• An aerial view of the lakes that wind their way through the forest and the Eifel National Park.
    Reservoirs - Eifel National Park ©R. Faymonville
  • BarrierFree Visitors Platform in the Nature Reserve „Birds Island“ at Lake Altmühl.
    Bird Island, Altmühlsee - Franconian Lake District ©TV Franken/Fränkisches Seenland/Hub
  • The St. Marys Cathedral and St.Severus church by night – a monumental ensemble in Erfurt.
    St. Marys Cathedral & St.Severus Church - Erfurt ©ETMG-Erfurt Tourist Office/B. Neumann
  • Steep sandstone formations, a table mountain in the back, bizarre landscape.
    Sandstone Formations – Saxony Switzerland ©TVSSW/Frank Exss

Barrier Free Destinations in Southern Germany

In this section the Association of BarrierFree Destinations in Germany is recommending four BarrierFree highlights in Southern Germany, including the Eifel National Park, the Franconian Lake District in northern Bavaria, Saxony Switzerland and the incredible historic city of Erfurt.

The “BarrierFree Destinations in Germany Association” is an official organisation which provides accredited information on the various ‘Barrier Free’ holiday regions and activities in Germany. In addition the member regions offer a wide choice of BarrierFree accommodation, service facilities and opportunities for active holidays, and are committed to removing any remaining barriers to comfortable travel.

EIFEL - multi-faceted, welcoming and irresistibly charming

A blind visitor uses a terrain model to explore the contours of the Eifel National Park by touch while a ranger explains the geographical features shown on the model.

The freedom of the great outdoors, exhilarating natural scenery and a chance to engage in a wide range of leisure activities – that is what a holiday in the Eifel National Park is all about. The Eifel is a region of low-lying mountains located between Aachen, Cologne, Koblenz and Trier; it offers plenty of scope for a BarrierFree holiday, everything from cycling and walking to farm holidays, camping and geologically-themed tours for the disabled. With its many cultural attractions and warm hospitality, the Eifel has all the right ingredients for people with or without disabilities to have a memorable holiday.

Franconian Lake District – Lake district in Northern Bavaria

Tourists are leaving the motorship "MS Brombachsee" at Lake Brombachsee

The Franconian Lake District region has lots to offer in terms of holidays, leisure, relaxation, recreation and self-discovery. Swimming, sunny beaches and sporting activities as well as the opportunity to get away from the daily grind in an attractive landscape.  The Franconian Lake District is not only popular for family holidays; the region is also well equipped for visitors with restricted mobility such as wheelchair users. The lakeshore paths are mainly level, there are disabled toilets and accessible parking spaces at most of the leisure centres, as well as pretty villages, picturesque towns and varied scenery to admire.

Erfurt – BarrierFree city destination in the heart of Germany

A group of wheelchair users exploring the old town quarter of Erfurt

Erfurt, the 1270 year old capital of the federal state of Thuringia, has become a popular city destination in the heart of Germany with its historical old quarter and highly renowned sights and attractions - from Erfurt Cathedral and the Merchants´ Bridge to the Augustinian monastery. The services and facilities on offer to visitors place a strong emphasis on ‘BarrierFree tourism for all’, which has enabled Erfurt to emerge as a leading destination for accessible city breaks. Central to this is a comprehensive set of guided tours for visitors with restricted mobility, blind and partially sighted people, deaf people and those with hearing impairments, and guests with learning disabilities.

Saxon Switzerland – Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Man touching a cannon at the Königstein Fortress in Saxon Switzerland

Saxon Switzerland is one of the most spectacular natural landscapes in Europe. The region is in the south-eastern tip of Germany, only a few kilometres from the Saxon state capital of Dresden. The region has a rich and fascinating variety of landscapes, including majestic table mountains, bizarre sandstone rock formations, deep ravines, thickly-forested areas and a canyon-like valley of the Elbe. Some 94 of the total 380 square kilometres of the region are protected as a National Park.

The majority of tourist attractions and leisure facilities in the area are fully accessible. The National Park Centre for instance offers guided tours for the visually-impaired, hard of hearing and those with learning difficulties, and is accessible without steps.

The Romantic Rhine – Legendary!

Scenic view of the Rhine valley with castle on top of a hill and a small village in the foreground.

A region for all the senses. Between Rüdesheim and Bingen and the Siebengebirge hills lies a valley fit for kings. An exceptional natural landscape and a cultural heritage spanning more than two thousand years - and in the midst of it all flows the majestic Rhine, linking all the highlights of this valley which is home to no less than two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wherever you go, you’ll find a special symbiosis of castles and palaces, medieval towns and wonderful wines.

Cross the Rhine by cable car in Koblenz, conquer the Prussian Fortification Ehrenbreitstein or admire the world’s highest cold-water geyser in Andernach - More than 70 accredited BarrierFree facilities are waiting to be discovered.

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Useful Contacts

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:

Eifel Tourismus (ET) GmbH
Kalvarienbergstrasse 1
54595 Prüm

Phone: +49 (0)6551 96 56 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)6551 96 56 - 96

URL: www.eifel.info
URL: www.eifel-barrierefrei.de
URL: www.nationalpark-eifel.de

Tourismusverband Fränkisches Seenland
Postfach 1365
91703 Gunzenhausen

Phone: + 49 (0) 98 31 / 50 01 20
Fax: + 49 (0) 98 31 / 50 01 40

URL: www.fraenkisches-seenland.de
URL: www.fraenkisches-seenland.de

Erfurt Tourismus & Marketing GmbH
Benediktsplatz 1
D-99084 Erfurt

Phone: + 49 (0) 3 61/ 66 400
Fax: + 49 (0) 3 61/ 66 40 199

URL: www.erfurt-tourismus.de

Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz e.V.
Bahnhofstr. 21
01796 Pirna

Phone: +49 (0) 3501-470147
Fax: +49 (0) 3501-470148

URL: www.saechsische-schweiz.de

Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
An der Königsbach 8
56075 Koblenz

Tel. +49 (0) 261 - 97 38 47-0
Fax +49 (0) 261 - 97 38 47-14

URL: www.romantischer-rhein.de / www.rhine-tourism.com