Selected Forms of Active Tourism as a Way of Discovering the Tourist Attractions of the City of Szczecin

Barbara Osoch
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXVI, Issue 4, 500-512, 2023
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/3301


Purpose: The purpose of the study is to identify the dominant forms of active tourism that take place in the diverse urban space of Szczecin and being a form of exploring its tourist attractions. Design/Methodology/Approach: An inventory was made of the latest and unusual tourist offer of Żegluga Szczecińska, addressed to visiting tourists and residents, implemented in the city. A query was conducted, which allowed for the collection of secondary statistical data on several measures of tourist traffic, which further constituted the basis for calculations of the dynamics of tourist traffic in the period in question. Findings: Szczecin's unusual location on the border with Germany and in the vicinity of the Scandinavian countries, the unique diversity of landscapes and natural values, combined with the remains of multi-epoch cultural heritage visible in the urban space, allows to practice various forms of active tourism in the city, getting to know its values, without having to leave its borders. These elements are intertwined, giving residents and tourists the opportunity to learn about both the history and geography of Szczecin, choosing the best form of tourism and recreation. Practical implications: Research results may be used for promotional purposes, including: institutions supporting the development of tourism in the region, promoting national heritage as an element of world cultural heritage, or social movements and non-governmental organizations, as well as for educational purposes by educational institutions. Originality/Value: Drawing attention to an innovative way of learning about material heritage by creating thematic tourist trails. A compilation of the most interesting landscape elements of Szczecin, the capital of Western Pomerania, and forms of recreation and active tourism that can take place in the diverse outdoors of the agglomeration.

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