Natural orientation in  Luzern, according to the Munich Orientation Convention.    


Luzern / Switzerland  has the option to be world's first city that has realized an international orientation standard, an idea from a Munichian inventor to simplify and harmonize worldwide all orientation means: signage, cartography, navigation devices and verbal expressions. 

Within this city, it is (will be) possible to find any target with easy brain work, that means 

- without maps, - without names, - without illogical numbers
- without arrows - without floor marks - without square grids
- without colours - without compass  - without navigation devices

Targets, crossings, squares, stations, bus stops, bridges etc. have logical addresses like:

      Schlössli Schönegg   StatusQuo© LUZ m8:2 r8    

which are easy to understand if you associate the city with a clock according to following convention:

The Sea bridge is defined as the 

    centrum m0 

Around this pole, the horizon is divided in 12 directions   

     m1  to  m12

These m-directions are also called horizon hours and m12 points to north. 

Horizon hours are divided in horizon minutes, not as angles but as DISTANCES to the horizon hour, in steps of 1 "block of houses", approx. 100 m. 

    Example:  m4:1  

( read   "emm four point one"   or   "emm four one" ). 

This is the code for an imaginary line which is parallel to the m4 line - which goes from Luzern in direction to Istambul - in a distance of 1 "block". The convention for the minutes is simply:



Considering the distance to m0 as r = radius also in "blocks", logical position codes for targets, buildings, crossings etc. come into existence, e. g. as shown on the picture: 

               crossing StatusQuo© LUZ m9:2 r6

In simple words:

r ...        is a numbering starting FROM m0

m ...       is a north-direction-based numbering AROUND m0  

and this simple methode covers a gigantic market gap: 

      l o g i c a l   and easy understandable  p o s i t i o n   codes.

 (  for advancers: the minutes will never exceed half the radius !! )


Natural Cartography©: 

a map with such a polar grid has innovative characteristics, see . Be aware that the mentioned location Schlössli Schönegg m8:2 r8 is outside of the map but it is possible to imagine where it is !!.


Orientators©, the signage of the future

StatusQuo© addresses will be integrated within the existing signage, see, or be indicated on so-called Orientators©.

Vertical Pointing©: additional to the position information, a round symbol called center pointer will be placed on their periphery to allow to detect the direction m0  according to the following conventions: 


if the pointer is placed on top m0 will be in front of you
  on bottom   behind
  right hand   right hand

etc. Acc. to the same convention, a square symbol points to north = m12

The picture above reveils: m12 is behind,  the Sea bridge is left hand


Navigation / VolksNav©:

The local navigation with the help of such codes is called VolksNav©. As proceeded today with house numbers, VolksNav© is nothing else than the major/minor comparison between "r" and "m" values: 

Simply proceed according to 1 -2 -3 : 








Turn your body until m0 will be BEHIND. In this position, 

ahead will be outwards
right hand " to later (clockwise)
left hand " to earlier


Beginners have to turn physically, after some exercises anyone will be able to do this by his imagination power. In case you look at above shown Orientator©, you'd have to turn to right, correct? 




Ask yourself:         

must I move inwards or outwards? 

 ( in other words: is the target radius greater or smaller than the actual one?)




Ask yourself:      

must I move to “later” (clockwise) or to earlier?  

( in other words: is the target m later or earlier than the actual one?)

Let's see an example shown on picture: 

If your target is:      Schlössli Schönegg   LUZ m8:2 r8  

and you've lost orientation on crossing     m9:2 r6, 

so you must move

- outwards ( r8 is more than actual  r6 )


- to "earlier" (counterclockwise)   ( m8  is "earlier"  than m9 )

This may seem to be unfamiliar, but the orientation based on cardinal points is used for some thousand years and imaginary clocks are used by soldiers, boy scouts, pilots, blind people etc. for more than 100 years. On a real situation, VolksNav© can be learned within few minutes, that means, faster than the most seeking times. 



Natural World Co-ordinates: the same addressing methode can also be used indoor, see and within the whole globe, see

Acc. to this, the international City Code of Luzern is:  

            WatchRose© m8:25 r275 

Just comparing this code with e. g.

     Hergiswil WatchRose© m8:17 r276

it is possible to evaluate that the position of Hergiswil ist "earlier" and farther to Munich than Luzern, more exaclty:

- :25 - :17 = 8 km earlier

- radius276 - r275 = 1 km closer

- the distance between both locations, the hipotenuse, is about 8 km

- for advancers: the direction Luzern / Heriswil (to earlier, outwards) is QuoVides® 6, see  


Mobile applications:

Very soon also navigation devices and mobile phones will indicate such logical position codes and cardinal points, see