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Travellers with Disabilities

Generally speaking, Munich caters well for the needs of the Behinderte (disabled), especially the wheelchair-bound. You’ll find access ramps and/or lifts in many public buildings, including train stations, museums, theatres and cinemas. New hotels and some renovated establishments have lifts and rooms with extra-wide doors and spacious, accessible bathrooms. Nearly all trains are accessible, and the city's buses and U-Bahns are becoming increasingly so. Seeing-eye dogs are allowed on all forms of public transport.

Many local and regional tourism offices have special brochures for people with disabilities, although usually in German. Good general resources include the following:

  • Deutsche Bahn Mobility Service Centre (0180 651 2512; www.bahn.com) Train-access information and route-planning assistance.

  • German National Tourism Office (www.germany.travel) Your first port of call, with inspirational information in English. Click on 'Travel Barrier Free'.

  • Munich for Physically Challenged Tourists (www.munich.de) Searching the official Munich tourism website will produce gigabytes of info on everything for travellers with disabilities, from Oktoberfest to local clubs and organisations to special ride services.

  • Natko (www.natko.de) Central clearing house for enquiries about barrier-free travel in Germany.