More than three quarters of all visitors enjoy exploring Germany's towns and cities – those medieval centres full of crouching half-timbered buildings towered over by Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, not to mention all the majestic baroque residences and pub-and-club districts that never sleep. Multicultural, suitable for all ages and extensively barrier-free.
The town hall with the Roland statue draws visitors to the Hanseatic city of Bremen, as do the historical market square, St. Peter's Cathedral and the acclaimed fairy-tale figures of the Bremen Town Musicians. On the Bremer Touristik-Zentrale's website you can find 'accessible' and 'plain-language' guided walks of the old quarter.
Guided tours of Calw and Hirsau vividly depict the towns' history — from the Dukes of Calw to Hermann Hesse — with stories and anecdotes about places of historical interest. A tour dedicated to the moving story behind Hermann Hesse's 'Gerbersau' collection is particularly suitable for visitors with physical or sensorial impairments.
Particular highlights of Celle include Europe's largest collection of half-timbered houses and the ducal Residenz Palace, one of the most beautiful Guelph Castles in North Germany, which combines Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features. There are guided tours for wheelchair users and blind visitors, as well as audio guides.
Cologne describes itself as 'cosmopolitan, tolerant and multicultural'. The historical old quarter and Cologne Cathedral attract tourists all year round, while the city's Carnival is legendary. The metropolis offers guided tours for the blind and partially sighted visitors, in sign language, for wheelchair users and in plain language.
Unique to Erfurt, the 120-metre-long Merchants' Bridge is the longest (with 32 houses) inhabited bridge in Europe. The tactile model of the city, the Old Synagogue with the Erfurt Treasure, the Cathedral and the Augustinian monastery: Erfurt offers unique experiences geared to every target group all year round.
Frankfurt am Main is a financial centre, cultural hotspot, travel hub and pioneer in accessible tourism. The 'Feeling Frankfurt' guided tour explains the metropolis on the Main river via many touchable objects, tastings and anecdotes. Almost all public walking tours can be completed without the use of steps.
Exploring the blue stones gives you a true feel for Güstrow. The walking trail around the old quarter — once a regular Sunday walk of the sculptor Ernst Barlach — takes in the main places of influence. The Ernst Barlach studio apartment and the Gothic cathedral with its 'Schwebende' (floating angel) form part of the itinerary for reduced mobility and sensorially impaired visitors.
A planned development until 2025, Hamburg's HafenCity is a dynamic environment with a maritime feel that combines working, living, entertainment, leisure, tourism and retail. All public areas, the HafenCity Infocenter in the Kesselhaus and the Sustainability Pavilion have been made fully accessible.