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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: Paris, France


Editor's note: It's fall, so that must mean we have a new bolts 'n nuts feature for our midweek posts here at The World on Wheels. I am always in the dark when we go to a new destination as to what attractions are accessible with a wheelchair, so I am going to start a new series that I wish I had before visiting these places. 

We're going to call it Accessible Attractions: and list the attractions we've tried at various travel destinations with a wheelchair and let you know, quick and easily, if it's accessible or not.

Our ratings are...

Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.

Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.

Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.

Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.

Here's Paris...


The Louvre - Mostly Accessible. You'll be able to get to just about every corner of this massive museum but will have to take an occasional long detour around stairs. Elevators are scattered about but can be hard to find at times. Carers are admitted free and disabled guests can go to front of the lines, such as the massive queue to see the Mona Lisa.


Eiffel Tower - Partially Accessible. Elevators will get you up to the first two levels. Although the top is served by another elevator, wheelchairs are banned for security reasons.


Metro - Partially Accessible. A handful of stations are accessible but most of the system is not. Accessible buses are widely available. Check this page for accessible Metro Stations, and this list of accessible Paris bus lines.


Walking Access - Paris is a wonderful city to walk in and is Mostly Accessible, however some side streets have very narrow sidewalks that will be too narrow for many chairs.

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