The Teutoburger Wald removes barriers

Holidays without obstacles? The Teutoburger Wald (forest) makes this possible. Whoever is dependent on a wheelchair or walker rollator, is pushing a pram or just wants to take things easier can experience culture and nature in the region with its most famous landmarks, the Hermann Monument near Detmold and the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument at Porta Westfalica. Comfort and relaxation count here and not obstacles. They are, as everyone knows, there to be got rid of.

The people responsible for tourism in the region have set an aim to make the Teutoburger Wald easier to experience for guests with disabilities and they have committed themselves to this. With success : then an increasing number of the overnight accommodation, restaurants and tourist destinations in the region have been getting the certification for the federal category ” Travel for Everyone”. The constantly increasing data bank provides reliable information on the barrier free offers. The newly published brochure “Holidays Without Obstacles in the Teutoburger Wald” offers a compact view as to what can be experienced at the crossover point from the North German lowlands to the mountains of the Mittelgebirge as far as wellness, walking, nature and culture are concerned. After all, barrierfreedom is an asset we all profit from.

Day trips and package deals

The brochure gives advice for day trips, for example the Salzsiederstadt (the salt industry town) Bad Salzuflen which is full of tradition, the open air museum in Detmold or the art and cultural town Bielefeld. ” Step free” walks, barrierfree walking tours, castles, museums and lovely parks are introduced making a worthwhile, relaxed and exciting trip for even only one day. Even the climb to the Hermann Monument can be easily managed using a rented electric car if you’re not so good on foot.

Whoever wishes to stay longer in the Teutoburger Wald will find interesting deals in the brochure which are as varied as the region itself. You will find hotels and guesthouses catering to the needs of their guests, with or without handicaps, in the middle of untouched nature and imposing countryside with many places of interest. The offers range from a three-day golf introductory weekend for singles and families to an art special, developed especially for people with mobility disabilities. There is also the Römer – Lippe route, the first bike route to be certified by “Travel for Everyone”, going through the region, starting in Detmold.

I’m going to treat myself to that today!

Whether for a day or a short holiday : The subject of wellness is well represented in the Teutoburger Wald, which has not been called the ” Healing garden of Germany” without good reason. The expansive thermal hot springs with vital-sole and dream-water-lounge, the imposing graduation house and the beautiful parks as well as the beach, specially laid out in the spa park in Bad Salzuflen, invite you to leave your day to day life behind you and say to yourself : ” I’m going to treat myself to that today!”

These and other tips for a barrierfree holiday or day trips can be found in the brochure “Holidays Without Obstacles in the Teutoburger Wald”, which also lists all the certified attractions, museums, restaurants and tourist information. You can order it, free of charge, immediately at the Teutoburger Wald tourist information center, telephone 0521-9673325, or by using the QR code as well as by using the given website address.

Further offers for a barrierfree stay in the Teutoburger Wald can be found on


Text: Teutoburger Wald Tourismus, photos: Teutoburger Wald Tourismus/M. Schoberer