Bliznec Forest Trail Example of Best Practice in UNWTO’s Accessible Tourism Book

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This forest trail near the capital city of Zagreb is the first educational trail in Croatia fully adapted to people with disabilities.

The HTZ director Kristjan Staničić has recently stated that for more than a year the HTZ, in cooperation with the UNWTO and its Working Group on Accessible Tourism, has been working on the project of inclusive and accessible tourism.

“We are proud that Croatia has been added to this important publication about the best practices in inclusive and accessible tourism in nature areas,” Staničić said.

The 800-metre-long Bliznec trail, along the Bliznec stream in Medvednica, is completely adjusted to visitors with disabilities.

“Apart from being completely available to people in wheelchairs, and therefore families with small children, all texts are available in Braille so that the blind and the people with poor eyesight can read them. To prevent them from being damaged, the texts in Braille are placed in unique ‘Forest books’. The trail is primarily made of wood and it blends nicely with its surrounding. It finishes near the sawmill Bliznec where there is now a catering facility,” according to the information provided on on the Medvednica Nature Park’s website.

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