Guidebook Updates for Rick Steves Best of Europe

When we learn of important changes to the information in our Best of Europe guidebook, 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!

Across France


  • Wetlands Safari prices for 2014 are €48 for adults, €29 for kids ages 7–16; claim a €3 discount by showing your Rick Steves book.
  • Joy Ride Bike Tours' popular "city by bike" tour is now offered only as a private tour (not a group tour). Call 06-4361-1798 or check their site for information.
  • The Hermitage Amsterdam is no longer open late on Wednesdays, and can no longer be easily reached with tram #14 (tram #9 from the station still works, though).
  • Boogaards B&B has moved to a new location at Pieter Jacobszstraat 21, close to Centraal Station (Db-€145, 2-night minimum, same owners, same contact info plus new mobile number: 06-3499-1941).
  • Café Vertigo (in Vondelpark) has closed.
  • Boom Chicago has moved from its longtime home on Leidseplein to Rozengracht 117.
  • Most train-ticket machines in the Netherlands do not accept American-style magnetic stripe credit or debit cards; without a chip-and-pin card the only option is to pay cash at a ticket window.

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

  • The main tourist information office, located across the street from Central Station, now has slightly shorter hours: July–Aug Mon–Sat 9:00–19:00, Sun 10:00–17:00; Sept–June Mon–Sat 9:00–18:00, Sun 10:00–17:00.
  • Frederic Rent-a-Bike has raised their prices for 2012: €15/24 hours, €25/48 hours, €60/week; still with a 10 percent discount off multiday rentals for Rick Steves readers. They now offer three-hour rental for €8, and one-day rental for €10 if the bike is returned by 17:30.
  • The Rijksmuseum has reopened following an extensive renovation, which has restored the great building to its original 1885 glory. The museum is open daily 9:00–17:00; admission is €15 (covered by the Museumkaart; discounted admission with an I amsterdam Card). Rijksmuseum tickets are again available online. The tourist information office no longer sells Rijksmuseum tickets (but does still sell tickets for the Van Gogh and Stedelijk museums).
  • At the Anne Frank House, you cannot skip the entry line with a Museumkaart (but the card does cover entry to the museum). The only way to avoid the lines is to make an online reservation (book as soon as possible), or arrive right when it opens, or late in the day. Museumkaart holders can purchase an online reservation without buying a separate Anne Frank House ticket.
  • The Maritime Museum has reopened after four years of renovations, and is well worth a visit (€15, includes visit to VOC ship Amsterdam — now moored out back, daily 9:00–17:00).
  • The Old Church (Oude Kerk) is now closed Sunday–Wednesday (still open Thu–Sat 13:00–17:00 in summer and closed Oct–March).
  • Admission to the Tassen Museum is now covered by both the Museumkaart and I amsterdam City Card.
  • The Willet-Holthuysen Museum now has an audioguide (€3).
  • Admission to the Dutch Theater is no longer free, but requires the €12 combo-ticket that covers admission to the Jewish Historical Museum.
  • The Tropical Museum is now closed on Mondays.
  • De Hortus Botanical Garden is now open daily 10:00–17:00 year-round.


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

  • The Fondation Van Gogh won't move to its new home (at 35 Rue du Dr. Fanton, near the Trinquetaille Bridge) until April 2014.
  • The Arlaten Folk Museum remains closed for renovation, with plans to reopen in 2014.


  • The Avignon TGV station is now connected to the Avignon Centre-Ville Station via TER local train (instead of shuttle bus).
  • The email address for the Jardin de Bacchus B&B has been changed to
For books printed before October 2013, the following may also apply:


