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Accessibility

As a cultural centre of the City of Munich, the Gasteig is open to everybody! Thanks to the advances in medicine and technology, it has become a matter of course for our disabled guests to exercise their right to participate in everyday life as much as possible. It has been a long standing policy and goal of the Gasteig to ensure the accessibility of the location to people with disabilities.

Persons in wheelchairs

People in wheelchairs or with mobility problems can access all the auditoriums, institutions and lecture rooms in the Gasteig without any restrictions. However, due to fire prevention regulations, people in wheelchairs can only access the auditoriums in the Gasteig when accompanied by another Person who can help in case of emergency. 

Barrier-free arrival by suburban trains is possible as there is a lift at the station Rosenheimer Platz. (Unfortunately, for technical reasons it could not be located near the exit to the Gasteig.) 

There are 19 designated parking spaces in the underground car-park for people with Disability Passes Class »G«/»aG« or with the blue parking badge. There are also two parking spaces in Kellerstraße 6. The use of these parking spaces when attending events or using the facilities of the Gasteig is free of charge. Please present the relevant document at the reception desk in the Glashalle (Glass Hall) and you will be given a free exit ticket for the same day.

All floors of the Gasteig building are freely accessible without barriers from the garage and also from the taxi drop-off point at the Philharmonie. 

The doors to the barrier-free passages on the second floor are 102 centimetres (c. 40 inches) wide. The entrances to the lifts are 90 centimetres (c. 35 inches) wide. 

All large concert halls at the Gasteig have designated spaces for persons with wheelchairs:

  • the Philharmonie (Philharmonic Hall) has 15,
  • the Carl-Orff-Saal (Carl Orff Hall) has 10,
  • the Kleiner Konzertsaal (Small Concert Hall) has 2,
  • the Black Box and the Vortragssaal der Bibliothek (Library Lecture Hall) each have 4.

The various sections of the Gasteig contain designated sanitary facilities which are suitable for disabled persons. They are equipped with an emergency button.

Person with visual impairment

Lifts provide Braille writing to help with orientation.
Guests with visual impairment can visit the events with their guide dog.

For guests with reduced hearing

We have fitted the Carl-Orff-Saal (Carl Orff Hall), the Foyer Carl-Orff-Saal (2nd floor), the Kleiner Konzertsaal (Small Concert Hall), the Black Box, the Vortragssaal der Bibliothek (Library Lecturing Hall) as well as the rooms 0131 and 0117 (ground floor) with audio induction loop system so that you can enjoy your experience at the Gasteig.

These systems transmit the spoken word directly to the hearing aid via a magnetic field, with the help of a microphone and an inductive loop system. This reduces external interference of the voice transmission and improves speech intelligibility.

The system is always in use for lectures and discussions with voice transmission as well as for film screenings. The system was optimised in cooperation with the Schwerhörigenverein München (the Munich association for hearing impairment).

Seating which is not recommended for persons with hearing aids is indicated on the following seating plans:

  • Carl-Orff-Saal (pdf, 130 KB)
    The following seats are not recommended for guests with reduced hearing: block S, rows 8 to 11; block U, rows 5 to 14, seats 16 to 24 respectively; blocks V and W entirely.
     
  • Black Box (pdf, 293 KB)
    The following seats are not recommended for guests with reduced hearing: orchestra, rows 9 to 16; all seats on balcony.
     
  • Kleiner Konzertsaal(pdf, 70 KB)
    All seats can be recommended for guests with reduced hearing.
     
  • Vortragssaal der Bibliothek (pdf, 70 KB)
    The following seats are not recommended for guests with reduced hearing: rows 1 to 8, seats 1 to 2 and 15 to 16 respectively.

The above files are available in German only. If you need further assistance, please contact us at .

Philharmonie (Philharmonic Hall)

Access: At ground level via the Celibidache Forum and/or the Kellerstraße; there is a lift from the garage to the hall. 
Wheelchair spaces: 15 (in Blocks E, F, and L). 
Lift: There is a barrier-free lift to almost all the seating blocks, apart from blocks M, N, Q and R. 
WC: There are accessible toilets on the basement level of the Philharmonie as well as in the foyer of the Carl-Orff-Saal (Carl Orff Hall), on the first floor. 
Possible barriers: There are no lifts to seating blocks M, N, Q and R. The steps in the hall are steep, and sometimes without handrails.
Seating blocks A to D can be reached via a ramp at Entrance D.

Carl-Orff-Saal (Carl Orff Hall)

Access: At ground level into the Glashalle (Glass Hall); from there via lift or escalator. 
Wheelchair spaces: 10 (in Blocks T and U). 
Lift: There are two barrier-free lifts, an escalator to the first floor, signage in Braille. 
WC: There is an accessible toilet in the foyer of the Carl-Orff-Saal, on the first floor. 
Possible barriers: There are steep steps in Block S.
The audio induction loop system will be activated on request at events with amplified sound (speech and film).

Black Box

Access: At ground level into the Glashalle (Glass Hall); from there via lift or escalator. 
Wheelchair spaces: 4 (please contact a member of staff). 
Lift: There are two barrier-free lifts, an escalator to the first floor, signage in Braille. 
WC: There is an accessible toilet. 
Possible barriers: The seats in the stalls are often sunken. The seats in the gallery can only be reached via steep stairs.
The audio induction loop system will be activated on request at events with amplified sound (speech and film).

Kleiner Konzertsaal (Small Concert Hall)

Access: At ground level into the Glashalle (Glass Hall); from there via lift or escalator. 
Wheelchair spaces: 3 
Lift: There are two barrier-free lifts, an escalator to the first floor, signage in Braille. 
WC: There is an accessible toilet. 
Possible barriers: A few steps in the auditorium.
The audio induction loop system will be activated on request at events with amplified sound (speech and film).
The sightlines and acoustics are excellent due to the slightly raked rows of seats.

Vortragssaal der Bibliothek (Library Lecture Hall)

Access: At ground level into the Glashalle (Glass Hall); from there via lift or escalator. 
Wheelchair spaces: 4 
Lift: There are two barrier-free lifts, an escalator to the first floor, signage in Braille. 
WC: There is an accessible toilet. 
Possible barriers: Rows 1 to 8 can only be reached via steps.
The audio induction loop system will be activated on request at events with amplified sound (speech and film).

Electricity for artificial respirators can be supplied on request in all halls.