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Barrier-free tourism in Konz - New connecting path at the "Roscheider Hof" open-air museum

Konz, January 28, 2022

At the Roscheider Hof there is now a new barrier-free connection to the Hunsrück houses. The measure is part of the project "History and culture in Konz - experience barrier-free." Ursula Ninfa from the management of the Roscheider Hof open-air museum and Stefanie Koch and Anna-Lena Koster from Saar Saar-Obermosel-Touristik have now symbolically released the new path.

Photo (from left to right): Joachim Weber, Dr. Ursula Ninfa, Anna-Lena Koster (Project Manager Barrier-free Tourism SOT), Stefanie Koch (Managing Director SOT) and Achim Lutz at the new barrier-free connecting path.

dr Ursula Ninfa from the open-air museum is pleased that the new path means that another part of the site is accessible to people with reduced mobility. "In this way, more people will be able to visit the Roscheider Hof in the future." Another highlight is also planned: "A quince nature trail with historical quinces and explanations is to be created along the way," says Ninfa.

In addition to the new barrier-free connection path, a special app will soon be used. With the help of the "Augmented Reality Portal App", visitors with walking disabilities can also enter the houses - at least virtually. “You can be guided automatically through the houses or select eleven specific points on a map, which are then displayed with 360-degree images. These include, for example, the grocer's shop, the school building or the smithy," explains Stefanie Koch from Saar-Obermosel-Touristik. "The app also contains an authentic depiction of Napoleon's troops, which was created during the "Living History" event in the museum's outdoor area."

In addition to the measures that have now been completed in Roscheid, the city will soon be able to release a barrier-free circular path at the St. Bruno monastery in Karthaus. The construction work is almost completely finished. This circular route is to be supplemented with a "listening tour" that reveals anecdotes about the history of the building in an entertaining way. A tactile bronze model is also intended to show what the monastery used to look like.

"It is important to us that the tourist highlights in Konz can also be experienced by people with walking disabilities or those with visual impairments," says Mayor Joachim Weber. "That strengthens our holiday region and is a sign of hospitality."