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Barrier Free Prague

Only the sufferer knows the pain of not being able to fly like a bird, for a wheelchair bounds him to earth. Until a few years back, Prague was not a very disabled-friendly city for tourists with handicaps. But thankfully the situation is improving as facilities are being built around many monuments, galleries, public transport, shopping malls, hotels and public toilets.

 

However, tourists who are coming to Prague should be aware that the city is not completely leveled the streets in the Old and Lesser Town are cobbled with narrow pavements. Nevertheless, efforts are set up by the Prague Wheelchair Users Organization to make the city more wheelchair friendly for people with physical disabilities. We have noted down some extensive progress Prague has made with regards to people with different handicaps.

Barrier-Free Travel: The Prague Government is ensuring that wheelchair bound tourists are able to travel to Prague without any difficulty. For this purpose, The Prague Public Transport Company has introduced low-floor buses on selected routes, folding access ramps at the middle doors and special transport routes for disabled.

Trams are equipped with special receivers for the blind, using which tourists can prompt information regarding tram route and direction of the tram. The same equipment can also inform the driver about the tourist's intention of getting aboard the tram.

Certain metros in the city enjoy barrier-free access in passenger lifts and with inclined platform lifts.

Scooters for Handicapped Visitors: Accessible Prague, a travel agency specializing in tours for disabled has started a scooter service for tourists, aided by an able guide who captains them around various attractions of Prague. These scooters are perfectly suited for the cobbled roads of Prague that are otherwise physically exhausting for disabled people. Trips on these mobility scooters provide a comfortable visit to the Prague Castle and Hradcany district & Old Town and New Town areas of Prague. The scooters can also be hired at a price per day charge, plus a refundable deposit.

Accommodation: There are many hotels in Prague that make sure their specially-abled guests are able to enjoy a comfortable stay by providing them a wheelchair-accessible room and barrier-free facilities like narrow doors, etc.

Wheelchair-friendly parks: Disabled tourists who visit Prague will be pleasantly surprised to find The Prague Organisation for the Wheelchair Bound's efforts in ensuring the accessibility of Prague's parks for disabled people. The guide issued in both Czech and English can be brought for free at their office at Benediktská Street in Prague 1. Information on wheelchair accessibility at the Hve(zda, Kinských Garden, Petr(ín, the park at Hradc(anské náme(stí, Vrtbovská Garden, Letenské sady, Stromovka and Vítkov parks is provided in the guide.

Easy Access Sights for disabled guests:
  • The Old Town Hall
  • Prague Castle
  • Maltézské Square
  • Kampa Island
  • The Maisel Synagogue
  • The Old Jewish Cemetery
  • The Jan Hus Monument
  • The Gothic Church Of Our Lady Before Týn
  • Old Town Square

 

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