  • The Picasso Museum has new hours: Tue–Sun 9:00–19:00, until 21:30 on Thu, closed Mon.
  • The Articket BCN combo-ticket no longer covers La Pedrera (Casa Milà).
  • It’s no longer possible to pick up or purchase advance tickets for Sagrada Família from ServiCaixa ATM machines (the best advance-ticket source is the church's own site).
  • The Church of Santa Maria del Mar is open daily with free admission 9:00–13:30 & 16:30–20:00; the church is also open 13:30–16:30 but costs €3 during those hours.
  • Elipsos TrenHotel night trains on the Barcelona–Paris, Barcelona–Milan, and Barcelona–Zürich routes are no longer running.
  • Hostal Campi, in Barcelona's Old City, has closed.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Visitors to Park Güell are now charged €8 to visit the Monumental Zone, the area of the park with the famous Gaudi structures, such as the grand stairway, ceramic dragon fountain, and "Hall of 100 Columns." Because admission is limited, it's smart to reserve tickets in advance (doing so also saves you €1). Also at Park Güell, the blue Tourist Bus no longer drops visitors at the side entrance — you'll now get off about two blocks below the main entrance and walk about 10 minutes uphill.
  • In some printings of the second edition of Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports, the map titled "Barcelona's Cathedral Neighborhood" was printed incorrectly. The correct version of the map is here.
  • Hotel Ginebra is under new management; prices and other details may have changed.

Bath & Nearby

  • Tickets to the Roman and Medieval Baths aren't currently being sold through the baths' website, but combo-tickets that cover both the baths and the Fashion Museum are available online from the Visit Bath Shop.

  • Mad Max Tours, which operates tours to Stonehenge, Avebury, and several Cotswolds villages, has reconfigured its tour lineup (see their site for the latest information).

For books printed before January 2014, the following may also apply:
  • Brocks Guest House has new managers (and owners), and new rates (Db-£99, Db with fireplace-£109, larger Db-£119, Db suite-£129, Karen and Rachel).
For books printed before August 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Canon Grange B&B has closed.
  • Mrs. Dixon's B&B has closed.


  • 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
  • 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).

Berner Oberland

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

  • When checking weather online for this region, whether through a website or weather app, be aware that you're likely to see temperatures and conditions from the Jungfraujoch weather station, high up between the area's tallest peaks. The weather in villages on or nearer the valley floor — such as Gimmelwald, Mürren, and Lauterbrunnen — is usually sunnier, and almost always much warmer.
  • The Berner Oberland Regional Pass has changed its validity period: Rather than offering a certain number of unlimited-travel days within a wider window of discounted travel, the pass now covers all regional travel within a certain number of days (4, 6, or 8 days). Its prices have changed accordingly.
  • The Jungfraubahnen Pass doesn't cover most lifts on the Gimmelwald/Mürren/Schilthorn (west) side of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. While you can use it to ride the lift up to Grütschalp and the train across the ridge to Mürren (and, if you like, walk from there to Gimmelwald), it does not cover any of the cable car that connects Stechelberg with Gimmelwald, Mürren, Birg, or the Schilthorn.


  • We're sad to report the death of our friend and local guide Christian Scharlé. His wife Daniëlle Janssens continues to offer tours of Bruges.
  • Hotel B (also formerly Hotel Nicolas) is now called Hotel Marcel; its new email address is (its phone number remains the same).
  • Royal Stewart B&B has closed, but will reopen in June 2014 under new ownership as Hamiltons B&B, with two luxury suites (Db-€130, this price valid when you book direct and mention Rick Steves, cash preferred, mobile 0479-445-134,
  • Hotel Imperial has been renamed Hotel Blabla — really (; phone number remains the same).
  • Bistro de Bekoring restaurant, near Minnewater, has closed.
  • The Canal Festival (Reiefeest) isn't happening in 2014; it happens every five years, with the next festival planned for 2018.

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

  • The buses serving the center from the train station have changed numbers: Buses from the station to the Markt are now #1, #3, #4, #6, #11, #13, #14, and #16. On-board fares are now €2.
  • The city's Museumpas now costs €20 (still valid for any 5 museums in 3 days).
  • The Begijnhof now closes in the evening (open daily 6:30–18:30).
  • The correct email for the lovely folks at Gastenhuis Sint-Andriescruyse is (without the second U). Also, in some copies of Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels, 8th edition, the map on page 392 incorrectly shows the B&B's location; the dot for it (#13) should be farther south, near the K in "Verversdijk."
  • Hotel Cavilier's triple rooms are now €90 if you book direct.

