Accessible Paris

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The word accessibility is the “ability” to “access” and it is safe to say that accessibility benefits all members of society including people with disabilities. 

Improving accessibility brings an increased quality of life, creates more independence and better social integration. It also leads to better health and can result in cost savings in a number of areas.

Cities around the world have realized that they have a major role in delivering good access both to their own citizens with disabilities and to tourists and visitors. This is why many cities are constantly trying to become more accessible, liveable, and become better cities that offer a warm welcome to all visitors.

People with disabilities are young, old, women, men, children and of every race and ethnicity. As the world’s population grows, more people with disabilities will be living in cities. This is why it is crucial to create accessible cities where everyone has equal opportunities.

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is known worldwide for its rich history and many famous monuments and landmarks such as the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. 

“The city of lights” has a reputation for being a romantic and cultural city, and it is also known for its high-quality gastronomy and fashion. Paris also ranks as one of the world’s top tourist destinations, as it is one of the primary art and cultural centers on the European continent.

The city of Paris has come a long way in making the city accessible. Many places in Paris have received the symbol “Tourism & Handicap” which ensures a high level of accessibility.

In accordance with France’s 2005 disability law, all Paris museums and public spaces must ensure disabled visitors have access. This is why in the city of Paris, almost every landmark is accessible and is filled with opportunities for wheelchair users to experience all that the city has to offer. 

From the romantic and accessible Eiffel Tower to the accessible Louvre, Paris offers numerous attractions that travelers needing special accessibility can visit. The Eiffel Tower is largely wheelchair accessible. Furthermore, a discount is offered at the entrance rate for people with disabilities. 

In the Louvre Museum, people in wheelchairs are able to cut the line and have access directly in front of the Mona Lisa painting which most people don’t have a chance to experience. For the visitors with disabilities, admission to the Museum is free of charge, as well as for many other locations around the city. (photo credit: Edi Nugraha/Pixabay)