Dialog im Dunkeln® is an experiential exhibition in complete darkness, which is not possible to explore on your own. Your blind host will guide you through the completely darkened exhibition in a small group of no more than 8 people. Equipped with a blind cane, you discover the world that we usually take for granted in a completely new way. You hear, feel and find your bearings in various non-visual situations of daily life; going for a walk in the park, crossing a busy city-street, going on a boat trip as well as  visiting  our Dark Bar. This is an experience  which will  stay alive in your memory long after your visit. Blind and visually-impaired guides are there to ensure your well-being at every step through this unfamiliar landscape. The last stop on our tour is at the Dark Bar, where you can talk about your experience over a drink with our guides, who are happy to answer all the questions which naturally arise during the tour. It’s also fun to compare notes with your fellow visitors at this point, and this fascinating experience gradually comes to an end after about 90 minutes, when you will slowly return to the well-lit foyer.

  • 98% of our visitors are grateful for the experience of Dialogue in the Dark
  • Most people, even years later, recall the guided tour and the guides themselves
  • 96% of our visitors recommend the tour to others
  • Some visitors come back several times!
  • A large majority of schoolchildren have visited either Dialogue in the Dark or Dialogue in Silence at least once
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What our visitors say

Herzlichen Dank für die tolle Erfahrung, es war sehr fazinierend und beeindruckend in die Welt des Dunkelns geführt zu werden.

Danke! Tolle Führung, unvergessliche Erfahrung. Danke für die nette Begleitung und allen im DIALOG IM DUNKELN!

Ein sehr einprägsamer und beeindruckender Besuch. Vielen Dank für den Einblick in euren Alltag. Wir werden euch weiter empfehlen. Krasses Erlebnis!

Respekt an alle die, die einen Verlust der Sehkraft haben.

Herzlichen Dank für den netten Empfang und die sehr interessante Führung. Wir werden es weiter empfehlen.

Respekt an die, die sich täglich in dieser Welt zurecht finden.

Es war wirklich besonders mit dir durch die Räume zu gehen, die anfängliche Angst war wie verflogen.

Schöner Einblick in die Alltagssituationen blinder Menschen, aber auch eine eindrucksvolle Sinneserfahrung.

Eine supertolle Führung, um die Welt eines Blinden zu entdecken. Sehr empfehlenswert.

Für uns war es ein großartiges Erlebnis, sich in die Lage eines Blinden hineinversetzen zu können und viele Informationen zum alltäglichen Leben eines Blinden von unserem Guide zu erhalten. Danke.

Frequently asked questions

That’s correct. In our Exhibition, you see nothing. The space is completely darkened for the entire time and so your eyes have no visual input.

You can book either the 60 minute tour, or the 90 minute tour.

Please do not carry any kind of light-emitting device, and please wear comfortable shoes. There is a cloakroom on site where you can leave bags and jackets.

No, each group of maximum 8 people is led by one of our blind or visually-impaired guides, and he or she stays with the group for the entire duration of the tour.

We sub-divide the group into several smaller groups, and the tours then begin at 15 minute intervals.

No. The Exhibition shows the daily reality of blind people. Their reality is as true as any sighted person’s, and non visual sensory input is equally ‘real’.

We offer the tours in English, on demand. Should you wish to do the tour in another language, we will do our best to accommodate you.

We have limited capacity for each tour because the Exhibition can only be visited in the company of a blind guide. For this reason, a reservation is highly recommended.

You receive a confirmation of your booking immediately after making a reservation for groups of 4 and more.

We ask our visitors to arrive at the exhibition 30 minutes before the allocated booking time. Unfortunately, it is not possible to enter the exhibition once the tour is underway.

Yes, of course! You can buy gift-vouchers online or directly at our ticket-office. Please note that gift vouchers cannot be refunded or returned.

All ticket prices and available discounts can be found on the Planning your Visit page of our website.

Yes there are discounts for groups of school children.

You can of course book individually and you will be taken through the Exhibition with other visitors in a group of up to 8 people.

Please turn off all mobile phones, remove watches with luminous dials and glasses, as well as any other sources of light, and keep them in your bag. You may also leave your glasses with one of our staff. If you are visiting the Dark bar, you will need some cash.

If you notice that you are having difficulties, our experienced guides are there to help and reassure you. However, if you need to cut your tour short, the guide will of course lead you back out into the lighted areas.

No! At the close of the exhibition, there is soft muted light so that your  eyes can gently adapt to normal light conditions. There is absolutely no health risk involved.

Our public exhibition rooms meet all legal safety requirements, and in addition our guides will provide you with helpful information.

Groups of children aged 7 and above are welcome, and if you are visiting as a family, children as young as 4 are welcome. It is your decision as a family whether a visit of 90 minutes in complete darkness is appropriate for your children. In the event that your child decides to stay outside of the exhibition, please note that it is not possible to leave children alone in the foyer.

There are multi-storey car parks quite close to our premises. We recommend that you arrive here by public transport.

We try to make our exhibition accessible to everyone. Please inform us of any special needs at the time of booking, so that we can plan for an extra guide, etc.

Wheelchair users will be accompanied by an extra guide. Those visitors who use an electric wheelchair, will need to transfer to one of our wheelchairs. Please be aware that you will be taken backwards through the exhibition in the wheelchair, since the guides first need to feel their way through.

Visitors with mobility issues may need to use one of our wheelchairs for the tour. A supplementary guide will accompany you in this case.

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In a room without light, hearing is especially important. If you have any doubts, please inform our guides at the start of the exhibition.

We always do our very best to accommodate our visitors’ needs, and have experience in looking after our deaf guests. However, please decide whether you will need a sign-language interpreter  before the tour begins, so that we can make sure that you have all the practical information you need.

A certain amount of light bumping into other visitors is unavoidable in a darkened space, so we do not recommend a visit if you are more than 6 months pregnant.

Schoolchildren and other groups get a great deal out of our 45 minute workshop which is  held directly before the actual tour itself. Blind facilitators share their knowledge of being blind and prepare visitors for the tour in an educational, interactive way. It is also possible to book the workshop at the end of the tour.

The educational booklet contains a lot of information about blindness and visual impairment, a range of exercises for training the senses, and worksheets appropriate for all ages. This material was fully revised in 2016.

The workshop is interesting for people of all ages who are curious to know more about living with blindness and visual impairment.

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