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Barrier Effects of the Polish-German Border on Tourism and Recreation: The Case of Protected Areas. An Introduction

  • Marius MayerEmail author
  • Wojciech Zbaraszewski
  • Dariusz Pieńkowski
  • Gabriel Gach
  • Johanna Gernert
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Part of the Geographies of Tourism and Global Change book series (GTGC)

Abstract

Since the Schengen Treaty came into full effect in Poland in December 2007, national borders should no longer restrict cross-border travel between Poland and Germany, so one might expect that the separating effects of the border on recreational activities would be strongly diminished. However, recent studies show that very little international tourism actually occurs in the protected areas along this border, so it seems obvious that it still functions as a mental and cultural barrier, though this phenomenon has not yet been examined adequately. For this reason, we analyze the barriers to cross-border tourism for the case of protected areas along the Polish-German border by evaluating various influencing factors. These protected areas constitute an ideal case because the landscapes on both sides are quite similar and could easily be overlooked as factors that mediate travel decisions. This chapter serves as an introduction to the book by outlining several key issues, describing the survey region along the border between Poland and Germany, elucidating the research questions addressed, and providing an overview of its contents and organization.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marius Mayer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wojciech Zbaraszewski
    • 2
  • Dariusz Pieńkowski
    • 3
  • Gabriel Gach
    • 4
  • Johanna Gernert
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geography and GeologyUniversität GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany
  2. 2.Department of System Analysis and FinanceWest Pomeranian University of TechnologySzczecinPoland
  3. 3.University of Life Sciences in PoznańPoznańPoland
  4. 4.LVR-Kulturzentrum Abtei BrauweilerLandschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR)PulheimGermany

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