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Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Landschaftsentwicklung, Erholungs- und Naturschutzplanung (ILEN), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 124. UB BOKU obvsg

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The topic of this master thesis is the visitors´ evaluation of two educational trails, called “Eulenweg” and “Moorweg”. These educational trails are located in Lower Austria, in the town of Göstling. The main goal was to create a rating by the visitors and to reflect their view with regard to visiting-reasons, expectations and general wishes towards the educational trails. Firstly, the management of the protected Wilderness Area Dürrenstein has been interviewed. Secondly, the current state of the two educational trails has been analyzed. Finally, a standardized questionnaire was used to determine a visitor rating for these two educational trails from summer until autumn 2018. The results from the analysis and questionnaire showed the following differences between the trails: The “Eulenweg” is a one-way path with a length of 4,4 km, while the “Moorweg” is a 2,5 km long circular trail. Despite the shorter length of the “Moorweg”, the number of information points is higher. The “Moorweg” was opened in 2006, the “ Eulenweg” in 2012. In general, the “Eulenweg” has a more modern design than the “Moorweg”. Despite all those differences, the overall rating of the visitors turned out very similar. The “Moorweg” was criticized for its texts being too long and the length of the “Eulenweg” has been rated as perfect compared to the “Moorweg”. The average age of the visitors on the “Eulenweg” was 7 years younger. This also implies a higher number of pensioners on the “Moorweg”. The top reasons for visiting have been “enjoyment of nature” and “walking/hiking”. Interestingly enough, the reason “education”, which was the actual aim of creating the trails, has been rated lower in importance. Based on the results of the questionnaire, the visitors have been categorized into “specialists of educational trails and nature reserves”, “specialists of educational trails”, “specialists of nature reserves” and “recreation seekers”. The “Eulenweg” had a higher number of visitors in the category “recreation seekers”, while the categories “specialists in educational trails and nature reserves” and “recreation seekers” represented the biggest group on the “Moorweg”.

Beurteilende(r): Arnberger Arne
1.Mitwirkender: Eder Renate

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