People with disabilities have access granted to the Grabstein Castle

We could witness this at „Accessible sights – Is that today´s reality or vision of the future?"  

The chairwoman of the Disway Association Mrs. Jana panáčková took a introductory word at the very beginning of the workshop. German partners of the project Mrs. Juliane Wojan, MGO mbH and Mrs. Susanne Mannschott, ZSG mbH also said a few words. They were very pleased that this important topic was discussed by people, who have not only something to say to that matter thanks to their experience but are willing to change something.  

We are happy that Miloš Krčmář, who is a director of National Heritage Institute in Liberec. He talked about several examples of places, how this organization is trying hard to maintain priceless value of historic sights and listen to the needs of the public, where disabled definitely belong.  

The castle manager of Grabstein Věra Ozogánová shared her point of view. Every visitor is welcomed. But it´s better for disabled to call in advance for their visit to be more pleasant. It´s not only about people in a wheelchair, but also blind and deaf. Each disability needs different attention and aids like ramps or haptic model.

Architect Tomáš Efler told us how half-timbered house architecture can be accessible to disabled. How people lived in previous centuries and how did such traditional wooden mansion looked like inside. You can experience this unique atmosphere during all kinds of festivities like those in Merboltice.

Possibility of an accessible accommodation is important part of traveling. Mr. Markus Kranich introduced us to the accomodation in Windmühle Seifhennersdorf

Mrs. Kateřina Novotná from Prague Organization for disabled shared her experience with mapping of the building access. She mentioned accessibility of the National Museum in Prague and on the other hand, architectural examples of accessibility which might make sense when on paper but reality is bit different. It can be quite an obstacle for disabled.

The ramps and the unobtrusive elevator at Grabstein Castle are, however, a good example of how barriers can be solved even in a historical building.

Together with our partners, we believe that the Disway Trails mobile application, which was presented at the workshop by our developers Tomáš Hluštík and Tomáš Bien, will benefit the disabled community. The feedback is very positive and we hope that thanks to this application we will give people with disabilities the courage to discover places not only in the Czech-German border area, but also in other regions of tourist interest.

It was a very nice and successful day. Hopefully we managed to connect the right people who will help remove the barriers that are still present and make travel easier for the disabled.