Prague in the early evening

Prague in the early evening
Photo by: Michael Mogmil (Stock Exchange)

Hello, everybody! Since I’m in the middle of planning my own trip to Poland and its surroundings, I thought I would tap the old mailbag to talk about wheelchair travel in Prague. Known as the “Mother of Cities” in its native Czech, this city is saturated in its long history. Now, granted, a lot of ancient cities leave something to be desired when it comes to handicapped travelers; but it’s my job to make sure you can know before you go, and besides, we’ve been pleasantly surprised before – now is one of those times!

Prague is an international crossroads that’s attracted big-name guests like the International Olympic Committee and the International Astronomical Union. When visiting here, there are so many beautiful museums, castles, and cathedrals it’s hard to name them all. Luckily, Prague.Net offers a useful sights by wheelchair access guide. You can dig deep into the site for detailed descriptions of some of the attractions, and breathtaking, high-resolution photos. The same site also has a listing of wheelchair accessible public transport routes to make getting around that much easier.

Despite some complaints about the modernity of their transport facilities, the official travel site of the Czech Republic does not disappoint in its treatment of disabled guests. The country is now participating in a wide-scale disabled access project, and working to make its characteristic towers more accessible to people of all abilities. Prague’s tallest tower, as well as several others, already have wheelchair elevators and other useful accommodations. Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Botanical Gardens and Zoo at Troje are also accessible to different degrees.

10 Reasons for the Disabled to Visit Czech Republic is an outstanding resource. In addition to all the information displayed above, it covers accommodations and transport, local UNESCO sites that offer access, access for concerts, theatres, and cinema, natural sites, and even sporting events. There’s enough information here to figure out exactly what you want to see, both in Prague and throughout the country, and it’s really obvious the government is making an effort to extend new opportunities to all.

The Prague Post is the Czech Republic’s English-language newspaper and offers a surprisingly broad range of news stories and information for the disabled. A quick search of the archives reveals fairly frequent stories about disabled rights and the growing handicapped organization in the country. Check out this article on access improvements on the country’s ubiquitous trams.

For more news on accessible hotels, restaurants, and attractions, stop by Prague Guide’s Travelers With Disabilities page. Traveliana, a site for Prague hotels and apartments, also has a guide to accessible accommodations. These offer wheelchair access, but for valuable info on specifics, you’ll have to contact the properties directly. A few properties do mention how many rooms they offer and what the features include, but many just have a range of icons that are meant to represent features – kind of baffling! Luckily, the site is available entirely in English.

That’s the story on Prague, but keep those questions and travel destinations coming, and we’ll keep the posts rolling on Disabled Travelers. Next up: wheelchair accessible national parks! See you then, and adventure on!


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Comment by teri apodaca

Posted on May 2nd, 2010

I would like some information on traveling to Prague. I use a walker but could take a wheelchair on the trip.

Thank you,

Teri Apodaca

Comment by Si

Posted on May 3rd, 2010

Hi, Teri,

I’ve not been to Prague myself, but I’ll see if I can find resources for you to get in contact with a local expert to help plan your trip.

If so, I’ll follow up with you via the email address you provided in your comment.

Thanks for reading!


Comment by Jeanette

Posted on April 25th, 2011

have a travel scooter which I’ve used in several countries
however it is rather light and I’m concerned it might not be very useful on cobblestone streets which will be in most cities we will visit i.e. Prague, Vienna and Budapest
I’m wondering if it would be better to take a transfer chair and let me husband do all the work OR
perhaps it’s possible to rent mobility scooters in these cities?
Any help you can provide would be appreciated.