Amsterdam welcomes everyone, regardless of abilities. Wheelchair-friendly activities in Amsterdam are abundant and provide a fulfilling experience for anyone who wants to explore this beautiful city. From breathtaking views to exquisite dining experiences, there are countless options to choose from. We have compiled a list of 10 incredible wheelchair-accessible things to do, making Amsterdam a truly inclusive city.
1. Catch a view at Canvas Rooftop Bar
Looking to elevate your plans? Head to the Canvas Rooftop Bar on the 7th floor of the trendy Volkshotel. Canvas provides panoramic views of Amsterdam’s skyline while sipping cocktails. On Fridays and Saturdays, the rooftop turns into a club with DJs from 23h to 2h so you can dance all night. The bar is wheelchair accessible, and the lift provides easy access to the top floor, where there is a ramp. Keep in mind the Volkshotel doors are a tad heavy, so you might need assistance entering.
2. Attend a Candlelight concert
Looking for an innovative way to experience music? Look no further than the Candlelight concert series in Amsterdam. Enjoy stunning candlelit concerts in wheelchair-accessible venues, featuring classically trained musicians performing movie scores or contemporary music. If you need assistance, you can apply for a free pass for your carer. All you have to do is purchase your ticket and send an email to Candlelight with proof of your disability.
3. Ride on a canal cruise
If you want to see Amsterdam from a unique perspective, a canal cruise is the way to do it. You will pass by historic buildings, picturesque bridges, and charming houseboats, revealing sights you would never have seen from the sidewalk. The Blue Boat Company provides wheelchair-friendly boat rides from 11:00h to 16:00h. So, head to Stadhouderskade 501 to embark on an exciting adventure and discover Amsterdam’s wonders.
4. Get creative at the STRAAT Museum
Publicly voted as the Best Museum of The Netherlands, the STRAAT Museum dedicates itself to street art and graffiti. Stroll around, and you’ll easily get lost in the picturesque works of art by some of the top artists in the field. Located in a former NDSM shipyard building, the museum offers wheelchair-friendly entrances, toilets, and a free ticket for your carer. Keep in mind that the ground floor can be uneven due to the museum’s industrial character.
5. Take a st(roll) around Sarphatipark
Nestled in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw away from the lively Albert Cuyp market lies the serene Sarphatipark. Its picturesque pond, intricate monuments, and fountain, makes it the perfect park to soak up the sunshine, stroll with friends, or enjoy a picnic.With wheelchair-friendly paths and benches dotted throughout the park, this is one of our favourite wheelchair-friendly activities in Amsterdam to do in the warm weather.
6. Shake it off at Paradiso
Amsterdam’s legendary music venue, Paradiso has hosted some of the biggest names in the industry. There’s something for everyone’s taste, from reggae or rock to techno or folk music. The venue is wheelchair accessible, with a ramp at the entrance and a wheelchair-accessible toilet, which you can access with an exclusive key they’ll give you.
7. Let it bloom with a day-trip to Keukenhof
Keukenhof is a must-visit destination for nature lovers, especially during spring when the park bursts with over 7 million blooming bulbs. It spans 32 hectares and is one of the world’s largest gardens. Wheelchair users will find it easy to explore the garden as it has designated paths and accessible toilets. The paths are flat and smooth, with some mild inclines in certain sections.
8. Grab a bite at Pancakes Amsterdam
Craving something sweet? Then, Pancakes Amsterdam is the place to be. This top pancake shop offers from traditional Dutch pancakes to American pancakes with a twist. Add spinach, bacon & maple syrup, or chocolate; the choice is yours! For a truly accessible experience, head to the Westermarkt location.
9. Go on a little daycation at Strandzuid
One of the hottest wheelchair-friendly activities in Amsterdam, Strandzuid is an excellent destination for those with limited mobility looking for a fun and relaxing day out. With excellent accessibility, a range of activities, delicious food, an artificial beach, and refreshing drinks, Strandzuid is an excellent place to soak up the sun and enjoy the outdoors in Amsterdam. Just beware that the “beach” area has sand, making it difficult to access.
10. Make a toast at Delirium Cafe
We couldn’t finish this wheelchair-friendly activities in Amsterdam round-up without a toast! If you are a beer enthusiast, Delirium Cafe is a must-visit. It boasts a range of beers, pub-style food, an accessible terrace and toilets, and great vibes. Look for the lift next to the tram stop at Muziekgebouw Bimhuis. It’ll take you to a water lever, and you’ll find them right around the corner.