A fact sheet and special hotel guide for persons with disabilities is available from the Swiss National Tourist Office. On Swiss trains, wheelchair passengers travel in a special section of the passenger car. Certain trains cannot accommodate them there, in which case they travel in a specified area of the luggage car.
Because of Switzerland's many hills and endless mountains, visitors with disabilities may have difficulty getting around the country, but conditions are slowly improving. Newer hotels are more sensitive to the needs of those with disabilities, and the more expensive restaurants, in general, are wheelchair accessible. When making a reservation at a Swiss hotel, always discuss your disability beforehand in case some extra preparation will be needed by the staff. It is also prudent to call a Swiss restaurant or museum you'd like to visit to see if they can accommodate you. For very specific information within Switzerland itself, contact Mobility International Schweiz, Frogurbstrausse 4, CH-4600 Olten (tel. 062/206-88-35; www.mis-infothek.ch).
Motorists who have disabilities should rent from Avis, Hertz, or National. Each of these car-rental companies features hand-controlled vehicles.