Tips for Travelers in Europe with Limited Mobility by Rick Steves

Tips for Travelers in Europe with Limited Mobility

By Rick Steves, John Sage, Susan Sygall, and Carole Zoom

The creaky, cobblestoned Old World has long had a reputation for poor accessibility. It's the very charm of Europe — old and well preserved — that often adds to its barriers. But Europe has made some impressive advances toward opening its doors to everyone, including travelers with limited mobility.

Wherever I go in Europe, I see locals using wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, and canes to get around — on the streets, in museums, in restaurants, on trains. Even though Europe generally lacks accessibility requirements with the force or scope of the ADA, Europeans with limited mobility are, of course, living rich and full lives. Clearly, travelers with physical disabilities can certainly have an enjoyable and worthwhile vacation there, too.

Anyone with adventure in their soul can take advantage of what Europe has to offer. Consider your own situation thoughtfully in choosing which attractions to visit, which hotels to sleep in, which restaurants to dine at…and which things [...]

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