How does Wheelmap work? works like Wikipedia – many people help to collect information. On, the information collected concerns the wheelchair-accessibility of public places. Everyone can get involved by contributing information to the map. You can do this by:

  • Marking places according to their wheelchair-accessibility
  • Marking the toilet status of places
  • Adding new places to the map
  • Adding photos to places
  • Editing information about places, e.g. the telephone number or address.

You can do this either on our website, or with our app for iPhone, iPod and Android.

Here’s how you mark places

  1. Go to the map or open the app on your iPhone or Android
  2. Click on a place
  3. Mark the wheelchair accessibility of the place by choosing the right status
  4. Mark the toilet status of a place
  5. That’s it!

With every newly marked place you help mobility-impaired people to plan their day more efficiently, be more mobil and participate in society.

What makes a place wheelchair accessible?

Our traffic light system helps you to easily mark the wheelchair accessibility of places:

= Wheelchair accessible

  • Entrance: accessible without steps
  • Rooms: all rooms are accessible without steps (e.g. all cinema halls)

= Limited wheelchair accessibility

  • Entrance: one step maximum, not higher than 7 cm (2.75 inches)
  • Rooms: the most important rooms are accessible without steps (e.g. selected cinema halls)

= Not wheelchair accessible

  • Entrance: higher than 7 cm (2.75 inches)
  • Rooms: the most important rooms are not accessible without steps

= Unknown

  • The status is still unknown and needs to be assigned

How to mark the toilet status of a place:

= Wheelchair accessible toilet

  • Doorway’s inner width min. 90 cm
  • Clear space min. 150 x 150 cm
  • Wheelchair-height toilet seat
  • Folding grab rails)
  • Accessible hand basin

= No wheelchair accessible toilet

= Toilet status unknown


Add New Places, Edit Information and Upload Pictures

Places that don’t exist on yet can simply be added by users. The same goes for wrong information. Mixed up telephone numbers or misspelled street names can be changed quickly and easily without the help of the team. Moreover, users can upload photos and write comments to further describe the wheelchair-accessibility of places.

To do this users have to register with OpenStreetMap, the map service which is built upon. (Learn more)

We’ve answered questions like “How do I add new places to“, “Can I edit the details of a place?” and “How can I add photos to a place?” in our FAQs.


Check our FAQ's .
When is a place wheelchair-accessible?
The place and all its rooms are wheelchair-accessible.
The place itself is accessible, but not all of its rooms.
The place is not accessible for wheelchair users.
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