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14 days in Germany with 15 year old son in Wheel Chair

We are planning on flying into Berlin, spending 3 days and then flying to Munich for about a week, three days in Munich with side trips to Salzburg, the Dolomites, Zurich and then take the Romantic Road up to Frankfurt and fly back to the states. Is this a doable program in 14 days and what would be good places to visit with a son in a wheel chair.

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This is all doable. Instead of a bus tour through Berlin consider taking a boat tour. You'll see all the good sights (almost all) while being seated. Another great boat ride around Berlin is from Wannsee to Potsdam to pass by at least some of the castles. Mt. Zugspitze is also doable for handicapped people as all floors of the summit building are connected by elevator. The cable car from the Austrian Ehrwald is more handicapped-friendly as even people in wheelchairs get to enjoy the view on the ride up and down. The Bavarian one from Eibsee is too old. Alternatively you can take the cable car to Zugspitzplatt and then take a handicapped-friendly cable car to the summit.

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We just returned from 11 days with our 13 year old boy in a wheelchair. Most train stations are wheelchair friendly; we used the DeutscheBahn site for links to maps of most of the larger stations before we left home. Although at home we use a bigger wheelchair, for travel we use a Cruiser, which collapses to about the size of a golf bag, small enough for most European car trunks. On trains, we ride in the bicycle car; it's usually the easiest to get a wheelchair in and out of. For a 15 year old, a must do is the Deutsche Museum in Munich, the world's largest museum for planes, trains, and automobiles, and anything else mechanical. It's all guy stuff. (I'm sure others will tell you about all the art museums as well.) Don't be afraid to splurge a little on hotels that have elevators and large enough rooms for stretching. Siestas are not just for southern Europe. Have fun!

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Hi Tim, Can you be more specific about how many days/nights you have after 3 days in Berlin? In the title it says 14 days, then in your post it says "about a week" after 3 days in Berlin. I'm also wondering why Zurich is in your plans. After Berlin, if you have about a week, with 3 days in Munich and 4 days for the rest, you have 4-5 pretty spread out destinations for 4 days. If you have 11 days (14 total), I'd still be wondering why you're going all the way to Zurich. How are you getting around? Car or train/bus? Paul