Travellers with Disabilities

Western Europe's historic buildings and streetscapes can pose problems for travellers with disabilities or limited mobility due to steep hills, cobblestones, stairs and lack of lifts/elevators in many older buildings (it's worth asking if a freight elevator is available). Bathrooms in restaurants may not be accessible for wheelchairs; check when making reservations. New buildings are required to be accessible under EU law.

Older public transport systems, such as underground rail networks, can also be problematic but alternatives may include accessible buses or trams.

Audible pedestrian crossing signals are only available in a few places. Guide dogs are generally accepted everywhere.

The website Sage Travelling (www.sagetravelling.com) is an outstanding resource for European travel, with accessible travel agent links, planning guides, tips, hotel lists, guided tours and excursions, cruises and more.

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.