• Interior view of the function room with special lighting elements in the Oberhausen Gasometer
    Oberhausen Gasometer ©Gasometer Oberhausen/Thomas Machoczek
  • Square with tables and benches on the banks of the Main river with a view of the Frankfurt skyline
    Frankfurt Main ©imago/Westend61
  • Blind person with a Smartphone using the Cityguide of Soest app at a bus stop with moving bus in the background
    Soest: The bus connects — easily mobile ©Regionalentwicklung Kreis Soest/Timo Beylemans - Fotografenmeister
  • Women during a guided tour in sign language in front of the Merchants' Bridge in Erfurt
    Erfurt ©Erfurt Tourismus und Marketing GmbH/Barbara Neumann
  • Visitors marvelling at buildings from above at Miniature Wonderland
    Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg ©Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg
  • Three horse riders in the Münsterland countryside
    Münsterland: three riders on the inclusive bridle path ©Münsterland e.V./Reinhard Duschner, Friederike Scheytt
  • Alpine panorama in Oberstdorf
    Panorama view Oberstdof ©Tourismus Oberstdorf/ Eren Karaman
  • View from below of the canopy walk's circular walkway at Neuschönau
    Bavarian Forest National Park ©imago/imagebroker
  • Boy with hair standing on end at the Van de Graaf generator at Phaeno in Wolfsburg
    Phaeno in Wolfsburg ©phaeno gGmbH/Nina Stiller
  • Model of Magdeburg Cathedral
    Magdeburg ©Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH/Michael Bader
  • Exhibition of original Porsche cars from different eras
    Porsche Museum in Stuttgart ©Porsche Museum
  • Völklingen Ironworks: a tangle of steel and blast furnaces
    Völklingen Ironworks UNESCO World Heritage site ©wikipedia/Jotha56
  • Two wheelchair users and three other people relaxing in the sun on a park bench in egapark Erfurt
    egapark Erfurt ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH/Barbara Neumann
  • Cycling along the Elbe in Hamburg's HafenCity
    HafenCity in Hamburg ©www.mediaserver.hamburg.de/R.Hegeler
  • Ship on the Rhine at St Goarshausen in the Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage site with vineyards in the background
    Shipping on the Rhine ©Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH/Dominik Ketz
  • Model cars made of wood in the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart
    Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart ©Daimler AG
  • Girls wearing climbing equipment on the high ropes course at Senapolis indoor leisure park
    Sensapolis in Sindelfingen ©Sensapolis/Reiner Pfisterer
  • Exterior view of the town hall in Wernigerode
    Market in Wernigerode in Harz ©Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH/Michael Bader
  • View inside the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments: a portico houses rows of glass display cabinets containing elaborately embellished, historical physical instruments
    The Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments, part of the Dresden State Art Collections ©Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden/Hans Christian Krass
  • Cruise boat at the lakeside. Two men push a man and a woman in wheelchairs along an uphill path, with two children alongside them.
    A barrier-free pleasure cruise on Lake Brombachsee in the Franconian Lakes ©Andreas Hub TV Franken/TVFränkisches Seenland

Destination Germany – holidays for all

Whether travelling on business or for leisure, visitors with disabilities or restricted mobility will find that Germany offers them a wealth of opportunities for relaxing holidays and successful business trips.

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.

  • View inside the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments: a portico houses rows of glass display cabinets containing elaborately embellished, historical physical instruments
    The Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments, part of the Dresden State Art Collections ©Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden/Hans Christian Krass
  • Blind person with a Smartphone using the Cityguide of Soest app at a bus stop with moving bus in the background
    Soest: The bus connects — easily mobile ©Regionalentwicklung Kreis Soest/Timo Beylemans - Fotografenmeister
  • A hand biker enjoying a panoramic view of the alpine landscape around Lake Chiemsee
    Hand bike tours in Bavaria ©Cheimsee-Alpenland Tourismus GmbH & CoKG
  • Visitor with audio guide viewing an exhibit at Arche Nebra
    Arche Nebra in Wangen near Nebra ©Arche Nebra
  • Man and woman leaning over a display cabinet in an exhibition room containing bird representations, with more people in the background
    Elbtalau Biosphaerium ©Biosphaerium Elbtalaue GmbH/Andreas Tamme
  • Model cars made of wood in the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart
    Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart ©Daimler AG
  • Visitor with camera by the chalk coast in Jasmund National Park on Rügen island
    The chalk coast in Jasmund National Park on Rügen island ©Nationalpark-Zentrum Königsstuhl/Peter Lehmann
  • View from below of the canopy walk's circular walkway at Neuschönau
    Bavarian Forest National Park ©imago/imagebroker
  • Exterior view of the town hall in Wernigerode
    Market in Wernigerode in Harz ©Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH/Michael Bader
  • Model of Magdeburg Cathedral
    Magdeburg ©Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH/Michael Bader
  • Women during a guided tour in sign language in front of the Merchants' Bridge in Erfurt
    Erfurt ©Erfurt Tourismus und Marketing GmbH/Barbara Neumann
  • Three horse riders in the Münsterland countryside
    Münsterland: three riders on the inclusive bridle path ©Münsterland e.V./Reinhard Duschner, Friederike Scheytt
  • Visitors marvelling at buildings from above at Miniature Wonderland
    Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg ©Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg
  • Interior view of the function room with special lighting elements in the Oberhausen Gasometer
    Oberhausen Gasometer ©Gasometer Oberhausen/Thomas Machoczek
  • The foyer of the Focke Museum in Bremen with archaeological stone statues and historical paintings
    Bremen - Focke-Museum ©BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale/Carsten Heidmann
  • The backdrop for the Cathedral Steps festival plays with elaborate stage design and impressive colours, and Erfurt Cathedral in the background
    Erfurt: Cathedral Steps Festival ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH/L. Edelhoff
  • Two wheelchair users and three other people relaxing in the sun on a park bench in egapark Erfurt
    egapark Erfurt ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH/Barbara Neumann
  • Cruise boat at the lakeside. Two men push a man and a woman in wheelchairs along an uphill path, with two children alongside them.
    A barrier-free pleasure cruise on Lake Brombachsee in the Franconian Lakes ©Andreas Hub TV Franken/TVFränkisches Seenland
  • Exhibition of original Porsche cars from different eras
    Porsche Museum in Stuttgart ©Porsche Museum
  • Boy with hair standing on end at the Van de Graaf generator at Phaeno in Wolfsburg
    Phaeno in Wolfsburg ©phaeno gGmbH/Nina Stiller

Destination Germany – holidays for all

Whether travelling on business or for leisure, visitors with disabilities or restricted mobility will find that Germany offers them a wealth of opportunities for relaxing holidays and successful business trips.

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.

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