But it's not only visitors with disabilities who can enjoy Germany 'barrier-free'. Any travellers who might have restrictions, including the elderly, families with small children and people with sporting injuries can enjoy Germany to the full. Lufthansa offers assistance to passengers with restricted mobility both at the departure airport and at the destination. Well before take-off, it provides information on subjects such as medication and healthcare. The Frequent Traveller's Medical Card (FREMEC) gives peace of mind to those who fly regularly. Air Berlin also takes good care of its passengers with restricted mobility. Its specially trained staff will be on hand to offer advice and assistance on your arrival at the airport.
If you're travelling by train you can call Deutsche Bahn's mobility hotline around the clock for information and guidance. In addition, buses and trains in many towns and cities offer easy access for disabled travellers and even escorted travel services by prior arrangement. If you are disabled yourself or you are driving a disabled passenger, you can benefit from discounted and more convenient parking. This makes it quicker and easier to get to your hotel, visitor attraction or convention centre.
On arrival, travellers with restricted mobility can choose from a wide range of disabled-friendly accommodation. Both the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (DEHOGA) and the German Hotel Association (IHA) maintain directories.
Which is why many towns, cities and regions in Germany offer special packages for visitors for disabilities. There's something for everyone. If you'd like to discover unspoilt lakelands and ancient castles on a houseboat or cycling tour, then Brandenburg is right for you. But throughout Germany, members of the Barrier-free Destinations association offer everything from city breaks and beach getaways to active holidays in the great outdoors.