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Accessible Salzburg – European Accessible City 2012

Accessible Salzburg – European Accessible City 2012

In late 2016 we visited accessible Salzburg while touring through Southern Germany, arriving by train.   The train station was amazingly accessible; there was a wheelchair and bike rental and repair shop adjacent to the train station. The transportation hub for local, sightseeing, and regional buses was located at the train station as well as a large complex with level access and an accessible hotel. We viewed the rooms, which were very accessible, including a wheel in shower, lowered safe and hanging rods.

Visitors to accessible Salzburg may enjoy a hop on or wheel on city tour which offers a glimpse into the historical, touristic offerings. Some circle tours include venturing into the countryside. This deviation offers a welcoming and quieter reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city’s core. The area of interest for North American tourists is, of course, The Sound of Music, some of which was filmed in Salzburg and highlighted during sightseeing tours. For Europeans, the area of interest is the birthplaces of Mozart, Christian Doppler, the inventor of the doppler effect,  and Sigmund Freud.

Most of the old city is within walking or wheeling distance of the train station. As always, the best place to start any tour is at the local tourism office. They have information on accessible attractions, hotels and washrooms.  Full accessibility information can be found at barrier-free Salzburg.  While some of the very old attractions are not accessible, major sites such as the Salzburg Museum are very accessible

Salzburg  is one of Austria’s major cities, nestled on the northern fringes of the Alps and divided by the Salzach river, which separates the old city from the new.  As winner of the European Accessible City of 2012, Salzburg has made great progress in accessible infrastructure, including transportation, urban settings, information delivery and engagement of persons with a disability.  Accessible vehicles are allowed access to pedestrianized areas of the old city.  Public transportation (all buses; 80% or trams) are accessible including low-floor entrances, level access ramps, audible stops and visual display strips.

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