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Accessibility

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As Munich’s cultural centre, the Gasteig HP8 and the Gasteig in Haidhausen are open to everyone. 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. The Gasteig has always aimed to make its locations accessible to people with disabilities.

- Wheelchair users
- People with a visual impairment
People with hearing impairment
- Accessibility in buildings and auditoriums

Wheelchair  users

People with impaired mobility and wheelchair users enjoy unlimited access to all auditoriums, institutes and teaching areas in Gasteig HP8. Accessible travel is also available via the S-Bahn and underground, as lifts are in operation at the Brudermühlstraße and Candidplatz stations. There is also a bus stop (Brudermühlstraße) right outside Gasteig HP8. From there, the site can be reached via a slightly inclined ramp.

Disabled parking is available only at Blumengroßmarkt; once the outdoor facilities are completed, additional disabled parking will be available directly on the Gasteig HP8 grounds. Before and after concerts, there is a free MVG shuttle bus service with wheelchair access to the Blumengroßmarkt car park.

Designated parking spaces are available for holders of a Class »aG« disability passes or the blue parking permit. These parking spaces are available free of charge to people who are attending events or using facilities in Gasteig HP8. Simply present the relevant authorisation to the staff at the Blumengroßmarkt car park and receive a free ticket for the exit for that same day.

If you arrive at Gasteig HP8 by taxi, the Isarphilharmonie and all other buildings on the site are fully accessible.

All buildings in Gasteig HP8 have special needs toilet facilities. These are clearly signposted and equipped with emergency call systems.

All large auditoriums in Gasteig HP8 have wheelchair spaces: the Isarphilharmonie has up to 20 (depending on the seating layout), Hall X and the »Projektor« each have two and the »Small Hall« has one.

Depending on the organiser’s specifications, wheelchair users can take one companion to events (who enjoys free entry) but may also come on their own. Please contact the organiser of your event in advance for details. They are given in brackets under each event announcement.

 

People with a visual impairment

The accessibility features of the site’s guidance system were developed and implemented in consultation with Munich’s accessibility advisory group (»Städtischer Beraterkreis Barrierefreies Planen und Bauen«).

Accessing the site: Visitors with visual impairments can enter the site from the Brudermühlstraße bus stop and from two locations on Hans-Preißinger-Straße. Tactile walking surface indicators will guide them from these points to a tactile site map that provides an overview of the whole of Gasteig HP8. The Brudermühlstraße bus stop is also the starting point for a tactile floor guidance system (still under construction) that guides visitors through the grounds and into the Gasteig HP8. From the Brudermühlstraße stop, you can reach the site via a gently inclined ramp or a wide staircase.

On site: Visitors with visual impairments can use the tactile indicators of the floor guidance system to find their way around. Tactile walking surface indicators at junctions will guide them to individual buildings.

All boards with information to the buildings on site also contain Braille text at a convenient height.

Another tactile map is in front of Hall E. This shows the layout of Hall E and the Isarphilharmonie and has information about what is available inside, how to access the Isarphilharmonie and where to find toilet facilities and the central information point.

Inside the building: The tactile floor guidance system (under construction) in Hall E will guide visitors with visual impairments to the central information point, from where service staff will help them find their way to their destination.

All signposts have been designed with the appropriate font size and contrast to meet the needs of people with visual impairments.

In the buildings on this site, the public toilets have Braille signs on the door panel. Lifts are equipped with Braille signage as standard.

Guide dogs are welcome at all events.
 

People with hearing impairment

To ensure that you enjoy every aspect of your visit to the Gasteig, the Isarphilharmonie, Projektor and Hall X are equipped with audio induction loop systems.

These systems use a microphone and an induction loop system to transmit audio signals straight to your hearing aid via a magnetic field. This filters out distracting background noise and makes it easier for you to understand what is being said.

The systems have been optimised in consultation with the Schwerhörigenverein München support group for people with hearing impairments. They are provided at all events involving presentations and discussions with amplified speech and at film screenings.


Accessibility in buildings and auditoriums


Hall E
Access: Level access from the Forum via Schäftlarnstraße, Hans-Preißinger-Straße and Brudermühlstraße (via a slightly inclined ramp or a wide staircase); lifts with wheelchair access can be used to reach the upper levels
Lift: Accessible lift to the upper levels, Braille signs
Toilets: Accessible toilets are located on the ground floor

Isarphilharmonie
Access: Level access from the Forum in front of Hall E and via the connecting walkway to Hall E; level access also via Schäftlarnstraße, Hans-Preißinger-Straße and Brudermühlstraße (via ramp or wide staircase)
Wheelchair spaces: Up to 20 (back to row 10 in the stalls)
Lift: Accessible lift to the dress circle, first floor, Braille signs
Toilets: Accessible toilets are located on the ground floor in Hall E
Potential obstacles: Stalls from row 10, dress circle and gallery areas do not have unrestricted disabled access

The induction loop system will be activated on request. It is likely to be in use for all events involving sound reinforcement.

Hall X
Access: At ground level via the Forum or the forecourt in front of Hall E
Wheelchair spaces: 2 (depending on seating layout)
Lift: None (level access)
Toilet: An accessible toilet in the foyer
The induction loop system will be activated on request for events involving sound reinforcement (speech and film). It will be in use for all events involving sound reinforcement.

Projektor
Access: via a lift in Hall E
Wheelchair spaces: 2
Lift: 1, Braille signage
Toilets: Accessible toilets are located on the ground floor in Hall E
The induction loop system will be activated on request for events involving sound reinforcement (speech and film). It will be in use for all events involving sound reinforcement.

