Berlin for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
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Berlin can be loud when the bass in the club is cranked up. Or very quiet, during a stroll through the Grunewald. But above all, Berlin has its own rhythm – and this is felt by all visitors. The capital also provides infinite opportunities for the hearing-impaired and deaf to discover its tourist attractions and cultural sites.
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Berlin’s museums and exhibitions are a treat for the eyes. Guided tours in sign language as well as hearing aids convey even more interesting facts about the exhibitions, such as the Martin-Gropius-Bau, in the Museum for Film and Television or in the German Historical Museum.
- An overview of all guides can be found on the Berlin museums portal
The Berlin stages are also an experience in themselves: hearing aid facilities can be found at the Berlin Philharmonic for example. Some operas and theatres are especially adapted for people with hearing impairments and provide the appropriate devices. It is best to enquire about what is offered before visiting the cultural institution.
The Berlin Zoo will guide you through the animal world in German sign language. Here you will get a peek behind the scenes and will even take part in a feeding.
- Guided Zoo Tour (only in German)
Spend an evening in one of Berlin’s cinemas which show films with subtitles:
What’s more, the Kumpelnest 3000 is a popular location amongst deaf Berliners for going out and partying.
On tour through the capital
City guide Annette Jänichen offers tours through Berlin and Potsdam for deaf people. Together with interpreters and sign language, she will give you an insight into the history of both cities. The great thing is: the tours are also suitable for those who can hear.
- Guided tour for deaf people (only in German)
Additional tips and information can be found at the Gehörlosenverband Berlin e.V..