Guidebook Updates for Germany

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Germany, we post them here. (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

  • The Pergamon Museum will close for five years of renovation work on September 29, 2014.
  • Hotel Bogota has closed.
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.
  • The new Brandenburg Airport won't open until 2014 at the earliest; once it does it'll be connected to the city center by frequent trains (4/hour; 2/hour to Alexanderplatz and Bahnhof Zoo, near my recommended hotels).

Leipzig

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

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).

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.
  • 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.
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

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

  • Kettensteg Biergarten has closed.

Rhine Valley

  • 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.

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

  • Hotel Hauser in St. Goar plans to reopen in 2014 as "Hotel Rheinblick."

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

  • Bürgerkeller restaurant has closed.

Salzburg

  • 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 July 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: