Travellers with Disabilities
- Hamburg 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.
- 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.
Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.
It's also worth checking out the online information from Hamburg's city authorities (www.hamburg.com/visitors/hamburg-for/disabled-persons). It includes an accommodation list, deals with public transport and covers some of the city's barrier-free attractions.