Other shortlisted practices 2014

Treasure hunt in Klagenfurt

Treasure hunt goes on by bus, walking, visiting and testing barrier-free comfort zones in Klagenfurt, discussing the impressions with top-ranking politicians. Students presented their unforgettable impressions at a Symposium the next day.

“In only 4 hours 50 persons got up unforgettable impressions, expressed by very positive statements, …”

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice: Schatzsuche in Klagenfurt/ Treasure hunt in Klagenfurt
Organisation:Die grünen SeniorInnen Kärntens
of origin
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with and without disabilities, all generations
Approach/ model/ solution:visiting and testing barrier-free comfort zones, discussing impressions with politicians


  • 50 participants (different age and disabilities)
  • Route was through streets, shops, a shopping mall, in small groups mixed with handicapped persons, hunting comfort zones, pointing out barriers for involved persons
  • Meeting the mayor of Klagenfurt and 5 top-ranking politicians of all parties, tackling with barrier-free matters
  • Documentation with photographs and video, participating students worked out reports and presented them at a connected Symposium


Many barriers for persons with different disabilities are existing. Most of the time persons who have no disabilities don´t know anything about these barriers. Treasure hunt was a possibility to experience existing barriers and discuss them with responsible politicians.


A special route in Klagenfurt was taken by bus or walking to test barrier-free comfort zones. This route included public areas, shops, a shopping mall, streets etc. 50 persons were separated in small groups and in each group persons with and without disabilities were mixed up. They explored the route focussing on barriers for each person of the group. Afterwards the impressions were discussed with politicians and a symposium has taken place.


The project is planned to go on each year in both faculties of education and social sciences in Klagenfurt. The mixture of theory and practical exploring public areas, shops and buildings in multi-disciplinary groups bridges a gap between different persons with different background. The treasure hunt was organized the first time on the 23 April 2013, participation was free of charge. For further information a video of the project in published on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-jKH5BrYbg


Small group of participants taking part in the treasure hunt to explore barriers in the city of Klagenfurt. © Karl Rittmann


Maria HOPPE,
Die Grünen SeniorInnen Kärnten
+43-6641817654, Jägerweg 11
9201 Krumpendorf am Wörthersee

Nominated by Die Grünen SeniorInnen Kärnten