Guidebook Updates for Austria

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Austria, we post them here. (We've also thrown in updates for Bratislava, Slovakia, as it's included in Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol.) Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally. Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Bratislava

  • The Nový Most bus stop has been renamed “Most SNP.”
  • The Prazdroj beer hall has closed.
  • Penzion Chez David has closed.

Danube Valley

  • Beginning September 1, 2014, Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial will have free admission, as well as new hours: March–early July daily 9:00–17:30; early July–Oct Tue–Sun 9:00–17:30, closed Mon; Nov–Feb Tue–Sun 9:00–15:45, closed Mon.
  • The Tom’s Gourmet, Tom’s Leger, and Tom’s Café eateries in Melk have closed.
  • The Gasthof zum Schwartzen Wirt in Melk has closed.
  • Hotel Stadt Melk has changed its email address to office@hotelstadtmelk.at.

Hallstatt

For books printed before April 2013, the following may apply:

  • Drivers should be prepared for a new parking system, as the town center is now closed to traffic. If you're staying the night, head to lot P1, reserved for hotel guests. Day-trippers should pick lot P2, which is a shorter walk to the town center.

Salzburg

  • The "Five O’Clock Concerts" (5-Uhr-Konzerte) mostly held in the Michael-Haydn-Museum have been canceled.
  • Drivers must purchase an Austrian toll-road pass — called a Vignette — if they are using any toll road in Austria, even if they are just going from the German border into Salzburg.
  • Hotel zur Goldenen Ente is closed for renovations until the fall of 2014.
For books printed before December 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Panorama Tours offers a €5 discount off their €40 Sound of Music tour when you reserve by phone at 0662/874-029 or 0662/883-2110 and pay in cash at their bus stop. The discount is not valid for online reservations.
  • The correct phone number for Hotel Trumer Stube is 0662/874-776.
  • Hotel Goldene Krone has been renovated, and is now called Hotel Krone1512. It has the same phone and fax numbers, but its website is now at www.krone1512.at and its email address is hotel@krone1512.at.
  • These route tips for drivers were inadvertently left out of the third edition of Rick Steves' Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol:

From Salzburg to Innsbruck: To leave town driving west, go through the Mönchsberg tunnel and follow blue A-1 signs for Munich. It's 1.5 hours from Salzburg to Innsbruck.

From Salzburg to Hallstatt: Get on the Munich-Vienna autobahn (follow blue A-1 signs), head for Vienna, exit at Thalgau (#274), and follow signs to Hof, Fuschl, and St. Gilgen. The Salzburg-Hallstatt road passes two luge rides (see Hallstatt chapter), St. Gilgen (pleasant but touristy), and Bad Ischl (the center of the Salzkammergut, with a spa, the emperor's villa if you need a Habsburg history fix, and a good TI, tel. 06132/277-570).

For books printed before April 2013, the following may also apply:

Vienna

  • The K&T Boardinghouse location at Mariahilfer Strasse 72 has closed; the location at Chwallagasse 2 remains open.
  • The new main train station (Hauptbahnhof) is up and running, and the station known as "Südbahnhof (Ostbahn)" has closed.
  • Lucky Chinese Restaurant has closed.

For books printed before April 2013, the following may also apply:

  • Local guide Lisa Zeiler has a new mobile phone number: 0699-120-37550.
  • St. Stephen's Cathedral has closed its separate museum and has moved its treasury collection back inside the cathedral proper; you'll find it an elevator ride up from just inside the main cathedral entry.
  • At the Kunsthistorisches Museum, curators have been busy rehanging the painting collection. Expect shifts and changes in the locations of many paintings.
  • The Haus der Musik is now half-price after 20:00 (not 17:30).
  • Visitors to Schhönbrunn Palace can now book advance timed-entry tickets online.
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) has new hours: Mon 14:00–19:00, Tue–Sun 10:00–19:00.
  • The Vienna Boys' Choir has a new email for ticket requests: office@hofburgkapelle.at.