Zaanse Schans Wheelchair Access
Zaanse Schans is a traditional style dutch tourist village north of Amsterdam set in beautiful scenery. It’s wheelchair accessible and well worth a visit.
Plenty to see, including museums such as the antique clock museum, the Zaans Museum and Verkade Paviljoen (Dutch Cookie Museum ), a clog factory plus a Distillery and Tasting room, quaint little shops and 2 accessible restaurants: The Pancake restaurant and the Museum restaurant.
The surface in the village of Zaanse Schans is flat brick tiles. The path around the windmills is smooth tarmac. There is a disabled toilet in the visitor centre and 2 disabled parking bays outside . Two Wheelchairs are available at the visitor centre so these might be best booked in advance at busy times. www.zaanseschans.nl
Windmill Wheelchair Walk
There is a smooth surfaced path alongside the windmills and a cycle path running parallel below. If you are visiting a windmill take the top path. For a relaxing wheelchair walk take the one below as its wider and less busy. The photos below don’t really capture it that well as the weather went a bit dull.
Wheelchair Accessible Windmills
There are 2 wheelchair accessible windmills at Zaanse Schans: The Sawmill ‘Het Jonge Schaap’ (the Young Sheep) and ‘De Huisman’ (the House man).
We visited the sawmill and saw a fascinating 10 minute video showing how they reconstructed the windmill. Inside the actual windmill there is a lift for wheelchair users which takes you up inside to see the amazing workings and down to the basement to see a mini exhibition. They have a small cafe and a few chickens in the yard. The sawmill staff were friendly, helpful and very informative.
More Netherlands Wheelchair Travel
Travelling by car (and ferry) to the Netherlands in April 2013 we visited the countryside north of Amsterdam around De Rijp, the windmill village at Zaanse Schans, the north sea beach resort of Noordwijk and the flower bulb area around Lisse including Keukenhof gardens. For Netherlands wheelchair travel links & blogs visit this post >>> Wheelchair Travel Netherlands
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