Social and innovative Platform On cultural Tourism and its potential towards deepening Europeanisation

The SPOT project is being carried out within the framework of the EU's Horizon 2020 funding programme. Case studies from 15 countries will be examined in the period 2020-2022.

The aim is to create an innovative cultural tourism platform that brings together, inspires and empowers stakeholders from different fields of action and at different scales to develop regional identities, destinations and attractions. In this way, the project contributes to deepening society's understanding of the specificities of European cultural regions. In particular, it aims to develop a better understanding of the connection between cultural tourism and cultural landscape.

The project area in Germany comprises the municipality of Lieberose/Oberspreewald in Niederlausitz. IÖR's interest is to develop a conceptual approach to the relationship between cultural ecosystem services and landscape-based tourism using the example of Lusatia.


From August to October 2020, surveys of visitors and residents as well as interviews with entrepreneurs were conducted in Lusatia/Brandenburg (Lieberose/Oberspreewald district). During the preparation of the questionnaires, the project was caught up with the COVID 19 pandemic. For this reason, some questions on travel behaviour during the pandemic were also added. As a result of the survey, a first research report "Cultural Tourism in Rural Areas: Results of a Visitor and Resident Survey in the Lieberose/Oberspreewald (Brandenburg) District in the Corona Year 2020" was produced.

The interviews of the businesses are currently being evaluated.
The survey results of the year 2020 from the Lieberose-Oberspreewald office are now freely available for download in an online brochure.

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

FS Sachsen

This institute is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.