Travellers with Disabilities
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- Germany is fairly progressive when it comes to barrier-free travel. Access ramps and/or lifts are available in many public buildings, including train stations, museums, concert halls and cinemas. In historical towns, though, cobblestone streets make getting around difficult.
- Trains, trams, underground trains and buses are increasingly accessible. Some stations also have grooved platform borders to assist blind passengers in navigating. Seeing-eye dogs are allowed on all forms of public transport. For the hearing impaired, upcoming station names are often displayed electronically on public transport.
- Newer hotels have lifts and rooms with extra-wide doors and spacious bathrooms.
- Some car rental agencies offer hand-controlled vehicles and vans with wheelchair lifts at no charge, but you must reserve them well in advance. In parking lots and garages, look for designated spots marked with a wheelchair symbol.
- Many local and regional tourist offices have special brochures (usually in German) for people with disabilities.
Deutsche Bahn Mobility Service Centre (01806-996 633, ext 9 for English; www.bahn.com) Train access information and route planning assistance. The website has useful information in English (search for 'barrier-free travel').
German National Tourist Office (www.germany.travel) Search for 'barrier free' for helpful info on accessible travel in Germany, including details on sights and attractions, bookings and transport.