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

  • 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 January 2019, the following may also apply:

  • French hotels recently won the legal right to undercut Booking.com and Hotels.com prices on their own hotel websites; virtually all hotels can offer lower rates than a site like Booking.com if you book directly. If you find a cheaper offer on a third-party site, let the hotel know, and they'll usually adjust their direct booking rate.
  • Baggage check services near train stations are becoming more common throughout France (through hotels, tourist information offices, and small shops). Day-trippers should always ask about available baggage check services at the tourist information office.
  • The speed limit for two-lane D and N routes is now 80 km/hour unless the road has a divider separating the lanes, in which case it's 90 km/hour.

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

  • Parking meters now require your car's license plate number, and more tickets are being written for those who overstay their paid parking time.
  • The website for the United States embassy in France is now https://fr.usembassy.gov.

For books printed before January 2018, the following may also 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 multicountry 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

  • 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 January 2016, the following may also 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

  • 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 October 2019, the following may also apply:

  • Italian sights are still offering free admission at least once, and often twice, each month, but the specific day varies in peak season (in low season, it's the first Sunday of the month).

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

  • 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

  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold (but similarly priced Global Passes still are) — see our 2019 rail-travel update.
  • The Swiss railway no longer offers same day, station-to-station luggage delivery service. Service will now take two days and applies to a reduced list of stations.

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also 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

  • Guided tours of the Red Light District will be banned by Amsterdam's city government starting January 1, 2020.
  • The Amstelkring Museum is now (once again) called the Our Lord in the Attic Museum (Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder).
  • Eurostar's planned direct service from Amsterdam to London has been delayed beyond 2020. Passengers traveling in this direction still need to change trains in Brussels, and go through passport control.
  • The Connexxion shuttle bus between Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport now only allows payment by credit card.
  • Hotel Brouwer is closed for renovation for several months, with plans to reopen in June 2019.
  • The bus route to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction from Amsterdam's Centraal Station has been renumbered to #357.
  • Café Villa Zeezicht has closed, as have the Atrium University Cafeteria and Ristorante Hostaria.
  • The correct address for La Perla restaurant is Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 14 and 53.

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

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

  • Through the end of 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 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.
  • The rules governing tourists' use of the Museumkaart sightseeing pass have changed. The €60 pass, which is bought at participating museums, is now good for just five museum visits over 31 days (instead of unlimited admissions). But, this temporary card can be upgraded to a one-year card offering unlimited admissions to nearly 400 museums. To do so, register your temporary card online. A few days later, a one-year card is mailed to you at the address you give (your hotel in the Netherlands, for example). The temporary card may still be worthwhile for those on a short stay; the one-year card can be a very good deal for those staying longer.
  • 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.
  • Many of the city's tram lines have been renumbered and/or rerouted — check the new route map, and double-check local signage in person.
  • A new Amsterdam Metro line (#52) has begun 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 can be helpful for reaching sights in Rokin and in the Museumplein area.
  • From Schiphol Airport, bus route #197 into town is now bus #397 (it still departs from platform B9 in front of the airport).
  • 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 is not yet available; in this direction passengers 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 van Onna is no longer a standalone hotel, but is now an annex of Mr. Jordaan Hotel.
  • The following eateries have closed: La Place Cafeteria, Dwars Restaurant, Los Pilones Mexican, and the Marks & Spencer mini-grocery.

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).

Arles and nearby

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

  • Travelers who plan to visit two or more museums should consider the Pass Avantage sightseeing pass, which covers all monuments and museums in town and offers a discount at the Fondation Van Gogh.
  • The Arlaten Folk Museum plans to reopen in 2019 after a multi-year renovation.
  • The recommended market in Eyguières (near Les Baux and St-Rémy) pops up on Tuesday mornings, not Friday mornings.

