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Wheelchair user on a bench in Berlin's neighbourhood
Wheelchair user in Berlin's neighbourhood © visitBerlin, Foto: Andi Weiland/Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Insider tips for an accessible Berlin

Anything but boring.

You are acquainted with Berlin’s most important attractions. You have already tried out the food scene. And now it is time for something special! No matter whether you are a wheelchair user, parents with a pram, or a visually- or hearing-impaired person – these are our insider tips for Berlin:

The prosthesis manufacturer Otto Bock operates the Ottobock Science Center, between Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz. The free exhibition “Begreifen was uns bewegt” (Discover what moves us), gives you the chance to find out more about your own body in an interactive, playful way.

Science Center Otto Bock - interactive
Science Center Otto Bock © Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH

The Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europasportpark (swimming and diving arena) (short: SSE) was built on the occasion of Berlin’s application to host the Olympic Games. Here you can plunge into the therapy pool at 33°C. Access to the indoor swimming pool, changing rooms, showers and toilets is also barrier-free. Tactile guidance strips will guide the blind and visually-impaired through the pool area.

Out and about without barriers in Berlin’s neighbourhoods

Kreuzberg and Neukölln – they are currently the trendy districts in the city. Those wanting to experience the casual Berlin lifestyle are in exactly the right place on a tour through the neighbourhood. The route was designed by the Sozialhelden e.V. and leads wheelchair users through the city in a way which is accessible.

Ideally, it would always be summer in Berlin, then there would be no end to the open air cinema season. The three large open air cinemas in the capital, Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Rehberge, provide ultimate film indulgence for the hearing-impaired with an induction loop.

Open-air cinema Friedrichshain in Berlin
Open-air cinema Friedrichshain © Pfiffl Medien GmbH, Foto: Kay Siegert

Workshops for the blind in Berlin

“Blind Date” is the name of the make-up course in the Berlin Lippenstift-Museum, which you can book on request. Once a month, blind people and the visually-impaired can be advised and made up here in style.

Create your own chocolate in the Colourful chocolate world of Ritter Sport. Why not participate in a 70-minute workshop in the chocolate factory and make two boxes of chocolate with all of your favourite ingredients? Here too, you should register beforehand.

For those of you who aim high, a climbing course in the T-Hall in Neukölln is just the thing. Even blind people can scale the climbing wall by using their instinct and under the instruction of a trainer.

You can also find more experience tips here at berlinfuerblinde.de

Partying without barriers in Berlin

The Kumpelnest 3000 is legendary among deaf people in Berlin as a location for going out and partying. Famous bands and DJs, a flirt station and all sorts of glitter are on hand, when Rock’n’Rolli invites you to come party in Berlin.

You can also celebrate in style at the Pride Parade, which passes through Berlin once a year, organised by the “Bündnis der behindert und verrückt feiern Pride Parade Berlin”.