TEN OF THE MOST ACCESSIBLE CITIES AROUND THE WORLD
Tokyo is well provided with lifts including priority ones for those who need them. In addition, public conveniences are easily accessible. Major attractions are all in close proximity to an accessible train station as are most museums, gardens and temples. Because room dimensions tend to be smaller in Japan, finding an accessible hotel can be more difficult but is possible.
Washington DC has been praised for its accessibility. Public transport is excellent with lifts at each station and because of an active effort to make DC inclusive, major attractions are all wheelchair-friendly.
In 2013, Berlin won the EU City Access Award from the European Commission with a public transport system and many attractions that are almost 100% accessible – many theatres, museums and restaurants are all wheelchair friendly.
Likewise, Vienna has one of the most wheelchair-friendly public transport systems in the world, with many drop-kerbed pavements, while the museums, opera house and palaces are also accessible.
Oslo has plenty of wheelchair friendly attractions including the opera house, Vigeland Park and the Munch Museum. In addition, there are many wheelchair friendly ferries which provide tours of the local fjords and – as rated by Lonely Planet – the world’s most beautiful train ride leaves from Oslo.
Despite a few cobblestones, the majority of pavements in Dublin have dropped curbs and most venues have flat entrances. In addition, new taxi licenses are only being issued to wheelchair accessible vehicles making it easier to get around. Many hotel rooms are accessible and famous sights such as the Trinity Library and Guinness Brewery are also wheelchair-friendly.
Bridgetown in Barbados has launched a fully accessible Barbados programme aiming to make it a wheelchair-friendly destination. This means that majority of resorts have floating beach wheelchairs and it’s easier to visit Heroes Square, the George Washington House and Harrison’s Cave via their accessible tram.
Despite the miles of cobbled streets that fill the ancient quarters of Jerusalem in Israel, a comprehensive law was passed in 2012 requiring the majority of venues to be accessible by 2018. This means that though some of the ramps are steep, entry to famous historical venues is possible. The city also has many accessible taxis.
Since Slovenia’s independence in 1991, the capital city Ljubljana has rapidly progressed to be one of the most accessible cities in Europe. It’s filled with appropriate ramps and dropped curbs throughout, whilst the major tourist areas are pedestrian only. Not only this, after the Easter Sunday earthquake of 1895 demolished much of the city, parks, museums and other attractions have been rebuilt to be wheelchair accessible.
Though it’s ancient and much cobbled, Rome, offers over 700 accessible hotels which are suitable for people with varying amounts of mobility. With accessible transport options, many ramped curbs and accessible bus tours, seeing Rome is eminently doable – so long as you do your research.
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