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Ship on the Rhine at St Goarshausen in the Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage site with vineyards in the background
View from the wide pedestrian bridge of the pile dwellings on Lake Constance
Cruise boat at the lakeside. Two men push a man and a woman in wheelchairs along an uphill path, with two children alongside them.

Vacation by the waterside – sometimes sporty, sometimes leisurely; always restorative.

Let yourself be carried and pampered on majestic, flowing rivers through the German countryside, or explore lake-based water sports at your own pace – the opportunities for a waterside vacation are diverse and accessible to everyone.

Dobbertin Canoe Station at the abbey of the same name forms the starting point for kayaking tours for groups with up to 40 wheelchair users. The tours lead through the Nossentiner / Schwinzer heathlands and the Sternberg lakes. The abundance of lakes at Mecklenburg form part of the largest and most beautiful lake and river system in Germany.

The fine sands of the kilometre-long Nordstrand beach with barrier-free entrance, a maritime ambience and great transport connections — all these have made Lake Cospuden the star attraction of Leipzig's Neuseenland. The accessible beach entrance with its walkway for disabled visitors completes the package.

A healthy North Sea climate, sweeping sand beaches and unspoiled nature with fabulous medicinal cures — all this can be found on Sylt island all year round. Visitors requiring permanent medical care can enjoy a holiday in comfort in the island's villages.

Excursions or boat trips through the Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage site — which includes the fabled Loreley valley — offer a comfortable alternative to travelling by car and are suitable for visitors with limited mobility as well. All manner of trips are available, from short cruises between neighbouring towns to an all-day guided tour or even a barrier-free cruise lasting several days.

Warnemünde Beach Oasis is a barrier-free resort on the Baltic Sea coast with beach wheelchairs, wicker beach chairs on wheelchair-friendly platforms that can be reserved, a beach restaurant, beauty and fitness facilities and physiotherapy services. A special beach wheelchair is available for swimming; the on-site staff will be glad to assist with its use.

Discover the fully accessible sea around Rheinsberg where the catamaran 'Wotan' can be hired for week-long cruises. The similarly-equipped boat 'Tristan' is available for day trips. The Rolly Tours company offers training courses for obtaining a domestic speedboat licence.

A holiday in the North Sea spa town of Büsum is a holiday for everyone; families with children will feel just as at home as senior citizens. The beach can be accessed by wheelchair users and families with pushchairs. Additionally, the coastal mudflats outside Büsum can be explored thanks to ramps and special mud-wheelchairs.

Families with young children and disabled visitors can explore the UNESCO World Heritage site Lower Saxony Wadden Sea in tranquillity — with special mud-mobiles and mud-wheelchairs. The barrier and car-free Langeoog island also offers carriage taxis.

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