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city guide Amsterdam + Metropole REGIOn

accessible ROUTEs through Amsterdam


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Visiting Amsterdam?

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Useful information

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Transport in Amsterdam

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Accessible routes and attractions

Route 1 The Plantage Neighborhood. In this neighborhood you will find restaurants, the Jewish Historic District, the Rembrandt House and Hortus Botanicus.

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Route 2 Amsterdam’s first harbour. This route brings together history and contemporary developments; discover Oosterdokseiland and the Maritime Museum.

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Route 3 The old town. Master the oldest part of Amsterdam with plenty of restaurants along the way for a drink or bite.

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Route 4 The Canals of Amsterdam. Enjoy a lunch on the Leidse Square, gamble at Holland Casino and find treasures in the museums, shops and old treasury room.

26 Route 5 Amsterdam with kids. An accessible route for families with little children and children with physical limitations.

30 Shopping streets, markets + extra tips

32 Metropole region Amsterdam

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CITYGUIDE AMSTERDAM & METROPOLE REGION Accessible ROUTEs through Amsterdam

Use of public transport with physical limitations Short barrier free routes along the highlights Restaurants without steps or stairs

Markets and accessible shopping streets

How to reach the highlights in the Metropole


visiting Amsterdam? no problem!

This city guide includes tips for accessible restaurants and sights of interest that have been collected togethers with residents of Amsterdam with limited mobility. The recommended routes and locations are accessible for: »» People that want to enjoy the city on a slow pace »» Families with small children »» People with limited mobility »» People that use a wheelchair or mobility scooter In this city guide you will find maps with shorts routes that guide you along the city’s highlights. Next to the routes, information can be found about: »» Museums and attractions »» Nice accessible restaurants »» Accessible and regular toilets »» The length of the routes »» The duration of the routes »» How to reach the routes Additionally, this city guide includes: »» An explanation about the use of public transport in and around Amsterdam »» Markets and accessible shopping streets »» Information about sights of interest in the wider surroundings of Amsterdam; the Metropole region Amsterdam All venues in this city guide can be reached without stairs.


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How to use this guide Attractions Museum Market Sight of interest Souvenirs Restaurant / Bar

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Tourist Information Amsterdam The Tourist Information office is partly on the ground floor and partly on the 1st floor. This floor can be reached with the elevator at the GVB office. Stationsplein 10 1012 AB Amsterdam

Accessibility of buildings Information about accessibility of buildings in Amsterdam can be found on: www.accessibleamsterdam.com

Or with the Dutch app ‘Ongehinderd’. Zoo

Bridges Wide path, well paved Wide path, well paved, steep incline Narrow path, steep incline

The accessibility of shopping streets is being improved by the initiator of Winkeltoegankelijkheid Nederland. Medical information Pharmacy Leidsestraat Leidsestraat 76 1017 PD Amsterdam

Doctors Service Foundation of Amsterdam:

Tel: 0031 (0)88 0030 600 www.huisartsenpostenamsterdam.nl/ english-summary

Hospital and emergency post: St. Lucas Andreas Hospital Jan Tooropstraat 164 1061 AE Amsterdam


Transport in Amsterdam

Trains From Schiphol Airport the wheelchair accessible train is the slow train called ‘Sprinter’. This train has an entrance on platform level and space for wheelchair users. The fast ‘Intercity’ trains have entrances with steps. A ramp can be arranged in advance by calling the NS Helpdesk. Call up to an hour in advance to: Tel: 0031 (0)30 235 7822

Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Central Station have elevators.

M Metro De metro stations in Amsterdam are accessible with elevators. The entrances of the metros are on platform level. From Amsterdam Central Station, metros depart to Nieuwmarkt, Waterlooplein, Amstel, RAI and Bijlmer Arena.

Trams Trams are the main method of transport in Amsterdam, apart from bikes. The newer trams, the majority, have an accessible space in the middle part. The trams have two entrances, in the middle and in the front. The entrance in the middle is wide, but most of the time not on the same level as the platform. The trams are equipped with ramps, which the conductor can put in place. The less frequent old trams are not accessible as they have stairs at the entrances.

Busses Most busses in Amsterdam are accessible. The middle entrance of the busses are low and therefore more easily accessible. If the bus can be entered without a ramp depends on the height of the platform. In the middle of the bus is a spacious area for wheelchair users.

“If you take the tram in the city centre of Amsterdam, it’s smart to wait in front of the shelter on the platform of the tram stop. As such, you can make eye contact with the tram driver and he will make sure the wheelchair accessible entrance stops in front of you. It’s faster and easier to enter the tram.” Ton Blans, works at the police and Amsterdam Centrum Drempelvrij. “Schiphol assistance needs to be requested 48 hours in advance. I recommend to be at the airport 1 or 2 hours in advance, this depends on your type of wheelchair.” Annebel de Geus, likes to visit concerts and lives in Amsterdam.

