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Vienna, Austria

 Road Trip story
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Flights

The flights were with French airline Ryan Air. When ordering tickets, I mentioned a request for assistance to a person in a wheelchair, so that they could get organized with a transition seat. At the airport we turned to a foreign stall and were brought an assistance. 

There is always something with the batteries of the chair, one should always be equipped with the documents of the chair and the batteries as long as there are no questions about it. You need to know how to disassemble the batteries (if necessary) and know how to show the airport staff how to do it (depending on the plane, the terminal, each airport is different).  In this plane we did not have an option for an accessible toilet, the plane did not have a mobility chair, so I had to take my daughter in my arms, next time we would sit in a chair close to the toilet. I asked the flight attendants to close curtains so we would have more room to turn.

At the airport in Vienna, since the seat is foldable and physically light, it was no problem to find a large minivan taxi with a large trunk. The taxis in Vienna are very comfortable, there is a usher, see that we need a big taxi, they brought us the first one in line. It cost us 50 euros to get to the hotel. 

Public Transport

Metro - Everywhere there is a wheelchair marking, there are arrows for wheelchairs and almost every car is accessible, they are marked according to the accessibility at the door stop there is a marking of what goes with a chair and what does not. The signage is very nice, and a lot of braille. 

Electric carriages Strasse-Bhan  - They are accessible, but not all of them. it is written when accessible it one arrives and when it is not (we entered without accessibility thanks to the light chair) In every means of transport there is room to tie the chair so that it does not sway.

Buses - We have not used but it is listed that they are accessible.

Hotel

The Meininger chain (there are 4 hotels in the chain), we took the cheapest option, which is in my opinion close to the center, which I found through booking. I phoned them to make sure they have an accessible room. We wanted to have four people in the room. I found almost no rooms that are connected with a door in Europe (they offered to us adjacent but not connected). We did not want to spend a budget on large suites. They sent us pictures of the toilet, a small cubicle of wonderfully content toilet and a shower about the size of the room just as it should be and was really clean. Also bed also tables for breakfast. It is a small room to rest in well, not to be pampered, but to rest and go out for a whole day for a walk. 

attractions

Downtown - the only thing that was not terrible either is the flooring of old stones so in a wheelchair it bounces the seat a bit, not hysterical but the feeling like in the plaza of the Western Wall.  Near water canals in the city center, there is a nice promenade and elevators that go down to the promenade (it is low in relation to the road) or there are ramps with a very comfortable slope. The city is also very suitable for cyclists so you can also move with the chair.  In the Danube they made a beach with accessible descents on the water, with a ramp and a comfortable surface to enter from, nice beach chairs. If the chair was heavy and not folding I would not know what to do, assuming you need to get organized in front of the usher.

Excursions - Everywhere there are accessible and convenient passages. When there are descents there is somewhere around or an elevator or ramp. We hardly came across places that could not be entered. In the historic buildings made entrance around, one has to approach and ask (from the front there are stairs) even if it seems inaccessible to walk and ask, there are other entrances (respectable and beautiful) or mobile ramps that they invent and put.

Public services - wonderfully accessible. Facilities with alcohol to disinfect the seats and handles in all compartments.

Shopping centers and accessible writers, the supermarket was not crowded where it was crowded immediately people came and moved things.

Reviewer

Vika Eshkol

A mother of a daughter who moves in a motorized wheelchair, and is assisted

Chair details:

Width: 60 cm | Length: 100 cm | Seat height: 50 cm

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