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also 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 and nearby

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

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

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

Barcelona

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

  • The Eixample audio tour slated for release in 2019 in the Rick Steves Audio Europe app is delayed indefinitely.
  • Sagrada Família now costs €17 for a basic ticket (church only, available only from 17:00), €26 to visit with a live guide, €25 with an audioguide, or €32 for a visit with an audioguide and access to the tower elevator (and we still strongly recommend buying timed-entry tickets online in advance of your visit). The church's new hours are April–September daily 9:00–20:00, October & March daily until 19:00, November–February daily until 18:00.
  • The Picasso Museum is now open mid-March–Oct Mon 10:00–17:00, Tue–Sun 9:00–20:30, Thu until 21:30; Nov–mid-March Tue–Sun 9:00–19:00; Thu until 21:30, closed Mon.
  • The nighttime tour at La Pedrera ("Gaudí’s Pedrera: The Origins") has a new name: "La Pedrera Night Experience."

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

  • For Barcelona's top sights — the Picasso Museum, La Pedrera (Casa Milà), Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, and Park Güell — purchasing a reserved-time ticket in advance is virtually a must — otherwise you might not get in at all. Advance tickets for the Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres is also advised.
  • Sardana performances take place on Sundays in front of the cathedral at 11:15 (not noon, none in Aug), and some Saturdays at 18:00.
  • The Magic Fountains music-and-light show schedule has changed: April–May & Oct Thu–Sat 21:00–22:00; June–Sept Wed–Sun 21:30–22:30; Nov–Dec & March Thu–Sat 20:00–21:00; no shows Jan–Fe.
  • The Maritime Museum's permanent collection is open again, after a long renovation, covering the history of ships and navigation from the 13th to 18th century (restoration is continuing on ships from the 18th century on).
  • The Renfe train between the El Prat De Llobregat Airport and downtown is on the "R2 Nord" (not "R2 Sud") Rodalies line.
  • Uber is now up and running in Barcelona.
  • BCN Fashion House B&B no longer includes breakfast in its rates.
  • The Tramvía Blau trolley is closed indefinitely while it undergoes maintenance.
  • Biciclot no longer rents bikes on the Barceloneta Beach.
  • NH Hotel Barcelona Centro is closed for renovations; they expect to reopen in early 2019.

For books printed before October 2017, the following may also 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 & Potsdam

  • The tourist information office on Rankstrasse (across from the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) has closed, but a new office has opened across town on Alexanderplatz, in the lobby of the Park Inn hotel (Mon–Sat 7:00–21:00, Sun 8:00–18:00).
  • Bassy Club has closed.

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

  • Passports are now required for entry to the Reichstag, and must be presented with the confirmation letter received after making the required online reservation.
  • The Pergamon Museum has a new €19 combo-ticket that covers the new "Pergamon. Das Panorama" exhibit with museum admission; visitors with Museum Island Pass or Museum Pass Berlin pay €6. The exhibit — a wraparound panorama painting of the city of Pergamon in AD 129 — will be in a pavilion across from Museum Island while the Pergamon Altar is undergoing restoration.
  • The Museum Pass Berlin now includes the German History Museum.
  • Buying tickets online in advance is now recommended to avoid lines at the DDR Museum.
  • Several local guides have updated their contact information: 
  • The Jewish Museum Berlin is no longer staying open late on Mondays. The museum's permanent exhibit is under construction through early 2020. You can still visit the Memorial spaces: Axis of Exile; Axis of Holocaust; Axis of Continuity; Memory Void; garden and tower.
  • The Deutsche Kinemathek Film and TV Museum is now open on Mondays and closed on Tuesdays.
  • The Silent Heroes Memorial Center has moved from the Hackescher Markt to the German Resistance Memorial location.
  • Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher Markt has a new website.
  • NH Berlin Mitte Leipziger Strasse hotel is now called NH Collection Berlin Mitte Am Checkpoint Charlie and has a new email address: nhcollectionberlinmitte@nh-hotels.com.
  • The famous Fassbender & Rausch chocolate shop on Gendarmenmarkt has dropped "Fassbender" – it's just the Rausch chocolate shop now.
  • The following restaurants have closed: Die Zwölf Apostel (both the one near Museum Island and the one on Bleibtreustrasse), La Bodeguita del Medio (Lychener Strasse 6), Imbiss 204 (in the Kollwitzkiez area), and Café Sibylle (in eastern Berlin).
  • The Fat Tire Bikes location at Zoologischer Garten has closed.
  • In Potsdam, the #603 bus only leaves from the main train station on summer weekends. On summer weekdays and off-season, you can catch the #603 at Platz der Einheit, a 15-minute walk past the Alter Markt (reachable by multiple bus or tram lines from the station).

