Krkonoše for everyone
The goal of the ‘Krkonose for Everyone’ and ‘Barrier-free Krkonose’ projects is to make access to the mountains easier for people with impairments. However, our target group also includes seniors and families with small children. Simply put, all those who like the mountains but need easy-to-access paths and who will appreciate the opportunity to relax and find refreshments on the way.
The following partner organisations have contributed to the project:
Administration of the Krkonossky National Park, whose staff have proposed the TOP 10 barrier-free tracks, their designation on the maps and marking in the terrain. The Park Administration also publishes an information leaflet about the Barrier-free Krkonose.
NO LIMITS civic initiative, whose members tried the proposed tracks together with people using wheelchairs and surveyed the accessibility of the structures and tourist destinations. The structures which are accessible for people with impairments are described for each track. The accessibility survey for tourist destinations was greatly contributed to by Martin Petrasek, a volunteer from Vrchlabi and a representative of the target group.
The Krkonose – Union of Towns and Boroughs (“SMO”) association, which assisted in the publication of the prepared tracks and tourist destinations on the web portals at www.krkonose.eu and www.karkonosze.eu in both Czech and Polish.
KSON Jelenia Gora (an association of the handicapped), Karkonoski Park Narodowy (administration of the Park) and Zwiazek Gmin Karkonoskich (association of boroughs) are the Polish partners of this project. As part of the project, the aforementioned TOP 10 barrier-free tracks were surveyed and marked in the terrain by the Park Administration staff in the summer of 2010, using a wheelchair logo.
Krkonossky national park
The Krkonossky National Park was established in order to protect the unique nature, exceptional ecosystems and rare plant and animal species found here. It is therefore an area visited frequently the whole year round. The Visitor Rules of the National Park must be adhered to in order to maintain the Krkonose’s nature.
For further information, feel free to visit any of the information centres of the Krkonossky National Park Administration (‘Sprava KRNAP’).
All the tracks which you will find here have been tested and already accessed by people with impairments and in electric wheelchairs. However, as they are mountain tracks, you must expect uneven terrain even on asphalt roads, together with transverse drainage channels. The tracks may be very steep and include sharp turns. People with impairments, especially those in wheelchairs, will sometimes need assistance, and should not be in the mountains without company.
Sudden changes in mountain weather are usual, including heavy showers, unceasing wind and overall colder temperatures. Always take a jacket or anorak with you. Gloves and a hat are recommended. If you’re in a wheelchair, don’t forget a blanket, foot cover or sleeping bag. Keep your health insurance card ready. Have your medicaments on hand with a card describing your impairment. Do not overestimate your ability and only take tracks which you are physically able to manage and from where you can make it back during daylight. Keep your mobile phone charged and turned on, have a map on hand and save the 24/7 emergency number for the Mountain Rescue Service, which is +420 602 448 338. Be careful, as it is often easy to get out of reach of the mobile signal.