Small Hall
Access: At ground level via the Forum in front of Building K
Wheelchair spaces: At least 1, depending on the seating layout
Lift: None (level access)
Toilets: An accessible toilet is located on the ground floor of the building

Power sources for breathing equipment are available on request in all auditoriums.

 

- Wheelchair users
- People with a visual impairment
People with hearing impairment
- Accessibility in buildings and auditoriums

Wheelchair users

People with impaired mobility and wheelchair users can access all auditoriums, institutes and teaching areas in the Gasteig without restrictions.

Accessible travel is also available via the S-Bahn, as a lift is in operation at the Rosenheimer Platz station. (For technical reasons, it could not be located near the Gasteig exit.)

There are 19 designated parking spaces in the underground car park for people with Class »aG« disability passes or with the blue parking permit. There are also two parking spaces in Kellerstraße 6. These parking spaces are available free of charge to people who are attending events or using facilities in the Gasteig. Simply present the relevant authorisation at the Glass Hall entry to receive a free exit ticket valid for that day.

Both the taxi pick-up and drop-off point for the Philharmonic Hall and the route from the underground car park to all floors of the building have wheelchair access.

The doors of the wheelchair-accessible passageways on the 2nd floor have a width of 102 centimetres (about 40 inches). The entrances to the lifts are 90 centimetres (about 35 inches) wide.

All sections of the building have special needs toilet facilities. These are clearly signposted and equipped with emergency call systems.

All the large halls of the Gasteig have designated wheelchair spaces: the Philharmonic Hall has 15 or 17 (depending on the seating layout), the Carl Orff Hall has ten, the Small Concert Hall has two, and the Black Box and Carl Amery Hall each have four.

Wheelchair users can take one companion to events (who enjoys free entry) but may also come on their own.

Emergency plan
When a wheelchair user is not accompanied by a companion who can assist them in an emergency, a special evacuation process is necessary for all of the halls and floors:

In the event of a fire, people with limited mobility cannot be directly evacuated from the upper floors as the lifts cannot be used in that case. Wheelchair users must therefore first leave the danger area for a safe place in the building or for an emergency exit stairway, which offers protection from smoke and fire. Staff members will show wheelchair users the route to this collection point. Special evacuation route signs (pdf) also show the shortest route to the nearest collection point. A staff member will remain with wheelchair users waiting to be escorted outside. In the emergency exit staircases, there is also a telephone number to call for help.

The escape routes and the exact locations of the assembly points are shown in the evacuation plan: (pdf file).

People with a visual impairment

In the lifts, Braille labels help with orientation.
Guide dogs are welcome at all events.

People with hearing impairment

To ensure that you can enjoy your visit to the Gasteig to the full, we have equipped the Carl Orff Hall and its foyer (2nd floor), the Black Box, the Kleiner Konzertsaal (Small Concert Hall), the Carl Amery Hall and rooms 0131 and 0117 on the ground floor with audio induction loop systems.

These systems use a microphone and an induction loop system to transmit audio signals straight to your hearing aid via a magnetic field. This filters out distracting background noise and makes it easier for you to understand what is being said.

The systems have been optimised in consultation with the Schwerhörigenverein München support group for people with hearing impairments. They are provided at all events involving presentations and discussions with amplified speech and at film screenings.

Seats not recommended for hearing aid users are marked on these seating plans:

Carl-Orff-Saal – Carl Orff Hall (pdf)
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)
The following seats are not recommended for guests with reduced hearing: orchestra, rows 9 to 16; all seats on balcony.

Kleiner Konzertsaal – Small Concert Hall (pdf)
All seats can be recommended for guests with reduced hearing.

Carl-Amery-Saal – Carl Amery Hall (pdf)
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 communications@gasteig.de.

Accessibility in buildings and auditoriums


Philharmonie (Philharmonic Hall)
Access:
at ground level via Celibidacheforum and Kellerstraße; from the underground car park by lift to the auditorium.
Wheelchair spaces: 15 or 17 (in seating blocks C (depending on seating layout), E, F and L)
Lift: Lift with wheelchair access to all seating blocks except M, N, Q and R
Toilets: Accessible toilets in the basement of the Philharmonic Hall and in the 1st-floor foyer of the Carl Orff Hall.
Potential obstacles: No lifts to seating blocks M, N, Q and R. Steep stairs in the auditorium, partly 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 Glass Hall; from there by lift or escalator.
Wheelchair spaces: Ten (in seating blocks T and U). 
Lift: Two lifts with wheelchair access, escalator to 1st floor, Braille signage.
Toilet: An accessible toilet in the 1st-floor foyer of the Carl Orff Hall.
Potential obstacles: Steep steps in seating block S.
The induction loop system will be activated on request for events with amplified sound (speech and film).

Black Box
Access:
At ground level into the Glass Hall; from there by lift or escalator.
Wheelchair spaces: Four (please report to the admission staff)
Lifts: Two lifts with wheelchair access; escalator to the 1st floor, Braille signage.
Toilet: An accessible toilet available.
Potential obstacles: The seats in the stalls are often quite low. The seats in the upper circle 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 Glass Hall; from there by lift or escalator.
Wheelchair spaces: 3
Lift: Two lifts with wheelchair access, escalator to 1st floor, Braille signage.
Toilet: An accessible toilet available.
Potential obstacles: 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.

Carl-Amery-Saal (Carl Amery Hall)
Access: At ground level into the Glass Hall; from there by lift or escalator.
Wheelchair spaces: 4
Lift: Two lifts with wheelchair access, escalator to 1st floor, Braille signage.
Toilet: An accessible toilet available.
Potential obstacles: 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.