Blind or visually impaired guests
We want blind and visually impaired visitors to feel welcome in the Rhineland-Palatinate.
In order to bring visually impaired holidaymakers in touch with the beauty of the landscape, the cultural treasures and the diversity of the visitor's region, the Rhineland-Palatinate has developed special tourist attractions.
A few of these attractions can be experienced by visually impaired or blind holidaymakers. However, it is often advantageous to have an escort. Our package is not yet all-encompassing, however there should be something for every guest.
Excursion tip: Mainz
The state capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate is definitely worth a visit. If you want to get to know the city of Mainz, you will learn all relevant information during a guided tour around the city. Additionally, the Mainz Tourist Service Centre offers individual, disabled accessible city tours. Prior registration is requested. Furthermore, visitors can borrow a relief book containing the most important Mainz attractions at the Tourist Service Centre.
The Mainz State Museum, one of the oldest museums in Germany, is also recommended. It houses significant collections of art and cultural artifacts in addition to changing exhibits. The museum has guide strips for the blind, hands-on objects, an audio guide and haptic books.
Excursion tip: Koblenz
Koblenz, the only city on both the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, has interesting attractions for visually impaired and blind visitors. You will learn exciting facts about the peculiarities and the eventful city history during a guided tour. The Koblenz tourism office organises tours with specially trained guides. Prior registration is recommended.
Float above the Rhine in the disabled accessible cableway that runs to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Visitors with white canes are able to find their way thanks to the tactile ground guidance system. Multiple hands-on objects convey an overview of the imposing fortress. Furthermore, information is available in Braille as well as in an audio guide.In the Koblenz State Museum, located on the fortress property, visitors can touch exhibits in the hands-on area of the house of archaeology that would otherwise be sitting in display cases. Individual tours can also be arranged with advance registration.
The Middle Rhine Museum in the Forum Confluentes houses over 200 years of art and cultural history. The permanent exhibition contains paintings and sculptures ranging from medieval to contemporary art. The museum is partially accessible for people with visual impairments.
Natural experience in the national park
Eifel National Park is the place to be for nature lovers. The disabled accessible nature experience room "Wilder Kermeter" has a finely gravelled network of trails that run for 6 kilometres and through the national park. Visually impaired hikers are led through the national park with the help of tactile systems along the imposing copper beeches. Key points are furnished with a paved guidance system, attention fields and guide strips. All information is available in large print as well as in Braille. Furthermore, an audio guide and a terrain model convey more interesting knowledge. After an invigorating hike, loungers invite you to rest and relax. Stop and listen to the sounds of the forest. You will be inspired! You can find more information on the website of Nationalpark Eifel.
You'll find relaxation in the Vulkaneifel district's thermal baths in Bad Bertrich, the famed top-class wellness experience. The Vulkaneifel thermal baths harbour the only Glauber's salt thermal baths in Germany. Relax during a bath in the thermal pools or escape from everyday life in the diverse sauna area. Rest in the fireplace lounge or rejuvenate your vitality through various treatments. The Vulkaneifel district's thermal baths are certified compliant for those who are visually impaired as well as those who are blind.
The Palatinate region houses excellent thermal baths too. The magnificent thermal landscape of the southern Palatinate's thermal baths in Bad Bergzaubern offers pure relaxation. Enjoy a steam bath or a variety of infusion saunas in the covered sauna garden or recharge your batteries in the Dead Sea salt grotto. The offering is rounded out with various wellness and health treatments. The southern Palatinate's thermal baths are perfectly suited for visually impaired guests and some are equipped for blind visitors.