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Barrier-free travel in and to Berlin

Berlin historically stands for the Berlin Wall, an insurmountable barrier that divided the city for years. Berliners successfully removed this barrier more than 30 years ago. Now the city is also working on removing everyday barriers. Below you will find facts on how to travel to and in Berlin without barriers. Which museum is our accessible recommendation and which park shows its best accessible side.

  • Getting to Berlin
  • public transportation in Berlin
  • barrier-free museum - Culture in Berlin
  • Park - Berlin is green

Arrival: Welcome to Berlin

Berlin has 3 major gateways. The airport is on the outskirts of the city, the main railway station in the middle of the city and the ZOB (central bus station) at the exhibition grounds in City West.

All three are new, modern, and barrier-free. But be patient, especially at the airport and the main station. The number of elevators often does not correspond to the number of users, it is simply full.

It is important to get support from the right contacts:

  • BER: Berlin Brandenburg Airport
    • Airport Info (24/7): +49 (0)30 - 6091 58438
    • Free mobility service in the departure area, marketplace, level E1 from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Deutsche Bahn Mobility Centers
    • The mobility centers of Deutsche Bahn offer, among other things, a free escort service. Register in good time at: Mobility Service Center: +49 (0)1806 - 512 512, msz@deutschebahn.com
  • ZOB
    • The ZOB is barrier-free - only the routes from the S-Bahn or U-Bahn to the ZOB are very Berlin-like and, unfortunately, a bit bumpy. Here too, take your time and you'll be fine.
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Public transportation in Berlin

Public transportation in Berlin is like in all big cities - great. Modern trains run almost everywhere and when an "old" train that is not barrier-free arrives, the frequency is so tight that it is almost unnoticeable.

The BVG, our local public transport provider, offers a great service. Download the BVG Muva app and you can use the following service:

- Travel to a station with an elevator for people with reduced mobility,
- people with baby carriages,
- rollators,
- luggage, etc.

If you would like to use the BVG Muva app for Android but do not have a Google account, please send an e-mail to info.bvgmuva@bvg.de and you will receive a direct link to the download.

Man in a wheelchair wants to get on the streetcar and presses the door button Photo: Freepik

Culture in Berlin

Our tip for a barrier-free cultural experience is definitely the Humboldt Forum on Unter den Linden between Museum Island, Alexanderplatz, and the Nikolai Quarter. This historic site was once home to the City Palace and then the Palace of the Republic.

Now there is the Humboldt Forum, a building based on the former Berlin City Palace. It is new, unique, and also a little controversial. We would be delighted to hear your opinion on the Humboldt Forum.

The National Museums in Berlin present the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art here. You will also find a permanent Berlin exhibition here.

Important for you: Equal cultural participation is practiced here under the motto EIN FORUM FÜR ALLE (A FORUM FOR ALL).

Find out more here: https://www.humboldtforum.org/en/barrierefreiheit/

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Berlin is green

Berlin is big, Berlin is green. Which of the many parks do we think is particularly suitable for a barrier-free visit?

Our tip is the "Park am Gleisdreieck", an urban area in Kreuzberg, near Potsdamer Platz. The park is certified by "Travel for All".

On a former railroad site, you will find large lawns, play and sports areas, wild vegetation and - also very important - one of the most beautiful beer gardens in the city with BRLO (our EasyCityPass partner).

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