In 1975, nineteen Vienna-based guides
founded the Guild of Licensed Vienna Tourist Guides as a professional association dedicated to
raising and maintaining the highest professional standards of its members, and to setting up a call
centre. Over the years, the guild has been growing continuously, at present representing 450 members – more than 80% of them being female – who offer guiding in over 30
Top priority of the Guild is the highest possible standard of
guiding. The silver Austria Guide Badge of its members is recognised internationally as the
qualification of excellence in site and heritage interpretation, and in communication skills. It is
awarded only following extensive theoretical and practical training and rigorous examinations. The
training course comprises some 900 lectures followed by three examinations in German and at least
one foreign language. To maintain the high standard of guiding, the Guild offers more than 80
additional lectures, tours and conferences per year.
The Guild is a member of
the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG), which acts to bring together and
strengthen professional tourist guiding links and standards across Europe, and the World Federation
of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA), the international forum for tourist guides.
Guide Service, the Guild’s call centre, gets you in touch with the guide most suitable to the
requirements of the group.
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