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Kulturzentrum Festung Ehrenbreitstein

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  • Festung Ehrenbreitstein
    / Festung Ehrenbreitstein
    Photo: Koblenz Touristik / Dominik Ketz
  • / Festung Ehrenbreitstein - Lange Linie
    Photo: Friedrich Gier
  • / Dachgärten
    Photo: Friedrich Gier
  • / Festung mit Seilbahn
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Festung bei Rhein in Flammen
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Festung im winterlichen Gewand
    Photo: Henry Tornow
With a more than 3000-year-old history, reaching back to the Celts, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is already a special feature due to its long period of use.
At 118 metres above the Rhine, the fortress has the most fantastic views over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the second largest preserved fortress in Europe, was constructed in its present form between 1817 and 1828. Its origin dates back to the year 1000. Today the fortress is home to the Landesmuseum Koblenz with its diverse exhibitions (e.g. the technical history and archaeology of the country, fortress history with over 20 exciting stations, multimedia presentations and much more), and is also home to the Ehrenmal des Heeres army monument and the Koblenz youth hostel. Ehrenbert Conradine had the fortress built in the year 1000, from whose name “Ehrenbertstein” over time became the “Ehrenbreitstein”. In the 11th century the fortress passed into the ownership of the Trier Archbishop Poppo, whose successors expanded the facilities. The castle hill was enhanced with the Helfenstein fortress in the 12th century, this was later home to counts. Under Archbishop Richard von Greiffenclau in the 15th century there was construction to make the fortress secure against artillery. (Tip: Visit the impressive “Vogel Greif”, the largest canon in Europe in its time and which is still a reminder of this century.) The fortress saw a brisk change of ownership during the Thirty Years’ War. French troops besieged the fortress in 1797 and could only be forced to hand it over in 1799 by being starved out. The fortress was blown up in 1801. After the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the Electorate of Trier for the Rhenish area passed to the Kingdom of Prussia. King Friedrich Wilhelm III ordered the expansion of Koblenz into a fortified city, making it one of the largest fortifications in Europe.

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Open Nov 02, 2020 through Jan 10, 2021 from 10:00–16:30.
Open Jan 11, 2021 through Mar 27, 2021 from 10:00–17:00.
Open Mar 28, 2021 through Oct 31, 2021 from 10:00–18:00.

April - Oktober
10.00 – 18.00 Uhr
18.00 – 00:00 Uhr freier Zutritt Gelände und Gastronomie

November - März
10.00 – 17.00 Uhr
17.00 – 00:00 Uhr freier Zutritt Gelände und Gastronomie

Am 24. und 31. Dezember geschlossen
 

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Coordinates

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50.364299, 7.614126
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50°21'51.5"N 7°36'50.9"E
UTM
32U 401432 5580054
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Disability access

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Accessibility certified

Walking disability and wheelchair users

  • Parking for people with disabilities
  • Step-free access to the building/object/terrain (via elevator/ramp if necessary)
  • All other rooms and facilities available to the guests are infinitely accessible by elevator or ramp
  • 90 cm minimum width of all passageways/doors
  • 80 cm minimum width of all passageways/doors
  • 70 cm minimum width of all passageways/doors
  • Toilets for people with disabilities
  • Lateral accessible toilet for a wheelchair
  • Hinged grab rail in the toilet at least on the accessible side

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility certified - accessible for people with walking disabilities and wheelchair users".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.

  • There are three marked parking spaces for people with disabilities (parking space size: 350 cm x 500 cm).
  • The path from the car park to the museum ticket office is 70 m long and has a maximum longitudinal gradient of 4 % over a distance of 50 m.
  • The "Ehrenbreitstein" bus stop is located 20 metres from the museum ticket office.
  • The terrain and all evaluated rooms and facilities available to the guests are steplessly accessible.
  • The platform of the inclined lifts to the fortress square and to the special exhibition measures 150 cm x 124 cm.
  • The elevator cabins have the following sizes:
    lift in the museums area tower Unnamed: 110 cm x 140 cm,
    Lift to the exhibition area WeinReich: 106 cm x 143 cm,
    Lift in the exhibition area excavation: 106 cm x 140 cm,
    Lift in the area of the special exhibition: 110 cm x 200 cm.
  • Almost all evaluated passageways/doors available to the guests are at least 90 cm wide. Exception: The passageway at the turnstile behind the museum ticket office is 85 cm wide. On request, a 200 cm wide passageway can be used alternatively.
  • The counter of the museum cash desk is 112 cm high.
  • Paths are in most cases easy to walk on and drive on and have maximum longitudinal inclinations of up to 6% over a length of 20 m (or alternatively lifts are available).
  • The exhibits are predominately visible when seated. The information is predominately readable when seated.
  • Guided tours for people with walking impairments and wheelchair users are offered. A reservation in advance is necessary. Mobile or fixed seats are available, which may be used during the guided tour. The entire route of the guided tour is steplessly accessible.
  • Offered aids: wheelchair, (wheeled) walker

