I love travelling to European cities and being from Scotland means it’s very convenient as flight time isn’t too long. We can be there exploring our chosen European city before we know it.
Today I want to share my most recent accessible European city break, Paris.
This post, “Wheelchair-Accessible Places to Visit in Paris”, was kindly written by our good friend and fellow disabled blogger Simply Emma.Rob
Accessible Hotels in Paris
Hilton Paris Opera Hotel
For our three nights in the City of Love, we had the pleasure of staying in the stunning Hilton Paris Opera.
The hotel is a landmark building in the Opera quarter with many attractions nearby, including Opéra Garnier, Tuileries Garden, Moulin Rouge and Champs-Elysées.
The spacious accessible rooms and suites are beautiful with roll-in showers and fantastic staff.
Accessible Things to do in Paris
Another Paris Tourist Train
If you’re looking for a unique and fun way to explore the city of Paris, you need to book a tour with Another Paris Tourist Train.
The little blue train is wheelchair accessible and fully enclosed, making it great in all weathers. You’ll even get blankets to keep extra warm in the colder months.
There are five routes to choose from, each exploring a different city area. It’s an amazing way to quickly and easily see the main attractions in Paris while also being fun and educational.
If you like art and museums, then make sure you add the Louvre Museum to your Paris itinerary to see the world-famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Expect large crowds, especially around this painting. Still, wheelchair users can skip the crowds and have an undisturbed view of the Mona Lisa in the section specifically for wheelchair users in front of the painting.
Due to the sheer size of the Louvre Museum, I’d recommend setting aside at least half a day if you want to see most of the galleries.
After a look around the Louvre Museum, you’ll probably need a break, and the perfect spot for this is Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries), just outside the museum.
This beautiful area is lovely for relaxing in or for a stroll between sightseeing and shopping.
The Place de la Concorde is also a short walk away, leading to The Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.
So you’ve been to the Eiffel Tower, but you want that iconic photo of the Eiffel Tower standing tall above the surrounding city of Paris.
To get the best view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, you’ll need to head to Montparnasse Tower, where you can take the lift up to the 56th floor to the Observation Deck.
Wheelchair-accessible Montparnasse Tower offers 360° panoramic views of Paris through large windows with the comfort of being indoors. It’s also considerably quieter and has fewer crowds than the Eiffel Tower. You will not be disappointed with the view. Amazing!
Luxembourg Garden (Jardin du Luxembourg) is another beautiful area for relaxing. As I rolled through, I could imagine enjoying a picnic with friends and family.
The surroundings were so pretty, from the trees, flowers and the Luxembourg Palace. It is a lovely spot to visit while in Paris.
Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel located a few minutes walk from Notre Dame Cathedral.
It is extremely Gothic in style with beautiful stained glass (one of the world’s most extensive 13th-century stained glass collections). Being there and seeing the gorgeous stained glass and decorated walls is something else.
The upper level of Sainte-Chapelle is accessible to wheelchair users via a lift, which you will be taken to by a member of staff/guide.
Accessible Transport in Paris
Although public transportation in Paris is not fully accessible to wheelchair users, it is manageable.
All tramway lines and most buses are accessible. Unfortunately, the Paris metro network is not fully wheelchair accessible, apart from Line 14, which is the only line to offer complete accessibility for wheelchair users, including lifts, level access to the platforms and no gaps between the train and the platform.
For our time in Paris especially journeys to and from the airport, we chose to use the wheelchair-accessible taxi company, G7 Horizon. These taxis let me remain in my wheelchair, securely tied down with straps and belts.
Paris is a wonderful city to visit with so many wheelchair-accessible things to do.
Navigating the Parisian streets is fairly easy for wheelchair users due to the flat pavements and various public transportation and taxi options available to make your journey from A to B accessible.
Most tourist attractions offer free admission for people with disabilities and a companion, so seeing the city can easily be done on a budget.
I recommend planning an itinerary before your trip to Paris, including all the wheelchair-accessible things you want to do and how you plan to get around, whether walking/rolling or using public transport or taxis.
This will ensure you make the most of your time there and have the best time possible.