Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, the 14th largest city in the European Union and the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city’s is metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of 2.6 million. The city has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. Prague has been a political, cultural and economic centre of central Europe complete with a rich history. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War and in 20th-century history as the capital of Czechoslovakia, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era. Prague wheelchair access is on the improve and there is so much to see from the street.
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The Prague Metro consists of three lines, lettered A, B and C, and serves 61 stations. Accessible transfers between the three existing lines are available at two stations: Muzeum (A & C) and Florenc (B & C). Metro stations with lifts, platforms, or direct entrances with wheelchair access:
Dejvicka, Muzeum, Strasnicka, Skalka, Depo Hostivar
Zlicin, Stodulky, Luka, Luziny, Hurka, Nove Butovice, Smichovaske Nadrazi, Florenc, Vysocanska, Kolbenova, Hloubetin, Rajska Zahrada, Cerny Most
Ladvi, Kobylisy, Nadrazi Holesovice, Vltavska, Florenc, Hlavni Nadrazi, Muzeum, Vysehrad, Pankrac, Budejovicka, Roztyly, Chodov, Opatov, Haje
List of Stations that are planned to be adjusted in the future: Hradcansky, Staromestska, Radlicka, Palmovka, Narodni Trida, Mustek, Roztyly, Opatov, Haje, Prazske Povstani
The Prague Public Transit Co. guarantees low-floor connections on all of its tram lines. See http://www.dpp.cz/en/guaranteed-low-floor-tram-lines/
Besides connections served by low-floor buses on regular routes, the Prague Public Transport Company operates two special bus routes for the physically disabled, which connect barrier-free residential buildings in the Černý Most II, Jižní Město II, Nové Butovice and Řepy housing developments with the city centre, where transfer is possible. Four specially modified buses equipped with special wheelchair ramps are deployed on these routes. The vehicles have a reduced number of seats and expanded space for the transport of a greater number of wheelchairs. These buses have a two-person crew: the driver and an assistant who operates the ramp.
Bus routes served by low-floor buses in combination with selected metro stations today significantly ease travel for the physically disabled, and help them to better integrate into the daily life of the entire city.
The City of Prague has 4 wheelchair accessible taxi cabs which can accommodate both manual and powered wheelchairs. The accessible taxi vans have a lowered floor and are equipped for rear (lift gate) entry. The driver will secure your wheelchair using standard-style straps, and can attach a seatbelt for your use. Response times vary, so making reservations as far in advance as possible is recommended. Accessible taxis operate 24 hours a day in Prague, and are provided by Centrum Mobility, a government-supported service:
+420 775 775 775
www.centrummobility.cz (Czech only)