Public toilet for people with disabilities at the entrance (museum ticket office)

  • The toilet door can be opened with a Euro-key.
  • The manoeuvring spaces are:
    in front of the toilet and the washbasin 200 cm x 160 cm;
    left and right of the toilet at least 100 cm x 70 cm.
  • There are grab rails available on the right and left of the toilet. The grab rails can be flipped-up.
  • The sink is wheelchair compatible.
  • The mirror can be seen while standing or sitting.
  • An alarm trigger is available.

Public toilet for people with disabilities in the area of the special exhibition

  • The manoeuvring spaces are:
    in front of the toilet and the washbasin 200 cm x 150 cm;
    left and right of the toilet at least 97 cm x 52 cm.
  • There are grab rails available on the right and left of the toilet. The grab rails can be flipped-up.
  • The sink has limited access.
  • The mirror can be seen while standing or sitting.
  • An alarm trigger is available.
PDF report on accessibility for Walking disability and wheelchair users

Hearing impaired and deaf

  • Audio induction loop

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.

  • There is no alarm.
  • There is no audio induction loop system in the museum ticket office.
  • An outgoing emergency call in the elevators is confirmed audibly.
  • The information on the exhibits is provided in writing and audibly (audio guide with induction loop, films).
  • Guided tours for people with hearing impairment and deaf people (in German sign language) are offered. A reservation in advance is necessary.
PDF report on accessibility for Hearing impaired and deaf

Visually impaired and blind

  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Information in Braille or in prismatic font
  • Tactile offers (tactile model, site plan, etc.)
  • Offers in pictorial language (guided tours, audio guides, etc.)

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility certified - partially accessible for people with visual impairments and blind people".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.

  • Assistance dogs are allowed in relevant areas/rooms.
  • There are visually contrasting or tactilely detectable ground indicators from the parking lot to the entrance area and through a good part of the fortress' exterior. However, the exhibition rooms do not allow for independent orientation for blind people.
  • All evaluated and usable areas for the guest are well illuminated, i.e. bright and glare-free.
  • The signage is designed in clearly legible and contrasting font.
  • There are glass doors without safety markings.
  • An outgoing emergency call in the elevators is confirmed audibly. The break position is usually announced by spoken commands.
  • Steps are not visually rich in contrast. Stairs have at least a handrail on one side.
  • The exhibits are usually well illuminated.
  • The information on the exhibits is provided in writing and audibly (audio guide, films).
  • In the outdoor area there are some tactile models with explanations in Braille.
  • Guided tours for people with visual impairments and blind people are offered. A reservation in advance is necessary. Tactilely detectable exhibits are integrated in the guided tour.
PDF report on accessibility for Visually impaired and blind

Cognitive disability

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.

  • The name or logo of the facility is clearly recognizable from the outside.
  • There is no colored or pictorial guidance system available.
  • The information on the exhibits is provided in writing and audibly (audio guide, films).
  • There is no information in easy language.
  • There are no guided tours available for people with cognitive impairments.
PDF report on accessibility for Cognitive disability
This audit report was prepared by: Reisen für Alle
Period of certification: September 01, 2020 - August 31, 2023

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Hans Janssens
January 02, 2019 · Community
Mooi onderhouden kasteel, mooie infrastructuur interessant op winterdagen en minder mooie dagen; in een aantal nevenzalen zijn er nog wat andere tijdelijke tentoonstellingen inbegrepen. wijzelf hebben net buiten het domein geparkeerd (Greiffenklaustrasse), 2 uur met parkeerschijf; deze tijd was voor ons voldoende.
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Kulturzentrum Festung Ehrenbreitstein

56077 Koblenz
Phone (0049) 261 66750

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