© Daniel Zangerl
© © Daniel Zangerl

Accessible Tirol: disabled-friendly holidays in the Alps


Tirol's mountains offer a unique combination of relaxation and action open to everyone. Many hiking trails are wheelchair-accessible, while sports enthusiasts can explore the region by handbike, cruise the slopes on a monoski and discover the extensive network of cross-country skiing trails with a trailer in tow.

The region's infrastructure - in particular accommodation, ski resorts and cross-country skiing areas - is checked to ensure that everyone can enjoy their holiday in Tirol. Hotels, holiday apartments and guesthouses are inspected to see if they are wheelchair-friendly, with social medicine expert Harald Hörmann visiting each location and checking access points to the buildings and garden as well as shared rooms, bedrooms and bathroom areas. During the inspections he measures the width of doorways, the gradient of access ramps, the size of turning circles and the height of furniture as well as giving tips to the owners, many of whom have years of experience coping with the special requirements of disabled visitors and are happy to recommend hire shops for handbikes and the right ski school with trained instructors.

Tips for accessible leisure activities

Sports equipment and cars for disabled visitors to Tirol

  • The multi-award-winning Hotel Weisseespitze in the Kaunertal Valley (+43.5475.316 • info@weisseespitze.comwww.weisseespitze.com) has a selection of sports equipment for disabled visitors, including Swiss Trac, handbikes, monoskis and cross-country skiing sleds. Transport can be provided in a special minivans designed for wheelchair users and visitors who have difficulties walking. Please contact the hotel owners, the Hafele family, for details.
  • Monoskis, cross-country skiing sleds, handbikes and "snowballs" for children are just some of the custom-made pieces of sports equipment for disabled pros and amateurs manufactured and rented out by Alois Praschberger in Niederndorf(+43.5373.42570-0 • rolltechnik@praschberger.comwww.praschberger.com).
  • Disabled visitors to Achensee lake can visit Sport Leithner (6213 Pertisau 36e • +43.5243.5363 • sport@leithner.infowww.schischule-leithner.at) and WW Sport Wörndle (Dorfstraße 26 • 6212 Maurach • +43.5243.6107 • info@ww-sport.atwww.ww-sport.at) to hire a cross-country skiing sled.
  • The ÖZIV Tirol (+43.512.571983 • office@oeziv-tirol.atwww.oeziv-tirol.at) represents disabled people in Tirol and has a number of cross-country skiing sleds and special Wheelblades (mini ice skates for wheelchairs) available for hire.
  • Harald Hofer (+43.664.5866645 • hofer_harry@aon.atwww.mietwagenservice-tirol.at) runs a car hire company in Ebbs and has an Opel Movano with space for three wheelchairs and five additional passengers.
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