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Top Accessible Vacations in Belgium, Netherlands, & Denmark

By John Sage

belgium-accessible-vacationDiscover rich history and breathtaking scenery on one of these top 5 accessible vacations in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark.

Plenty of English-speakers, excellent accessibility, and some of the happiest people in the world make these countries an obvious choice when planning a European destination.  The flat terrain in Northern Europe will be a welcome sight compared to the mountainous terrain in Southern Europe countries like France, Italy, and Greece!


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#7 – Amsterdam, Bruges, and Brussels in 8 days

accessible-belgium-vacationtop-10-accessible-vacationArriving into and departing from Amsterdam, you’ll have comfortable, first-class train travel transport you between these majestic north Europe cities.  Lots of English speakers and flat terrain make this a disabled friendly vacation.

With 3 days in Amsterdam, you’ll be able to visit some of the top tourist attractions.  The Rijksmuseum & the Van Gogh Museum contain world-class art collections, especially of Dutch and Flemish painters. When visiting the Dutch Resistance Museum and the Amsterdam Museum, you will learn all about local history and culture. And don’t forget to go on an accessible canal tour at sunset while you’re here…it could possibly be the highlight of your trip!

Three days in Bruges will not only allow you to do some sightseeing, but also allow you some time to relax in this beautifully-preserved, medieval town. An accessible walking tour will tell the stories of  Markt Square, the Burg Square, the Begijnhof, the Belfry, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and more.  The intimate small streets and canals make a memorable setting for dining, shopping, and exploring.

Two days in Brussels is a nice finale for your accessible vacation in Belgium and The Netherlands. You will see some of the top tourist sights: the European Union Parliament, the Belvue Museum, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces, and the Galeries St. Hubert covered shopping area. Be sure you save time for dinner on the beautiful Grand-Place square!

#8 – Paris, Bruges, and Brussels in 10 days

belgium-accessible-vacation-1By substituting Paris instead of Amsterdam in the vacation described above, you’ll get to spend more time visiting world-class attractions in Paris.  The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe (shown in the photo on the right) are perfect complements to lesser-known attractions in Bruges and Brussels like the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Grand-Place square.  We recommending starting this vacation with 5 days in Paris before spending the other half of your accessible vacation in Belgium at a more relaxed pace.

#9 – Berlin & Amsterdam in 7 days

belgium-accessible-vacation-2Three days in Berlin, three days in Amsterdam, and a comfortable train ride between the two of them….an easy and wheelchair-friendly vacation in northern Europe!

In Berlin, your primary focus will be on the fascinating history of the city.  You can visit the Bundestag parliament building (the mysterious fire here prompted Hitler’s rise to power), remnants of the Berlin Wall, and the Brandenburg Gate–the backdrop for President Reagan’s famous “tear down this wall” speech (shown in the photo on the right). You’ll be amazed when your accessible walking tour guide brings you to a parking lot and suddenly informs you, “you’re standing on top of Hitler’s underground bunker!”

No other city in the world is a better destination for exploring the WWII and Cold War events that shaped the 20th century.  You’ll be able to see the underground remains of the Nazi SS headquarters, and everyone loves the spy and escapee themed displays at the Museum of the Wall!

In Amsterdam, you’ll also get to learn about WWII, but from a different perspective.  The Museum of the Resistance shows what life was like in occupied countries during WWII.  Two world-class art museums can be found in Amsterdam, but the real charm is in the sidewalks, canals, alleys, and plazas that make up this beautiful city.  And an accessible boat tour along the canals is a must-do!

We have some bargain accessible hotels in both of these cities that can make this a very affordable trip!

#10 – Amsterdam, Berlin, & Copenhagen in 10 days

belgium-accessible-vacation-3Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands in a single, comfortable trip!  You’ll start with 3 days of canals, museums, and unique scenery in Amsterdam, a.k.a the Venice of the North. Step-free bridges and an accessible boat tour will both be a welcoming experience for disabled visitors. A comfortable (and accessible) first-class train ride to Berlin will allow you the opportunity to view the

After you arrive in Berlin, you’ll be able to stay in one of the beautiful and modern hotels in former East Berlin, located in close proximity to the main tourist attractions. An accessible visit to the German History Museum (one of the best history museums I’ve ever visited) and an accessible visit to the Pergamon Museum (containing the giant, well-preserved Greek altar from Pergamon) are just two of the many options you’ll have while staying in the German Capital. The accessible walking tour in Berlin covers the history of the city and is one of the most fascinating I’ve done anywhere in Europe (Florence being one of the other great walking tours).Dutch and German countryside.

After a first-class train ride to Copenhagen, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Tivoli Gardens, the oldest amusement park in the world!  Royal history abounds in Copenhagen, and a local tour guide will be able to tell you intriguing royal stories of the past and present.  You will be able to shop with the locals at the outdoor Strøget pavilion and picnic at the Rosenburg Gardens (shown in the photo above on the right)which are some of my favorite city gardens in all of Europe!

#11 – Bruges, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Copenhagen in 16 days


Combine all 5 of these Lowland cities, and you’re on a two week northern European adventure!  You will be able to explore the similarities and subtle differences between the Belgians, Dutch, Germans, and Danish. What country has the tallest population in the world?  Which of these countries drinks the most beer per capita? Which country will prompt a language switch when you take a train 45 minutes? Which medieval city center is the best preserved in northern Europe and why?

For disabled travelers, we recommend 3 days in Bruges, 2 days in Brussels, 3 days in Amsterdam, 4 days in Berlin, and 2 days in Copenhagen…with a couple of days set aside for train travel.  We will be able to provide you with top-notch accessible guided tours in each city, which will bring unseen history to life. Also, I have personally inspected accessible hotel rooms in each of these cities so you know your stay will be comfortable!


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Learn more about the Top 50 Awesome Accessible European Vacations:

1-6: London & Paris
7-11: The Low Countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, and more)
12-14: Baltic Cruises
16-22: Italy
23-25: Mediterranean Riviera
26-27: Ancient Civilizations
28-31: Europe-wide Vacations
32-34: Mediterranean Cruises from Barcelona
35-38: Mediterranean Cruises from Rome and Istanbul
39-43: Mediterranean Cruises from Venice
44-45: 3 to 4 Week Mediterranean Cruises
46-50: Luxury Mediterranean Cruises



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