For books printed before September 2017, the following may also 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), now houses 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

  • The Schilthorn cable car no longer offers discounts on early or late departures.
  • In addition to Rick's self-guided "Gimmelwald Walk," travelers can also download the free Schilthorn Explore app, which includes a new Gimmelwald Audio Village Tour. It describes Gimmelwald's past and present in some detail at each of the eight stops along its route.

For books printed before May 2018, the following may also 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

  • Local guide Paola Tommarchi is no longer working in the Cinque Terre.

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

  • 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

  • Prestige Rent has a new address and phone number: Via della Saggina 98, tel. +39 055-286-059.
  • Transfer Chauffeur Service has a new email: welcome@transfercs.com.
  • The Bargello's new hours are: daily 8:15–14:00 (until 17:00 for special exhibits); closed on second and fourth Sun and first, third, and fifth Mon of each month.
  • The Medici Chapel's new hours are: Tue–Sat 8:15–17:00 except Oct–late May until 14:00; also open first, third, and fifth Sun and second and fourth Mon of each month.
  • The Basilica of San Lorenzo's is now closed Sundays. It also has a new website: http://www.operamedicealaurenziana.org/. The basilica library's hours are now Mon–Fri 9:30–13:30, closed Sat–Sun.
  • The Vasari Corridor above the Ponte Vecchio is closed until at least 2021.
  • The Gucci Museum (now called the Gucci Garden Gallery) is now open daily until 23:00.
  • The Duomo now closes at 16:30 Mon–Sat year-round (though opening times sometimes change due to religious functions).
  • English mass at the Duomo is now Sunday at 17:00.
  • The Duomo sights combo-ticket is now valid for 72 hours.
  • There's a new contact email for booking Duomo-themed tours: commerciale@operadelduomo.firenze.it.
  • There is a new combo ticket for the Uffizi/Pitti Palace/Boboli Gardens. Valid for three consecutive days, this €38 combo-ticket offers admission to the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Pa1ace, and Boboli Gardens at a €12 savings (€38 March-Oct, €18 Nov-Feb). Note that with this ticket, you must start your visit at the Uffizi.
  • The Pitti Palace's two ticket options have changed. Ticket #1 now covers most of the sights (the Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, Treasury of the Grand Dukes (silver museum), Museum of Costume and Fashion, and Gallery of Modern Art) while ticket #2 now covers the Bardini and Boboli Gardens as well as the Porcelain Museum.
  • From July–Aug, the Uffizi and Accademia stay open until 22:00 two nights a week. (Uffizi: Wed and Thu, Accademia: Tue and Thu, also open from 7:00.)
  • The new tram line, T2, is now operating between Amerigo Vespucci Airport and near Florence's SMN train station (runs every five minutes, 20 min, runs 5:00–24:00).
  • Bus #7 to Fiesole now leaves from near the train station on Piazza Adua rather than from Piazza San Marco (only return buses stop there now; with returns also near the train station at Largo Alinari).
  • Buses #14 and #17 no longer run between the train station and Piazza San Marco but buses #7 and #12 now do.
  • The city of Florence no longer rents bikes at the train station.
  • Turishav Travel is now Florentour. Their hours are now 9:30–16:30, closed Sat–Sun.
  • Walks Inside Florence's website is now www.walksinsideflorence.it.
  • Istituto Gould has been renamed Foresteria Valdese di Firenze.
  • Hotel Europa has new ownership and has been reopened as Arté Hotel.
  • Panella’s Residence has new ownership and is now open under the name Haggi's Residence.
  • Lovelife Café has closed.
  • Due Sorsi e Un Boccone has closed.
  • Trattoria I' Cche c'e' c'e' has closed.
  • Reserving an entry time for the Brancacci Chapel is not required, but it is recommended. You can book spots up until the day before your visit. It should still be considered mandatory from March through the end of May and advisable through the summer and fall. It's no longer possible to make the reservation at the Palazzo Vecchio.
  • The Medici-Riccardi Palace has a new phone number and website: +39 055-276-8224, www.palazzomediciriccardi.it.
  • The Museum of San Marco's is now open every Sunday rather than select Sundays. It's now open Tue–Fri 8:15–14:00, Sat–Sun until 17:00, and until 14:00 on the first, third, and fifth Monday of each month.
  • Minibus #D is now #C4, and runs on a slightly different route, traveling from near the Duomo to the train station, across the Carraia bridge, through the Oltrarno (passing the Pitti Palace), and on to the San Niccolò neighborhood.

