Flows of tourist mobility in Berlin

Tim Freytag & Hans-Jörg Weber

StandardseiteBerlin follows Paris and London as the major destinations in European city tourism. In 2010 more than 20 million bednights were registered in the city’s hotels and accommodation facilities. Consequently, the German capital can serve as a laboratory to study configuration and change in urban tourism.

The map shows the mobility of 300 visitors in Berlin. The changing colors represent the proportion of individuals who were tracked within the squares of a 25-meter grid during the field study. The red color highlights the places that are most frequently visited, such as the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor and PotsdamerPlatz. Moreover, the major street axes Unter den Linden, Friedrichstraße and Kurfürstendamm can be identified as well as specific routes of the local railway system. Combined with the questionnaire data, the mobility paths can be analyzed according to socioeconomic, demographic and other characteristics.

Using GPS loggers and questionnaires, the data was collected in Berlin in September 2010 as part of a research project conducted by the authors of this article. The data analysis was carried out with ArcGIS software in cooperation with Michael Bauder at the Department of Cultural Geography, Freiburg University, Germany.


Electronic reference :
Tim Freytag & Hans-Jörg Weber, Flows of tourist mobility in Berlin, Via@, Maps, posted on March 12th, 2012.


Tim Freytag, Hans-Jörg Weber
University of Freiburg


Tim Freytag
University of Freiburg