Travelling is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences anyone could have, and that shouldn’t be off limits to wheelchair users. Here are just five of the world’s most wheelchair-friendly cities to consider visiting this year.
It’s one of the world’s most exciting cities, and fortunately also one of the most accessible. Amsterdam has long been a city cherished by travellers from across the world, and for good reason – despite its typically hedonistic reputation, there’s plenty of history and culture to be discovered upon arrival.
With distinctly marked pedestrian and bike lanes, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be caught up in the noticeable number of bicycles upon the streets. Elsewhere, tourist attractions such as Amsterdam’s various museums and art galleries are accessible by wheelchair – as are boats to tour the city via its renowned canals.
Germany’s capital city is currently experiencing a surge in attention, and you don’t have to miss out because you’re a wheelchair user. Berlin is one of the world’s most accessible cities, offering easy access to practically all of its attractions, including the Berlin Wall and Museum Island, as highlighted by Insurancewith.
The culture here is almost palpable, too – from the food to the historical attractions, Berlin’s cultural value is through the roof. Art is a main focus, with plenty of accessible galleries to be explored. Be sure to try some of the local beer, too.
Despite the exhausting journey to get there, depending on where you’re from, Sydney is well worth a visit. It’s a thoroughly accessible city, which means anyone can enjoy its multitude of famed attractions, from the breathtaking Opera House to the Harbour Bridge – and that’s just scratching the surface of what Sydney has to offer.
Bondi Beach is accessible for wheelchair users, with beach wheelchairs available for visitors if necessary, as claimed by Have Wheelchair Will Travel. In terms of culture, Sydney is a melting pot of many different international influences, evident in the art and food you’ll come across in the city. Thai is a particularly popular cuisine there, so be sure to sample a dish during your stay.
For a relaxed, breezy getaway, Barcelona should be your first port of call. It’s one of Spain’s most exciting and simultaneously subdued destinations, maintaining a comfortable and unrushed atmosphere throughout. Best of all, wheelchair users will have no trouble getting around.
Because many of the attractions are concentrated in the centre of the city, it doesn’t take much effort to get from A to B. And whether your desires lie in discovering the history of the city (La Sagrada Familia is arguably the peak of Barcelona’s interesting historical background) or simply absorbing the culture via its most famous street, La Rambla, it undoubtedly has something for everyone.
Despite its famous hilly terrain and sloped roads, San Francisco is surprisingly easy to navigate in a wheelchair. Attractions from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island are as easy to access for wheelchair users as they are for able-bodied visitors, and with public transport being so reliable and accessible, no part of this glorious city is off limits.
The culture here is deep-rooted, and you’ll notice in the simple ways of life – from the food to the perky nature of the locals – that San Francisco is one of the USA’s very best cities, made even better by its accessibility.
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