Visit Utrecht, the hotspot for locals
Utrecht is the beating heart of the Netherlands. A reason for us to review the accessibility of this increasingly popular destination. A city with an unparalleled vitality. A medieval city center small enough to explore on foot. Large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums for days on end.
Accessible sights of interest
According to Lonely Planet Utrecht is the third under rated city worldwide. Utrecht has it all but very few people know this. So, why visit Utrecht? You should visit Utrecht because it is the beating heart of the Netherlands. Utrecht is a city with an unparalleled vitality. The medieval city center is small enough to explore by foot but large enough to enjoy the modern architecture, interesting museums and last but not least in Utrecht you will feel like a local. You won’t be confronted with hundreds of other tourists so you can roam around quietly and enjoy a lunch or dinner at one of the iconic restaurants. In this blog we will recommend some sights of interest and restaurants that are accessible for wheelchair users. Most of the sights of interest have a disabled parking space.
Dom Tower / Dom Square
Start your visit to the city of Utrecht at the Dom Square, a place with a unique history. This spot, at the foot of the impressive Dom Tower, is the breeding ground for the city of Utrecht. Remember to also visit the Gothic Cathedral where you can still sense the commotion surrounding the Iconoclastic Fury. Every first Monday of the month there is a special tour for people with disabilities.
The Railway Museum
Discover the story behind 175 years railways in Netherlands. The Railway museum is packed with adventure. Go down an old mine, take a ride in an exciting attraction, visit the Orient Express and the theatre, or simply enjoy the life-size historic trains and locomotives. If you visit Utrecht, the Railway museum is an experience not to be missed and an adventure for all ages!
The Central Museum possesses the world’s largest collection of Rietveld designs and exhibits work by world-famous Dick Bruna. Besides its collection of old masters, which includes paintings by Jan van Scorel and Abraham Bloemaert, you will find contemporary fashion and design as well as visual art.
The masterpiece of G. Rietveld, monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is certainly worth a visit. Commissioned by Truus Schröder, Mr Gerrit Rietveld built this house in 1924. This house is the only structure that was ever built according to the architectural principles of ‘The Style’ art movement. Characteristic for ‘The Style’ is the opening up of blind walls and the use of primary colors red, blue and yellow in combination with white, grey and black.
Dick Bruna Museum
In the space of fifty years, Dick Bruna’s miffy has risen to international fame, not only as a character in children’s books, but also as a design icon. From February 2016, the work of Dick Bruna is going to be on permanent display in the Dick Bruna huis, opposite the Central Museum in Utrecht.
Museum Catharijneconvent shows the history of Christianity in the Netherlands through centuries-old art as well as contemporary art in a beautiful medieval cloister near the Dom Tower. Experience the wealth of this fascinating history. The Museum Catharijneconvent regularly organizes acclaimed exhibitions, interesting guided tours and workshops.
The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens at Fort Hoofddijk provide an unparalleled collection of plants from all around the world. At the very heart of the province of Utrecht there is a unique natural treasure consisting of thousands of plant species: the Botanic Gardens of Utrecht University. The Gardens are situated at Fort Hoofddijk in the city of Utrecht. Visitors are very welcome in this colourful and fascinating world, where they can discover nature at its best.
The restaurants in Utrecht offer a wide variety of kitchens. You can eat along the Oudegracht, where dishes from all corners of the world are served while boats sail by. A few examples from restaurants with accessibility for physical disabilities are given below. The restaurants entrance do not have stairs or other obstacles and they have a toilet for wheelchair users.
Fort aan de Klop
Contemporary comfort on an ancient place. Fort aan de Klop is part of the Dutch Water line, a military line of defense from the nineteenth century. The bombproof guard house from 1851 is now a cozy brasserie. The food are 100% organic. Address: 1e Polderweg 4 3563 MC Utrecht, 0031302660555
Winkel van Sinkel
The Grand Café of the Winkel van Sinkel breathes the atmosphere of the former department store. The former shopdesk now serves as a buffet. The kitchen is varied French-International with daily fresh dishes. Address: Oudegracht 158, 3511 AZ Utrecht, 0031302303030
Polmans is a brasserie with an inspirational kitchen. The chef enjoys working with fresh produce and herbs and taste, creativity and presentation are paramount. Address: Keistraat 2 3512 HV Utrecht, 0031302313368
Is not in the city centre but it’s a nice ‘all you can eat’ restaurant for the whole family. You will not pay for the dinner, but you pay for the duration of your stay. Restaurant Vandaag has 7 world kitchens from Oriëntal to Italian, from Sea banquet to Charcuterie, from Cheese plateau to a Chocolate dip fountain. This ultimate sensation of taste, you will experience at Vandaag. Address: Proostwetering 80L, 3543 AJ Utrecht, 0031302387888
Visiting Utrecht with a group
Accessible Travel Netherlands can take care of the organization of a day trip or longer. From package deals in Utrecht to culinary accessible city walks and canal boat tours. For more information please contact us here.