The “BarrierFree Destinations in Germany Association” is an official organisation which provides accredited information on the various ‘BarrierFree’ holiday regions and activities in Germany. In this section the association is recommending four BarrierFree highlights in Northern Germany, including the East Frisian Islands, the Ruppiner & Lusatian Lake Districts plus the historic city of Magdeburg.
Every one of these BarrierFree regions has its own unmistakable character – from urban regions, to upland areas and the coast. If your interests cover nature, the arts, activities, or simply relaxation – we guarantee there won't be a dull moment.
From the UNESCO World Heritage protected Wadden Sea to the moors, parks, castles and museums: People with disabilities will find a broad range of services and options in East Frisia. The horticultural centre Park der Gärten in Bad Zwischenahn offers tours and experiences for all the senses, including a touch garden, a scent arena, aromatic plants and a fragrance organ. The island Langeoog provides beach and water wheelchairs, special bikes for handicapped people, guided tours for wheelchair users and much more. In Wangerland special sand wheelchairs enable wheelchair users to take part in a tour on the mudflats.
Magdeburg is proud to call itself Ottostadt. Few other places in central Europe have quite such a fascinating past, especially with the two famous Ottos: Otto the first Holy Roman Emperor and Otto the Scientist, both men having shaped the exciting history of Magdeburg. Hanseatic Power, Prussian Fortification and a former imperial seat, Magdeburg is 1,200 years old, making it one of the oldest cities in eastern Germany. Captivating Magdeburg is situated on the Elbe River; the city has plenty to offer all visitors, people with or without disabilities, both on and alongside the water.
The Ruppiner Lakes region, with its amazing 170 lakes, is located north to Germany's capital Berlin and is renowned for its culture, picturesque waterways as well as charming manors, castles, pretty villages and pristine nature. The region is exceptionally well equipped for the disabled visitor; everyone can find a range of accessible accommodation, even BarrierFree house boats. For your enjoyment the wealth of leisure activities include wheelchair-accessible woodland walks, nature trails, water sports and numerous visitor attractions.
Europe’s largest artificial lakeland region is currently being created between Dresden and Berlin. Several disused open-cast mines are being flooded to create more than 20 lakes. Now holidaymakers can not only relax by the lakes but they can also go sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, diving or even take to the water on a jet ski or motor boat. Accessible activity holidays for all are guaranteed in this newly established holiday region. The flat asphalt cycle paths are ideal for getting around the lakes on an electric bike, handbike or wheelchair. On tandem tours, blind or partially sighted cyclists can do some serious pedalling together with their co-riders. Disabled visitors who want to get out on the water are also catered for.
For further information about any of the BarrierFree Destinations in Germany, do contact the regional or local tourist boards individually, all of which are able to offer a wide variety of services, advice and suitable accommodation:
Ostfriesland Tourismus GmbH
Phone: +49 (0)491 9196 9625
Fax: +49 (0)491 9196 9665
Magdeburg Tourist Information
Domplatz 1b (Haus der Romanik)
Phone: +49 (0)391 838 0120
Fax: +49 (0)391 838 0397
Tourismusverband Ruppiner Seenland e.V.
Phone: +49 (0)3391 - 65 96 30
Fax: +49 (0)3391 - 35 79 07
Tourismusverband Lausitzer Seenland e.V.
Phone: +49 (0) 3571 456 810
Fax: + 49 (0) 3571 456 819