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Circulation, access, and tourist experience: Berlin's center and periphery as case study

Meloy, Grace (2014) Circulation, access, and tourist experience: Berlin's center and periphery as case study. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The desire for authenticity has been recognized to be one of the main factors affecting tourist behavior and experience. It is not, however, the only variable. Circulation and access, topics that belong to the hereto-limited genre of sociology known as “mobilities,” also affect how tourists behave and experience a tourist environment. Indeed, the circulation of tourists and access to tourist sites, which are influenced by the built environment, the limitations of physical infrastructure, and tourist resources, impact how tourists interact and experience space, and thereby fundamentally affect their behavior and experience. Through critical reexamination of secondary literature, assessment of primary sources such as guidebooks, tourist websites, and city maps, and site analysis, I compare the tourist environment that constitutes Berlin’s central district, Mitte, with two sites in Berlin’s periphery, the Soviet War Memorial and Cemetery in Treptower Park and the former Stasi prison memorial in Hohenschönhausen, through the perspective of accessibility and circulation. This includes a visual analysis of the movement from the center into the periphery to more fully understand how circulation and access affect the experience of these sites and, more broadly, the tourist environment of the periphery. This exploration of the two distinct tourist environments present in Berlin, that of the central tourist enclave and that of the city’s periphery, reveals advantages and disadvantages that traditional tourist studies would not and demonstrates the significance of studying how tourists circulate, access, and ultimately interact with tourist sites and the built environment to developing our understanding of tourist experience.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Meloy, Grace
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee CoChairBender, Gretchenghb1@pitt.eduGHB1
Committee CoChairSavage, Kirkksa@pitt.eduKSA
Committee MemberMcCloskey, Barbarabmcc@pitt.eduBMCC
Committee MemberDoss,
Date: 2 May 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 3 April 2014
Approval Date: 2 May 2014
Submission Date: 17 April 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 65
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Architectural Studies
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tourism, imageability, tourist environments, center, periphery, authenticity, circulation, access, tourist experience
Date Deposited: 02 May 2014 17:59
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:19


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