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The capital of Europe: visit Brussels

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Min Age : 12+
Max People : 20
  • Country: Belgium
  • Nearest Airport: various
  • Minimum Age: All ages
  • Type of holiday: Family friendly, City Tours, Culture and Heritage
  • Type of disability : Mobility
  • Best season: All year round
What to do in Brussels

Brussels is the capital of many things: of Belgium, of the Flemish region, of the Brussels – Capital region and although the European Union has no official capital, most of its institutions are based here. Officially a bilingual city (French and Flemish), it hosts a vibrant multilingual community of foreigners who work and thrive here, making it a truly international environment where English is spoken almost everywhere.

Although not a classic destination for holidaymakers, it has grown and is well equipped with restaurants, bars, museums and a lively musical and cultural scene. It is not a very accessible city for people who use a wheelchair, but due to the fact that it is small, and with a few tips from the locals, it can make for a nice long-weekend break.
The guide “Brussels in wheelchair” that you will find available for download at the link below is a good reference although it dates from 2016.

Culture and museums

The main musems of the city are accessible and highly enjoyable, but they are located in the higher part of town, so plan your itinerary carefully.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts is 4 museums in one: it hosts collections from the Middle Ages to Contemporary Arts, with the charming Musée Fin de Siécle (End of Century) which will be a fundamental guide for you to appreciate the Art Nouveau and Art Déco architecture around town (information on access here). Also entirely accessible is the MIM (Museum of Musical Instruments). You can climb all the floors via an ancient and spacious lift and – local tip! – watch the city view from the terrace, the access to which is free for everyone, while the museum entrance is free for people with disabilities and accompanying persons). 
If you fancy an exhibition or a concert, the Bozar has a wonderful program and is well worth the visit. It is located in a majestic building from the 1920s and has some steps, but if you reserve your visit assistance is provided
There is of course much more, and useful resources are available in the website “Brussels for all”, with specific information (also in English) to help you plan your visit.

Nature

This is a green city! Many parks are scattered in the centre and in the outer part of Brusssels, with an entire forest (the Sonian Forest) available for you. Parks are generally accessible, at least partially, and we can recommend the Bois de la Cambre (info on access here) with it’s lovely lake, and the tiny Parc d’Egmont, which you can access with your wheelchair through the gate on the left of the entrance of The Hotel on Avenue Louise (the entrance on the other side has steps). Step in and chill out, forgetting the city noises.

 

Food and (lots of) beer

Firstly you have to take into account that most restaurants and bars do not have an accessible toilet, but you will find the map of the accessible toilets in the “Brussels in wheelchair” guide. Mostly, it’s easier to use the toilets of the main hotels in the centre, as they are accessible and available at no charge for people with mobility special needs. 
Having said this, you can enjoy “moules frites” (muscles and fries) and lovely traditional and international food in a lot of restaurants, as most have an open air terrace that is accessible. The beer is great everywhere! The area of Saint-Géry, in the centre, is lively and fun and at the Halles Saint-Géry there is an accessible toilet (and venue for a drink, a bite, a monthly vintage market and music!).

In the area of Sainte Catherine, 5 minutes walk from Saint-Géry, lots of bars and restaurants have terraces and if you want a tasty fish “tapas” and a glass of wine or a beer to eat in the street, Nordzee is the place for you. 

Accessible concerts

Music! The main music venues in Brussels have an international high-quality programme and are wonderfully accessible: check out Ancienne Belgique  and Flagey. The Botanique is also a great venue, to access with your wheelchair you have to alert the staff and access through the beautiful park. A ramp will be placed and there is an accessible toilet that you can reach via an elevator. 

If you are in for a biiig concert, Forest National is the place. Whether you like a musical or a rock concert, the big guns play here, so make sure you get a ticket in time as concerts sell out fast here!

Accessibility info

Accessibility level

Brussels is a complex city when it comes to circulating with a wheelchair or a walker: the centre has quite some cobblestone pavements which are not always very even, but is mainly pedestrian only and is rather small, therefore it can be visited in a short time. Also, the Visit Flanders touristic office is right next to the main square and it is a nice pit stop to get some inspiration and brochures for the continuation of your trip in the Flemish part of Belgium. They have brochures entirely dedicated to accessible itineraries and resources.

Just out of the historic cobblestone centre is a wide pedestrian area which is nice for a stroll and to see some comics (but the comic book stores are not easily accessible), while the Rue Neuve and the Place de la Monnaie (the Opera), which are adjacent, are rather easy pedestrian areas with shops on street level (and Uniqlo, the Japanese brand of clothes, has also a wide elevator and accessible changing rooms, larger and with a special seat!).

Public transport is also complex and not ideal: some lines have buses equipped with a ramp, but not all buses on the same line are guaranteed to be accessible, so you may have to wait a bit for the right one to come. A full list of the accessible bus lines and the accessible metro stop is available at the link below. To take the metro by yourself you will need to contact assistance prior to your journey and they will follow you around with a ramp from the beginning of your trip to the end, while on buses that have a specific symbol you can get on and off independently (check the link for more information).
The locals know their way and have often a portable ramp, but if you are new, it is better to plan your public transport trips in advance and book the service at the public transport company (STIB/MIVB), they are usually on time. You can try to get assistance at a metro stop with personnel on the spot and during working hours (from 7 to 22), but this way it is not guaranteed that you won’t have to wait ages or the service may not be available.

