Travelling for the disabled

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Travelling for the disabled

There are numerous public places, including tourist attractions, that are fully accessible to wheelchair users in Holland. A large number of hotels and restaurants are happy to accommodate people with disabilities and their carers. Many attractions, shows and concerts have special discounts and dedicated seating. Telephone the box office in advance to reserve special seats.

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Holland offers many options for disabled persons. The historic city centres may be somewhat complicated to visit, but many tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants are very accessible. Read up on information and tips on travelling in Holland for the disabled.

  • You can board buses and trains in a wheelchair.
  • Take a boat tour of the canals of Amsterdam.
  • Rent a modified bicycle or a beach wheelchair during your stay in Holland.

Travelling in Holland for the disabled

When travelling by train in Holland, the NS (the Dutch national railway company) has special facilities in place to ensure that your journey is as comfortable as possible. Inform yourself in advance about the facilities that the stations you will be visiting have to offer. Most trains also have special entrances for wheelchairs, and most intercity trains also have a wheelchair-accessible toilet. Most buses in Holland are accessible; more information can be found, among others, on the website of Amsterdam’s public transport organisation, the GVB, and the website of the main bus company in much of southern Holland Veolia.

Accessible cities and transactions

There are accessible attractions, restaurants and hotels in every Dutch city.
For Amsterdam, download the city guide showing accessible routes and additional information.
Many theme parks and amusement parks such as De Efteling, Madurodam and Walibi World are also very accessible, and the staff is always glad to help. This also applies for museums, which also often offer special tours that focus on all senses, such as smell, touch and hearing.

Are you visiting a theatre or concert hall? Then ask about the possibilities; special spacious seats or spaces and discounts are often available.

You are sure to enjoy a tour of the canals of Amsterdam, where a number of companies fit their ships with platform lifts. For a variety of outdoor activities, such as zip-lining, blokart racing and sailing, see the page on accessible travel in Holland.

Specially modified cars can be rented from Hertz or Bever. Domestic care while on holiday can be booked with Comfortzorg. For great bed breakfasts, check the website of EelkeDroomt.

Facilities

Amsterdam is famous for its bicycles, and in order to ensure that everyone can enjoy a bicycle trip, it is possible to rent modified bicycles and book accompanied cycling tours.
You can also rent special beach wheelchairs in various locations on the Dutch coast. To find out more, download the brochure containing download addresses.

For more information on accessible travel in Holland, click here

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