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Bruges Disabled Access - Tips, Advice, and Travel Packages


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Europe Disabled Travel Advice, Accessible Tours Hotels, Accessible Holidays, Disabled Guided Tours By If you truly want to have the best possible accessible trip to Bruges, you’ll need more than just find an accessible hotel. Bruges offers a variety of sightseeing, dining, and shopping experiences that have varying levels of accessibility. Focus on the Tips, Advice, and Travel Packages given by Sage Traveling and we think you’ll agree that Bruges is one of the best destinations in Europe!

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Bruges Disabled Access - Tips, Advice, and Travel Packages

  1. 1. Bruges Disabled Access - Tips, Advice, and Travel Packages
  2. 2. Bruges Disabled AccessThe Golden Age of Bruges lasted from the 12th to 15th centuries andproduced a magnificent city for disabled tourists to visit. Bruges haschanged very little over the centuries which produces both good and badnews for Bruges wheelchair visitors.
  3. 3. The entire city is completely flat and few automobiles are found in thecentral tourist area of town. While virtually the entire town is covered incobblestones, the good news is that these are mild cobblestones andconsequently they are more of a nuisance than a barrier.
  4. 4. Bruges Disabled Access – Best AspectsSmall city size – Bruges is small enough that you can walk across the entireBruges city centre without much difficulty (other than the cobblestones).It’s 3 km (2 miles) from north to south and 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from east towest. The map on the right shows the 1.5 km (1 mile) route from the trainstation to Markt Square in the middle of town.
  5. 5. Bruges Disabled Access – Best AspectsFlat inside the outer canal – The historical city of Bruges is ringed by a smallcanal, and virtually the entire interior is flat (typical Bruges street shown inthe image below on the right). There are a few exceptions with some slightinclines over the bridges with the steepest incline located at the bridgethat goes into the Beginhof (shown in the image below on the right).There are no hills anywhere inside the historic centre.
  6. 6. Bruges Disabled Access – Best AspectsBridges with no steps – The bridges over the canals in Bruges are not likethe accessible bridges in Venice, almost all of which have steps to get overthem. The Bruges bridges are also used by cars and consequently theydon’t have any steps on them. Most of them are nearly completely flat.An example is shown on the right.
  7. 7. Bruges Disabled Access – Best AspectsAccessible train if advanced notice – Bruges is easy to reach by train fromBrussels or other nearby cities. Disabled travelers, including wheelchairusers, will have no problem taking the train as long as they provideadvanced notice that they need a wheelchair accessible seat andassistance getting on and off the train. The picture on the right shows JohnSage getting onto the train at the Bruges train station.
  8. 8. Bruges Disabled Access – Most Challenging AspectsCobblestones – The biggest challenge that wheelchair users will encounterin Bruges is the cobblestones that cover virtually the entire city. At least95% of the streets are cobblestone. Fortunately, the cobblestones havea 4 star smoothness rating and won’t present major problems forwheelchair users other than a bumpy ride. They are not nearly as severe asthe cobblestones in central Rome or many medieval city centers.
  9. 9. Bruges Disabled Access – Most Challenging AspectsLittle accessible public transportation – Bruges is small enough that allvisitors get around by walking or rolling between tourist sights. There is nometro or tram and the bus really only connects the train station and MarktSquare (shown in the image on the right). You won’t be able to use publictransportation to get around Bruges.
  10. 10. Bruges Disabled Access – Most Challenging AspectsWC accessible boats – A canal boat ride is one of the top experiences inBruges, but unfortunately none of the boats are truly wheelchairaccessible. Tourists using wheelchairs will need to transfer into the boatand leave their wheelchair on the dock. There is not enough room on theboat to stay in a wheelchair. The boat floats low in the water andwheelchair users will need to transfer down into the boat. Only some ofthe docks have ramps to get down to the dock.
  11. 11. Bruges Disabled Access – Most Challenging AspectsThe Belfry in Bruges – The 86 meter tall bell tower overlooks the MarktSquare and can be seen from all over town (shown on the right). The onlyway to see the view from the top is to climb up the narrow, steep staircasewhich has 366 steps. There is no elevator to reach the top.
  12. 12. Bruges Disabled Access – Most Challenging AspectsFew taxis – As mentioned previously, Bruges is a pedestrian town.Consequently, you are far more likely to see a horse-drawn carriage than ataxi in the centre of town. Unlike Brussels, you won’t be able to hail a taxiwhile you’re in Bruges.
  13. 13. Bruges Disabled Access – Most Challenging AspectsWC accessible taxi from Ghent – If you need a van taxi with a wheelchairramp to drive you around Bruges, you’ll need to call and have one driveover from the city of Ghent. Consequently, it’s quite expensive to arrangefor a wheelchair accessible taxi in Bruges.
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