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Hello, looking for a city to spend three days in a city where it's not too difficult to push someone around in a wheelchair...is Geneva workable? if not, any suggestions in Europe...we are considering Milan, Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf and Lisbon, and anything else you might suggest. Thank you for your help.

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1. Re: wheelchair travel

Dear planeteurope,

How about Amsterdam? It's very flat and lots to see in a relatively small area.

Zurich has a small old town with cobblestones and some inclines up to Lindenplatz. Other than this is would be a good choice. You could just roll onto the boats and travel all the way to Rapperswil.

The SBB. has a service where if you notify them, the will bring a lift to get the wheelchair onto the train.

Last year we took my friend on the gondola (cable car) from Grindelwald to Mannlichen on a special wheel-chair gondola - we didn't know to order it and when we showed up they just put it on.

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: wheelchair travel

A lot of transports in European cities are wheelchair (& prem) friendly. They use low-floor buses and trams, even trains are level with platforms. If older rolling stock is used, there is a special ramp (with a pusher mechanism) which one can request. Most railway stations have elevators to the platforms.

The most unfriendly places are the Italian hill towns where some old folks could not even leave home.

Geneva -- some streets are steep.

Milan -- mostly level, there are occasional steps and cobble stone streets. Some metro stations were problem.

Berlin -- mostly level. Both U- and S- bahns are friendly too.

Brussels -- a couple of places with moderate slopes, esp around the museum.

Dusseldorf -- mild slopes only, no big problem,

Lisbon -- mild slope and cobble stone in old town, around Eiffel tower. I forget whether the trams there can take wheelchairs.

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3. Re: wheelchair travel

There was a poster a while back called Lomonmon who was a solo wheelchair traveller. Might be worth trying to send him/her a message to see what her thoughts are.

If you are interested in Lake Geneva, then I'd say Vevey is a good bet. It's reasonably flat, and there is a nice smooth lake promenade. The old town is a bit cobbly, but not inaccessible.

You can take boat trips on the lake, take a bus up to the local mountains or on to the chocolate factory at Broc, or go shopping in the St. Antoine shopping centre.

All the buses in the local area (VMCV network) are accessible with ramps. You can get help with boarding less accessible public transport (some local trains), but this does usually need to be arranged in advance:


Let me know if you do choose this area, and I'll tell you which buses and trains take you to things so you know what assistance to ask for.

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