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 Andernach geyser — the world's highest cold water geyser at 50 to 60 metres — is just one of the visitor attractions at the Eifel Volcano Park. A (barrier-free) boat ride connects the interactive discovery centre to the geyser eruptions at Namedyer Werth.
A highlight of the Bavarian Forest National Park is Neuschönau, the world's longest canopy walk, which reaches a height of 25 metres and offers unique views of the forest floor. The canopy walk is also accessible to wheelchair users.
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.
A highlight of the Eifel National Park is the accessible adventure area 'Wild Kermeter' with its 'Wilderness Trail' adventure walk. Interactive stations teach visitors of all ages about topics from wilderness and forest development to the influence of different animal and plant species on the forest.
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.
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.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Hainich National Park will captivate you with its slogan 'leave nature to its own devices'. The canopy walk, wildcat village Hütscheroda and various footpaths are accessible for wheelchair users and contain information boards with tactile wording. The 'Brunstalweg' adventure walk offers a guiding system for blind and partially sighted visitors as well as an audio guide. Wheelchair users can also tour the park by horse-drawn carriage.