Whatever your age or condition may be, travel proves to be a truly amazing experience that exposes us to diverse cultures, beautiful landscapes and unforgettable situations. However, needs and capabilities are different from person to person, and these need to be considered as exploring the globe. So, if you’re thinking about where to travel overseas with your wheelchair, check out some top accessible destinations and start planning your next getaway!
Berlin is the Capital and largest city of Germany. It’s a remarkable place with a vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food and tangible history. The city disabled access is quite good, as well as other European cities that were heavily bombed in World War II.
The biggest difference that put Berlin’s as one of the top European accessible cities is the fact that most of Berlin streets are asphalted, avoiding any problem with cobblestone streets. Other point in favor is that museums as well as hotels buildings are not predominantly old with lack of accessibility conditions. Additionally, public transportation such as buses and subways provide a very good Berlin disabled access, there is also accessible taxis everywhere around the city.
Rotterdam is the Netherlands second largest city. It’s a relatively young city, having been extensively rebuilt after the last war. The city is famous for having one of the Europe’s largest ports, however, it has so much else to offer!
The public transport is wheelchair friendly, meaning that you can go anywhere using the buses or train, which was also designed and built with input from accessibility experts. Rotterdam has the most accessible beach in the Netherlands with 100% free beach wheelchairs and walking aids, as well as accessible toilets.
London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. The city has an enormous amount of attractions for disabled visitors, becoming a very manageable city to visit with a disability. The streets have wheelchair ramps and almost all hotels have a specific number of rooms dedicated to disabled people.
All busses routes are served by low-floor vehicles, with a dedicated space for one wheelchair user and an access ramp and they can also be lowered to reduce the step-up from the pavement. There are mobility scooters on many services, including buses, Tubes, trains and trams and some boats.
From world top museums and galleries to royal palaces and cathedrals, London strives to make its attractions open to everyone.
Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Also known as the city of glamour and wealth, Dubai has much more to offer: a cosmopolitan place full of culture, outstanding architecture and spectacular food.
In recent years, the government has launched several initiatives to make Dubai more accessible friendly, including the notable Dubai Disability Strategy 2020. As a consequence, most building are wheelchair-accessible, the public transport (some local buses, all trains and all water buses) are equipped with wheelchair facilities as well as the international airport, which has a dedicated check-in gate for travelers with special needs. All of the shopping malls, huge water parks and indoor skiing parks are 100% accessible, as are most of the bars, restaurants and international Hotels.
Chicago is the third most populous city in the USA, with more than 2.7 million residents.
It’s famous for being the Windy City and for having the deep-dish pizza.
Most of the city railway stations, ferries and buses are wheelchair friendly, and Chicago is also known for its wheelchair friendly pace taxi access program. The Hotels and touristic attractions in general have accessible entrances and facilities. So, if you’re looking to have some fun, eat nice food, shopping and enjoy the nature as wells as the city architecture and museums, don’t look back, go for it. Chicago will surprise you. Take a dinner cruise and enjoy the breeze of Lake Michigan at the Navvy Pier!