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High-tech treasure hunting – geocaching - a new recreation activity in Vienna

Project Leader
Brandenburg Christiane, Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Allex Brigitte, Project Staff
Czachs Christina, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
Funded by
Hochschuljubiläumsstiftung der Stadt Wien, 1110 Wien, Austria
The aim of the study is the identification of the sociodemographic and psychographic data of the geocachers in Vienna in order to be able to subsequently develop target group oriented management measures. Geocaching is a modern form of treasure hunt, where little boxes (geocaches) are hidden and searched for in a city, a natural or cultural landscape. This leisure activity is also very popular in Vienna. There are already about 1500 geocaches in the city and its surroundings. As this kind of treasure hunt is carried out at different times of day and season and many hiding places of the geocaches are located in the natural landscape or in rough terrain, wildlife, nature oriented spaces and micro habitats may be strongly disturbed. There may also be conflicts with other areas of land use such as agriculture and forestry. Therefore it is necessary to get to know the habits and preferences of the geocachers. From the results, it can be derived how much geocachers disturb wildlife and nature, which landscapes are under particularly heavy use and how conflict potential with other areas (agriculture and forestry, nature conservation etc.) can be minimised.
landscape planning;
survey; geocaching;
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