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

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

  • Rail passes that cover France now also cover Eurostar trains between Paris and London.
  • Now that the one-country France rail pass is a Eurail-brand pass, France pass options no longer include a senior discount or consecutive-day version. It may also mean that travelers with this pass no longer have priority for TGV fast-train seat reservations over travelers with multi-country passes…but the details are yet to be finalized.
  • Tickets for high-speed TGV trains in France are now often available as far as four months out (instead of three months). As always, advance-purchase discounts for TGV tickets can get snapped up weeks ahead.

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

  • Baggage check may be unavailable across France (in compliance with heightened security measures).
  • The US Consulate in Nice has closed.

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

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

  • To buy advance train tickets with a credit card at the SNCF website, select "USA" as your ticket collection country (must use a credit card enabled for "Verified by Visa" or "MasterCard SecureCode"). For more advice on buying French train tickets, see France Rail Passes and Train Tips.
  • The phone number for the US Consulate in Marseille is +33 (0)1 43 12 47 54; after business hours call their Paris office at +33 (0)1 43 12 22 22.

Across Germany

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

  • The Deutsche Bahn's information line is now +49 (0)180-699-6633. This is a toll number, for which callers are charged a flat fee of 20 cents (€0.20) if calling from a landline, or 60 cents (€0.60) from a mobile phone.
  • 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 Germany do include service. We don't advise tipping any more at all at a restaurant that includes this note on the bill. (Many Germans, incensed at this trend, are rebelling by tipping far less generously at eateries using this approach.)

Across Italy

  • Both Trenitalia and Italo have call centers for answering general questions. You can dial these numbers direct from any US number: Trenitalia +39 06-6847-5475 (daily 7:00–24:00); Italo +39 06-8937-1892 (daily 6:00–23:00).

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

  • The number for making a collect call from Italy to the US via AT&T is now 800-172-444.

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

  • Eurail Select Passes are now available as Italy–Switzerland two-country passes (among other options).

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

  • Italy's unreserved train tickets (regionali) are no longer valid for a two-month window. Instead, you much specify an intended travel day when you purchase the ticket. Tickets must be validated on the day of travel, and your must board your last train of the trip within four hours of the time stamped on the ticket. (To change the date on a ticket after it's been purchased, contact a Trenitalia agent before midnight of the day before travel.)
  • Trenitalia has changed its ticket validation machines from a yellow box to a new green-and-gray oval machine.

Across Switzerland

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

  • Eurail Select Passes are now available as Italy–Switzerland two-country passes (among other options).
  • The William Tell Express excursion package (between Luzern and Flüelen) has been renamed the "Gotthard Panorama Express." Seats are now available in both first or second class for the whole package (steamboat ride, reserved seat on panoramic train, infotainment called "The Gotthard Myth"). Since the new, longer, Gotthard Tunnel is now taking passenger trains, choosing one of these departures (even without the boat ride) is an easy way to ensure that you're not taking the faster, less scenic tunnel route.
  • The Glacier Express and the Brig–Zermatt route are now fully covered by all Eurail passes that include Switzerland (but the Glacier Express still requires a paid seat reservation).
  • Eurail-brand passes now grant a 50 percent discount on most lake boats, rather than covering the full fare (but boats on Lakes Thun and Brienz are fully covered by Eurail passes). Single-country Swiss Travel Passes still cover all lake boats in Switzerland.
  • With the single-country Swiss Travel Pass, discounts on high-mountain lifts and trains are now only available on one of your flexipass travel days (whereas Eurail-brand passes still let you take advantage of discounted train and boat rides at any point within the pass's validity window). As always, any ride fully covered — rather than just discounted — by any kind of rail pass does require use of a travel day.
  • The Swiss Half-Fare Card can no longer be combined at a special rate with a Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Transfer Ticket.

