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Project - Sustainable Tourism in Lucerne

Tourism is becoming increasingly important in places like Lucerne. However, the continuous increase in the number of tourists does not only bring an economic contribution, it can also have undesirable side effects on the environment, the culture and the local population. With the strategies and ideas of sustainable or soft tourism, the emission of the tourists on the visited places should be minimized as much as possible. 

Currently, many tourists arrive in large groups with a coach - especially from the Asian region. They have only about half a day to spend in Lucerne, which is very short for the size of the city and the amount of sights. The tour cars drive to the hotspots via Schwanenplatz or Löwenplatz so that the tourist groups can take a photo of specific places or shop in jewelry stores and souvenir stores. In 2013, an average of 275 tourist cars per day stopped at Schwanenplatz. In addition to the reasons mentioned above, these stops are also short because the parking spaces themselves and the permitted waiting time are limited. The traffic chaos at these hot-spots is dangerous, hinders the inner-city traffic and thus annoys the local population. Our question for the project week is therefore: "Traffic chaos of the tourist cars in Lucerne - what's next?

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