From elegant imperial palaces to delicious chocolate cake, the city of Vienna has remarkable sights and flavours in store for all culture and food enthusiasts. While this destination is particularly popular around the holiday season, during which its Christmas markets charm visitors from all around the world, it’s worth visiting its hip art galleries, old-world cathedrals and award-winning restaurants at any time of year.
While the prospect of navigating the cobbled streets and the narrow alleyways of this medieval city may sound daunting if you’re disabled, holidays in the Austrian capital are fun-filled and stress-free for visitors of all physical abilities. If you’re wondering what wonders await in Vienna, we’re here to introduce you to the city’s accessible areas and to a few of our favourite sights.
Make Your Way Around
One of our clients’ major worries is always whether they’ll be able to navigate Vienna’s cobbled streets with wheelchairs. While it’s true that many streets have retained their old-world charm, you’ll find that making your way through the city is a breeze – even if you’re disabled. Holidays packed with sightseeing plans are entirely possible, thanks to the fact that Vienna’s cobbled streets are surprisingly smooth and flat. While electric wheelchair users have a particularly easy time, don’t worry if you’re using a standard wheelchair: the city centre is accustomed to accommodating all tourists, as reflected by its wide walkways and conveniently dipped curbs.
Although the majority of the city’s big sights are highly accessible, some of Vienna’s historic buildings have only undergone minimal modernisations, which may cause some difficulties for wheelchair users. However, this shouldn’t discourage you from visiting these venues: on-site helpers, who will be happy to assist you, are frequently on hand.
Here are a few Viennese highlights that we usually include in our itineraries.
Saint Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom)
Seeing this Romanesque- and Gothic-style cathedral, which dates back to 1147, is an absolute must. Situated in the town’s main square (Stefansplatz), it’s the principal church of Vienna’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese and of the city’s archbishop. In addition to its colourful roof and imposing towers, the cathedral is famous for its eighteen altars, museum and treasury, which are accessible. While it’s not possible to ascend the south tower, you’ll be able to navigate most other areas with ease.
The summer abode of Empress Sisi is one of our all-time favourite landmarks, and has caused many jaws to drop in awe over the years. Along with the Baroque palace’s 1,441 rooms, the exhibition spaces, verdant park and zoo are certain to keep you enthralled for an entire day. To make the most of your experience, we always recommend opting for a guided tour. The exhibition spaces are all accessible via an elevator, and the on-site wheelchair rental is free. Whether or not you’re disabled, holidays to Vienna wouldn’t be complete without visiting this opulent attraction.
Since 2006, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Viennese home has been open to the public, and has been converted into a remarkable museum. It not only gives an overview of Mozart’s life, but also showcases several of his famous compositions – some of which were written in this very building. The various exhibitions rooms do not contain steps, and are all accessible via an elevator.
Vienna State Opera
If the Mozarthaus got you in the mood for some world-class music, look no further than the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper). Here, you’ll be able to choose from an extensive event programme, featuring many of the world’s most celebrated musicians. In addition to its accessible bathroom, the opera house has four wheelchair spaces in the orchestra area, and another 18 on the balcony. The side entrance also has an elevator.
As a highly progressive city, Vienna is an ideal destination for travellers in search of class and culture – whether or not you’re disabled. Holidays here boast a rich assortment of sights and sounds at any time of year, ranging from bustling Christmas markets to Schönbrunn Palace’s blooming park in spring and summer. To find out more about the Austrian capital’s accessible attractions, get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team today.