Barrier-free travel in Germany

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wheelchair logoIt tends to be that specialist tour operators provide holidays for those with disabilities or impairments but now that German tourist board has issued an accessibility holiday guide that allows the traveller to plan where they can go rather than being limited by what tour operators have on offer.

This isn’t the first they have published – that was three years ago – but few tourist boards pay more than lip service despite the figures showing that the tourism market for those possessing disabilities runs into billions within Europe.

The guide has suggestions for cycling holidays for blind people, “free climbing” in mountain regions, rugby games, quad tours or canoeing for wheelchair users, plus darkened ‘sensory’ tours are just a few of the activities available, for people with disabilities, through this new guide.

The brochure, “BarrierFree Tourism in Germany,” outlines the pursuits available region by region and gives details of how to get further information.  It includes river cruises, beach and water wheelchair holidays, a museum for the blind in which all visitors go through the exhibits in complete darkness, the dazzling Phaeno Science Museum in Wolfsburg with its hands-on, sensory exhibits plus BarrierFree hiking tours, to name a few activities.  The new guide is available from the GNTO’s webshop, free of charge: www.germany.travel/barrierfree

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