’t you fancy a holiday in Holland? From cheese to windmills, the Netherlands has a wealth of cultural gems in store for cosmopolitan travellers. Over the years, I’ve not only found myself returning to Holland time and time again, but have also gained a special appreciation for its clear commitment to disabled access. Holidays here are truly a breath of fresh air for both able-bodied and handicapped visitors, thanks to the country’s progressive attitude towards accessibility.
One of the best cities for wheelchair users is undoubtedly Amsterdam, which is both culturally exciting and easily navigable. My team and I have organised countless tours to Holland’s capital city for our clients, who have had nothing but high praise for this marvellous metropolis. If I’ve triggered your wanderlust, read on to hear about some of our clients’ favourite – and most wheelchair-friendly – spots in Amsterdam.
Our Hotel Recommendation
When it comes to disabled access, holidays in hotels with narrow hallways, no lifts and sub-par facilities are simply out of the question. Fortunately you won’t have to deal with the stresses of finding accommodation that meets your requirements… because we’ve already done it for you! I recommend that you let our expert team book your stay in Amsterdam, for which we favour the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station. This hotel is not only conveniently located, but is also renowned for its accessibility. There are 25 on-site rooms for handicapped travellers, which feature wheel-in showers with chairs, wide entryways, grab rails and easily navigable public areas. In addition to praising its accessible features, our clients’ eyes always light up when they recall the hotel’s rooftop terrace, which is equipped with a chic bar and a restaurant.
Amsterdam is only a hop, skip and a jump away, making it the perfect destination for a quick city break. You can either opt for a direct flight, which takes a little over an hour, or travel with the EuroStar, which will get you to the city in five and a half hours. Regardless of which option you prefer, our team is more than happy to book your transportation for you and handle your requirements regarding disabled access. Holidays with us start on a high – and entirely easy – note.
Cruising the Canals
While this is a very progressive city, it simultaneously strives to maintain some of its old-world charm. Accordingly, some of its streets are cobbled, and its bridges don’t always adhere to modern safety standards. There’s no need to worry, though: even if you don’t traverse these areas with your wheelchair, you’ll be able to see all of the sights with ease. We generally recommend taking a canal cruise around the city, which will help you get your bearings in a leisurely manner. All boats are equipped with ramps, and you’ll receive an audio guide that will introduce you to the city’s wonders. No stress – just fun. What’s more, we’ll even book this tour for you.
After your cruise, it’s worth spending a few days scoping out the city’s attractions, many of which provide disabled access. Holidays in Amsterdam are particularly perfect for culture enthusiasts, who can look forward to seeing the following sights.
Museums: If you’re a fan of museums, Amsterdam is an ideal holiday destination for you. All venues – except for the Anne Frank Museum – are well-prepared for handicapped visitors, generally providing ramps, spacious entryways, lifts, accessible bathrooms and more. My personal favourites are the world-famous Rijksmuseum and the quirky Van Gough Museum. Be sure to set aside a good chunk of time for both.
The I Amsterdam Sign in Museumplein: This is perhaps the city’s most iconic landmark, frequently featuring in tourists’ photos. Why not bring your camera and check out the letters in the accessible Museumplein after your visit to the Rijksmuseum?
Vondelpark: On sunny days, there’s nothing better than exploring this verdant park. Complete with beautiful flora and fauna, an open-air theatre, a playground and cosy cafes, this is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. The park is widely known for being home to Pablo Picasso’s The Fish, an eccentric statue, and for being wheelchair-friendly.
Basilica of St. Nicholas: This nineteenth-century building serves as the city’s principal Catholic Church and boasts impressive towers, an intricate rose window, several murals and sculptures and a stunning altar. The church and the sanctuary are easily accessible. There’s even a lift, which will make your visit entirely hassle-free.
A Memorable City Break
Just as we’ll organise your flight or train journey to Amsterdam, we’ll make sure that you get back home safe and sound… although you probably won’t want to leave. Of course, the above attractions are merely a drop in the ocean compared to the city’s full range of accessible attractions. If you’re ready to scratch your travel itch with one of our bespoke itineraries, get in touch with our expert team today.