Paris - in a wheelchair?!



The number of wheelchair-accessible Paris sites and highlights is growing. After two thousand years of permanent reconstruction the French capital has accepted the challenge of satisfying the needs of persons in a wheelchair or other mobility devices. Urban furniture has been adapted, crossings lowered, doorsteps flattened. In many resting areas, parks and gardens, the traditional gravel on the walks has been replaced by smoother surfaces. Still, a lot of narrow sidewalks and cobble stones remain, especially in the historic quarters. Yet even the Marais may be discovered on accessible  a n d  beautiful paths. Let me show you. 


The Metro network is over one hundred years old. Only a few stations are fully accessible but as of late all town busses are equipped with hydraulic ramps. At your request, wheelchair accessible vans can be booked.


Travelling aboard a ship on the Seine River certainly offers one of the most spectacular views on Paris. You may choose between the Bateaux-Mouches, local water taxis and private companies.  


Operas, theatres and concert halls dispose of considerable place contingents for music fans in a wheelchair. You may even find tickets for performances otherwise sold out.


It goes without saying that all legendary Paris brasseries are well-prepared to welcome guests with disabilities. In addition, you will meet a lot of "patrons de bistro" at your service. My list of accessible restaurants is constantly getting longer.



There are more and more really barrier-free hotels in Paris. You'll be able to choose according to your needs as regards amenities, location and budget. I will thoroughly examine the place before your arrival to assure that your Paris headquarters will perfectly match your requirements.





"Impossible n'est pas français!" The famous Napoleon quote is the motto of all my tours. 

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