Cultural treasures on Museum Island, history at the Berlin Wall, a photo in front of the Brandenburg Gate – these are aspects of the capital that you simply have to experience. The majority of the top Berlin attractions are accessible.
Berlin’s top 10 attractions
Visit the transparent Reichstag dome barrier-free: you will gain immediate access via a separate entry. Given that the route to the glass dome ascends in a spiral shape, we recommend that wheelchair users visit the seat of the German Parliament together with an assistant. The Bundestag offers guided tours especially for partially-sighted people in the plenary room which is not open to other groups. While sitting in the MPs’ seats, you will be afforded the opportunity to gain a sensory impression of German politics.
The U-Bahn station Brandenburger Tor is barrier-free. A lift transports you directly in front of Pariser Platz which is accessible by wheelchair.
Unter den Linden
The construction work on the famous street Unter den Linden is still under way but the crossings on the accessible paths are equipped with slopes so that wheelchair users can pass through without any problems.
Berlin TV Tower
Due to the structural requirements which are intended to keep visitors safe in the event of an evacuation, wheelchair users and people who need assistance (this includes crutches), may not ascend the TV Tower. Visitors with reduced mobility must bear in mind that you have to descend almost 1,000 steps in case of an evacuation. The visually-impaired can take their guide dogs with them to the TV Tower.
Berlin’s famous shopping mile: The pavements of the Kurfürstendamm are easy to access with a wheelchair.
Berlin Wall Memorial
The Berlin Wall Memorial can be reached via the Nordbahnhof S-Bahn station, which is equipped with a lift and escalator. All exhibits are accessible and therefore suitable for wheelchair users; some paths are covered with fine gravel. You can also listen to some of the stories that are presented at the memorial.
All museums at Museum Island can be accessed with a wheelchair. However, access to the upper floor of the Pergamon Museum is restricted due to renovation works. If you want to reserve a wheelchair, please enquire on-site. Guided tours for the blind or for dementia patients are offered once a month. You can get information about this from the Berlin State Museums calendar and the central information service.
Potsdamer Platz is one of the most-visited squares in Berlin and is also an attractive shopping destination. The U- and S-Bahn at Potsdamer Platz are equipped with escalators and lifts and the square itself is also barrier-free.
Charlottenburg Palace/old palace
You can also visit Charlottenburg Palace in a variety of ways without any restrictions. Detailed information about accessible options can be found on the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin Brandenburg website.
The “Stadtmitte” stop of the U-Bahn line U2 has a lift and is situated close to Gendarmenmarkt. Berlin’s most beautiful square is accessible – the pavements have slopes for wheelchair users and prams at the appropriate crossings. Despite the fact that dogs are not permitted on the market square, guide dogs are allowed.
Barrier-free access in Berlin’s parks and gardens
The Botanical Garden invites blind people and the visually impaired to sensually experience the diversity of the plant world in a scent and touch garden. Here you can also hire wheelchairs free of charge.
The Gardens of the World in Berlin-Marzahn are absolutely perfect for an excursion into nature. The park has been awarded the signet “Berlin barrier-free”. There is also ground level access to the individual gardens as well as accessible toilets. Wheelchair users even gain free entry.
The Schönhausen Palace has made various services available which enable you to get to know the building, its history and the materials used here without any barriers. For example, the exploration tour through the palace is made easier with audio guides for the visually-impaired or video guides with German sign language for the hard of hearing. Further information can be found at The Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation.
Accessible Berlin for sports fans
All football fans can follow the matches of Hertha BSC at the Berlin Olympic stadium without any problems. Disabled access is available for wheelchair users. Visually-impaired visitors can reserve a seat for home games with the Hertha fan ambassador by phoning +49 (0)30 / 30 09 28 55. This gives you the chance to experience a live broadcast of the game with audio commentaries through headphones.
Other barrier-free attractions in Berlin
Certified as accessible according to the labelling system Reisen für alle (Travel for all) – and the following are especially recommended:
Other accessible services offered by Berlin attractions:
- Zoo and Tierpark Berlin (assistance service, hiring wheelchairs)
- Berlin Cathedral (suitable for wheelchairs, special guided tours for the blind and visually-impaired)
- Dungeon Berlin (suitable for wheelchairs)
- AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin (suitable for wheelchairs)
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