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.
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.
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.
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.
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.