Destination highlighted: Schagen
Everything you want in a city, small town feel, and very accessible
Located 45 minutes North of Amsterdam, and 8 km from the nearest beach is a beautiful mix of a relaxing country setting and all the conveniences of a big city. Schagen is proud of its Westfriese heritage which can be experienced Every Thursday between July and Mid-September at the Westfriese Folk Festival. During the summer months, there is always something going on. From the weekly Thursday market, music concerts and festivals, chariot horse races, art fairs, and even a fish market.
What to do in Schagen?
On warm sunny days, the city is full of cozy terraces where you can grab a drink or bite to eat. If you enjoy nature, you can rent an adapted bike or scooter and admire the Dutch countryside, visit the nearby tulip fields, or take a stroll through nearby wooded areas. On days that are less sunny, you can visit one of the two beautiful churches, or go shopping at the Makado shopping center, which houses 60 stores and small restaurants. You can also go to the nearby Cinemagnus movie theater to catch up on new releases, or attend one of the more local plays and musicals offered at the Scagon Theater.
If you enjoy shopping, Schagen offers a large collection of locally owned shops you can explore. Many of these shops have entrances with no steps, or small ramps have been installed to make them accessible to all. The streets in the main square are relatively flat with many access points for wheelchairs.
Accessible toilets are available at locations around the city center, and there is a collection of restaurants that are easily accessible with a wheelchair.
When to go?
If you choose to visit this gem of a city and want to participate in the many events it holds, the best time to go is in the summer months between June and September. You can make it a day trip from Amsterdam, or spend a night in the Slothotel Igesz, which has rooms that are accessible.
How to get there?
This city can be accessed by train and by transit busses. There are also accessible taxi transfers available that can accommodate all needs.
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