An Austrian tourist guide pursues a regulated trade and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, which was established in Austria in 1848.
The Chamber of Commerce offered the first training in the Economic Development Institute in Vienna, which was gradually increased from six weeks to a two-year professional training. After passing the license examination, a student can apply for a license to become a "licensed tourist guide".
It represents Tourist Guide (in Austria and internationally), is in charge of the qualifications for Tourist Guides and organizes courses and trainings for qualified guides.
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Photo: Vienna, Austria, Jacek Dylag, Historic Hotels in Europe
There is a 1,5 to 2 years course followed by a state-approved examination with a written exam, book-keeping, oral exam about Austrian history, history of arts, geography, politics, etc. and a practical exam on guiding skills, including a sight/museum visit, a guided city-walk and a guided bus tour. There are a few institutions across Austria offering the tourist guide course.
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In Austria tourist guiding is a regulated profession. Every certified tourist guide has to carry her/his legitimate qualification ID while working. Every tourist guide also has a “Austria guide” badge.
Photo: Official Chamber of Commerce Tourist Guides ID badge in Austria
The Austrian Chamber of Commerce has 2.191 (Dec. 2022) certified tourist guides as its members.
Photo: Innsbruck, Austria Info
Guided tours through new exhibitions in all museums, and all sorts of professional life-long training.
By law, only qualified tourist guides are allowed to guide in Austria.
Our qualified guides are well educated and trained. They also have better and easier access in most sights and museums.
Photo: Austria Guides Linz
To book a qualified tourist guide in Austria, who would not only show you the famous sites, but also the hidden treasures of each city and region, present you stories no guide book or audio guide would tell you and take the guest on a journey through the history of Austria.
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Photo: Tirol, Austria, Max Mayorov, VisitEurope
The best way to reach our qualified guides is through our website “Find a guide” by region, city or language: