In an effort to encourage mobility restricted individuals to travel more, the travel company, Alpharooms, ran a recent study on the 10 European cities that are visited most frequently to assess how disability friendly each city is.
Alpharooms realizes that travelling is not as simple as just packing a bag and heading off when you have physical limitations. It takes significant research and organizing to ensure that the chosen destination will be sufficiently accessible.
The study focused on three major aspects of each city that wheelchair users would consider when vacationing: public transport, hotels, and tourist attractions. These cities were given a score, and were then ranked accordingly.
Top 10 cities with the highest accessibility rankings
- Dublin, Ireland
- Vienna, Austria
- Berlin, Germany
- London, United Kingdom
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Milan, Italy
- Barcelona, Spain
- Rome, Italy
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Paris, France
Every city had their own pros and cons across the different categories, however, Dublin came out on top as the European city that was most accessible overall for physically limited tourists.
Alpharooms looked at the most popular attractions in each city and marked them according to how wheelchair friendly they were, whether there was someone present to assist at the attraction, parking convenience, and accommodating lavatories. London, Dublin, and Amsterdam were ranked the highest in this category.
Dublin, Vienna, and Barcelona were the top scorers in the public transport sector. Although London was ranked the highest on tourist attractions, in the public transport category it ranked almost dead last because of the outdated metro stations. Only 22 percent of Paris’ stations offer full access to all individuals, leaving the city of love at the bottom of the list for public transport.
Alpharooms also researched the top 5 hotels in the cities on the list to gain insight into how many adapted accessible rooms they had. London, Berlin, and Milan took the lead in the accessible hotel category.