The Austrian capital city of Vi enna has prepared a free publication to make visiting easier for young, budget-conscious travelers.
"Vienna Youth Scene" is a 15-page brochure that covers inexpensive places to stay, entertainment, emergency contacts, transportation and details ranging from currency exchange and how to use the telephones to where to find coin-operated Laundromats.
The most central information office in Vienna is geared specifically to assist young visitors. Youth Info Vienna is in the underground subway area where Dr. Karl Renner Ring boulevard intersects with Bellariastrasse; local telephone 526-4637. You can find the office by taking the U3 line on the underground to the Volkstheater stop. This office can help you with accommodations advice and (if you are under 26) in obtaining tickets at reduced rates for many events.
Some interesting tips from "Vienna Youth Scene":
* If you want to keep up on the news, a cheap way to do it is in one of Vienna's well-known coffeehouses. In addition to Austrian publications, you'll find a variety of international daily newspapers, magazines and journals. For the price of a cup of coffee, you can read your way through them all. A list of popular coffeehouses is included.
* You can eat inexpensively without student identification at student cafeterias. Five cafeterias and six student cafes are listed.
* All of the established playhouses in Vienna offer reduced-rate, standing-room tickets for students. The tickets are available just before curtain call. You'll need student identification. Something to keep in mind: The Vienna State Opera House, Burgtheater and Akademietheater do not accept the International Student Identity Card; you'll need a card issued by your own college or university.
The publication also lists five campgrounds, four hotels, 13 pensions and 14 hostels, each suited to youthful travelers.
Free copies of "Vienna Youth Scene" are available from the Austrian National Tourist Office, 11601 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2480, Los Angeles 90025, (310) 477-3332.
This summer, the Alpinist School of Innsbruck is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The largest private school of mountaineering in the world, it works in cooperation with the tourist office of Innsbruck/Igls to offer daily guided hikes for visitors.
The hikes are a great way to meet other travelers and get experience and advice about hiking in Austria. They are available free to any visitor who stays at least three days in Innsbruck. Travelers just need to ask at their hotel or hostel for a Club Innsbruck Card, which they can have from the day they arrive.
The Alpinist School has chosen 40 different trails in the Innsbruck area that inexperienced hikers can enjoy. Actual hiking time ranges from three to five hours. The programs include bus transportation to the trail head, a hiking pin, book and insurance. Boots and backpacks can be rented.
You don't have to register in advance. Just be in front of the Innsbruck Congress Center at 8:30 a.m. The hikes are held daily, rain or shine, through Sept. 10. The bus returns you to the Congress Center between 4 and 5 p.m.