Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany by both area and population. Its 4 Million inhabitants make it the second most populous city proper of the European Union after London. Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media and science. Its economy is based on high-tech firms and the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporations and convention venues. Berlin is home to world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums, and entertainment venues, and is host to many sporting events. Its Zoological Garden is the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular worldwide. With the world’s oldest large-scale movie studio complex, Berlin is an increasingly popular location for international film productions. The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a very high quality of living. Berlin wheelchair access travel is of a high standard, with many much provision for disability travel.
Berlin’s public toilets provide sufficient space for wheelchair users and people with impaired mobility. Transport is good in terms of access, as are public buildings.
Attractions and Opportunities
Many train stations and public transport are designed accessible. This enables you to quickly reach your destination, whether that be the hotel, attraction or the airport. More information can be found on the following website:
All public transportation buses in Berlin are equipped with a folding ramp. Many bus stops also have an orientation system for blind people. Wheelchair users should wait at a clearly visible spot at the stop so that the bus driver can easily see them. On short buses the wheelchair entrance is at the rear and on articulated (bending) buses at the middle. A blue call button with the wheelchair symbol alerts the bus driver to fold out the ramp when getting on or off the bus. Passengers with a valid ID card for the severely disabled travel for free. Those with the code “B” on their pass can also take along an accompanying person for free.
Unfortunately there are very few taxis in Berlin that can transport wheelchairs. Trips should therefore be booked early. A list of wheelchair taxi providers can be found here:http://rollstuhltaxi-berlin.de/category/taxis/
Any taxi can be used if the wheelchair user can transfer himself or herself from the wheelchair and the wheelchair fits in the trunk. Taxi Berlin can be reached at 030 – 202020 to order a minivan or a station wagen – inform them that you are traveling with a wheelchair.
Or you can order a minivan taxi directly at mytaxi.de.
In addition there are several shuttle services in Berlin for people with disabilities. A list of providers can be found here: http://rollstuhltaxi-berlin.de/category/fahrdienste/
There are quite a few bodies of water in Berlin. Thefore there are also a number of ferries, which are all wheelchair accessible. The landing piers are also all wheelchair accessible according to the BVG, the public transportation provider.