“Paris is always a good idea,” said Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina. It seems that way to us, too. The French capital has emblematic monuments, excellent gastronomy, outstanding religious buildings, great art collections, and a romantic atmosphere like no other.
This city is one of the most visited in the world. For this reason, many of its tourist attractions are accessible to travelers with reduced mobility.
EIFFEL TOWER AND SEINE RIVER
Next, take the elevator up to the first and second floors of the Eiffel Tower. According to the Parisian tower’s official website, wheelchair users cannot access the top for safety reasons. However, you can enjoy incredible panoramic views from the windows on the second floor.
As with visiting the rest of the tourist attractions, we recommend buying tickets well in advance.
Complete your day with an evening cruise on the Seine River. Some boat companies offer dinner on board, so you can marvel at the illuminated monuments while savoring delicious French cuisine.
The official website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau indicates that the following cruise lines have an accessible fleet: Bateaux-Mouches, Bateaux Parisiens, Batobus Paris and Vedettes de Paris.
Visit the Louvre Museum and take your time to explore its collections of antiques, graphic arts, paintings, objets d’art, and sculptures.
People with disabilities enter the museum for free with preferential access. There is an elevator under the Pyramid that leads to the reception, courtesy wheelchairs and walking sticks, accessible restrooms, and reserved seating in the auditorium.
The Louvre’s website provides information about an accessible trail across the museum (the leaflet is in French) and other useful information for a barrier-free visit.
Palace of Versailles
After resting at the hotel, take a short drive to the Palace of Versailles. What was the royal residence from 1682 to 1789 is just a 39-minute drive away.
This site has been a World Heritage Site since 1979 and is one of the great works of French art of the 17th century, so it is worth every minute of the visit. If you need help at any point, ask the welcome and security staff. They will facilitate entry to the most accessible routes.
The Palace of Versailles website specifies the following:
- Admission is free for people with disabilities and one companion.
- The attics are inaccessible to wheelchair users.
- The tour of the gardens can be complicated. The La Lalanne at Trianon exhibition is also difficult to access for visitors with reduced mobility.
- There are accessible restrooms throughout the Palace.
- Restaurants are accessible.
It is essential that during your stay you can adequately move to all the places you want to visit. Therefore, do not forget to take a look at this list with information on transportation and rental of mobility equipment:
- SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer français). The main rail operator provides services to promote passenger autonomy.
- Station accessibility. Learn about the accessible facilities.
- SNCF guide for persons with reduced mobility. Only available in French..
- RATP. Search for accessible bus, metro or tram routes.
- Official website of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional information about the Access Plus Service and accessible facilities at the train station.
- G7. Accessible taxis.
- AXSOL LOCATION. Mobility equipment rental.
- Bastide Le Confort Medical. Medical and accessible equipment.
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