Austria: Disabled Needs
If you are trying to find a destination suitable for disabled travellers, Austria is a good choice. Public transport is optimised for disabled access as are the top mountain resorts where you can find activities such as monoskiing and wheelchair hiking. Innsbruck town has a good number of hotels, shops and city attractions that have disabled access, including a walking train for the visually impaired. The Tyrol region’s mountain resorts have some superb activities for disabled guests that include handbike trails, parachuting and hiking. If you have a disability and you would like to learn skiing and other winter sports, contact ‘Freizeir PSO’ (Skiing without hindrances). This association is set up to help people with varying disabilities master the art of skiing; they have worked with disabilities including impaired sight, down syndrome, amputation, paralysis, autism and MS. If you are looking for holidays for disabled people in Austria in the summer months, it may be worth looking up farm holidays, or 'Urlaub am Bauernhof', which is a society of traditional Austrian family run countryside accommodations for the mobility-impaired. If you’re taking a city break in Austria, the Viennese Opera halls, theatres and cinemas have excellent wheelchair accessibility and there are a number of restaurants with menus suitable for the visually impaired.