Vienna is the only city in the world to have 700 hectares of vineyards within the city walls. It is both the largest city and the capital of Austria. Vienna was once home to both Mozart and Beethoven and to this day the city boasts a rich musical culture. If you are lucky enough to visit Vienna in summer, make sure you don’t miss out on the open-air cinemas across the city. Admission is free and English subtitles are shown with German language films.
The Vienna tourist board has produced some video tours in BSL which give an overview of the city. You can watch them here.
Places to visit
The most popular tourist attraction in Vienna is the Schönbrunn Palace. Over 2 million people visit this UNESCO world heritage site each year and it has been given a 5 star review for disabled access by one of our reviewers. They told us that ‘all public parts of the palace are accessible, with helpful attendants to escort wheelchair visitors up and down in lifts.’ The Palace is commonly regarded to be one of the most important examples of Austrian architecture.
Another popular attraction is the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. This museum has over 2,500 objects on display in its collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities from a period of over three millennia. The accessible toilet reviewed had ‘grab rails, an alarm and reasonable space.’
‘If you like off the wall architecture you'll love this.’ - Fernwärme is a waste incinerator turned art venue. One reviewer describes it as ‘wacky and wonderful’. It is definitely something you have to see to believe. It has a great 4.5 star review for disabled access written by a wheelchair user.
If you want to listen to the Vienna Philharmonic, their home venue, Musikverein, hosts over 800 concerts each year. The staff are described as ‘courteous and helpful if asked’ and the venue has been awarded 4 stars for disabled access.
Places of Worship
Stephansdom, a magnificent gothic cathedral in the heart of Vienna, was reduced to rubble in the final days of the second world war but it was rebuilt within seven years. One reviewer advises that ‘you can access part of the Cathedral free but it is well worth paying to see the rest’.
Places to eat
An accessible cafe with a view can be found in Augarten, a park created in the 17th century. The restaurant has been given a 5 star review for its great accessibility. It has an accessible toilet which is ‘clean, equipped with grab rails and an alarm, reasonably spacious and easy to access’.
Wherever you go in Vienna, one thing will help to make your trip easier: a Eurokey. Access to many accessible toilets is only possible with a Eurokey. It is the european equivalent of a Radar key. Find out more info on Pro Infirmis' website.
We would love to have more reviews of places with great disabled access in Vienna. If you have been to any of the following, please do submit a review:
Last updated - July 2015.