St Petersburg is a city full of attractions and unforgettable experiences which everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.
But what about disabled Visitors – how accessible is the city to people in wheelchairs? Here is some essential information regarding the city’s most popular attractions which are also wheelchair-friendly…
The State Hermitage
The State Hermitage is St Petersburg’s main museum. Located in the Winter Palace, once home to Russian emperors, as well as in the buildings of the Small, Old and New Hermitages, the Hermitage Theatre and Reserve House, it contains all you need to know, not only about the history of the Tsars, but also the lives and works of the people who produced the countless masterpieces collected under its roof. The Hermitage is one of the most accessible attractions in the city, with its Electric Lifts and large-capacity elevators. Toilets for disabled visitors are fully adapted.
St Isaac’s Cathedral
The rich spiritual life of the city is revealed through its churches and cathedrals. One of the most magnificent examples is the Isaakievsky (St Isaac’s) Cathedral. With its imposing architecture and solemn atmosphere, the cathedral was one of the first attractions in the city to offer a ramp and electric lift. The cathedral also has an elevator to enable wheelchair travellers to visit the Colonnade and enjoy the panoramic views of the city.
The Russian Museum and the Russian Museum of Ethnography
These museums feature electric lifts allowing visitors access to all floors. They also feature toilet facilities for Wheelchair Visitors. Unfortunately, they don’t have permanent electric lifts, but do offer mobile stair-climbers for wheelchair visitors. No specially adapted toilets, unfortunately.
The Catherine Palace was the summer residence of Russia’s emperors and empresses. It will amaze you with its splendour and richness, its stories and legends. And its legendary Amber Chamber is a must! The palace is fully adapted for wheelchair visitors, with lifts and adapted toilets. Outside, all the paths are made of fine gravel, with ramps to help you get from one level to another.
The Mariinsky Theatre is the place to go to enjoy world-renowned Russian ballet. For years, this opera house was not adapted for wheelchair users, but work is in hand to provide excellent accessibility. The opera house is fitted with ramps and features polite and attentive staff to make your visit truly unforgettable.