Amsterdam

  • The I Amsterdam City Card now covers the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum, as well as public transport and a canal cruise. With this card, travelers who've booked a (required) time slot at the Van Gogh Museum won't need to stand in line, but will still have to queue at the Rijksmuseum.
  • Through July 1, 2018, while the building is under renovation, entry to the Anne Frank House is by reservation only. Tickets go on sale two months in advance, and are released gradually over the two-month period between the on-sale date and visit date. If no tickets for your preferred date are available initially, keep checking back. The entrance to the museum has moved. Facing the museum, the entrance is now around the right side, in the new modern annex. Hours are April–Oct daily 9:00–22:00; Nov–March Mon–Fri 9:00–20:00, Sat until 22:00, Sun until 19:00.
  • The Van Gogh Museum is only admitting visitors who've booked a timed-entry slot online before arriving, even those using a Museumkaart or I Amsterdam CIty Card in lieu of a ticket (and the museum isn't selling any in-person tickets); it's unclear whether this new rule is temporary or not, so check the museum's website for updates well before your visit. The museum also has new (permanent) hours: daily April–Aug 9:00–19:00, Fri until 21:00, and Sat until 18:00 (April–June) and 21:00 (July–Aug); Sept–Oct 9:00–18:00, Fri until 21:00; Nov–March 9:00–17:00, Fri until 21:00.
  • Registration for the TripKey transit pass is temporarily closed while its new system is under construction, but should be available again soon — check its site for updates.
  • All Amsterdam trams are now "cashless." To buy a ticket or pass onboard, you'll have to use a credit card and PIN. Ticket machines at stops accept both coins and credit cards. You can purchase tickets with cash from many points of sale within the city; see the public transport website for details.
  •  As of July 22, 2018, many of the city's tram lines are scheduled to be renumbered and/or rerouted — check the new route map, and double-check local signage in person.
  • Also as of July 22, 2018, a new Amsterdam Metro line (#52) will start operation from Noord (across the IJ River) to Centraal Station, then through Rokin to the Zuid train station in the south. We recommend getting around by tram instead of underground metro, but this line could get readers close to sights in Rokin and fairly close to sights in the Museumplein area.
  • Two key bus routes have been renumbered already. From Schiphol Airport, bus route #197 into town is now bus #397 (it still departs from platform B9 in front of the airport). The bus route to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction from Amsterdam's Centraal Station has been renumbered to #357.
  • Eurostar now offers direct train service from London to Amsterdam (and Rotterdam). Trains run twice daily, taking 3 hours 41 minutes. Direct service from Amsterdam to London should be running by late 2019; until then passengers will need to change trains in Brussels and go through passport control.
  • The Civic Guards Gallery at the Amsterdam Museum is now called the Amsterdam Gallery.
  • The Rijksmuseum at Schiphol Airport has reopened.
  • Maes B&B has closed.
  • Hotel Brouwer is closing for renovation for several months, beginning in May 2018.
  • Hotel van Onna is no longer a standalone hotel, but is now an annex of Mr. Jordaan Hotel.

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

  • TripKey transit cards can no longer be picked up at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at Centraal station, but can now be picked up at Amsterdam Ticket Shop at Kerkstraat 155a.

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

  • The Stedelijk Museum now closes at 18:00 on Thursdays, and is open until 22:00 on Fridays.
  • Starbikes Rental has moved down the way to De Ruijterkade 143.
  • Hotel Filosoof has been thoroughly renovated and reopened as the Pillows Anna van den Vondel.
  • Sunhead of 1617 Canal House Inn has closed.
  • Frederic Rent-a-Bike no longer rents guestrooms. Frederic will still honor the printed Rick Steves reader discount on bike rentals (50 percent discount on 24-hour rentals).

Antibes

For books printed before November 2017, the following may apply:

  • The Picasso Museum is no longer open until 20:00 on summer Wednesdays or Fridays.

Arles and nearby

For books printed before November 2017, the following may apply:

  • The main bus station has moved back (after a year near the train station) to its old location on big Boulevard Georges Clémenceau. (Some buses do still stop at the train station.)
  • Mas du Petit Grava accommodations near Arles has closed.

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

  • In Les Baux, there is no longer parking below the village: Drivers must use the €5 parking near the village or the small free lot at Carrières de Lumières.

Avignon

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

  • Zeste deli has closed.
  • The express bus between Avignon and Vaison-la-Romaine has been discontinued.

Barcelona

For books printed before October 2017, the following may apply:

  • The Picasso Museum is free every Thursday evening 18:00–21:30 and all day on the first Sunday of each month.
  • The main tourist information office no longer stocks the Modernisme Route map. Instead, you can pick one up at the Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbà, inside the Edificio Colón.
  • The Zoen leather workshop in the Jewish Quarter has closed.

