Disabled access travel in Slovakia

There are many interesting places in Slovakia which are accessible to all. You can find disabled access in town streets as well as in mountain valleys. You just have to know where to go.

People with limited mobility (wheelchair-bound)

You can start your travels through Slovakia's towns in its oldest city, Nitra; The brochure “Nitra in a wheelchair” will help you. If you like wine, pay a visit to Pezinok; the town's tourist information office will provide you with a map for disabled visitors. Before visiting the Tatras, stop off in Liptovsky Mikulas for a map featuring details of disabled access.

In the Tatras, you can find a relatively large amount of marked hiking paths with wheelchair access. In the Low Tatras, you can choose from Tichá dolina in Oravice, Bobrovecká dolina, or Roháčska dolina. In the High Tatras, you can make your way up to Popradské pleso (1494 m n.m.), or Rainerova chata. In the Belianske Tatras, try walking in Javorová, or Bielovodská dolina. There is also a scenic path along the Dunajec gorge in the Pieniny. You can find all the information you need on paths, accommodation, restaurants and other services in the “Tatras in a wheelchair” brochure.

The only cave with wheelchair access is Bystrianska jaskyňa on the southern slopes of the Low Tatras. The first nature trail with wheelchair access in Slovakia is in Stratenský kaňon in the Slovenský raj national park. 

Visually impaired visitors

When using public transport, the accessibility of stations, bus stops, platforms and terminals using natural guide lines, 3D markings for the blind and acoustic signals is of utmost importance. The Slovak Rail company now systematically equips all new buildings and renovated areas with these measures. Airports are gradually following, however, these measures are rare in bus transport.

In Slovakia, there are at present three museums where blind visitors can move around independently and enjoy a guided tour using sound information from terminals, Braille or other relief descriptions as well as many touch-based sensations from accessible models of buildings, replicas and artefacts. These are the Archaeological exhibition of the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava, the open-air museum and the castle in Stará Ľubovňa. Parts of the exhibitions in Bratislava castle, Bojnice castle, the Natural History exhibition of the SNM in Bratislava and the Speleological museum in Liptovský Mikuláš.

Source: Slovenský zväz telesne postihnutých a Únia nevidiacich a slabozrakých Slovenska