For those who find walking an "uphill struggle", don't be afraid to go to the  mountains for your holiday -In Austria, everything is possible.

Make sure you get information about the village or town you want to visit, and just make sure there is transport near to you.  Take into account the cable cars and chair lifts and look into any free buses which are offered to tourists.

Most coach tours can take a wheelchair user.  Even the Grossglockner is possible as long as you have someone to push you to the building at the top.  There are panoramic lifts in there, and a wonderful patio area for taking tea and cake.

In most tourist villages there are cable cars to the mountains.  You can get up to the mountains very easily, and enjoy the views and beautiful air as much as anyone else.  There are always local buses - the Post Bus being one of the main companies who run routes throughout Austria. (Their timetables are available online: http://translate.google.com/translate...

It isn't necessarily for everyone, but the chair lifts are also great for getting about the mountains.  Sailing high above the mountains on a chair lift, the wind in your hair and the tinkle of cowbells and pretty streams beneath you is exhilarating.  You might even see eagles in the tree tops when using the chair lifts, a sight you will rarely get from the ground level.  Cable cars can take a folded wheelchair, and there are usually good and easy paths when you get out.  You can go up to a mountain hut, where there is always food and drink, and a big patio overlooking the views - the toilets may be hard to reach, however, so ask about them before deciding to go to that particular hut - the cable car man will be able to help you get on and off at main stations - they can pass a message to the station you want to get off at, so the next man will be ready to help you.  If you are wheelchair-bound, you will need to have a friend or relative with you to take you to and from the cable cars and the short distances between transport, but never be put off the thought of mountain holidays because of a disability.

Make sure your hotel knows you have a disability, and they often will go out of their way to accommodate you on the ground floor. Austrian hosts are most generous and very caring, they will offer a disabled person as much help and support to enjoy their stay as they can.  There are buses around the villages in some cases, which will take you to the mountain cable cars, e.g. Kitzbuhel, where there is a free bus which tours the town all day, to take tourists to the cable cars and other attractions.

The swimming pools are fantastic - something which almost everyone can enjoy, and worth considering if you have a disability.  They are usually fairly cheap to use for a full day and have jacuzzis ('whirlpools') almost as standard.  The best place of all for swimming and therapy pools is at BAD GASTEIN.  There is a full centre, with about 4 big pools of different temperatures - one inside.  The centre is renowned as a therapy centre for rheumatic diseases, and there is physiotherapy available.  The 'Badegrotte' is a tiny pool by the side of the mountain itself, where a thermal spring pours from the rocks.  Fantastic!

Salzburg has a lovely pony and trap ride around the city centre, and in the local villages you can often get a buggy ride tour.  This is excellent in the evening, and sometimes is arranged to call at a hut where food and drink is served as part of your tour.

Austria really is for everyone, and they just go out of their way to make sure everyone gets a fantastic holiday,.