Prague – Notes on Accessibility

Notes on Accessibility

Prague is not wheelchair friendly, but with a helper, most of Prague becomes accessible.

Often landmarks and attractions are described as wheelchair accessible but there are always at least one or two steps. The funicular and Petrin Tower, for example are described as accessible, but the slope up to the funicular is at least one in eight. Then there are two steps to the first carriage. It’s possible to wheel to the tower and take the lift half way up, but coming back to the funicular there are about eight steps to the nearest carriage. 

The streets are cobbled, and the gutters are often five or six inches high so a wheelchair user needs a helper to get about both the Old Town and the Lesser Quarter.

Some of the trams are low and have a button that a wheelchair user can push to alert the driver that the ramp is needed. However, only once did the driver step outside to put the ramp out. The older trams have very high steps that I was able to climb using my crutches. 

The room in my hotel was described as a disabled room, but there were no bars in the shower or toilet, I could barely reach the shower hose when standing, and there was no seat in the shower. The room could be accessed from the garage rather than the front door where there were eight or more steps, but there were two steps up from the garage!

Everyone in Prague seems to assume that someone in a wheelchair will have a helper, and that one or two steps are no barrier. 

With Peter’s help, and with the use of crutches I was able to get just about everywhere.


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