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

  • Firenze Card holders visiting the Accademia and/or Uffizi now need to make a free reservation to receive priority access. Reservations can be made over the phone (tel. +39 055-294-883, Mon–Fri 8.30–18.30, Sat 8.30–12.30) or at dedicated ticket counters on-site.
  • Cruise passengers arriving in the Port of Livorno have a new option for getting inland: TuscanyBus.com, which offers cheap bus excursions to Pisa and/or Florence, as well as combo-rides that include Lucca. Buses leave from Livorno's Piazza del Municipio (near the port shuttle dropoff point).
  • Bellevue House/Palazzo Riblet, a hotel near Santa Maria Novella and the newly opened tram line to the airport, now has an elevator.

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

  • 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 Uffizi and Pitti Palace will offer a combined three-day ticket (valid for three days from first use) offering ticket holders priority admission (once to each complex) to all the museums in the Uffizi Galleries' circuit (Uffizi, Pitti, Boboli).
  • Accademia Rooms is now the Hotel Accademia and has 21 newly renovated rooms and new contact info: tel. +39 055-290-993, info@hotelaccademiafirenze.com.

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.)
  • 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 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.

French Riviera

  • The Nice Tram #2 now goes from the Nice airport to the city center at Jean Médecin, where visitors can transfer to Tram #1.
  • In Nice, the Coco & Rico restaurant near the Promenade des Anglais has closed.

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

  • Cruise lines now provide a shuttle boat right from the cruise dock at Port of La Seyne-sur-Mer (near Toulon) that takes passengers directly to Toulon's central waterfront (free or €10, depending on cruise line, 20 minutes).

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

  • In Eze-le-Village, parking will be a headache in 2019 as construction of a new underground garage will be underway. If possible, aim to arrive early or late.

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also 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 much of 2018 and possibly into 2019. The tramway should begin service in late 2018.
  • Bus stops in Nice 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.
  • The Picasso Museum in Antibes is no longer open until 20:00 on summer Wednesdays or Fridays.

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.

Haarlem

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

  • 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.

London

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

  • The Heathrow Connect train is no longer running.
  • The Courtauld Gallery is currently closed for renovations, with a reopening tentatively planned for fall 2020.
  • Sir John Soane's Museum is open Wednesday–Sunday (not Tuesday–Saturday).
  • In Greenwich, the Old Royal Naval College's Painted Hall may be covered with scaffolding in 2018, but you can see the painted ceiling up close by booking a guided tour online.
  • Inigo Jones' masterpiece of Neoclassical architecture, the Queen's House in Greenwich, has reopened.

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

  • 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 seven days after the date selected are no longer available on the website.)
  • The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries, a new museum within Westminster Abbey that has been closed for the past 700 years, has opened. (You'll see rare objects from royal coronations, funerals, and much more from the Abbey's 1,000-year history.) Space is limited and a timed-entry ticket is required, available in 15-minute intervals; purchase on the Abbey's website. Westminster Abbey is open until 16:00 May–August (last entry one hour before closing). Tickets for the galleries cost an additional £5 on top the Abbey entrance fee. Visitors with a London Pass can make a same-day reservation at the Abbey if space is available for £5.

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

  • Afternoon tea at the V&A Café is now Sunday 15:00–17:00, and requires a reservation.

