I’m always on the lookout for good resources for slow walkers and wheelchair-users; but I have to admit I stumbled upon Able Amsterdam (http://www.ableamsterdam.com) quite by accident. Either way, this combination blog and resource page is a must-read if Amsterdam is on your travel radar.
Penned by Josephine Rees, a self-defined “Dutch-British millennial who loves exploring Amsterdam”, the site was created after Josephine lost her mobility in a traffic accident. As she puts it, she found access information on Amsterdam — especially tips for the younger generation — extremely limited. And since she gets around by wheelchair, rollator or with the help of her stylish animals crutches, she set out to remedy that.
Her informative blog is the star of the site, with details of her accessible travels throughout the city. There’s also a “Things to Do” section on the website, that gives important access details on river cruises, coffee shops, museums, tours, nightlife, restaurants, and even libraries. And along with the access features, access obstacles – such as heavy fire doors – are also noted.
And don’t miss the “Getting Around” section that has helpful information about accessible public transportation and taxis in the city. Best of all, there’s a section on how to get to the airport via accessible transportation, and details about the access at the airport.
Tie it up with all of the reviewed locations noted on an interactive city map and you have an excellent resource for slow walkers and wheelchair-users who want to visit Amsterdam. And I’m sure Josephine will keep updating the content, so check back often.