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Revealed: Europe’s most accessible capital cities

A new study evaluated the number of accessible hotels, things to do and restaurants in each city

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly

There’s a lot of things all of us have to remember when we travel – a passport, transport tickets, and plans for accommodation are all a necessity for pretty much everyone. However, travellers with disabilities are thought to encounter 15 percent more difficulty on their trip than those without, so ensuring where you sightsee, stay and eat is accessible is essential. 

That’s why cruise company Iglu Cruise has done some research. It collected data from review sites such as Yelp and Tripadvisor to decipher which European capital cities are the most accessible for disabled travellers.

Each capital city was analysed and ranked based on the proportion of accessible restaurants, hotels and things to do, and was given an average accessibility score. 

And top of the list was (drumroll please...) London! The UK capital, which recently ranked as the best travel destination in Europe, led the way for accessible restaurants, with 50 percent being considered disability-friendly, and its overall average being 30 percent. 

Paris came in second place, scoring the second best overall for hotels with 23.5 percent (only beaten by Oslo with 24.8 percent) and an overall score just behind London of 29.6 percent. In third, it’s Amsterdam, where its accessibility average was 25.6 percent, but ‘things to do’ scored the highest of all with 39.2 percent. 

Here are the top 10 most accessible European capitals, according to Iglu Cruise

  1. London
  2. Paris
  3. Amsterdam
  4. Bern
  5. Oslo
  6. Dublin
  7. Vienna
  8. Reykjavik
  9. Madrid
  10. Rome

You can read Iglu Cruise’s study in more detail right here

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