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

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

  • The Metro's L9 Sud line now runs to El Prat airport, serving both Terminals 1 and 2. It's a long ride and at least one transfer to get into the heart of town (single airport tickets cost €4.50).
  • The Cathedral of Barcelona's museum is now only open during the afternoon tourist hours (Mon–Sat 12:45–17:15, Sun 13:45–17:15), when visitors pay €7 to enter the cathedral and can visit its three minor sights (choir, terrace, and museum).
  • The Shoe Museum has closed.
  • The Vaho shop on Plaça del Pi has closed.
  • Hotel Regencia Colón, in the Old City, is closing down to make way for a new hotel in the same location.

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

  • Ticketing options have changed at the Sagrada Família. When buying tickets online, you must decide at that time if you want to add the audioguide, tower elevator, live guide, or Gaudí House Museum to your ticket. You can't buy any extras once inside the church. And, when reserving online for the Sagrada Familia's Passion Facade and Nativity Facade elevators, you may — or may not — be able to match your tower entry time with your church visit. You'll only be able to ride one of the elevators — but you may not have a choice as to which one.
  • Discover Walks no longer offers "free" walking tours; their two daily offerings (Gaudí, and the Ramblas and Barri Gòtic) cost €19 each.
  • La Pedrera no longer offers free entry to its atrium.

Berlin

For books printed before September 2017, the following may apply:

  • The Pergamon Museum hall containing the Pergamon Altar will remain closed until at least 2025 (the south wing of the museum, with the Ishtar Gate, the Market Gate of Miletus, and the Museum of Islamic Art, remains open for now). A nearby pavilion (on Am Kupfergraben, directly across from Museum Island), opening in 2018, will house a temporary exhibit about the altar. While a new riverside entrance pavilion is being built, the entrances to the Pergamon, Neues Museum, and Old National Gallery may shift around, but visitors can expect these reroutings to be well-signed.
  • The Berlin Story bookstore on Unter den Linden has closed.
  • There is no longer an overnight train option between Berlin and Budapest.

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

  • Hotel Jurine doesn't have air-conditioning in any of its rooms (including the top floor).
  • The Hekticket booth on Alexanderplatz is temporarily located at Alexanderstrasse 1, across from Hotel Park Inn (it'll move back to its normal spot once construction has wrapped up in the square).

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

  • Hotel Askanischer Hof has closed.
  • The tourist information office that had been in western Berlin's Neues Kranzler Eck building has moved to a spot on the ground floor of the Europa Center shopping mall (open Mon–Sat 10:00–20:00, closed Sun). A nearby "info box" kiosk on Rankestrasse, across the street from the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, is open Sundays (as well as the rest of the week) 10:00–18:00.
  • The Hauptbahnhof (main train station) no longer has a left-luggage service — the Gepäckcenter under track 14 is now filled with lockers.
  • The Stasi Museum on Zimmerstrasse has closed. A second Stasi museum, in Friedrichshain, remains open.
  • The New Synagogue now closes a little earlier in the evenings. New hours: April–Oct Mon–Fri 10:00–18:00, Sun 10:00–19:00; Oct–March exhibit only (not dome) Sun–Thu 10:00–18:00, Fri 10:00–15:00; closed Sat year-round. Admission is now €5 for the main exhibit, and €3 for the dome (or €6 for a combo-ticket covering both).
  • The Berlin Story Museum has relocated from Unter den Linden to the Anhalter bunker. The Story of Berlin museum, a completely different sight, remains on Ku'damm.
  • The Berlin Wall Memorial's documentation center and visitor center now close at 18:00 year-round. The recently overhauled exhibit at the documentation center is geared to a new generation of Berliners who can hardly imagine their hometown split so brutally in two. The ground floor details the logistics of the city's division, and its effects on Berliners. The next floor up gives the historical and political context behind the Wall's construction and eventual destruction.
  • The Luigi Zuckerman deli, between Hachesher Markt and Rosenthaler Platz, is now called "My Smart Break," but still serves delicious and freshly made sandwiches and snacks.
  • The Erotic Museum near the Bahnhof Zoo has closed.

Berner Oberland

For books printed before May 2018, the following may apply:

  • The last train trips of the day to the Jungfraujoch no longer receive a discounted rate.
  • The Jungfraubahnen Pass and the Jungfrau VIP pass have merged into a three- and six-day version of the Jungfrau Travel Pass. It no longer completely covers one trip to the Jungfraujoch but offers the trip from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch for 61 CHF.
  • The main tourist information office in Interlaken has moved to a new location by the post office.
  • Sunny Days B&B in Interlaken has a new phone number: +41 (0) 77-456-2338.
  • Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald has closed their restaurant.
  • Olle and Maria's B&B in Gimmelwald has a new website: www.olleandmarias.ch.
  • Camping Jungfrau has a new website: www.campingjungfrau.swiss.
  • Hotel Bellevue in Mürren has a new website: www.bellevuemuerren.ch.
  • Hotel Blumental in Mürren has a new website: www.hotel-blumental.com.

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

  • The Swiss Travel Pass now covers the entire cost of the whole journey between the valley and the Schilthorn summit.
  • Liesi's Heart Place in Gimmelwald no longer rents rooms.
  • You can intensify your Schilthorn visit with a stroll along the new Thrill Walk suspension walkway, which links the Skyline Walk viewing platform to the restaurant terrace.

Cinque Terre

  • Train schedules have changed in the Cinque Terre and any local train might skip one or more of the five towns. Before getting on any train, confirm that it stops at the town you need.
  • The alternate Riomaggiore-Manarola trail (known as "La Breccara") is closed through 2018.

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

  • Tickets for regional trains are now valid only on the day of purchase (you can't buy several in advance). This makes the Cinque Terre Treno Multi-Service Card worth considering for the sake of convenience, even if you don't plan to hike, since it covers local trains connecting all Cinque Terre towns, plus Levanto and La Spezia.

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

  • A new Cinque Terre Express train has begun service between Levanto and La Spezia. It runs every 30 minutes, stopping at all five Cinque Terre villages, but doesn't operate in the off-season. Check bahn.com or Trenitalia's site for schedules.
  • The park service has renamed and renumbered many local hiking trails. For example, the popular coastal trail, formerly trail #2, is now called "SVA" or the "Blue Path." But you'll likely hear people using the old names, and most maps haven't yet caught up with the new system.

Côtes du Rhône

For books printed before November 2017, the following may apply:

  • Les Coquelicots restaurant in Suzette has closed. (There is currently no restaurant in Suzette.)
  • Hôtel de Provence in Orange has closed.

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

  • The express bus between Avignon and Vaison-la-Romaine has been discontinued.

Florence

  • The Duomo sights combo-ticket is now €18.
  • After years of flux, the Uffizi, Accademia Gallery, and Bargello now have stable websites with useful information for visitors (see links).
  • The price of admission to the Uffizi Gallery has increased fairly dramatically (from €12.50) to €20 March–Oct (€10 if no special exhibits); off-season (Nov–Feb) it drops to €12 (€6 if no special exhibits).
  • The prices of admission to Pitti Palace sights have changed. Ticket option #1 (includes the Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, and Gallery of Modern Art) increased to €16 March–Oct (€8 if no special exhibits); off-season (Nov–Feb) it drops to €10 (€5 if no special exhibits). Ticket option #2 (includes the Boboli and Bardini Gardens, Costume Gallery, Argenti/Silverworks Museum, and Porcelain Museum) remains €10 March–Oct but drops to €5 if no special exhibits; off-season (Nov–Feb), admission is €6 (€3 if no special exhibits).
  • The Uffizi and Pitti Palace will offer a combined three-day ticket (valid for three days from first use) offering ticketholders priority admission (once to each complex) to all the museums in the Uffizi Galleries’ circuit (Uffizi, Pitti, Boboli).

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

  • The Duomo Museum is now open daily 9:00–20:00 year-round, but (still) closes all day on the first Tuesday of every month.
  • Reservations to climb the Duomo's dome can now be made at ticket machines in the lobby of the Duomo Museum. (They can also be made online and at the ticket office on Piazza San Giovanni; see below.)
  • The Vasari Corridor is closed until sometime in mid-2018 (or possibly later).
  • Miso di Riso Vegetarian Bistro has been sold, and replaced by a traditional Tuscan restaurant.
  • The tourist information office in Livorno no longer arranges buses to Florence for cruise passengers.

