Cory Lee is an experienced world traveler who was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Last year, he traveled to Austria. Cory shares his favorite wheelchair-accessible destinations in Salzburg, Austria.
“We started wandering aimlessly, something I usually hate doing as I love a good concrete plan, but the tranquility of Salzburg soothed my punctilious personality.”
Mirabell Palace and Garden
If you’re wondering what to do in Salzburg, Cory recommends beginning your journey at the Mirabell Palace and Garden. He did not go inside the Palace but states the Gardens are worthy enough to explore on their own.
“The Mirabell Gardens left me in awe and it was a perfect place to start our day in Salzburg.”
“As a big Sound of Music fan, I was kind of freaking out at the fact that I was in the same gardens where the famous “Do Re Mi” song was filmed,” says Cory. In his opinion, the Pegasus Fountain was the highlight of the property.
The next place Cory visited was Getreidegasse. Getreidegasse is the main street in Salzburg. It is filled with shops and restaurants. The street even has Mozart’s birthplace, a big yellow building. Cory states you cannot miss it due to the hundreds of people taking pictures in front of it. Unfortunately, the house is not wheelchair accessible, but Cory says it was still cool to see where Mozart was born!
Cory states the Salzburg Cathedral is huge and completely wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp to get into the building and an elevator once you’re inside.
“You usually don’t find such accessibility in old cathedrals like this, but it has been rebuilt three times since it’s inception in 767,” says Cory.
The Hohensalzburg Fortress is the oldest preserved fortress in central Europe and sits on top of the hill. The funicular railway to get to the top is wheelchair accessible. Cory states it offers some spectacular views.
“It’s a short ride to the top and once you’re there it’s breathtaking. The views over the city of Salzburg were unlike anything I have seen before. You can see the Alps on one side and the city on the other.”
The fortress itself is not wheelchair accessible. However, Cory did not mind he just enjoyed the view!
Cory concludes, “Salzburg was a totally unexpected trip for me, but ended up being one of my favorite places ever.”
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