Guidebook Updates for Germany

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Germany, we post them here. (We’ve also thrown in updates for Salzburg and Reutte, Austria, as they’re included in Rick Steves Germany.) 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!

Baden-Baden

For books printed before December 2013, the following may apply:
  • The Medialounge (Internet access spot) at Kreuzstrasse 3 has closed.
  • The bike rental outfit under the casino has closed.

Berlin

  • At the Pergamon Museum, the Pergamon Altar, and about two thirds of the museum's collection, is currently off-limits to viewing, and will remain so until 2020 as the museum undergoes a massive renovation. Museumpasses and Museum Island Passes no longer let you skip the ticket-buying line at the Pergamon; if you’ll be there before the altar closes, it’s smart to book an entry time online.
  • Finding Berlin isn’t operating tours in 2014.
  • Insider Tour Berlin no longer offers bike tours.
  • EurAide's desk at the Hauptbahnhof has moved to the first upper floor.
  • The Documentation Center at the Berlin Wall Memorial is closed until November 9, 2014; the rest of the memorial, including the visitors center and viewing platform, remain open.
  • Hotel Bogota has closed.
  • Hotel Astoria will close its doors at the end of 2014.
  • Bier’s Curry und Spiesse has closed its location at the Friedrichstrasse S-Bahn station.
  • The new Willy Brandt Brandenburg Airport is unlikely to open before 2016.
For books printed before December 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Recommended local guide Lee Evans was inadvertently omitted from the 2013 edition; he can be reached at mobile 0177-423-5307 and lee.evans@berlin.de.
  • Bus #129 no longer runs between the Jewish Museum and the Kreuzberg neighborhood.
  • Advance tickets are no longer required to enter the Pergamon and Neues museums.

Dresden

Erfurt

  • The Evangelisches Augustinerkloster is no longer accepting hotel guests.

Frankfurt

Mosel Valley

  • Eurail-branded rail passes (Select Pass, Global Pass, all two-country passes) do indeed still cover the entire fare on KD Line Mosel boats, as do single-country German Rail Pass (this uses up a travel day, so if you're taking only a short boat ride, it may be smarter to pay out of pocket for your ticket in order to use your pass' travel days on a more expensive train trip).

Leipzig

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

Munich

  • In some books, the description of the EurAide office in the main train station is accompanied by a photo of the office’s former location; its current location is accurately described in the text.
  • Munich Walk no longer rents bikes.
  • Contrary to what’s suggested in our guidebooks, biking isn’t allowed within the grounds of Nymphenburg Palace.
  • The Deutsche Bahn–operated Munich–Prague express bus now departs from Munich’s Central Bus station (ZOB) at Hackerbrücke 4, rather than from the train station.
  • The prices listed for Hotel Belle Blue do not include breakfast.
For books printed before December 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Lenny’s Bike Tours does not combine stag parties with its bike tours.
  • Hugendubel’s English-language bookstore at Salvatorplatz 2 has closed.

N├╝rnberg

  • City Hotel has closed.

Reutte

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:
  • STM Shuttle Services has gone out of business; there is currently no Reutte-based taxi service to or from the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.

Rhine Valley

  • The Loreley Visitors Center may close in late 2014 or early 2015; call ahead or check online before you visit (tel. 06771/599-093).
For books printed before August 2014, the following may apply:
  • Eurail-branded rail passes (Select Pass, Global Pass, all two-country passes) do indeed still cover the entire fare on KD Line Rhine boats, as do single-country German Rail Pass (this uses up a travel day, so if you’re taking only a short boat ride, it may be smarter to pay out of pocket for your ticket in order to use your pass’ travel days on a more expensive train trip).
  • KD Line no longer runs an 11:00 cruise out of Koblenz.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

For books printed before August 2014, the following may also apply:
  • Bürgerkeller restaurant has closed.

Salzburg

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:
  • The “Five O’Clock Concerts” (5-Uhr-Konzerte) mostly held in the Michael-Haydn-Museum have been canceled.
  • The Old Residenz palace is closed Mondays, except in July and August.
  • To get the Rick Steves discount for the Mozart Dinner Concert held at the Stiftskeller St. Peter restaurant, reserve by phone at +43 0662/828-695, or email office@skg.co.at.
  • Hotel zur Goldenen Ente is closed for renovations until the fall of 2014.
  • To reach Hangar-7, take bus #10 not (#8) from Hanuschplatz to the Pressezentrum/Kuglhof stop (don't get off at the airport terminal). Bus #10 runs Mon–Sat 4/hour, Sun 2/hour.
  • The Internet café near the Mönchsberg elevator has closed. Fortunately, the city has free Wi-Fi hotspots in the Mirabell Gardens, on Mozartplatz, and on Kapitelplatz (choose “Salzburg surft” and click “Agree”).
For books printed before August 2014, the following may also apply:
  • 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.
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:

Trier

  • Krim restaurant has closed.
  • The basilica is closed for renovation until December 2014.

Wittenberg

  • Castle Church is closed to visitors until early 2017, when its extensive renovations are complete (while tours inside the church run daily at 10:30 and 13:30, plus 16:30 on Sat–Sun, they're only offered in German, and show you very little of the church's interior).
  • The Town Church of St. Mary is currently closed to visitors while its extensive restoration is carried out (only its foyer, with photos of its most important pieces, is visitable). The church expects to fully reopen to visitors by February of 2015.