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

  • The Bargello is now open Tue–Sat 8:15–17:00, until 13:50 Nov–March (closed Sun–Mon; last entry 40 minutes before closing).
  • The Museum of San Marco is not open on the first Sunday of the month.

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

  • You now need to make a reservation in order to climb the Duomo's dome — book one online or at the ticket office in Piazza San Giovanni 7, facing the Baptistery entrance. (If you have a Firenze Card, make the reservation when you pick up your access ticket.)

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

  • The €72 Firenze Card no longer covers transportation, though it does now cover several additional sights, including the Ferragamo shoe museum.
  • The Duomo's dome is now open on Sunday in addition to its regular hours (Mon–Fri 8:30–19:00, Sat 8:30–17:40, Sun 13:00–16:40).
  • The Baptistery's hours have changed (now Mon–Fri 8:15–10:15 & 11:15–19:00, Sat 8:15–19:00, Sun 8:15–14:00).
  • The tourist information office at Via Cavour 1 red has reduced its hours, and is now open Mon–Fri 9:00–13:00, closed Sat–Sun.
  • The combo-ticket covering Florence's Baptistery, dome, Campanile, Duomo Museum, and Santa Reparata crypt is now valid for 48 hours (rather than one admission per sight).
  • San Miniato Church is now open daily Easter–mid-October 9:30–20:00, off-season 9:30–13:00 & 15:30–19:00.
  • The Oblate Sisters of the Assumption's hotel no longer offers family discounts.
  • The eatery Veggy has closed.

Haarlem

  • The Frans Hals Museum has opened a second location at Grote Markt, offering contemporary art inspired by (and sometimes presented alongside) Frans Hals’ work. The second location ("Hal") is covered by your Frans Hals ticket.
  • Stempels Hotel is now called ML Hotel.
  • Gastrobar Grijs has closed.

For books printed before May 2017, the following may apply:

  • Three recommended restaurants have closed: De Ark, Visrestaurant Barend, and La Place.
  • The Join Us coffeeshop has moved to a spot far enough outside Haarlem's old town that it's no longer a convenient stop for most visitors.

London

  • Advance tickets for the Tower of London purchased on the Tower's website are now valid only for the date selected. Vouchers that previously gave travelers 7 days after the date selected are no longer available on the website.  
  • The Heathrow Connect train is no longer running. Travelers can still use the Heathrow Express, which now accepts Oyster Cards.

For books printed before April 2018, the following may apply:

  • From August through April, the Changing of the Guard in front of Buckingham Palace takes place on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • The Churchill War Rooms now offers timed reservations, which are recommended because of increased crowds.
  • The Golden Hinde replica has reopened, and has new hours (daily 10:00–17:00), a new website, and a new phone number (+44 (0)20-7403-0123).
  • Starting in June 2018, the National Portrait Gallery will no longer stay open late on Thursdays. The gallery will close at 18:00 on Thursdays, but will remain open late on Fridays until 21:00.
  • Eurostar now offers direct train service between London and Amsterdam (and Rotterdam). Trains will run twice daily, taking 3 hours 41 minutes. Initially trains will only run direct from London to Amsterdam – those traveling from Amsterdam will need to change trains in Brussels and go through passport control. Direct service from Amsterdam may be running by late 2019.
  • The budget airline Monarch is no longer in business.
  • The budget airline Thomson Airways is now called TUI Airways.
  • In 2018 Trooping the Colour is taking place on June 9 (not June 17).
  • Afternoon tea at the V&A Café is now Sunday 15:00–17:00, and requires a reservation.
  • The Orangery at Kensington Palace is now closed for restoration work until 2020.
  • Evan Evans tour company's US phone number has changed: (+1) 800-422-9022.
  • The family discount for the London Zoo is only available online, not at the entrance.

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

  • The Banqueting House is now closed to the public on Thursdays.
  • The Geffrye Museum is closed for a two-year refurbishment, with plans to reopen by 2020.
  • The National Army Museum has a new website: www.nam.ac.uk.
  • London Duck Tours has ceased operations.
  • The bus from Southampton's cruise port to Southampton Central Station is now called QuayConnect.
  • BritainShrinkers (a company selling "unescorted tours" from London via Eurostar trains) is no longer in business.
  • Big Ben will only ring for special holidays and occasions while the four-year restoration to the Elizabeth Tower and clock is underway.
  • Ebury Wine Bar has closed.

