Ein Nationalpark für alle (A National Park for everyone)

Bumpy paths, narrow wooden footbridges, gradients: A National Park by nature usually is not barrier-free accessible. In order to improve the accessibility for people with physical or mental disabilities the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park offers various options.

 

The Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park wants to be a National Park for everyone. That's why, right from the start, he includes people with disabilities in the development of new offers. At least twice a year, a panel of experts meets wheelchair users, visually and hearing impaired people and representatives for people with disabilities of Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland as well as representatives of various institutions such as Lebenshilfe and  tourism authorities. Together, the experts examine and discuss existing and new offerings of the National Park, which take into account the needs of impaired people.

In the project "Barrier-free National Park", many attractive offers have been created along this path. During the "Island Tour" visitors can discover nature and history around the so called clearing areas - this means small settlement areas strewn in the forest - and experience many special features of the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park, such as arnica meadows and raised bogs. The hike leads across mostly flat stretches so that people with wheelchairs, walkers or prams can participate. For steeper places the National Park gives free of charge special traction devices for wheelchair users.

A comprehensive offer for people with various impairments

For visitors with a visual impairment, a guide in Braille has been developed, which provides all the information about the tour. Tactile maps on the route, an audio CD and haptic plants and microorganisms displayed on threshold paper enable a comprehensive nature experience. A tour booklet and the National Park website are available in easy-to-understand language, so people with cognitive impairment can also get information. For hearing impaired people special ranger tours are provided with “FM systems“. They transmit sound signals via radio waves through a headset directly into the ear or on the hearing aid of the listener and thus facilitate communication. Once a month a ranger tour in sign language is provided. In cooperation with stakeholders the barrier-free offers of the Hunsrück-Hochwald Nationalpark are continuously developed further.

How to find us

 

"The Island Tour" and start of the Rangertour in sign language

Brückenerstraße 24

55765 Birkenfeld

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 16:00 pm

Mrs. Anne store

Tel.:+49(0)6131884152205

annerose.speicher (at) nlphh.de

www.nlphh.de

Ranger Alex Bloch on the sign language tour.
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