Must do's in Eindhoven
When visiting the Netherlands, there is a big chance that you arrive at Schiphol Airport. This airport is the biggest one of the country and is located just South of Amsterdam. In recent years, the airport of Eindhoven is growing in popularity. The airport is based in the southern province of Noord-Brabant and is the perfect alternative for avoiding long queues at Schiphol Airport. Most people arriving at the airport will likely take the fastest route to Amsterdam. But Eindhoven also has exciting and accessible activities that could be interesting for you!
Workshop: Making Gin.
One of the newest hotspots in Eindhoven is the Bottle Distillery. The distillery focuses on creating drinks based on a small-scale approach and batches. On top of that, only the finest ingredients without any artificial additives are used to create the drinks. The location of the distillery was carefully chosen. Before the workshop, you can admire the beautiful interior of the renovated Schellenfactory. A large part of the building is accessible for wheelchairs and there are toilets available for people with mobility impairment.
The Workshop consists out of a comprehensive tour of the building. Afterward, you will be able to enjoy a tasting of the various liquors, beers, and gins. Based on the tasting you can create your own bottle of gin.
Eindhoven used to be one of the biggest industrial powerhouses of the Netherlands. This development was driven by the growth of Philips. This company had many factories and offices throughout the city. The importance of Philips declined after the company decided to move its activities to other parts of the world. The whole history can be experienced when visiting the official Philips Museum in Eindhoven.
The museum is suitable for people with limited mobility. The paths are wide enough for a wheelchair to pass and there is an elevator. You will also be able to find a wheelchair accessible toilet. Lastly, there is a cafe where you can enjoy a drink or a delicious snack.
Philips Stadium & PSV museum
Eindhoven is also home to one of the top football teams in the country. The team plays at PSV stadium. The stadium is walking distance from the city center and offers the possibility for people with a physical impairment to watch a game. The seating area is behind the goal posts. While you won’t be able to get a clear overview of the field, you are close to the pitch. Next to having special a special seating location, there are two toilets for people with physical limitations. Besides games it also possible to visit the museum and get a guided tour of the stadium. During this tour, you will experience the rich history of the club and its historical links with the city.
A visit to Eindhoven is not complete without visiting the Strijp-s. This area used to be one of the biggest industrial parks in the Netherlands. After the departure of Philips in the 1990’s, it was decided to renovate the whole area into the cultural hotspot of the city. Once there, you will find a perfect mix of hip restaurants, unique shops, cultural venues and startup companies. A perfect place to go shopping and have a wonderful dinner.
The modern city center of Eindhoven
Next to Strijp-S, you will find the city center. Unlike other major cities, the city center is a mix of modern and historical styles. You will find a broad assortment of shops and unique restaurants. If it’s too cold or rainy outside, you can visit one of the two indoor malls. You will also find theaters, cinemas and broad assortment of cafés. The majority of establishments are designed considering people with limited mobility and wheelchair users. There are lifts available at the malls and at the majority of shops.
Van Abbe Museum
Lastly, you will also find one of the biggest museums of contemporary art in Eindhoven. The Van Abbe Museum is located in the city center close to City Hall. You will find large collections of works by Eli Lissitzky, Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky. The Van Abble Museum is well known for the large variety of tours and activities for visitors with specific needs. The museum is fully accessible for people with limited mobility and wheelchair users. The museum has two elevators and special parking for people with a disability.
Taking a mobility scooter into the tram or bus
Passengers using a wheelchair can make use of all forms of public transportation in The Hague. For increased accessibility, there are ramps present at the stops of the trams. You can check the accessibility of stops at haltescan.nl.
The red and beige tram is an older line of trams in The Hague and runs on the route of tram 1, 6, 12, and 16. Because of its entry with three steps, the red and beige tram is not accessible for wheelchair users or people with severe limited mobility.
Both the RandstadRail trams and the R-net trams have a leveled entrance from the platform, so you can easily get in and out with a wheelchair, mobility scooter or with a walker. Passengers can travel in a wheelchair, electric wheelchair and mobility scooter, provided it fits within the dimensions of 120 cm long, 70 cm wide and 109 cm high.
The buses in The Hague, operated by HTMbuzz, are wheelchair-accessible and specially equipped for people with a visual impairment. The buses are also equipped with a boarding and alighting plate. Passengers can travel in a wheelchair, provided it fits within the dimensions of 120 cm long, 70 cm wide and 109 cm high. Mobility scooters and other electrically driven wheelchairs may not be taken on the bus.
Bus 28 is a new bus, which runs on electricity. This bus is wheelchair-accessible and passengers with a wheelchair, electric wheelchair, visual impairment or limited mobility can make use of this bus.
Paying for public transportation in The Hague
The most common form of payment for public transportation in the Netherlands is the OV-chipkaart and The Hague is no exception. If you do not own an OV-chipkaart, you can pay for your fare in cash. If your stay in The Hague is of short duration, the best option would be to buy the three-day travel ticket, offered by HTM. This card can be bought at the HTM Service Points at the Den Haag Centraal, Den Haag HS and Zoetermeer Centrum-West stations, as well as VVV Den Haag (tourist agency shop in the Stadhuis in the center of The Hague) and at some hotels.
Another form of public transportation in The Hague and near regions is the RegioTaxi Haaglanden. Priced between regular public transportation and taxi fares, RegioTaxi Haaglanden is specially equipped for travelers with limited mobility.