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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 November 2019, the following may apply:

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

For books printed before 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:

  • 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.

Across Germany

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

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

Across Italy

  • State museums in Italy are free to enter once or twice a month, usually on a Sunday. Free days are actually bad news — they attract crowds. In peak season, check state museum websites in advance and make a point to avoid their free days.

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

  • The intercity bus services formerly operated by Sena/Baltour have been taken over by Flixbus, with some changes in frequencies and routes.
  • 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 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.

Across Switzerland

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

  • 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:

  • 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 the Eurail Global Pass (but the Glacier Express still requires a paid seat reservation).
  • The Eurail Global Pass now grants 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 the Global Pass). Swiss Travel Passes still cover all lake boats in Switzerland.
  • With the 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

  • Randy Roy's Redlight Tours is no longer in operation.
  • Direct Amsterdam to London Eurostar trains will begin service on April 30, 2020, and tickets are on sale now. On about 3 departures per day, travelers won't need to connect in Brussels in the London-bound direction. There should be four direct departures per day by mid-year and five by December. These Eurostar trains also serve Rotterdam, with return boarding from Rotterdam expected to be available in late May.
  • Amsterdam city government may ban guided tours of the Red Light District in 2020.
  • The Amstelkring Museum is now (once again) called the Our Lord in the Attic Museum (Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder).
  • 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.
  • B&B Helmers has closed.

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

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

  • Tickets to the Anne Frank House 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.
  • 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).
  • 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

  • The Arlaten Folk Museum plans to reopen in 2020 after a multi-year renovation. The museum will showcase traditional culture and folklore of Provence and is slated to be one of Arles’ top sights.

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

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 recommended market in Eyguières (near Les Baux and St-Rémy) pops up on Tuesday mornings, not Friday mornings.

Avignon and nearby

  • The Patrick Mallard pastry shop mentioned in the "Discovering Avignon's Back Streets Walk" has closed.

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

  • The Oscar restaurant in the La Roquette district has closed.

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

Barcelona

  • Barcelon's main airport is now called Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport.
  • The Barri Gòtic street Sant Doménec del Call has been renamed Carrer de Salomó Ben Adret.
  • Paid visiting hours at the Barcelona Cathedral have changed: Mon–Fri 12:30–19:45, Sat 12:30–17:30, Sun 14:00–17:30. The telephone number is +34 933 428 262.
  • At the Barcelona Cathedral, visitors can no longer use the side door facing Carrer dels Comtes, and cloister doors are reserved for those with reduced mobility.
  • The T10 Metro travelcard is no longer available. A new card called T-casual covers 10 rides for €11.35, but this card is not sharable; each rider will need their own ticket.

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

  • The Eixample audio tour is available as of Spring 2020.
  • 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 our Barcelona audio tours, these older updates also apply:

  • 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.
  • Casa Lleó Morera has closed to visitors, indefinitely.
  • La Pedrera no longer offers free entry to its atrium.

Berlin & Potsdam

  • Insider Tour’s groups meet outside the Friedrichstrasse train station, on the square beside the Palace of Tears.
  • Original Berlin Walks now meets in front of Starbucks across from the Hackescher Markt S-bahn station.
  • Local guide Bernhard Schlegelmilch has changed his email address to upwards@t-online.de.
  • The new James-Simon-Galerie entrance pavilion is now open. Visitors will now enter the museum on the west bank of the island.
  • The Kennedys Museum has closed. It will now be a "touring museum."
  • It is no longer possible to purchase a timed-entry ticket in advance for the Neues Museum.

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

  • As of August 2019, many of Berlin's buses have undergone changes:
    • Line #200 now runs via Spittelmarkt and Berlin City Hall instead of via Unter den Linden (new line #300 — which goes from Tiergarten/Philharmonic to Warschauer Strasse — has replaced this portion).
    • The TXL has been shortened and is now a true airport bus, going between Tegel Airport and the Hauptbahnhof every six minutes. Bus #245 has taken over the stops between Hauptbahnhof and Alexanderplatz that the TXL previously made.
    • Metro Bus M48 has been cut (lines #200 and N2 have replaced this bus between Potsdamer Platz and Alexanderplatz).
    • Line N2 has been rerouted to follow the U2 subway line. See https://www.bvg.de/berlinsmitte for more info. 
  • 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).

