• While the only remaining city gate of Berlin formerly used to represent the separation of the city between East and West Berlin, since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 the Brandenburg Gate has now come to symbolise German unity.
    Brandenburg Gate - Berlin ©visitBerlin – Scholvien
  • In recent years, the Berlin transit authority Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and the S-Bahn commuter rail have equipped numerous of subway stations and commuter rail stations with elevators or ramps. The bus lines accessible without barriers include the popular lines 100 and 200, which travel to the most well-known sights between Bahnhof Zoo and Alexanderplatz, not unlike tour buses.
    Barrier-free with the BVG ©BVG - Donath
  • Dome of the Reichstag Building
    Dome of the Reichstag Building ©visitBerlin – Linus Lintner
  • Berlin’s most famous island can be found in the middle of the Spree River. Here you’ll find that it takes only a few steps to get from ancient Egypt to the Middle East - the time machine ‘museum’ spirits visitors away on a breathtaking trip through time. The five main houses on Museum Island – the Old Museum, the Old national Gallery, the Bode Museum, the New Museum and the Pergamon Museum – form a world-famous and unique architectural ensemble, which was declared a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1999.
    Museum Island - World heritage of culture ©visitBerlin – Adenis
  • Berlin is proud of its nightlife culture, and with good reason. The partygoers of the 90’s who danced in factory halls and old subway shafts may have resigned days, but there is a new scene in Mitte, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and the old west that is running from one opening to the next. People from all corners of the world – of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations – mob the town to bond with locals in their pursuit of good times. And with no official closing time for clubs and bars, no one's ever
    Berlin at night ©visitBerlin - Scholvien
  • The Potsdamer Platz is the old heart of Berlin serving as a junction between the old city centre in East Berlin and what was formerly the new West Berlin. The Sony Center was completed in 2000 and has a futuristic aesthetic in contrast to the DaimlerChrysler headquarters which are also located at the Potsdamer Platz.
    Potsdamer Platz - the old heart of Berlin ©visitBerlin – Adenis
  • The Reichstag, seat of the German Bundestag and a signififcant stage for many events in German history, is located adjacent to the Brandenburg gate. After extensive restoration, the building was re-opened with a new glass dome and is a must-see for any Berlin visitor. In order to visit the Reichstag you have to register online (at least 2 days in advance).
    Reichstag - mirror of German history ©visitBerlin – Adenis

Accessible Berlin

Berlin is constantly becoming more accommodating to visitors. The German capital already offers many ways to experience the city for those who rely on a BarrierFree environment due to physical impairments.

These include targeted information on travel and accommodation, a free escort service for local transportation, as well as recommendations for countless restaurants, attractions and shopping. Berlin is considered especially disability friendly and received the Access City Award from the European Commission in December 2012.

From a Five-Star Hotel to a Special Country Inn

A good day begins with a good night. You can take this for granted in Berlin. Whether it’s a Low Budget Hostel in Berlin Mitte or a stylish design hotel or a luxury hotel with up market suites above the roofs of Berlin – lots of overnight accommodation can be had at attractive price.

The Berlin hotel scene is considered the most modern in Europe, with more than 780 different establishments welcoming guests. Numerous accommodations in all price ranges have opened in recent years and are for the most part equipped with wide entrances and sufficient turning space for wheelchairs.

Service: From Sightseeing to Breakdown Service

The Gendarmenmarkt is a beautiful example of an architectural ensemble full of harmony and it includes both the French and the German cathedral as well as the Concert House. This is just one of the reasons why many Berliner believe the Gendarmenmarkt to be the most beautiful in Germany and indeed in all of

Almost all of Berlin's sights are accessible thanks to ramps or audio guides for the visually impaired. These include sights such as the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, and the Zoological Garden.

Should you have a problem with your wheelchair while on the go, the wheelchair breakdown service is ready to help with a 24/7 emergency service. There are companies available to rent you replacement equipment in emergencies.

The locations of BarrierFree public toilets are available to download as a pdf file.

BarrierFree Shopping Late into the Night

KaDeWe is the best-known department store in Germany, comprises 60,000 square metres of sales floors, making it the largest on the European continent. Ever since it first opened its doors in 1907, the store has offered an attractive mixture of upmarket and luxury goods. The sixth floor has the almost legendary delicatessen department.

The international, urban charm of Berlin is reflected not least in the numerous shopping options available. Many shops are open until late in the evening Mondays through Saturdays; this applies especially to the major shopping centres and department stores. They offer a variety of shops conveniently under one roof as well as lifts and wide aisles.

But it's also possible to shop more locally in trendy neighbourhood stores: the "BarrierFree Berlin" logo is a helpful guide.

BarrierFree Dining

The inventer Herta Heuwer defined Currywurst as fried, boiled sausage with sauce made of tomato puree, curry powder, Worcester sauce and further ingredients. There are now numerous traditional snack bars offering the speciality. From classy to crazy – you can find every variety in Berlin.

Since 2006, all newly opened restaurants in Berlin must have a BarrierFree entrance and accessible restrooms. But many of the more established restaurants are also accessible. Whether it's the Hackescher Markt, where the old and the new meet in courtyards tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or the city's historic core, the Nikolaiviertel or Savignyplatz, visitors will find plenty of accessible options.

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