Cinque Terre

  • The festival of Corpus Domini falls on June 22 in 2014.
  • Trattoria dal Billy has new hours: generally daily 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–22:00, may be closed Thursdays.
If your book was printed before October 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Landslides have closed the Via dell'Amore, the walking path connecting Riomaggiore to Manarola; it's likely to remain closed through 2013.
  • Cinqueterre Taxi has new phone numbers: mobile 334-776-1946 or 347-652-0837.
  • Local guide Andrew Bordignoi has a new phone number: mobile 393-133-9409.
  • The road linking Monterosso to La Spezia via the other Cinque Terre towns is closed; drivers need to loop up to the SP-1/SP-38 highway.


  • ArtViva Walking Tours no longer offers its "Original Florence in One Day" tour, which covered the Uffizi and Accademia, plus a town walk (each museum is still offered as an individual tour).
  • The combo-ticket for Duomo-related sights is sold online, as well as inside the cathedral, and at the Campanile, Duomo Museum, and Centro Arte e Cultura (across from the Baptistery).
  • The stalls of the San Lorenzo Market have moved from the area surrounding the Church of San Lorenzo to nearby Piazza del Mercato Centrale.

If your book was printed before August 2013, the following may apply:

  • Medical Service Firenze has moved its clinic to Via Roma 4, between the Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica. The clinic on Via Porta Rossa has closed.
  • The Firenze Card now costs €72. In addition to the sights already listed as covered by the card, it now covers several Duomo-related sights (dome climb, Campanile, Duomo Museum, and Baptistery), the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Santa Croce Church, Casa Buonarroti, and Casa di Dante. For a complete list of included sights, see
  • The Duomo Museum will be undergoing a major renovation until fall 2015. While some rooms will be closed and some works sent on loan, the Gates of Paradise and Michelangelo's Pietà will remain on display.
  • To see the Duomo sights, you need to buy a €10 combo-ticket, which covers the Baptistery, Campanile, dome, crypt, and Duomo Museum (no individual tickets or other combo-tickets will be available). Combo-tickets can be purchased on-site or online at (online buyers will exchange an emailed voucher for a ticket on-site).
  • Also at the Duomo, the "Terraces of the Cathedral and Dome" tour is no longer offered.
  • At the Brancacci Chapel, reservations are recommended (and free), but on weekdays and any day in the off-season, it's usually possible to walk right in if you arrive before 15:30. Tickets are cash-only.
  • At the Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo's Holy Family has been permanently relocated from Room 25 to a new gallery, Room 35.
  • Soggiorno Magliani hotel has closed.
  • Arti e Hotel has changed owners, and has been renamed Beato Angelico Hotel.
Eating in Florence
  • The correct address for Trattoria Nerone Pizzeria is Via Faenza 95–97 red.
  • The Metà Supermarket in Oltrarno has closed.


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.


  • St. James's Palace is a half-mile northeast (not northwest) of Buckingham Palace.
  • The Imperial War Museum is closed while it carries out renovation of its WWI galleries and atrium; it's scheduled to reopen on July 19, 2014.
  • The Westland Hotel, near Kensington Gardens, has closed.
  • Mooli's restaurant, in Soho, may close and/or move to a new location in 2014.
  • The Wagamama on Norris Street, near Piccadilly, has closed.
  • Jenny Lo's Tea House, west of Victoria Station, has closed.
  • Evan Evans' guided bus tours to Bath via Salisbury and Stonehenge may vary the order of its stops en route (depending on the day of the week).
  • The URL for the Jubilee Hotel is (no hyphen).

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

  • Certain parts of the Imperial War Museum are closed for renovation (the First and Second World War Galleries, as well as the atrium, which normally displays airplanes, tanks, and artillery). However, plenty remains open at the museum, and a visit is still worthwhile (the atrium and WWI gallery are due to reopen in summer of 2014).
  • The Cartoon Museum is no longer closed on Monday. Hours are Mon–Sat 10:30–17:30, Sun 12:00–17:30.
  • Cartref House B&B, on Ebury Street, has closed.
  • Aster House has a new email address:
  • Barn Cottage, a B&B near Gatwick Airport, has closed its doors.
  • Admission to the Cutty Sark is no longer by timed ticket; advance booking is still a good idea, but not crucial.


  • The Picasso Museum is now scheduled to reopen by summer of 2014.
  • Paris Webservices has a new phone number and hours: tel. 01 45 56 91 67, now open 8:00–18:00.
For books printed before April 2014, the following may also apply:
  • Cook'n with Class cooking school has a new location at 6 Rue Baudelique (Métro: Jules Joffrin or Simplon).
  • Café Constant is now open daily.
For books printed before February 2014, the following may also apply:
  • Local guide Thierry Gauduchon has a new email address:
  • St. Sulpice Church is no longer allowing visits to its massive pipe organ (because of space constraints). However, the church's superb organ recitals continue as usual.
  • Montparnasse Tower now offers a discount for Rick Steves readers. Present your Rick Steves guidebook and pay €9.50 for entry (discount valid for up to 4 people).
  • Hôtel du Cadran now offers a free, big breakfast and a discounted price to Rick Steves readers who book by email or through the hotel's official website and use the code "RICK."
  • Hôtel Lindbergh has reopened, after a period of renovation, as "Hôtel Signature St. Germain."
  • The night trains from Gare d'Austerlitz to Barcelona and to Madrid are no longer running, nor is the night train from Gare de Lyon to Rome.
For books printed before September 2013, the following may also apply:
  • A few copies of the first printing of Rick Steves' Paris 2013 were printed with a defect. Before you leave, make sure you have pages 383–478. If your book is defective, please return it to your place of purchase. If that's not possible, contact Bobby Dunne at our publisher's office. Email with your mailing address, the book title, the nature of the defect, and the original place of purchase.
  • A few copies of the first printing of Rick Steves' France 2013 were printed with a defect. Before you leave, make sure you have pages 96–145 in the Paris chapter. If your book is defective, please return it to your place of purchase. If that's not possible, please contact Bobby Dunne at our publisher's office. Email with your mailing address, the book title, the nature of the defect, and the original place of purchase.
  • Bateaux Parisiens boats no longer offer a discount to rail-pass holders.
  • The last entry to the Arc de Triomphe is now 45 minutes before closing.
  • Hôtel la Bourdonnais is closed until March 2014 for major renovation.
  • Hôtel de Turenne has raised its prices quite a bit: (Sb-€130, Db-€150–200, Tb-€190–230), and changed its name to "Hôtel Eiffel Turenne" (
  • Hôtel Duquesne Eiffel has a new website:
  • La Gourmandise is now "The Pizzeria."
  • Un Chien dans le Marais has closed.
For books printed before August 2013, the following may also apply:
  • The tourist information office at Gare de Lyon has closed.
  • Americans can now rent a Vélib bicycle with an American (magnetic strip, not chip) credit card by booking a "short-term subscription" online.
  • At Notre-Dame, there are now free English tours on Sunday at 14:30. Admission to the treasury is now €4, and its new hours are Mon–Fri 9:30–17:40, Sat–Sun 9:30–18:10. The tower climb at Notre-Dame now costs €8.50 and in June closes daily at 18:30 — there are no longer later hours on weekends.
  • The Army Museum is no longer open half an hour later on Sundays.
  • The Montmartre Museum is no longer closed on Mondays; it's now open daily 10:00–18:00.
  • At Versailles, a shuttle bus run by the local transit company now goes from the Versailles Château Rive Gauche train station to the Trianon Palaces and the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette. The shuttle does not stop at the main entrance to the Château, but it's ideal for anyone going to the Trianon/Domaine first, or ready to return by train to Paris right from the Trianon/Domaine.
  • Hôtel Muguet and Hôtel de l'Empereur have strict cancellation policies; you must cancel seven days before your arrival or lose your deposit.
  • For Internet access in the Luxembourg area, try Cyber Cube at 5 Rue Mignon (Mon–Sat 10:00–10:00, closed Sun); Le Milk has closed.
  • Hôtel la Perle now charges extra for breakfast.
  • The correct address for Hôtel Relais Médicis is 5 Place de l'Odéon.

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."


  • If booking online for a Walks of Italy tour, enter the code "10ricksteves" to receive the 10 percent Rick Steves discount.
  • The night train between Rome and Paris is no longer running.

