Disabled Travel in Germany: Tourism without Barriers
Disabled travel in Germany is anything but unexciting. In fact, Germany offers holidaymakers with restricted mobility a wide range of vacation options. These choices include a growing number of tour packages that feature barrier-free accommodation, activities and services. Germany’s many resources benefit not only individuals with physical restrictions but also elderly people, travellers with prams, families with children etc.
A number of different organizations and associations are on hand to offer advice and information about planning and organizing your holiday in Germany. On this site you will find a variety of useful links to service centers, other websites, etc. that cater to the disabled traveler. These resources can also provide information about barrier-free holidays in Germany for people who are blind, partially sighted, deaf or partially deaf.
Disabled Traveler’s Guide – Feel Free to Travel
The NatKo (National Tourism Coordination Agency for All People e. V.) is the central organisation for any enquiries concerning “tourism without barriers”. The organisation is supported by the main associations for the disabled in Germany and co-operates with its partners in order to develop new concepts and solutions for the improvement of travel and holiday opportunities for people with limited mobility. Those who want to enjoy holidays without barriers find a variety of information concerning “tourism for all people” on the WebSite of the NatKo (www.natko.de). One of the major features of this WebSite is the NatKo Guide “Who is helping?”, for instance, in which you will find offers and addresses of travel advice centres for disabled tourists as well as a list of tour operators that offer suitable programmes and many other important facts.
The website you-too informs on the accessibility of public buildings. Reliable information regarding appropriate accommodation or leisure activities makes active travelling for disabled or elderly persons easier. It allows for mobility – and for joy of life.
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Travel Without Barriers
The Deutsche Bahn (German railway) offers transportation service to the disabled. You can book this in advance using an individual hotline (+49 (0) 18 05 / 512 512) from Monday through Friday, from 8am to 12pm, and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm. Germany also has 385 railway stations which have lifting aides or mobile ramps. Under certain prerequisites, the disabled and their escorts travel by train free-of-charge or at reduced rates. You can find more information in the extensive brochure “Information for Disabled Travelers”, available at all DB ticket counters or by ordering directly on the Internet. Check the Deutsche Bahn website for their services for the Handicapped.
The Lufthansa AG Air Travel Without Barriers Service should be booked in advance – if possible at the same time as making the flight reservation. For further details see http://www.lufthansa.com/ or ask your local travel agent. Alternatively, contact Lufthansa on +49 (0) 18 03 / 803 803 with your specific enquiries.