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Experiences involving tour guiding in Austria

These information pages can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to your Experiences on Airbnb. These pages include summaries of some of the rules that may apply to different sorts of activities, and contain links to government resources that you may find helpful.

Please understand that these information pages are not comprehensive, and are not legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your Experience, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.

Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the laws or procedures have not changed recently.*

Do I need a special license when I plan to guide tours?

Offering guided tours to tourists is generally a regulated trade under Austrian Trade Law and you will need a specific license (Gewerbeberechtigung als Fremdenführer) that requires proof of competence. Read more about what constitutes tour guiding and the trade license requirements.

Exceptions can apply to tours that only point out sights or points of interest along the way but do not involve further information or background information about them. In this case, a trade license as a tour attendant (“Reisebetreuer”), which is a free trade and therefore needs no proof of competence, may suffice. Read more.

Please contact the local trade authority (Gewerbebehörde) or obtain legal advice to make sure you are complying with Austrian Trade Law.

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