Vienna Wheelchair Access Travel

Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, with a population of about 2 million. It is Austria’s cultural, economic, and political centre. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city is located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be “The City of Dreams” because it was home to the world’s first psychoanalyst – Sigmund Freud. The city’s roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, and then the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstraße lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. Vienna wheelchair access is very good. All the major tourist sites I can think of have lifts or ramps.

Attractions and Opportunities

Albertina 

Art History Museum

Belvedere

Burgtheater

Demel Bakery

Hofburg Imperial Palace (President and National Library) 

Museum of Natural History

Ringstrasse

Schonbrunn Palace

St Charles Church 

St Stephen’s Cathedral 

Stephansplatz

Vienna State Opera

Volksgarten (peoples garden)

Transport

Subway

Every subway station (at last, every one I’ve been too) has lifts. Some may be closed for maintenance, of course. All major transport hubs, like the airport, are built with accessibility in mind

Trams

Most trams and buses are now low-level, often with raised street platforms, so you can get on board without having to climb steps. These trams and buses (and the newer city trains) have dedicated space for wheelchairs

Kerbs are also commonly ramped and there are frequent pedestrian crossings

Disabled parking spaces are common in car parks and around many tourist sites

Tip: At tram stops, look for the wheelchair symbol on the electronic displays telling you when the next “wheelchair-friendly” tram is due.

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