The Handbook for Austria, which is now issued for
the eighth time, and corresponds with the twenty-fourth
German edition, is designed to assist the traveller in planning
his tour and disposing of his time to the best advantage, to
render him as far as possible independent of the services of
hotel-keepers, commissionnaires, and guides, and thus to en¬
able him the more thoroughly to enjoy and appreciate the
objects of interest he meets with on his tour.
The Handbook has been compiled almost entirely from
the personal observation of theEditor, andmostof the country
described has been repeatedly explored by him with a view
to procure the latest possible information; but, as many of
the data in the Handbook relate to matters which are con¬
stantly undergoing alteration, he will highly appreciate any
corrections or suggestions with which travellers may favour
him. Those already received, which in many instances have
proved most useful, he gratefully acknowledges.
In previous issues of the Handbook Austria was combined
in one volume with Southern Germany, but the two countries
will henceforth appear separately. The present edition of the
Handbook has been augmented by a short description of the
Austrian Alps. Its contents are divided into Ten Sections
(Vienna and its Environs, pp. 1-80; Upper and Lower Austria,
Salzkammergut, and Salzburg, pp.81-128; Tyrol, pp. 129-176;
Styria, Carinthia, Carniola, and Istria, pp. 177-216; Bohemia
and Moravia, pp. 217-272; Galicia and the Bukowina, pp. 273-
284; Dalmatia, pp. 275-310; Hungary, Croatia, and Slavonia,
pp. 311-390; Transylvania, pp. 391-414; and Bosnia, pp. 415-
428), each of which may be separately removed from the book
by the traveller who wishes to minimise the bulk of his lug¬
gage. A fuller description of the mountainous districts of S.
Germany and Austria (Tyrol, Salzkammergut, etc.), has been
published in a separate volume entitled 'The Eastern Alps'.
The Maps and Plans, on which special care has been
bestowed, will, it is hoped, render material service to the
traveller in planning his tour.
Time Tables. Information as to the departure of trains,
steamboats, and diligences is seldom to be relied upon un-