For American tourists who find themselves in a bind in Austria and don't know the German words for police ("polizei"), "help!" ("hilfe!") or the European equivalent of 911 (112), any McDonald's will do.

Under a new partnership announced by the US Embassy in Vienna, beginning Wednesday, US citizens need only locate the golden arches of the fast-food chain restaurant to seek help to contact a consular office.

Lost your passport or cellphone abroad? Just stroll through the doors of one of any of the 194 McDonald's in Austria, and staff members will provide a 24/7 hotline number for the US