Schiphol Airport Do you arrive or depart from Schiphol Airport, feel free to send an email to:

info@accessibletravelnl.com

for a document with information about assistance for people with disabilities at Schiphol Airport.


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Amsterdam has parking spots reserved for people with disabilities . Look for the signs with a wheelchair and without a fixed license plate number. You can park on these spots with a European parking card for people with disabilities.

TCA is the biggest taxi company in Amsterdam and always has taxis available. However, for wheelchair accessible vehicles, it’s convenient to reserve in advance. The following taxi companies have accessible vehicles with ramps or lifts.

Visit Starbikes Rental to experience a ride on a special bike. This bike shop behind Amsterdam Central Station hires a bike with wheelchair platform, the Velo Plus bike, the O-Pair bike, the Fun2Go bike, Tricycles and regular bikes.

http://www.amsterdam.nl/ parkeren-verkeer/parkerenamsterdam/gehandicapten/ gehandicapten/kaart/

Connexxion Tel: 0900 8876

De Ruyterkade 143 1011 AC Amsterdam Tel: 0031 (0)20 620 3215

Canal cruise Blueboat Company has vessels with a platform lift, which enables everyone to board the cruise. A reservation in advance is necessary as you have to check at what time the vessel with platform lift is departing. Arrival and departure: Stadhouderskade 30 1071 ZD Amsterdam Tel: 0031 (0)20 679 1370

Van der Laan Tel: 0031 (0)20 647 4700

Ferry The ferry is accessible for all as it has one level and no steps or stairs. The ferry docks behind Amsterdam Central Station. From the ferry it’s a 10 minute walk to the Dam Square.

Passenger Terminal The cruise lines dock at the PTA in Amsterdam. This building is easily accessible and has a restaurant, terrace and parking. Cruise lines: Piet Heinkade 27 1019 BR Amsterdam River cruises: De Ruyterkade Oost of Javakade


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Discover a world of diamonds with a free guided tour.

Portuguese Synagogue ›› Entrance: no steps ›› Elevator: yes ›› Adapted toilet: yes

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Olijfje ›› Entrance: no steps ›› Elevator: n.a. ›› Adapted toilet: no

Nice restaurant with good staff. It is wheelchair accessible, but does not have an accessible toilet. Make a reservation in advance: Tel: 0031 (0)20 330 4444

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Hortus Botanicus ›› Entrance: no steps ›› Elevator: yes, platform lift to toilets ›› Adapted toilet: yes

Enjoy tropical surroundings in the middle of the city with a bite and a drink. The paths are made from gravel or turf with hills and bends. Not all greenhouses are as accessible, but the gardens are still worth the visit.


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“At Restaurant Olijfje I can easily get inside and the staff is good. They don’t have an accessible toilet”. Ton Blans, works at the police and Amsterdam Centrum Drempelvrij. “My favorite in the neighborhood is the Hortus Botanicus, also during the winter!” Natasha de Haan, resident of Amsterdam and owner of company Opwielen.”

© Vintage, Morpheus, Flickr


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Amsterdam’s first harbour Length of route: 4 km Duration (without stops): 50 minutes Parking: Parking Centrum Oosterdok Public transport: the route starts within several minutes from Amsterdam Central Station Br

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›› Entrance: platform lift to 1st floor ›› Elevator: yes, to restaurant level ›› Adapted toilet: yes Pleasant restaurant on the top floor of the Amsterdam Public Library with great views. A 10 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station.

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›› Entrance: no steps ›› Elevator: yes ›› Adapted toilet: yes Italian restaurant where antipasti, pizza and pasta are prepared in the open kitchen.

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Skylounge Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam CS ›› Entrance: no steps ›› Elevator: yes ›› Adapted toilet: yes

Amazing bar with huge outside terrace and the best views on Amsterdam from different angles.

EYE Film Museum ›› Entrance: no steps at back entrance ›› Elevator: yes ›› Adapted toilet: yes

Visit the Film Museum or go to the movies in the extraordinary EYE. You can also lunch or dine here with nice views on river IJ and the boats passing by. Reserve in advance. Tel: 0031 (0)20 589 1402

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›› Entrance: no steps ›› Elevator: n.a. ›› Adapted toilet: yes Cozy restaurant in historic venue on the Nieuwmarkt.

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At the Amsterdam Museum you will learn all about the history of Amsterdam.The museum has a public restaurant, a beautiful outside terrace and adapted toilet.

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›› Entrance: no steps ›› Elevator: yes ›› Adapted toilet: no Great views on the old houses in the centre of Amsterdam. Small restaurant, but the views are worth your drink.

Kalvertoren ›› Entrance: no steps ›› Elevator: yes ›› Adapted toilet: yes

Restaurant hidden in a small alley and recommended by locals!

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This courtyard dates back from the Middle Ages and offers a beautiful quiet place in the middle of the busy city centre.

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Restaurant with a wide variety of cuisines and nice views.


