Vienna, Austria has just been named the most livable city in the world, moving Melbourne (Australia) from the top of the list! We are quite excited about this as Vienna is a beautiful city! Did you also know that Vienna is also very scooter accessible?
Vienna has continued to work feverishly and strategically on their long-term plan of becoming a barrier-free city for more than 20 years. As an example, the city has even included accessibility in some of its building codes and other regulations to emphasize just how much of a priority it is. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed and have been recognized throughout many sources! In fact, in 2016 Vienna was named as one of the world’s most accessible destinations by Lonely Planet!
Most of the terrain in Vienna is composed of flat surfaces that are regularly cared for. Transport hub options as well as major points of interest have ramps and lifts. The majority options (trains, trams, and buses) also have low floors and raised platforms to assist riders with embarking and disembarking. As such, scooter riders can access various mobility services and resources.
While the majority of Vienna’s terrain is flat and scooter friendly it is important to remember that Vienna is still a fairly old European city. This means that there are historic buildings and locations that may have limited accessibility. This means you may encounter some small entry ways, hallways, elevators, etc. You may also encounter some roads that are still paved with stone that will make your ride quite bumpy. This is something that you should be mindful of not just in Vienna but when traveling most cities in Europe.
We highly recommend that you map out your travel plans in advance. Try to check the websites for each place you plan to visit including the airport and your lodging accommodations so that you can verify their accommodation options in advance. Additionally, the official tourism board website for Vienna has extensive information on accessibility including a guide that provides information on things including but not limited to:
- Accessibility at Vienna airport and train stations
- Parking exemptions
- Trains and buses
- Mobility services
- Accessibility at selected hotels, cafes and restaurants, plus major tourist sites, theatres, cinemas, and opera houses
Here at DT Scooters we know just the scooters that would be perfect for a vacation to Vienna! Contact us if you have questions about those scooters or if you would like to purchase your new scooter and your Vienna vacation!