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

  • The time of the Changing of the Guard in front of Buckingham Palace has changed to 11 a.m. To see it up close from one location, we recommend getting there at 10 a.m.
  • The Abbey Museum inside Westminster Abbey has closed (to be replaced by the new Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries, opening in 2018).

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

  • Teapod, near Tower Bridge, is no longer a tea shop.

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

  • A one-way ticket on the Eurostar train between London and Paris or Brussels now runs about $225 for standard fare, $130 for "standard premier" fare, and about $380 for "business premier" fare.

Madrid

For books printed before October 2017, the following may apply:

  • The Madrid Card sightseeing pass has been discontinued.
  • At the Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the following are closed indefinitely: Museum of Tapestries, Museum of Paintings, and Museum of Architecture.

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

  • Madrid Tours and Tastings is no longer in business.

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

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

  • In some printings of Rick Steves Spain 2016, a printing error caused pages 385–432 to go missing. Here's a downloadable PDF of the missing pages (the tail end of the Salamanca chapter and the first half of the Madrid chapter). If your copy is defective, you may also return it to your bookseller for a replacement, or contact Katie Edwards at katie.edwards@perseusbooks.com for a corrected copy.
  • Buses for Segovia leave from Moncloa Station and no longer serve Príncipe Pío Station.

Munich

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

  • Café Tambosi has closed.
  • The Bayern-Ticket for regional train travel is now called the "Regional Day Ticket for Bavaria."

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

  • At the Dachau Memorial, some areas of the camp may begin to close before 17:00 — plan to wrap up your visit by 16:40 to allow time to exit by 17:00.

Nice

For books printed before November 2017, the following may apply:

  • Construction of a new tramway linking Nice with its airport (running parallel to, and a few blocks inland from, the Promenade des Anglais) will continue to cause traffic disruptions and rerouting of bus routes throughout 2017 and much of 2018. The tramway should begin service in late 2018 or 2019.
  • Bus stops for eastbound buses (to Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cap Ferrat, and Monaco) have moved to accommodate tram-line construction, and their locations may remain in flux for a while — ask your hotelier or at the tourist information office before heading out for the day.
  • Bus connections from Nice to Le Trophée des Alpes have changed: Buses #116 and #T-66 both now leave from the Vauban tram stop — except on Sundays, when riders need to catch bus #T-66 from the Pont St. Michel tram stop.

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

  • All of Nice's museums except the Chagall Museum now share the same €10 ticket (valid for 48 hours, €20 for seven days). The Chagall Museum is €8 (and well worth it).
  • The Russian Cathedral has reopened (after a two-year, €20 million renovation), and is open Mon 13:30–17:00, Tue–Sun 10:00–17:00. Services are held Sat at 17:00 and Sun at 10:00 (no tourist visits during services).
  • Bus #17 no longer runs from the train station to the Chagall Museum.
  • The US Consulate in Nice has closed.

 

Paris

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

  • The Cluny Museum will close for renovation from March 1 through mid-July 2018.
  • Eiffel Tower prices have increased following recent renovations. It's now €25 to ride all the way to the top, €16 for just the two lower levels, and €10 to climb the stairs to the first or second level.
  • It is no longer possible to purchase summit tickets from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Visitors must now decide in advance the highest floor they want to visit. This is especially important for those choosing a second-level tour with Fat Tire Tours as they will no longer be able to go any higher with the ticket they provide.
  • "RER" trains are now just labeled…"train" in the Paris transit system. The rail network is consolidating its old terms ("RER," "suburban train," "subway," "tram express," "tramway," "TZen," "bus") and will use just four: train, subway, tram, and bus. However, travelers may still see "RER" on some maps and signage.

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

  • Musée en Herbe has moved to 23 Rue de L'Arbre-Sec.
  • The Picasso Museum is open Tue–Fri 10:30–18:00, Sat–Sun 9:30–18:00, closed Mon.
  • Sainte-Chapelle is open daily April–Sept 9:00–19:00, Oct–March until 17:00 (no longer open late on Wednesdays).
  • The telephone number to book the Notre Dame Cathedral tower climb is +33 (0)1 53 40 60 80.
  • Sacré-Cœur's dome is open daily May–Sept 9:30–19:00, Oct–April 9:30–17:00, and a modest dress code is now being enforced).
  • The SNCF has officially renamed the high-speed TGV trains "InOui," though currently both terms are in use.
  • The EasyBus has stopped running from Charles de Gaule Airport.
  • The tourist information kiosk at the Anvers Métro stop (near Sacré-Cœur) has closed.
  • Bike About Tours bike rental is open Thu–Tue 9:30–17:30, and is closed Wed and Dec–mid-Feb.
  • The National Maritime Museum is closed until 2021.
  • The Hôtel Valadon in the Rue Cler neighborhood is now called the Hôtel Cadran Coleur and has a new website and email address (www.cadranhotel.com, resa@cadranhotel.com).
  • Hôtel Saint-Louis has a new website and email address (www.saintlouisenlisle.com, info@saintlouisenlisle.com).
  • The Good Morning Paris B&B booking agency has closed.
  • Fauchon's Traiteur-Pâtisserie on Place de la Madeleine is closed through 2017.
  • The Pariscope events guide has ceased publication.
  • The sidebar cited in the fourth paragraph on page 558 of Rick Steves Paris 2017 can be found on page 555.

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

  • Because of legal challenges, Uber now operates only UberX and UberBlack in Paris, which means Uber is no longer much cheaper than taxis, and may be more at peak times of day.
  • The Rodin Museum is no longer open late on Wednesdays, but closes at 17:45.

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

  • A one-way ticket on the Eurostar train between Paris and London now runs about $225 for standard fare, $130 for "standard premier" fare, and about $380 for "business premier" fare.
  • Paris taxis have new flat rates to and from the airports:
    • Between Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris' Right Bank: €50
    • Between Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris' Left Bank: €55
    • Between Orly Airport and Paris' Right Bank: €35
    • Between Orly Airport and Paris' Left Bank: €30
      The fixed rate for booking a cab in advance is €7; €4 for immediate booking. Supplements for luggage have been discontinued; one additional surcharge for a fifth occupant can be applied to the fare.
  • The Air France buses that run between the airport and different points around the city are now called Le Bus Direct.
  • Tourists can now rent Vélib' bikes directly at the racks using a debit card, in addition to the chip-and-PIN and American Express credit cards that were already accepted.
  • Café Carlu, within the Architecture and Monuments Museum — once recommended as an ideal place to view the Eiffel Tower — is now closed.
  • In addition to its high-speed Paris–Brussels route, Thalys now operates a slower, cheaper train along the same route called IZY (2–3/day, 2.5 hours, tickets available online only, from €10 for standing room to €29 full fare, rail passes not accepted, luggage limits).

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

  • The Carnavalet Museum is closed for renovations through 2019.
  • The €22.80 Passe Navigo weekly card now covers all transit zones in the Paris region, which means that you can travel anywhere within the city center, out to the châteaux of Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte, and Fontainebleau, and to Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports. This all-zones Navigo now covers a far greater area than carnet tickets, but cannot be shared, and is most worthwhile for visitors who use it for regional trips, stay at least a full week, and start their trip early in the week for the weekly pass (or near the beginning of the month for the monthly pass). For comparison, two 10-packs of carnets — enough for most travelers staying a week — cost €29.80, are shareable, don't expire, but are only valid in the center of Paris.

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

  • The Richelieu entrance at the Louvre is no longer available to Paris Museum Pass holders.
  • Free street parking is no longer available in August (sacre bleu!).

Rhine Valley

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

  • While Rheinfels Castle (in St. Goar) is under renovation, some areas may be accessible only via guided tours (the castle will remain open throughout the project).
  • Any rail pass that covers Germany gives travelers a 20 percent discount on the Köln-Düsseldorfer (K-D) Line boats without starting a counted travel day of a flexipass.

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

  • Pension Lettie in Bacharach has closed.

Rome

  • Visitors to St. Peter's Basilica who are short on time can download an (expensive) audioguide that includes line-skipping entry to the basilica. See www.voxmundi.eu for details.
  • The Victor Emmanuel Monument has new hours: daily 9:00–17:00 (shorter in winter).
  • The combo-ticket for the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and Villa dei Quintili on the Appian Way is now valid for two consecutive days.
  • Rome's tourist call center now answers the phone daily 9:00–19:00 (tel. +39 (0)6-0608).

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

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

  • Tickets for general audience with the Pope booked through the American Catholic Church must now be picked up at St. Patrick's Church at Via Boncompagni, N. 31. The website for booking is www.stpatricksamericanrome.org. St. Patrick's Church has taken over the role of home of the American Catholic Church in Rome.
  • The Roma Pass is now a single plastic card that covers both sightseeing and transportation. The card is activated with its first use at a sight or on public transportation.
  • Off-season hours have changed slightly at St. Peter's Basilica: The church is now open until 18:30 Oct–March (and still open daily April–Sept 7:00–19:00).
  • Visitors to the Roman Forum cannot exit through the Capitoline Hill entry point. The best exit to go directly from the Roman Forum to Capitoline Hill is behind the Column of Phocas, near the WCs.
  • There is now a €2/person fee to book Borghese Gallery reservations over the phone.
  • There is no longer a taxi stand on St. Peter's Square; the nearest stand is at Castel Sant'Angelo.
  • The correct email for Funny Palace Hostel is info@funnyhostel.com.
  • Autoservizi Monti Concezio, run by gentle, capable, and English-speaking Ezio (pronounced "Etz-io"), offers private cars or minibuses with driver/guides (car-€40/hour, minibus-€45/hour, 3-hour minimum for city sightseeing, transfers between cities are more expensive, mobile +39 335-636-5907 or +39 349-674-5643, info@tourservicemonti.it).
  • Ristorante Pizzeria “da Francesco” now requires reservations for evening seatings at 19:00, 20:30, or 22:00 (tel. +39 06-686-4009).
  • The Rome Walks tour company is no longer in business.
  • Palatium restaurant has closed.
  • Osteria Sacro e Profano restaurant has closed.
  • The theater at Ostia Antica is under renovation and the main gate may be blocked by scaffolding.
  • The Despar supermarket chain is now called "Coop."

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

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

  • Tram #8 no longer stops at Largo Argentina; the nearest stop is Arenula, a few stops away.
  • The church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, which owns the "Bocca della Verità," now charges €2 for access to the statue (and only one photo allowed).

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

  • The shortcut to the Victor Emmanuel Monument and Aracoeli Church, as described in our guidebooks, no longer works: The route from Piazza del Campidoglio that skips the church, and once led through the iron gate at the top of the stairs, is now inaccessible, as is the shortcut through Santa Maria in Aracoeli Church.
  • The Holy Stairs (Scala Santa) at the Church of San Giovanni in Laterano no longer close at midday, though the chapel there still does.
  • Elettrico minibus #116 has been discontinued. (For help with Rome's public transportation and journey planners in English, see muovi.roma.it, romamobilita.it, or atac.roma.it.)
  • Castel Sant'Angelo is now open daily 9:00–19:30.
  • Dall'Antò restaurant, in the Monti district, has closed.
  • At Termini station, entry to the train platforms is now restricted to ticket holders. Entrances are from the inner atrium and from the halls to the side of the tracks.
  • Atral no longer runs buses between Termini station and Fiumicino Airport, but two new bus companies — T.A.M. and Schiaffini — make this run, leaving from the south side of Termini.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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

Venice

For books printed before May 2018, the following may apply:

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

  • Teatro San Gallo no longer performs the "Venezia" show.
  • Villa Mocenigo Agruturismo (10 miles from Marco Polo Airport) has a new mobile phone number: +39 338-3629-268.

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

  • For travelers arriving by cruise ship: The best way to get to Piazzale Roma is to take the People Mover monorail, as the shuttle buses offered by some cruise companies from the port to Piazzale Roma are no longer running.

Versailles

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

  • The Queen's Wing of the Palace of Versailles is closed for extensive renovation, which means the Queen's Bedchamber and the Coronation Room are off-limits. Also, there are now two security checks, one at the gate outside the château courtyard and a second check before entering the building. But the fountain "spectacles" are running more frequently — you can now also see them on Fridays from late March through early May.

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

  • In the first printing of Rick Steves Paris 2016, a printing error caused the sleeping and eating recommendations to go missing from the Versailles chapter. Here's a downloadable PDF of the missing Versailles information.

For books printed before June 2014, the following may also apply:

  • Guided tours at the Palace of Versailles now cost €7, bringing the admission total to €25 with palace entry.