If your book was printed before October 2013, the following may also apply:

  • Basic taxi charges have gone up. Taxis start at €3, and the surcharge for Sundays is now €1.50, and for late night (after 22:00) it's €3.50.
  • Metro Line B now has a new spur line on its northern end. If you're taking Line B to the Tiburtina train station, be sure to get on a train in the direction of Rebibbia. Trains going in the direction of Conca d'Oro do not stop at Tiburtina.
  • To qualify for the Rick Steves discount for Through Eternity walking tours, enter the promotional code "RICKSTEVES" when you book online.
  • At the Capuchin Crypt, a new six-room museum shows the clothing, footwear, books, and other religious artifacts used by members of the order. Admission is now €6, and the crypt is open daily 9:00–19:00 (last admission 30 minutes before closing).
  • Santa Susanna, the American Catholic Church in Rome, no longer lets you pick up pre-booked papal audience tickets on Wednesday mornings (but tickets are still retrievable there Tuesday evenings 17:00–18:45).
  • In winter (Oct–March), the dome at St. Peter's now closes to visitors at 16:45 (last entry at 16:15).
  • At the Hotel Smeraldo, the Rick Steves price for a double room with bath is now €150, including breakfast. You must show the 2013 edition of my book at check in for this discount.
  • At the Hotel Selene Roma, in addition to the 10 percent discount for Rick Steves readers who book direct, the hotel is offering an additional 5 percent discount if you pay in cash.
  • Arco del Lauro B&B may require a four-night minimum for weekend stays in high season.
  • Hotel Giardino has closed.
  • Casa Sant'Anna is now called Casa Santa Sofia, and its new website is at

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

  • Bürgerkeller restaurant has closed.


  • The all-day bus and tram pass no longer covers express buses #98 or #99 to the airport. You must buy the €6 Aéro ticket if you are going to the airport.

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

  • The Russian Cathedral has reopened (free, Mon–Sat 9:00–12:00 & 14:30–18:00, Sun 14:30–18:00, until 17:00 off-season; chanted services Sat at 17:30 or 18:00, Sun at 10:00; no tourist visits during services, no shorts allowed, 17 Boulevard du Tzarewitch, tel. 04 93 96 88 02).
  • The Masséna Museum is now closed on Tuesdays.
  • The web address for the Villa Saint Exupéry hostel is now
  • Cave de l'Origine restaurant has closed.


  • 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 and its email address is
  • 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:


  • The Vaporetto dell’Arte service on the Grand Canal is no longer running.
  • Walks Inside Venice's English-only walking tours no longer run on Sundays (but do still run Mon–Sat at 14:30).

If your book was printed before September 2013, the following may also apply:

  • Several of Venice's tourist information offices have changed their hours: The two convenient branches near St. Mark's Square (one in the far-left corner with your back to the basilica, the other next to the Giardinetti Reali park near the San Marco vaporetto stop) are open daily 9:00–19:00. There's also a TI desk at the airport (daily 9:00–20:00). At the train station, in the summer (from Carnevale through October), you'll find TI staffers in a big, white kiosk out front near the vaporetto #2 stop (daily 9:00–14:30, closed off-season; as this kiosk is shared with the private Alilaguna boat company, be sure to seek out a TI representative). The TI inside the station is open on summer afternoons (daily 13:00–19:00) and all day long in winter (daily 9:00–19:00; likely near track 1, though this may change with station renovation).
  • Venicescapes has a new phone number: 041-850-5742.
  • San Giorgio Maggiore now has somewhat longer hours: The church and tower are both open April–Oct Mon–Sat 9:00–19:00, Sun 9:00–11:00 & 12:00–19:00; Nov–March daily 9:00–17:30. The last ascent in the tower elevator is still 30 minutes before closing time.
  • Trattoria alla Madonna is now closed on Wednesdays (and open on Tuesdays).
  • Pensione Accademia offers a 5 percent discount on the balance due at check-out. To receive the discount, request it when you book in advance, show the current edition of Rick Steves' Venice at check-in, and pay in cash.


  • 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: