Palaces, Parks and Gardens: simply magical.

Defiant medieval fortresses, baroque castles with sweeping gardens, strictly classical ensembles or romantic quotations from various periods; Germany's cultural legacy is defined by the symbiosis of nature, architecture and countryside – our duty is to open up this legacy to as many travellers as possible.
Rowing boat on Lake Grienerick with Rheinsberg Palace in the background
Rheinsberg Palace

As crown prince, Frederick the Great had a court of the muses built in Rheinsberg. Amid the picturesque setting of Lake Grienerick, the tradition of music, opera and theatre performances at Rheinsberg Palace has been kept alive up to the present day. A lift provides comfortable access to the building.

Park benches in Knoops Park in Bremen
Knoops Park in Bremen

With its open lawns, widespread footpaths, extensive landscaping and many wooded groves from other regions of the world, Knoops Park in the City of Bremen is a treasure trove of natural diversity. The Garden of the Blind is a particular highlight; tactile panels within provide information about the garden's design and its various plants.

Two wheelchair users and three other people relaxing in the sun on a park bench in egapark Erfurt
egapark in Erfurt

The historically preserved egapark in Erfurt captivates visitors with the lush diversity of its plants across a vast area. The scent, sound and touch garden, large play area and children's farm, plant show homes and many restaurants and cafés are a hit with young and old alike.

Statue in Sanssouci terrace garden with Sanssouci Palace in the background
Sanssouci Palace and Park

Frederick the Great sketched the designs for Sanssouci Palace and Park (and its famous garden terrace) himself — so he could take his strolls there. The New Palace and picture gallery were built later. At the top of the castle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, lies the sepulchre of Frederick II.

Boat tour on a lake in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz

The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz is a UNESCO World Heritage site that fuses cultural enjoyment with striking natural beauty. Visitors to the castles and car parks can make use of a route plan showing a 'traffic light system' of obstacles and barriers.

Aerial photo of Königstein Fortress
Königstein Fortress

Of the around 1,000 Saxon castles that are open to public view, Königstein Fortress is probably the most accessible site. A special map helps wheelchair users get around, while a tactile model enables partially sighted visitors to feel their way around the fortress.

View of Wilhelma Gardens in Stuttgart with the historical conservatory building
Wilhelma Gardens in Stuttgart

Wilhelma Gardens in the City of Stuttgart encompasses both the Wilhelm I Royal Park containing historical buildings — once the King's private retreat — as well as a modern zoological botanical garden. A free map aids orientation and provides details of the barrier-free circular tour.

Exterior view of Hambach Castle with vineyards in the foreground
Hambach Castle

Recently extensively restored, Hambach Castle — a cradle of German democracy since the Hambach Festival — sits in splendour high above oceans of vines. The castle's exhibition is well worth viewing, as are the majestic views over the Rhineland Plain. Guided tours are available for visitors with learning difficulties.

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