- Most towns and villages have a centrally situated tourist office and at least one of the staff will speak English. They go by various names – Kurort, Fremdenverkehrsverband, Verkehrsamt, Kurverein, Tourismusbüro or Kurverwaltung – but they can always be identified by a white ‘i’ on a green background.
- Staff can answer enquiries, from where to find vegetarian food to hotels with wi-fi in isolated areas. Most offices have an accommodation-finding service, often free of charge. Maps are available and usually free, often including some great hiking and cycling maps, too.
- The tourist office may have a rack of brochures hung outside the door, or there may be an accommodation board you can access even when the office is closed. Top hotels usually have a supply of useful brochures in the foyer.
Austria Info (www.austria.info) Excellent information on walking in Austria, from themed day hikes to long-distance treks. Also has details on national parks and nature reserves, hiking villages and special walking packages. Region-specific brochures are available for downloading.
Burgenland Tourismus (www.burgenland.info)
Kärnten Information (www.kaernten.at)
Niederösterreich Werbung (www.niederoesterreich.at)
Oberösterreich Tourismus (www.oberoesterreich.at)
Salzburgerland Tourismus (www.salzburgerland.com)
Steirische Tourismus (www.steiermark.com)
Tirol Info (www.tirol.at)
Tourist Info Wien (www.wien.info)
Vorarlberg Tourismus (www.vorarlberg-tourism.at)