For books printed before April 2018, the following may also 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).
  • 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 run twice daily, taking 3 hours 41 minutes. (But those traveling from Amsterdam still need to change trains in Brussels, and go through passport control.)
  • The budget airline Monarch is no longer in business.
  • The budget airline Thomson Airways is now called TUI Airways.
  • The Orangery at Kensington Palace is now closed for restoration work until 2020.
  • Evan Evans tour company's US phone number has changed: 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 (or earlier in high season).

Munich

  • The Romantic Road Bus has a new schedule and route: Buses now run 2–3 times a week (Sat, Sun, and Wed; generally from April through October), and no longer run south of Munich — i.e., they no longer stop in Augsburg or Füssen. (You can connect to the route by train to/from Augsburg or Füssen via the town of Donauwörth.)

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

  • The tourist information office at the main train station is closed while the station undergoes renovations, and the tourist information office on Marienplatz has new hours: Mon–Sat 9:30–19:30, Sun 10:00–18:00.
  • The Neue Pinakothek is closed for renovations through at least 2025. During construction, highlights from the collection will be displayed at the Alte Pinakothek and at the Schack Collection.
  • At the Residenz Museum, the Halls of the Nibelungen (Nibelungensäle), with mythological scenes that were the basis of Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen, have reopened after a 10-year renovation.

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

  • The Glyptothek is closed for a years-long renovation.

For books printed before January 2018, the following may also 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.

Paris

  • At the Louvre, the Mona Lisa will be relocated from July 17th to late October to the Rubens Gallery on the top floor of the Richelieu Wing.
  • The Sacré-Cœur's dome hours are now 8:30–20:00 (May–Sept) and 9:00–17:00 (Oct–April).
  • The Arc de Triomphe is no longer free the first Sunday of the month in October (now November–March).
  • The Louvre Wine Museum now closes at 18:00, and the phone number is +33 (0)1 40 28 13 11.
  • The Rodin Museum now stays open until 18:30. There is no longer a separate entry time and cost for the gardens.
  • The Louvre is free the first Saturday of every month after 18:00, with extended hours until 21:45. The museum is no longer free the first Sunday of the month from October–March.
  • Online reservations for Eiffel Tower are now available 60 days in advance.
  • From September until mid-June, the last ascent up the Eiffel Tower by stairs is at 18:30. For any trip up the tower that includes stairs — any time of year — tickets must be purchased on-site.
  • The Paris Museum Pass is activated at the time of first use and is time-based (not days-based). For example, a two-day pass gives you 48 hours of use from the time you first use it (e.g. if your first entry is at 13:00, you get 48 hours from 13:00).
  • The Paris Webservices has a new email address: reservation@pariswebservices.fr.
  • Bike About Tours' 3.5-hour tour meeting point has changed to Le Peloton Café, located in the Marais at 17 Rue du Pont Louis Philippe. Their additional May–September afternoon tour now runs at 14:30.
  • Opéra Garnier's morning guided tours in English that run July–Aug are now at 11:00 daily. Their updated contact information is +33 (0)1 42 46 72 40 or (0)1 71 25 24 23, contact@cultival.fr.
  • The following SNCF Boutiques have closed:
    • 18 Rue du Pont Neuf
    • Musée d'Orsay RER station
    • 32/34 Rue Joubert (near Gare St. Lazare)
    • 19 Rue de Passy
  • The Thanksgiving store has closed.
  • The Marché de Saxe street market is only open Thursday and Saturday now (not Tuesday).
  • Stéphane Secco at 20 Rue Jean Nicot has closed.
  • Le Pré Verre has closed.
  • Café de Mars is now closed Sunday–Monday.
  • Cave à Jojo has closed.
  • La Poule au Pot is now closed Sat–Sun and has a new phone number: +33 (0)1 47 05 16 36.
  • Autour de Midi et Minuit has closed.
  • Hôtel Prince has closed.
  • Following the April 15 fire, Notre-Dame Cathedral, as well as the Paris Archaeological Crypt, will likely be closed for several years. Access to the Ile de la Cité may also change while reconstruction is underway; check the tourist information office's updates page for the latest.
  • Paris' bus network has undergone major changes, including routes serving hotel neighborhoods such as the Marais and on/near Rue Cler (but not including bus #69 — Rick's favorite Parisian route — nor the RoissyBus serving Charles de Gaulle Airport, or the OrlyBus serving Orly Airport). Most relevant particulars for travelers:
    • Bus #24 now takes a route that we wouldn't consider particularly scenic.
    • The Montmartrobus electric bus has been replaced by bus #40, which follows most of the same route, but has different stops near Place Pigalle.
  • The tourist information office at Gare de l'Est has closed.
  • The Paris Sewer Museum is closed for renovation until January 2020.
  • Victor Hugo's House is closed for renovations through 2019.
  • The escalators at the Pompidou Center are closed for much of 2019 to accommodate renovation work (while they're closed, a temporary elevator is taking visitors to the top).
  • Local guide Arnaud Servignat's correct email address is arnotour@icloud.com.
  • Paul Woodadge of D-Day Historian Tours is no longer leading tours.
  • Allan Bryson of First Normandy Battlefield Tours is no longer leading tours.
  • Parler Parlor conversation group has closed.

