We’ve already underlined many time, talking about accessible tourism for people with motoric or sensory disabilities, ,that Northern Europe represents sort of “safe haven”, thanks to a consolidated awareness towards these topics which, over the years, has resulted in measures aiming to promote accessibility and social inclusion of people with a disability. No exception for Sweden, where our accessible travel takes us today.
Let’s start our journey from the capital city, Stockholm, the “Northern Venice”, built on 14 islands, which combines innovation and classical architecture, being able to satisfy all tastes. Getting around the city with public transport is easy also for those having a disability, thanks to a fully accessible underground network, urban buses equipped with lowered platforms and ramps that allow to safely drop on and off in every situation, plus acoustic and light signals for those having sensory disabilities (for further information, please refer to the Stockholm public transport service website, where you’ll also find the contact details to ask for more specific info or services). What to see in the capital city of Sweden? Well, first of all, the magnificent royal palace in Gamla Stan, the ancient city, that’s been equipped with services (a lift to access the upper stairs, ad hoc paths for visitors with a disability, and so on). But also museums for all tastes, theatres and the rest. And what about accessibility? As regards museums, you can check whether the one you’re interested in is accessible to your specific disability on stockholmmuseums.se, also available in English, where you can find detailed info about accessibility. You can also enjoy winter sports, requesting the dedicated services, or a tour of the island of the Stockholm archipelago, contacting the companies offering this service to agree upon the needed assistance.
Talking about Sweden and accessibility, we cannot forget to mention Göteborg, the European most accessible city in 2013, thanks not only to its tourism services, but, most of all, to its policty of real inclusion of people with a disability, through measures (about work, housing, removal of architectonical barriers) promoting their independence and autonomy.
So, why visiting Sweden? Well, the list of reason could be virtually unlimited, as you’ve read above: from breath-taking landscapes to architectonical beauty of its cities, you’ll be spoiled for choice! Furthermore, if you can do it without excessively worrying about accessibility, it’s even better, isn’t it?