Berlin is well known for its wide variety of tourist attractions. Whether one prefers a visit to one of the museums, a quiet evening at the movies or a tour through the city’s center, there is something for everybody.
The following sights in Berlin are especially suited for people with disabilities:
- Reichstag building: in order to visit the German parliament building and its glass dome it is necessary to register in advance at: //visite.bundestag.de/BAPWeb/pages/createBookingRequest.jsf?lang=en. There are special offers for blind and visually impaired visitors: //www.visitberlin.de/en/article/berlin-for-the-visually-impaired
- Standing at Pariser Platz, the square in front of the Brandenburg Gate, you can see through the Gate, along the grand boulevard “Straße des 17. Juni”, all the way to the Siegessäule (Victory Column). The panorama platform at the top of the Siegessäule unfortunately can only be reached by stairs.
- Unter den Linden: Despite the many construction sites and its sometimes uneven pavement Berlin’s famous promenade is accessible.
- Television Tower (Fernsehturm): People with mobility restrictions (wheelchair users, people with walkers or walking aids) can only admire the Television Tower from below. Despite having an elevator, the observation deck is only open to visitors who are able to walk unassisted because of fire safety regulations. An explanation of this situation (in German) can be found here: //community.wheelmap.org/berliner-fernsehturm/
- Kurfürstendamm: The famous shopping promenade with many luxury boutiques and the upscale department store KaDeWe.
- Museum Island (Museumsinsel): An island in the middle of the River Spree with five world-renowned museums surrounded by parks.
- The Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer) is a reminder of the time when Germany was divided and is fully accessible.
- Potsdamer Platz has changed dramatically since the reunification of German: with its skyscrapers and the Sony-Center it has become one of Berlin’s landmarks.
- The Gendarmenmarkt: The beautiful square with the Concert House, the German cathedral and the French cathedral is a very popular tourist spot which gives a glimpse into the cultural history of Berlin.
- One of the last remnants of the Berlin Wall is the Eastside Gallery, a segment of the wall of more than one kilometer which was painted by international artists.
- The Aquadom and SEALIFE are fully wheelchair accessible and are an especially good alternative on a rainy day.
More accessible tourist attractions can be found here: //www.visitberlin.de/en/article/sights
Berlin has many different types of museums. Here is a small selection of museums that are accessible:
- Naturkundemuseum (Natural History Museum)
- Neues Museum
- Medizinhistorisches Museum Charite (Museum of Medical History)
A large selection of additional wheelchair accessible museums can be found on Wheelmap.org. If one comes across incorrect information on the map, the information can be corrected directly: //wheelmap.org/en/map/berlin/museum/wheelchair/yes
In a metropolis in which culture plays such an important role, accessible theaters are a must:
A small selection:
- Stage Theater des Westens
- Die Wühlmäuse am Theo
- Deutsche Oper
- Theater Rambazamba
You can find more wheelchair accessible theaters at Wheelmap.org: //wheelmap.org/en/map/berlin/theatre/wheelchair/yes
VisitBerlin provides some suggestions and information on museums and culture in Berlin here: //www.visitberlin.de/en/article/museums-art:
Berlin has many cinemas of which a good number are accessible:
- Many of the cinemas of the York-Kinogruppe
- The three Berlin UCI-Kinos
- The Cinestar cinemas are wheelchair accessible
- The Cinemaxx cinema at Potsdamer Platz offers movies with audio descriptions
Suggestions for people who are blind or visually impaired can be found on visitBerlin’s website: //www.visitberlin.de/en/article/berlin-for-the-visually-impaired