12 Wheelchair Travel Tips for Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of my favorite European cities. The architecture of the historic buildings is unlike you’ll find anywhere else, and the city is home to some great art and history museums. Although Amsterdam is most well-known for legal drugs and legal prostitution, you don’t have to experience either to have a great visit to Amsterdam. In fact, it’s quite easy to spend multiple days there and not see either of them.
Many of the historic buildings have steps at the entrance and some of the bridges have steps to get over the canals. Nevertheless, Amsterdam can definitely be visited with a disability.
Amsterdam makes a great destination by itself, or you can easily combine it with a visit to Berlin, Bruges, Brussels, or Paris. Another great option is to begin your wheelchair accessible Baltic cruise from here.
These 12 Amsterdam Wheelchair Accessible Travel Tips will make your trip a little easier:
1) Understand and use the tram system to get around – The tram systems connects many of the popular tourist sites: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Dam Square, Leidesplein, and more. Using the Amsterdam wheelchair accessible trams and the easy-to-use transportation passes (shown in the photo on the right) will save you time, money, and energy getting around town.
2) Avoid Dam Square if possible…the worst cobblestones are there – Several streets that are helpful for tourists converge in Dam Square. Unfortunately, this important crossroads is also covered in cobblestones (shown below). If you can find a way to bypass Dam Square, you may want to.
3) Manual wheelchair users and slow walkers should choose a hotel near a tram line – Because Amsterdam wheelchair travel is so easy on the trams, choosing an Amsterdam hotel near an accessible tram line is the best option for manual wheelchair users and slow walkers.
Meet the Team
Each of the next few months I’ll be featuring one of our team members. This month it’s Danielle Patterson. She has primarily handled north European destinations and is currently also working on some south European trips. Recently she has been working on a special project for Sage Traveling which will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned!
“My favorite accessible experiences to recommend to clients are the History of Bruges Walking Tour and the London Highlights Driving Tour.
In Bruges, learning about the medieval times, the decline, and revival all while listening to the bells in the belfry tower is a once in a lifetime experience. In London, the driving tour, led by local Londoner full of wit and charm, compliments a London holiday perfectly!” – Danielle
John Sage, Founder and President of Sage Traveling