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

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

  • Street parking can now be paid with a credit card – it's no longer necessary to buy a parking card at a tabac.
  • The tourist information offices in the Opéra neighborhood (25 Rue des Pyramides) and in Montmartre (21 Place du Tertre) have closed.
  • The SNCF Boutique stores at 78 Rue Saint Dominique and 229 Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré have closed.
  • ADP information desks at Paris airports have closed.
  • Cobblestone Paris, an apartment rental company, now offers a 10 percent discount for Rick Steves readers in addition to two free river cruises (no minimum night requirement) – use code RSPARIS. They also have a new email address: bookings@cobblestoneparis.com.
  • The Canadian Consulate and Embassy has moved to 130 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The phone number is +33 (0)1 44 43 29 02.
  • Brasserie Aux PTT in the Rue Cler no longer offers Rick Steves readers a breakfast special.
  • The Vélib' Bikes system is being overhauled to offer lighter bikes, electric bikes, and an easier booking process; see their new website for updates.
  • City Sightseeing Tours has a new website.
  • The Peugeot dealership on the Champs-Élysées (at #136) has closed.

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

  • Certain rail passes that cover France now also cover Eurostar trains between Paris and London: the Eurail Global Pass, and three- and four-country Eurail Select Passes — but passholders must still book paid seat reservations. The single-country France Pass does not cover Eurostar trains.
  • The last daily ascent of the Eiffel Tower is now the same time year-round (22:30 to the top and 23:00 to the lower levels, elevator or stairs).
  • You can now buy advance tickets for Sainte-Chapelle at either FNAC department stores or online.
  • You can now buy advance tickets for special exhibits at the Marmottan Museum (which are frequent) at either FNAC department stores or online.
  • You can now buy timed-entry tickets for the Catacombs online.
  • The Cluny Museum will be closed for renovation through mid-July 2018. This is a multiyear renovation, and you should expect changes and some room closures when you visit.
  • The Army Museum and Napoleon's Tomb is open daily – it no longer closes on the first Monday of the month. However, the Charles de Gaulle exhibit continues to be closed on Mondays.
  • The Architecture and Monuments Museum is now open on Mondays 11:00–19:00.
  • The Grande Mosquée is closed to visitors on Fridays.
  • St. Sulpice Church has a new website.

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

  • 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 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 2019, the following may apply:

  • During its multiyear restoration, parts of the Rheinfels Castle grounds, including the tunnels, can only be seen with a guided tour. Tours are run in both German and English but determined on the day by who shows up; to arrange an English tour for a group, call 1–2 days in advance (+40 (0)6741/7753; in winter +40 (0)6741/383). If you plan to take a tour, you must bring a flashlight for the dark tunnels.
  • In Bacharach, Hotel Kranenturm has a new email address: hotel.kranenturm@gmail.com.
  • In Bacharach, Hotel Hillen has closed.
  • In Bacharach, the Posthof restaurant has closed.
  • In St. Goar, Hotel am Markt has a new website and email address: dashotel@t-online.de.
  • In St. Goar, Hotel an der Fähre has a new email address: info@hotel-stgoar.de.

