Last Updated on: 7th September 2021, 03:33 pm
When the Griensteidl, the Hawelka and the Prückel were founded, nobody thought of wheelchairs, walkers or prostheses. Although there were people with limited mobility around 1900, fin de siècle society cultivated a blind spot in this regard. Today the Viennese city administration has the barrier-free public space written on the flags – but historic buildings and private companies remain a problem. We’ll show you 8 barrier-free restaurants in Vienna and the surrounding area. (As of September 2021)
10 barrier-free restaurants in Vienna
1. Demel K. and K. Hofzuckerbäcker
Tradition & Sachertorte: The former KuK Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel in the First District is one of the most famous confectioneries in Vienna. What was a meeting place for the aristocracy and bourgeoisie around 1900 is now a cultural asset and a place of wellbeing rolled into one. In addition to the café, the Demel impresses with a rococo-style sales room and a variety of specialties that have made the confectionery known far beyond the borders of Austria. The main entrance in Demel is stepless (door width 115 cm) and is through a double swing door. The café also has a lift (door width 75 cm / cabin width 115 cm) and a barrier-free toilet.
by the way: The Demel is the birthplace of the famous Sachertorte. The dream of jam and dark chocolate is indeed an invention of Franz Sacher, but it was completed and perfected by his son Eduard during his training at Demel. Another specialty of the house are candied violets – the kind of treat that Empress Elisabeth is said to have raved about.
opening hours: Mon to Sun from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: KuK Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel, 1010 Vienna
2. Café-Restaurant Landtmann
Celebrities & Belle Époque: 1873 by the cafeteria Franz Landtmann at the former Dr.-Karl-Lueger-
When it comes to accessibility, the Landtmann has a stepless main entrance (door width 120 cm), a double swing door and a barrier-free toilet.
opening hours: Mon to Sun from 7.30 a.m. to midnight
Contact: Café-Restaurant Landtmann, 1010 Vienna
3. Hard Rock Café Vienna
Good rock & the best of American cuisine: The Hard Rock Café in the first district has a restaurant with a typical American menu, two bars with everything the wine spirit could desire, a terrace, a “rock shop” and a large event area for rock live performances. The main entrance is accessible via a ramp with double swinging doors (195 cm wide), the side entrance has no steps. The toilet is barrier-free. There is also a lift.
Contact: Hard Rock Café, 1010 Vienna
4. Dairy in the Prater
Viennese cuisine & pure nature: The dairy in the Prater (Cafe-Restaurant Holzdorfer) is located in the historic pavilion, which was built on the occasion of the World Exhibition in 1873. The café, surrounded by trees as high as houses, offers its guests the best of Viennese cuisine and delights local and tourist visitors with a well-stocked wine cellar. The dairy has a stepless main entrance (door width 150 cm) and a barrier-free toilet. The side entrance can be reached via a ramp (width 150 cm).
You can make reservations either by email or by phone at short notice (within the following three days). By arrangement, the dairy also organizes larger celebrations until after midnight.
opening hours: daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Meierei im Prater / Café-Restaurant Holzdorfer, 1020 Vienna
Modern Veggie Kitchen: That yamm! at Universitätsring 10 offers a wide (and fresh!) selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as homemade iced teas, lemonades & Co. If you can’t decide on a dish, you should choose the rich buffet and try every culinary delight. The special thing: In the yamm! is not paid by court, but by weight! You weigh your plate after each course to the buffet. In the end, what is saved on the yamm! Card is paid for (you get this at reception).
The main entrance in the yamm! has a double swing door (total 175 cm wide) and the guest garden can be reached barrier-free from the street as well as from the restaurant. The handicapped accessible toilet is located on the ground floor.
opening hours: Mon to Wed from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thu + Fri from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sat from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sun from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: yamm !, 1010 Vienna
6. Café Dommayer (Kurkonditorei)
Late riser breakfast in a noble ambience: The old Viennese Kurkonditorei Dommayer in Hietzing attracts guests with international cuisine, excellent pâtisserie, homemade pastries, savory snacks and ice cream from their own production. For those who like to start the day a little later, Café Dommayer offers a late riser breakfast until 3 p.m. People with limited mobility can reach Café Dommayer via a stepless main and side entrance with double swinging doors. Of course, there is also a barrier-free toilet.
opening hours: Daily from 7.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. (kitchen from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Contact: OBERLAA Dommayer Kurkonditorei, 1130 Vienna
7. Steirereck in the city park
Feast for the palate & feelings of home: The Steirereck in the Stadtpark offers the best of Austrian cuisine, centrally located in the green Viennese Stadtpark. The futuristic building attracts regular guests and passionate foodies with imaginative creations, consistent quality and selected culinary delicacies. The side entrance to the Steirereck is barrier-free (door width 220 cm) and the toilet is wheelchair-accessible. There is also a lift in the house (90 cm, cabin depth: 150 cm, cabin width: 120 cm) and guide dogs are permitted.
opening hours: Mon to Fri from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. (closed on public holidays)
Contact: Steirereck im Stadtpark, 1030 Vienna
8. Vestibule in the Burgtheater
Culture & coffee: Did you know that in the Burgtheater you can not only enjoy top-class artistic performances, but also top-class cuisine? The vestibule tempts with homemade seasonal dishes – from sauce to macaroon. Those who succumb to the charm of the ambience can even book a cooking course based on the motto “watch, listen, cook”. The main entrance to the vestibule is stepless (door width 125 cm) and has a double swing door. The toilet and the guest garden are barrier-free.
opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight. (Kitchen hours 12: 00–2: 30 p.m. and 6: 00–10: 00 p.m.)
Contact: Vestibül – Restaurant in the Burgtheater, 1010 Vienna