Same procedure on the train: you have to book in advance your assistance and they are always very nice, but make sure to check out your destination as not all train stations are accessible, so you want to know beforehand how they will take you down the train and then out of the actual station.

Accessible toilets are a big issue: most bars and restaurants have one or more steps to get in and have toilets in the basement, down a flight of stairs. This is very common and frustrating, but the big hotels in the centre of town offer their accessible toilets for free also to non-guests, so do not be shy and ask at the reception. Accessible toilets in hotels in the centre are at the Novotel Brussels off Grand Place and the Marriott Grand Place but check in the map of Bruxelles en Fauteil for more smart toilet spots (note that the guide is from 2016 so some elements may have changed so better to double check).
An accessible café/restaurant with accessible toilets is the Halles Saint-Géry, just ask at the bar for the keys and there is an elevator that will take you there.


Accessible metro stops map – for download


Accessibility in public transport – general information


Accessibility of trains – general information, online form and telephone number to book assistance


Bruxelles en fauteil (Brussels in wheelchair) – Please note that the guide is only in French and Dutch but the maps are easy to read

Nearest airport: Zaventem National Airport (BRU)

To reach Brussels there are two airports: Brussels National Airport (BRU) and Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL).
Both have passengers with reduced mobility services, Brussels National is larger and has accessibility features such as ramps and lifts, Charleroi is smaller but is also equipped.
Transport from the National airport to the centre of Brussels with public transport is either via train (you can book assistance online at the link in the paragraph above “Accessibility level”) or by bus (not accessible) and takes you to the centre (Brussels Central).
From Charleroi airport there are only buses, but they have steps to get on board and they stop at the south station, Brussels Midi. A possible option is therefore a private adapted shuttle service, which can be more expensive than the train from Brussels National, unless you are travelling in a small group, when it may be a smart option. Take this into consideration when booking your flight.


Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL) – Information on accessibility and special assistance


Brussels National Airport – Information on accessibility and special assistance

Accommodation

Travelling with a group?

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If you are travelling in a group, it is worth to check out the guide "Accessible group accommodations in Flanders and Brussels" by Visit Brussels. All new guide (2018) prepared with care and lots of useful information for you and your tribe!
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Boutique Hotel des Galeries

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In the very centre of Brussels, this boutique hotel is beautiful and ideal for foodies with it's restaurant, le Comptoir des Galeries, and the French chef Julien Burlat. Breakfast is delicious and they have one adapted room with roll-in shower. The centre is mainly cobblestone but everything is very near, included the Central train station.
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Aparthotel Adagio Brussels Grand Place

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In the very centre and on a pedestrian area (without cobblestone - easy wheeling), this pleasant Aparthotel has 7 adapted apartments with everything at the right height. The bathrooms have a bathtub also at a convenient height and grab bars. Ideal for a family or a couple.
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The Dominican Hotel

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The Dominican Hotel is a beautiful 4 star hotel with wheelchair accessible access and common areas and one room with adapted bathroom (grab bars and roll-in shower). Ideally located in the centre of Brussels.
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Accessible accommodation 4 all

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Newly updated guide on accessible accommodation from Visit Flanders, available for download with great descriptions  and photos of hotels and hostels in many parts of Brussels and Flanders. Find your perfect room (and bathroom!)!
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Hotel IBIS Brussels City Centre

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Located in the centre in the lively St Catherine's neighbourhood (design shopping by day, restaurant and bars by night), this 3 star hotel has one adapted room with bathroom (roll-in shower and grab bars). The room is not very big to move around in so check with the hotel before booking.
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Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Midi

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Perfect location if you need to be near the train station (or need to get to the airport early by train), the Park Inn is a reasonably priced 3 star hotel with some rooms designed for wheelchair users, with roll-in showers. Ask for a wheelchair-friendly room when booking.
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Tours

Great tour ideas from Visit Flanders

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Want some good insider tips on accessible activities to do in Brussels and in Flanders? Download the guide from Visit Flanders, "Accessible day trips in Flanders and Brussels", get inspired and plan your trip!
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Dance and culture in Brussels

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A French speaking association with a long standing experience and fun activities, Décalage offers a great program of wheelchair accessible guided tours to museums and wheelchair dancing too! Check out their program to see if there is anything for you and meet some very cool locals.
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Adapted activities in Brussels

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If you can follow a guided tour in French, then maybe you can do a cool group visit, just like a local, and make some Bruxellois friends. The ABP (Belgian Association of the Paralyzed) organizes once a month a visit to a museum with a guided tour. If you want, they also offer transport!
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Transport

Handikar

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Handikar provides transport services for people in wheelchairs: you can contact Georges Karvouniaris and his son Jean-Michel throught thier website.
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Accessible vans in Brussels

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Hendricks has adapted vans and vehicles all around Belgium for short and long distance trips, with a capacity from 1 up to 50 places of which 25 for wheelchairs. Book 2/3 days in advance with their office in Melsbroek (which serves Brussels): call +32 2 7529800 or click the link.
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Wheelchair accessible taxis

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Need a wheelchair accessible taxi? Call the Greens: Taxi Verts, one of the main taxi companies in Brussels, has adapted vehicles. Call +32 2 349 49 49 and specify if you have an electric or manual chair and get ready for a wait, Brussels traffic can be hellish.
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Medical

Bandagiste Brasseur

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Need medical supplies? This medical shop near the centre and the South station (Gare du Midi) sells all kinds of  equipment and supplies. Does not do rental.
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