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

  • 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

  • The Repubblica metro stop in Rome has reopened.
  • Roma Pass holders now need a €2 reservation to access the Colosseum, which should be made as soon as possible — spots can sell out weeks in advance (see its site for info on reserving, or call +39 06-3996-7575).
  • The €16 "super" combo-ticket for the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill no longer includes the Colosseum. It does still offer access to the Palatine's museum, House of Augustus, and House of Livia (which are not included with the regular combo-ticket). The "super" ticket can be purchased at Forum/Palatine Hill entrances.
  • The ticket table in the narthex (portico) of St. Peter's Basilica, which once sold tickets to the Vatican Museums, is now gone (but the Vatican tourist information office still sells them).
  • The Vatican post office branch near the columns of St. Peter's Basilica's portico (just before the security checkpoint), is now closed (but you can still get the famous Vatican stamps at the other Vatican post office, next to the Vatican tourist information office). 
  • Two central metro stations, Spagna and Barberini, are currently closed.
  • Hotel Selene Roma is now Dharma Style Hotel, and has a new phone number: +39 06-482-4460.
  • Domus Nova Bethlem is now the Dnb House Hotel.
  • The Hotel Gerber near the Vatican is closing in June 2019.

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

  • The basic €12 combo-ticket for the Colosseum/Forum/Palatine Hill (for those who don't have a Roma Pass) now includes a timed-entry slot for the Colosseum. Entry to the Forum/Palatine Hill is possible anytime during the validity of the ticket.
  • The north entrance to the Roman Forum, below Capitoline Hill, is now closed.
  • The Assaggi d'Autore restaurant near the Trevi Fountain has closed.

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

  • Visitors to the Colosseum/Roman Forum/Palatine Hill now choose from one of two tickets, both good for two consecutive days: a €12 combo-ticket allows one admission to the Colosseum (after 14:00 only) and one admission to the Forum/Palatine Hill; or an €16 "super" ticket (which doesn't include the Colosseum — see more recent update, above). Admission to the Colosseum is free for kids ages 17 and younger (must present proof of age). Access to the House of Augustus and the House of Livia on Palatine Hill is available only with the "super" ticket.
  • 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 06-0608).
  • Elettrico minibus #117 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.)

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

  • The Vatican Museums have a new website. The museums are now open on Fridays 19:00–23:00 (last entry at 21:30) from mid-April through October (must reserve online).
  • Tram #3 now runs from the Colosseum to Trastevere train station (as stated in text, but transit maps in some editions imply otherwise).
  • On the Appian Way, the Baths of Caracalla are no longer included in a combo-ticket with the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and Villa dei Quintili.
  • The National Museum of Rome has a new website: www.museonazionaleromano.beniculturali.it.
  • The Roman House at Palazzo Valentini is now open every day (including Tuesdays).
  • The website for the Mamertine Prison, also known as Carcer Tullianum Museum, is at www.tullianum.org.
  • The Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia is now open 9:00–20:00 (closed Mon).
  • Gelateria Vice has closed.

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

  • The Romantic Road Bus has a new schedule and route: Buses now run 2–3 times a week (Sat, Sun, and Wed; generally from April through October), and no longer run south of Munich — i.e., they no longer stop in Augsburg or Füssen. (You can connect to the route by train to/from Augsburg or Füssen via the town of Donauwörth.)

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

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

Venice

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

  • Italo now runs a useful Milan–Venice train route.

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

  • The "TRI" shuttle bus between the Versailles Château Rive Gauche train station and Trianon/Domaine may be referred to in signage as "Phébus." Most signage for the train station now reads "Versailles Rive Gauche/Château" train station.

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

  • Visitors to the palace must now undergo two security checks, one at the gate outside the château courtyard and another before entering the building.
  • The fountain "spectacles" are running more frequently than stated in the guidebook — you can now also see them on Fridays from late March through early May.