Have you just come back from summer holidays and are ready to leave again, yet? You can always plan a long weekend in one of the most enchanting European capital cities: Prague, the wonderful Czech Republic’ capital city, which, year after year, attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.
Sure, Prague isn’t totally accessible, yet, also due to its tight streets paved with cobblestones. But also who has movement issues (whether using a wheelchair or not) can enjoy the fascination of this city, rich in history and magic, which is moving forward as regards the accessibility of monuments, museum, public places and transport network.
Let’s start from public transport. Surface transit is gradually adequating to the needs of passengers with reduced mobility, replacing the oldest vehicles with others ensuring full accessibility. The subway network is moving forward towards accessibility too, with most of the stations equipped with elevators and clear info, also for blind people in the newest ones (guide-dogs are always welcome, also in monuments and public buildings). Furthermore, disabled people and their companions can access for free.
The most well-known and visited monuments in the city are improving their accessibility too, adding elevators, ramps, equipped bathrooms and dedicated accesses. Let’s see some examples:
- The Castle, symbol of the growth of the nation, whose building started back in the IX century and went on for the following eleven, is made up by a majestic complex of religious buildings, fortification and offices representing all the architectonical styles and historical periods and cover 45 hectares. Originally, it was the Bohemian princes and kings’ residence, while nowadays is the presidential location. Disabled people and their companions can access for free the administrative area of the Castle and the Gallery. Among the churches that can be visited inside the castle complex, we must mention Vivian’s Cathedral, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert, a majestic gothic building, started in the XIV century and finished only at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, that is accessible through a ramp at the entrance and can be visited without any barrier in the interior part (there’s also an equipped bathroom) and St. George’s Basilica, in Romanesque style, almost fully accessible, despite it was built back in the X century. Always inside the Castle, there’s the ancient Royal Palace, built again many times throughout the centuries, accessible to people on wheelchairs through an electric stairlift, to visit, among the others, the majestic Vladislav Room.
- The Ancient City Hall, which has been hosting the city authorities since the first half of the XIV century, has one of the city symbols, the astronomical clock with the statues of the 12 Apostles appearing on its top every hour from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Accessibility is granted by a ramp at the entrance and several elevators, enabling to access the tower as well: here you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city.
- The Charles Bridge, built by Charles IV back in the XIV century to replace the Judith Bridge destroyed by the Moldova overflow, connects the Ancient City to the Malá Strana district. One of the most visited attractions in Prague, the Bridge is just a little bit longer than 500 m, has two fortifications delimiting its extremities and, along the path, statues of saints.
But Prague doesn’t just mean history and monuments. The city hosts, all over the year, festivals, concerts, exhibitions, which are usually accessible for everyone.
Are you tempted to leave, but, before booking your journey, would like to solve other doubts? Here you have a few references:
- Prague Official Tourism Website
- Disabled People Association
- Blind and Partially-Sighted People’ Union
Enjoy your holiday!