Leading by example: Breda is the most accessible city in Europe. Winning the 2019 Access City Award, Breda, in the Netherlands, shows how a city can better strive towards accessibility.
In the city, most museums, sports venues and theatres are fully adapted to accommodate those with disabilities. Comparatively, Prague was recently found to be the least accessible city in Europe with most of its tourist attractions being inaccessible for disabled visitors.
With that said, here are some of the most accessible cities in Europe.
As a cosmopolitan city, most of London’s attractions have disability access.
Getting around is easy, as nearly all the iconic black cabs are wheelchair friendly. If you’re staying in London for a while, you might want to look into hiring a vehicle. Places like Allied Mobility offer wheelchair accessible hire cars to make your trip as easy as possible.
Unlike other European cities, London is mostly flat which makes getting around incredibly easy. Also, you can use handy sites such as Transport for London to plan your public transport journeys.
As with many European cities, Rome is encouraged to be explored by foot. However, there have been real adaptations over the years so that most major landmarks can be accessed by everyone.
Things like accessible bus tours can be enjoyed for about €25 a day and The Vatican also has very good wheelchair access.
There are over 700 accessible hotels in Rome so there is plenty of choice when it comes to booking a trip here.
With a motto of ‘Berlin is for everyone’, this city has been making serious improvements to its infrastructure to accommodate this.
A lot of tourist attractions in this city are close together. This, coupled with fairly flat terrain, makes getting around very easy.
There are hundreds of accessible hotels in the city and many of the parks, museums and public transport links are also wheelchair friendly. With wide pavements and both vocal and visual signals at road crossings, Berlin is consistently working on improving its offerings.
While there are many hills in Barcelona, getting around the main area of the city is a breeze.
About 80% of the metro stations and 100% of buses are wheelchair accessible. Plus, a lot of the main attractions in the city aren’t cobbled stone streets which means wheelchair users won’t have such a hard time moving about as they would in neighbouring countries.
Barcelona also accommodates wheelchairs on their beaches too with ramps that run the length of the sand. This means wheelchair users can enjoy the beautiful coast of this urban city.
Barcelona is making active efforts to continue improving its systems for tourists and residents alike. Companies like Barcelona Access has adapted its “easy” guided walking tours to better suit those with restricted mobility.
While there is certainly more work to be done to improve Europe’s disability access, cities like Breda are leading the way. With continuous adaptations happening, we can hope that in the future all European cities will be fully accessible so that everyone can experience the thriving and diverse cultures of this continent.
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