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Guidebook Updates for Austria

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Austria, we post them here. (Note that our Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol guidebook also covers the Bavarian Alps, Dolomites, and Bratislava — if you're traveling to those regions as well, be sure to check our guidebook updates for Germany, Italy, and Slovakia.) 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 Austria

  • If your passport is due to expire within six months of your ticketed date of return from Europe, you need to renew it. Allow plenty of time to renew or get a passport, especially while a backlog of applications is causing significant slowdowns — see the US Department of State's travel site for current estimated processing times.
  • Bring proof of vaccination, and be sure to check the latest Covid entry requirements for Austria right up to your date of travel.

For books printed before May 2019, the following may also apply:

  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold (but similarly priced Global Passes still are) — see our 2019 rail-travel update.

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Lately, many restaurants — especially those in well-touristed areas — have added a "Tip is not included" line, in English, to the bottom of the bill. This is misleading, as the prices on any menu in Austria do include service. We don't advise tipping any more at all at a restaurant that includes this note on the bill. (Many Austrians, incensed at this trend, are rebelling by tipping far less generously at eateries using this approach.)

Danube Valley

For books printed before May 2019, the following may apply:

  • The most central bus stop in Melk for the #WL1 line between Melk and Krems is now on Prinzlstrasse, not Hauptplatz.
  • The visitors center at the Mauthausen Memorial now stores luggage for visitors.
  • The Wachauerhof hotel in Melk has a new email address: office@wachauerhof-melk.at.
  • The tourist choo-choo train that connected Krems' riverboat dock with the old town and train station is no longer running.

Hallstatt

For books printed before May 2019, the following may apply:

  • The Bone Chapel is now open off-season (but with shorter hours than in high season).
  • The tourist information office no longer stores bags for travelers.
  • The Zauner butcher and grocery store has closed.
  • Pension Grüner Anger no longer offers dinner.
  • Pension Sarstein now closes in the winter (Nov–mid-April).

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Helga Lenz, who has long rented rooms in her home at the top of town, has retired as a guesthouse host.
  • The Nah und Frisch grocery store near the Lahn bus stop now closes at midday (Mon–Fri 7:30–12:30 & 13:30–18:00, Sat 7:30–12:00, shorter hours off-season and closed Sun year-round).

Reutte

  • The local bus that runs between the train station and Ehrenberg Castle is now #120.
  • Hotel Wolke 7 has closed.
  • Ausserfern Bauernladen is at Untermarkt 9, not Obermarkt 3.

For books printed before February 2021, the following may also apply:

  • At Ehrenberg Castle, you can now skip the steep climb to the ruins by taking the "Ehrenberg Liner" elevator from the visitor center up to the suspension bridge, where you can continue on the footpath to the ruins.
  • The Füssen–Reutte bus is now #100 (not #74).

Salzburg & Berchtesgaden

  • The Makartsteg bridge has been renamed "Marko-Feingold-Steg."
  • The best phone number for the daily walking tour that meets at the tourist-information office is +43 664 340 1757.
  • A'Velo bike rental has moved to the Old Town side of the Staatsbrücke (the main bridge) and now closes Nov–March.
  • At the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the audioguides are gone, but free 30-minute tours are given at 9:30 and 19:00, starting at the fortress's info point. A new "Panorama Ticket" budget option allows entry only into the Panorama exhibit on the fortress itself, and tower view (€11 by funicular, €8.50 by foot; only available May–Sept 8:30–10:00 and 18:00–20:00).
  • Haus Ballwein, on Moosstrasse, has closed (Pension Ballwein, however is still in operation).

For books printed before February 2021, the following may also apply:

  • Carpe Diem restaurant in the Old Town has closed.
  • Cityhotel Trumer Stube now offers a discount to Rick Steves readers, and bigger discounts for those who pay in cash (and for families), but breakfast is no longer included in their rates. The hotel no longer offers in-room smartphones, but Marianne and her colleagues can help out with booking tours and concerts.

For books printed before September 2019, the following may also apply:

For books printed before January 2019, the following may also apply:

  • Rick Steves readers get discounts for concerts at the Mirabell Palace (Schlosskonzerte). Use code "RICK10" when booking online.
  • At Hohensalzburg Fortress, admission is no longer discounted when visiting later in the day.
  • In Berchtesgaden, it's now possible to book advance tickets online for the salt mines to avoid long lines.
  • To take the bus to Augustiner Bräustübl from Hanuschplatz, take bus #4 rather than #8 (buses #7, #21, #24, #27, or #28 still work).
  • Steinterrasse, the seventh-floor rooftop terrace café at Hotel Stein, has reopened as Seven Senses restaurant (daily 7:00–late, + 43 662 877 277).
  • Segway Tours no longer operates its one-hour city tour (but still runs its 1.5-hour and two-hour tours). Its operating schedule has also changed: 3/day, daily June–Aug, Wed–Sun March–May and Sept–Oct, and no tours Nov–Feb.
  • The International Youth Hostel in Salzburg has a new email address: yoho@yoho.at.
  • Saran Essbar restaurant has closed.
  • Bar Club Café Republic has closed.

For books printed before January 2018, the following may also apply:

For books printed before January 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The ticketing system has changed at Hohensalzburg Fortress: The "basic" ticket includes most castle sights plus some museums; the more expensive "standard" ticket adds the recently restored Regency Rooms. (As before, it's a few euros more to ride the funicular up than to walk.)
  • The Franciscan Church is no longer part of the tour through the DomQuartier museums.

For books printed before January 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Mozart's Birthplace is now open 8:30–19:00 daily in July and August (but still daily 9:00–17:30 the rest of the year).
  • The Mozart Dinner Concerts now start at 19:30 year-round.
  • Vietnam Pho 18 is now called "Wokman" (same great food and same friendly owners; now open Mon–Sat 11:30–15:00 & 17:00–21:00, often open later in July but closes earlier in Jan–Feb, closed Sun).

Vienna

For books printed before February 2020, the following may apply:

  • Soho Kantine is now Bistro ReFresh. It is open Mon–Fri 9:00–16:00, closed Sat–Sun, +43 664 885 23260.

For books printed before May 2019, the following may also apply:

For books printed before March 2018, the following may also apply:

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The restaurant called Beisl zum Scherer has closed.
  • Hotel Schweizerhof has closed.
  • The Kunst Haus Wien (Hundertwasser museum) now closes daily at 18:00.