Most wheelchair-friendly cities in Europe
Travelling with a physical disability is something that discourages many travellers from exploring away from home, particularly in older European cities, which can be notoriously difficult to navigate.
Whether you or someone you’re travelling with uses a wheelchair or has other accessibility needs, here’s some of the most wheelchair-friendly cities in Europe
Not only is it a beautiful city with a wealth of history and culture to explore, Berlin is also very accessible for wheelchair users. Terrain is fairly flat and the city has well maintained sidewalks with ramps in the centre of the city. The buses and subways are accessible, and with plenty of modern architecture, the city’s hotels public spaces also have good accessibility options.
Barcelona is considered by many to be the most accessible city in all of Europe. All buses in the city’s public transport system are accessible, as are many of the metro stations, which have ramps and elevators. The city centre, though medieval, has few cobbles and even beaches have been modified to offer disabled access with ramps to the beach and wooden paths that stretch all the way to the water.
One of Europe’s most accessible cities is right on our own doorstep. London has many tourist areas that are flat and a range of transportation options, including many wheelchair-friendly taxis and buses. Train stations are well-equipped for disabled travellers and though many still don’t offer access, there are increasingly more tube stations on every line that have been upgraded to accommodate wheelchairs, too.
This small town in Denmark has won awards for its famous Musholm sports, holiday and conference complex. There’s a a climbing wall designed for wheelchair users, a racing track and a 24-room hotel that offers ceiling hoists, electronic curtains and adjustable beds, meaning wheelchair users can be completely self-sufficient.
Chester is another city on our doorstep, and the first in the country, to win the European commission’s Access City award. The famous Roman, Saxon and Medieval Rows are accessible by ramp, lift and escalator, and sites like the Storyhouse cultural centre have been designed to be completely accessible and accommodating for disabled theatre-goers.
Do you use a wheelchair? Where are your favourite accessible cities in Europe? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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