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 southern Bavaria, the 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

For books printed before April 2017, the following may 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

  • The most central bus stop in Melk for the #WL1 line between Melk and Krems is now on Prinzlstrasse, not Hauptplatz.
  • Melk: The Gasthof Goldener Stern's restaurant is currently closed (but should reopen in 2019).
  • Melk: The Wachauerhof hotel has a new email address: office@wachauerhof-melk.at.
  • Krems: The tourist choo-choo train that connected Krems' riverboat dock with the old town and train station is no longer running.

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

  • Cyclists who'd like to hop a bus from Krems back to Melk can now take the once-daily #WL1A bus, which leaves the Krems train station in the late afternoon (as of my last visit, at 16:35). It follows the same route along the north side of the river as the hourly #WL1 bus, but this one tows a bike-carrying cart behind it. If you miss this bus, you can still take the less scenic hourly train from Krems to Melk (last train at about 21:15).

Hallstatt

  • 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).

Innsbruck

The Golden Roof Museum is currently closed, but set to reopen in January 2019.

Salzburg & Berchtesgaden

  • 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).
  • At the Obersalzberg Documentation Center and Bunker in Berchtesgaden, the bunkers are closed until at least September 2018 for urgent restoration.
  • Stein Terrace, the seventh-floor rooftop terrace café at Hotel Stein, has reopened as Seven Senses restaurant (daily 7:00–late, tel. + 43 (0)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 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.