The Netherlands offers opportunities to discover the country for people with a visual impairment or for people who are blind. Specialized tours are developed by Accessible Travel Netherlands in cooperation with local tour guides in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Read more about these tours by clicking on the link below. Thereafter follows a list of accessible activities in the Netherlands.

Accessible activities in the Netherlands for people who are blind or visually impaired

Smelling and tasting the Netherlands

  • Haring happen (eating Haring fish) in Amsterdam, in Volendam or near the seaside.
  • Visit one of Amsterdam’s markets to smell and taste Dutch delicacies.
  • Smell and taste different Dutch cheeses at the cheese shop in Amsterdam or Zaanse Schans.
  • Smell and taste typical Dutch snacks (kroket, frikandel, kaassouflé) in Amsterdam
  • Beer tasting at Brewery ‘t IJ or Heineken Experience
  • Smelling flowers at the flower market in Amsterdam.

Feeling the Netherlands

  • Kröller Müller statue park in Veluwe (can be reached by taxi or public transport, approximately 1,5 hours from Amsterdam)
  • Visit to Madame Tussauds (only possible on specific days)
  • NAP Visitor centre in Amsterdam, exhibition of the NAP (Normal Amsterdam Water level). Visitors can experience that Amsterdam and the Netherlands are situated lower than the water level of the sea. Miniatures, pictures and visual material are used in the exhibition.
  • Feeling miniatures of famous buildings, flowers and clogs in the Netherlands (miniatures can be provided by tour guide or in souvenir shop.)

Museums in the Netherlands with facilities for people with visual impairments

  • The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has the Van Gogh painting called ‘Sunflowers’ available in 3-d with extra sound and fragrance effects. This exhibition is available all year.
  • The Amsterdam Museum is accessible for people with a visual impairment by audio tour and tour guide.
  • The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam offers a guided tour, touching is allowed. Audio and braille tours are available. Free entrance for assistant.
  • The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam offers audio tours and free entrance for assistant.
  • The Kröller Müller Statue Park exhibits a large variety of big statues and modern art works that can be touched and explored.
  • Madurodam in The Hague is the park where The Netherlands is build in miniature.
  • The Keukenhof flower gardens is a wonderfull attraction, as the scents of the different flowers are overwhelming.
  • The Open Air Museum in Arnhem offers Braille books with information about the locations in the park and about the different routes through the park. At the locations in the park, people can listen to the stories told by guides or by audio. The herb gardens can also be explored with a Braille map, the herbs can be smelled and narrations can be given by a guide. This museum is situated close to the city of Arnhem in the east of the Netherlands.
  • The Maritime Museum Amsterdam offers an audio tour and free entrance for assistant.

Cycling in the Netherlands

  • Cycling with a Fun2Go bike enables people with a visual impairment to cycle in the surroundings of Amsterdam. One person can cycle and the other can sit next the cyclist.
  • The Vierfiets is a bike with four seats. One or two persons can cycle and the other passengers can ride too or just enjoy the journey.
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Wall in zaanse schans decorated with dutch clogs