Tactile and barefoot pathways that let you feel coastal mudflats and lush mountain pastures; audio guides that let you hear the animal sounds in the forest; plain-language commentaries that make nature understandable to everyone – whether with a pushchair or a wheelchair, numerous footpaths throughout the German landscape offer a truly unhindered experience.
Amelungskopf forest walk
The Amelungskopf forest walk near Wernigerode is specifically designed for blind and partially sighted visitors. The walk is suitable for walking poles, which can help enable independent hiking. The starting point is the Aura-Pension 'Brockenblick', a traditional sanatorium for blind people.
The 'Waldweg Grenzenlos — Accessible Forest Adventures in Southern Westphalia' is a forest walk designed for disabled people comprising 40 way stations which allow visitors to experience the forest using all their senses. Not only will you learn everything you need to know about the forest, but you'll also get to experience the unseen side of the woods...
The inclusive bridle path in Münsterland allows everyone to experience Mother Nature's rich bounty. The inclusive bridle path includes wheelchair ramps. Its extra wide layout allows horses to be ridden together and to be led.
World famous fairy-tales and legends are right at home in the Weserbergland hills: the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Cinderella and the Baron von Münchhausen. Many paths can be explored by bike, E-bike or special wheelchairs. Paved pathways allow visitors full access to Mother Nature in the Solling-Vogler region and Hochsolling.
With a flood model, wind machine, birdsong piano and large eel-basket, the Elbtalaue Biosphaerium in Lüneburg gives visitors an entertaining insight into some of Europe's most primeval countryside. The exhibition rooms are fully accessible; tours are available for visitors with cognitive impairments.
On their way south, 60,000 cranes take an annual rest in the West-Pomeranian Boddenlandschaft (salt marshes). The natural spectacle of their evening arrival before sunset is especially impressive. Specially trained national park rangers guide visitors along purpose-built wheelchair-friendly paths and on to observation platforms.
Fairy-tale adventures await visitors to North Hessen's Habichtswald Nature Park — the home of the Brothers Grimm. People with restricted mobility can discover the forest's secrets in a 'Joëlette' (a special one-wheeled wheelchair), while a combination of push-carts, sedans and guides allows excursions over rough terrain.
From a height of 23 metres, visitors to the canopy walk in Waldkirch can appreciate unspoilt views of the Black Forest mountains and the Rhinegold with the Kaiserstuhl hills. With an average incline of 6 - 10 per cent, the canopy walk is suitable for wheelchairs.