“At many museums you can have lunch, for example at the Rijksmuseum, Hermitage and Amsterdam Museum. These museums also have accessible toilets.” Ton Blans, works at the police and Amsterdam Centrum Drempelvrij.

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This beautiful restaurant is located in a monumental theatre.

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Nieuwe Spiegelgracht A typical Amsterdam street with antique and gift stores. Sidewalks are wide and with few cobble stones.

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De Bazel ›› Entrance: platform lift ›› Elevator: yes ›› Adapted toilet: yes

Discover the colorful historic treasury room and the city archives.

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The biggest bag and purses collection in the World!


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“My mother thinks that the Hermitage is a very beautiful and accessible building. Also the Tropenmuseum is pretty. The Museum of Bags and Purses is interesting, but the elevator is quite small and not all levels are accessible with a wheelchair. Though there is a stairlift to some levels. It is a beautiful building.” Linda Pluimers, owner of Starbikes Rental, enjoys biking through Amsterdam with her mother who has the PROMM muscle disease. With the wheelchair bike, they can explore Amsterdam together. © Linda Pluimers, 2013


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Artisplein is a new square where Artis Royal Zoo, Micropia, restaurants, flora and fauna meet. At this green square, you can imagine yourself to be outside of the city, in an environment full of history, nature and sounds of birds.


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Small harbour towns The villages of Monnickendam, Volendam and Edam were once famous for fishing and trading. These authentic towns now offer a stage to try Dutch Herring, to watch the life of fishermen and experience the unique architecture. In the town called Marken guided tours can be organized for people with physical limitations.

110, 118, 316 to Volendam / Edam

311, 315 to Monnickendam

Centraal Station Sprinter to Zandvoort beach

Bubbling Zandvoort beach In spring and summer the boulevard of Zandvoort is definitely worth a visit. Enjoy the sea breeze and the long stretched beaches. Have a delicious meal or refreshing drink at one of the wheelchair accessible restaurants: Beachclub No.5 or Restaurant Thallassa. Both restaurants have a wheelchair accessible toilet and beach wheelchairs available to borrow.


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Sprinter to Almere Centrum

322 to Almere

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Amstel Station

The city of Almere is a must for those who are curious to discover a city that is only 30 years young. Modern architecture and nature go side by side. The remarkable national park Oostvaardersplassen (Oostvaarders Lakes) is located right on the border of the city. For hiring mobility scooters or to receive a mobility scooter map of Almere, contact the tourist office of Almere or Accessible Travel Netherlands.

Fortress stretch Visit Naarden and the Fortress Museum in Naarden. This old fortress town has a rich history and has been visited by many kings and emperors. The Fortress Museum offers good access for wheelchair users.

The Bulb Region 712 to Flora Holland Aalsmeer

The Metropole of Amsterdam includes a part of the Bulb Region. The most popular flower garden in the Netherlands, the Keukenhof, is very accessible for people with limited mobility. In spring you can visit the flower gardens at Keukenhof with bus 858 from Schiphol Airport. A flower auction can be visited throughout the year at Flora Holland Aalsmeer. Apart from exploring the flower gardens and flower fields, there are also boat trips on offer that explain the history of the Westereinde Lakes. Enjoy a boat trip with the company ‘Westereinder Rondvaart’.


COLOPHON

Coordination: Veroniek Maat, Accessible Travel Netherlands

Partners: Field Factors, Starbikes Rental

Concept and idea: Veroniek Maat

Text: Veroniek Maat

Graphic design & maps: Karina PeĂąa en Wilrik Kok, Field Factors

Thanks to: Amsterdam Zien, Holland Beleven, Amsterdam Marketing www.iamsterdam.com

Starbikes Rental Amsterdam www.starbikesrental.com

Nationale Vereniging de Zonnebloem www.zonnebloem.nl

Everyone who has contributed in the realization of this guide. Disclaimer Although the author has taken all reasonable care in preparing this guide, we make no warranty about the accuracy or completeness of its content and, to the maximum extend permitted, disclaim all liability arising from its use. Roadwork and rebuilding can impact the accessibility of the routes and suggestions given in this guide. Š Accessible Travel Netherlands 2015, Amsterdam


Accessible Travel Netherlands The travel and consultancy company for accessible holidays and recreation in The Netherlands. Accessible Travel Netherlands organizes accommodation, guided tours, excursions, transport and mobility equipment. Additionally, we provide information about accessible tourism opportunities in The Netherlands. Partner of Landstede Buitengewoon Reizen. Website: www.accessibletravelnl.com Email: info@accessibletravelnl.com

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Cityguide Amsterdam + metropole region: accessible routes through Amsterdam  

5 accessible routes through Amsterdam and information about accessibility public transport, restaurants, museums and shopping streets.

Cityguide Amsterdam + metropole region: accessible routes through Amsterdam  

5 accessible routes through Amsterdam and information about accessibility public transport, restaurants, museums and shopping streets.

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