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Trip List by sabrina_ide

Access 4 All - a disabled travelers guide

30 Apr 2011  tourist office employee
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 4 votes

THIS LIST IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Request the document (currently 102 pages, containing lots of photos already) by contacting me via my profile page. It's a PDF-file so kindly mention your e-mail so I can send it to you.

Have people been telling you not to come to Bruges because of its iconic cobbles, ancient buildings (housing among others museums, hotels and restaurants) narrow streets or steep bridges?
Let’s be reasonable: Bruges welcomes all visitors and yes...in all honesty there are some places that are not (easily) accessible for disabled travelers, but despite that we still have enough places for you to discover and with some planning done in advance (like most travelers do) there is no need to skip this town.

What’s important to remember is that Bruges, the city itself, is a must see. Many of our highlights are outdoor locations or can be viewed from the outside. Furthermore, Bruges is a small city, which means that the lovely scenery and cozy atmosphere is everywhere around you. Don’t fret about transportation either, because walking around (or perhaps wheeling around in your case) is the best way to see the city.
Just being in Bruges means you can sample the city and taste the atmosphere, you will not miss out on what I like to call “the Bruges feeling”.

I have a disabled mother and I did my university thesis on accessibility, so I have an eye (and heart) for this matter but please bear in mind that I’m no real expert. With this list I simply hope to, if necessary, ease your mind about Bruges as I’m sure traveling with a disability can sometimes be tricky.

This document offers you some insights and will hopefully inspire you to come to Bruges. It includes information on:
* how to arrive in Bruges
* getting around
* tourist offices
* hotels
* restaurants
* museums and attractions
* outdoor sites
… and lots of photos. In order to make this list as detailed as possible I’ve visited several of the locations and tried looking at them from a different point of view.

What I haven’t visited: the majority of the hotels and restaurants, because there’s just so many of them in Bruges.

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Arriving in Bruges - Train station

  • 2. Arriving in Bruges - by car

  • 3. Arriving in Bruges - P&O ferries

  • 4. Tourist offices

  • 5. Getting around - Public transportation and street scene

  • 6. Taxis

  • 7. Renting a wheelchair

  • 8. Public toilets

  • 9. Getting a good night's sleep - Hotels

  • 10. Grabbing a bite - Restaurants

  • 11. Groeningemuseum

  • 12. Town Hall

  • 13. Memling Museum

  • 14. Guido Gezellemuseum

  • 15. Folklore Museum

  • 16. Church of Our Lady

  • 17. Our Lady of the Pottery

  • 18. Basilica of the Holy Blood

  • 19. Choco-Story

  • 20. Belfry Tower - for visually disabled

  • 21. Saint Saviour's Cathedral (Sint Salvator)

  • 22. Exploring - Excursions

  • 23. Boat tours

  • 24. City Tour minibus

  • 25. Horse carriage tours

  • 26. Exploring - Sights

  • 27. Windmills, city gates and ramparts (Vesten)

  • 28. Lake of Love and Minnewaterpark

  • 29. 't Zand square

  • 30. Market square

  • 31. Burg square

  • 32. Jan van Eyck square

  • 33. Organisations

    Just a couple of websites and organisations that deal with accessibility.

  • 34. Toegankelijkheidsgids Brugge 2002

  • 35. Toerisme Vlaanderen - Infopunt Toegankelijk Reizen

  • 36. First hand experience

  • 37. Spotted - disabled people enjoying Bruges