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Discover Germany – BarrierFree

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Holidays for disabled travellers need not to be hampered by obstacles

Welcome to BarrierFree Germany – where everyone should be able to travel with enjoyment, with ease and ‘without barriers’. BarrierFree means you can explore anything from national parks to a wealth of hands-on museums, sports experiences and everything else in between. Through our brand-new website, we aim to open the doors to Germany’s most exciting destinations, without having to worry about everyday obstacles – leaving you to concentrate on the attractions and the beauty of all that Germany has to offer.

With a warm and enthusiastic welcome, many cities, regions and tourist attractions in Germany are able to provide some amazing facilities, for all visitors – including wheelchair users, people with limited mobility and for the hearing and visually impaired as well, so much so that in December 2012 Berlin was awarded the title of “European Access City of the Year” by the European Commission.

Check out our new website on www.germany.travel/barrierfree

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Feeling Frankfurt

There are many wonderful places and attractions to visit in Germany and most, where possible, have taken the initiative to provide the facilities required for any traveller who might have restrictions, including mobility, hearing or vision impairment. With inventive solutions and technology at its disposal, the list of Germany’s most popular accessible destinations and attractions is constantly growing, with many more being featured on our site in the near future.

Just to give you a few examples: The city of Frankfurt is offering a wide range of guided tours for disabled visitors, such as step-free tours or the “Feeling Frankfurt” tour for the blind and visually impaired. In Düsseldorf, different breweries provide disabled access and there are also various accessible shopping centres for the shopaholics among you. Alternatively, you can discover the phæno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, where you can see, feel, hear or try out phenomena for yourself.

For more information on these and other BarrierFree destinations in Germany, click here!

Passenger-bridge-view-of-a-man-sitting-in-a-wheel-chair-©-Jens-Goerlich-300x198Getting to Germany is surprisingly quick and easy. Depending on which part of Germany you would like to visit, flight times are almost always under two hours. Lufthansa is happy to carry passengers with reduced mobility or other special needs. Another fun way of travelling to Germany is through the channel tunnel. If you are looking at a more relaxing way of visiting Germany we would recommend taking your own car. DFDS can offer crossings to France, Holland and Denmark. Driving times from any of the continental ports to the German border are typically around three hours. Regardless of whether you decide to fly, take the train or your own car, a tour operator can book everything you need, including suitable accommodation. Our recommended tour operators will have all the expertise to book a great holiday without you having to worry about the details.

Once in Germany, Deutsche Bahn offers a dedicated mobility hotline which will make it possible for anyone to board a train.

For more information on how to book your next accessible German holiday, click here!