Berner Oberland

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

  • The Lauterbrunnen tourist information office has a new website: www.lauterbrunnen.swiss.
  • At Kleine Scheidegg, Restaurant Bahnhof hostel is now Bergrestaurant Kleine Scheidegg lodge and restaurant. It has a new website: www.bergrestaurant-kleine-scheidegg.ch.
  • The Lauterbrunnen Valley Folk Museum is now open mid-June–early Oct Tue and Fri–Sun 14:00–17:30, closed Mon and Wed–Thu, also closed off-season.
  • Hotel Blumental in Mürren is now owned and operated by Schilthorn Cableway Ltd. Its new website is at www.blumental-muerren.ch. (Their other contact info remains the same.)
  • The Stägerstübli restaurant in Mürren is now open Thu–Mon 11:30–20:30 (closed Tue–Wed).
  • The Swiss Travel Pass no longer covers the entire Schilthornbahn ride; with this pass the ride between the valley and Mürren is completely covered, but for any rides above Mürren (to Birg and the Schilthorn) Swiss Travel Pass holders must now pay half-fare.
  • The Schilthorn cable car no longer offers discounts on early or late departures.
  • You can now reserve a time for Schilthornbahn cable car lifts online 24 hours in advance (for 5 CHF extra). This means committing to the ride you before you know the weather, but you can use the ticket itself (without the reserved spot) at any time.
  • The refurbished "V-Cableway" (V-Bahn) lift from Grindelwald to Männlichen is now running; the line up to the Eigergletscher stop is slated for completion in December 2020. This Eiger Express dramatically saves time for people coming from Grindelwald, but makes little difference for those traveling from the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
  • The Happy Inn Lodge in Interlaken has a new email address: info@brasserie17.ch.
  • Sunny Days B&B in Interlaken is under new ownership and is now called Adventure Guesthouse: www.adventure-guesthouse.ch, info@adventure-guesthouse.ch. (Their mobile number remains the same.)
  • 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 (now called Adventure Guesthouse) in Interlaken has a new phone number: +41 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:

  • 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

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

  • In Manarola, the Ostello 5-Terre Hostel has closed.
  • In Monterosso, Fast Bar no longer serves breakfast. Instead, try Beach Bar Alga on the beach, Pasticceria Laura at 59 Via Vittorio Emanuele, Wonderland Bakery at Via San Pietro 8, and Bar Davi under the arch at Via Roma 34.
  • ATC shuttle bus schedules are now available online at www.atcesercizio.it.
  • Roberto Pecunia now offers baggage delivery from all Cinque Terre train stations to your accommodations. Call ahead to +39 370 375 7972.
  • 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.

Florence

  • The main ticket office for the Duomo and its related sights (opposite the Baptistery at Piazza di San Giovanni 7) is undergoing renovation; for now, there are self-service ticket machines there and a temporary ticket office at Piazza del Duomo 14a (opposite the entrance to the Duomo's crypt).

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

  • Tour guide Karin Kibby's new email address is: klkibby@yahoo.com.
  • Hotel Maxim and Hotel Axial are now one hotel: Hotel Maxim Axial. Their new contact info is: tel. +39 055 217 474, www.hotelmaximaxial.com, info@hotelmaximaxial.com.
  • 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 8:15–14:00; also open first, third, and fifth Sun and second and fourth Mon of each month.
  • The Basilica of San Lorenzo 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 Palace, 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 (+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.

French Riviera

  • The website for Le Grand Tour Bus (hop-on, hop-off) is www.nicegrandtour.com.
  • In Nice, the Lignes d'Azur info desk at 17 Rue Thiers has closed, but there is a Lignes d'Azur info desk in Nice's main train station. Office hours are now generally Mon–Fri 7:30–17:30, Saturday until 15:00, and closed Sunday.
  • The combo-ticket for Villa Kérylos and Le Trophée des Alpes is no longer available.
  • Transportation to Le Trophée des Alpes from Nice has changed. Bus #116 leaves from the Vauban tram stop except on Sundays, where it departs from the Pont St. Michel tram stop.
  • In Nice, airport buses #98 and #99 have ceased operations. Instead the T-2 tram line runs between the airport and Port Lympia.

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

  • Bus route #81 has changed. It is now route #15.
  • 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).

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 June 2020, the following may apply:

  • LondonConnection.com is no longer in business.
  • The City of London Information Centre phone number is +44 (0)20 7606 3030.
  • La Bottega in Belgravia has closed.
  • The Nadler Kensington is now The Resident Kensington. Their contact information is: www.residenthotels.com/the-resident-kensington/, kensington.reception@residenthotels.com.
  • The Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory Greenwich have implemented tiered pricing, with higher prices on weekends and Bank Holidays. Online prices are still cheaper than walk-up prices on any day.
  • At the Tate Modern, free 45-minute guided tours are offered at 12:00 and 13:00 (Natalie Bell Building) and 14:00 (Blavatnik Building).
  • Shakespeare's Globe's off-season last tours are Mon–Sat at 12:30, Sun at 17:00. The box office is open Mon–Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun until 17:00.
  • At the British Library, two £10 one-hour tours are offered daily — a Treasures tour (generally at 11:00) and a Building tour (generally at 14:00). You can book online or call +44 (0)19 3754 6546.
  • Bus route #23 no longer runs the route described in the book, and buses #6 and #12 no longer run. Visit the Transport For London website for current bus routes: tfl.gov.uk.
  • The Whispering Gallery in St. Paul's Cathedral is closed at least until summer 2020. The Stone and Golden galleries above remain open.
  • The Courtauld Gallery is currently closed for renovations, with a reopening tentatively planned for fall 2021.
  • The Royal Mews is closed to visitors on Sunday in February, March, and November. It is closed completely in December–January.
  • The £5 Oyster transit card price is no longer refundable on return of the card, but the price is now added to the card balance one year after purchase (so travelers should just keep the card). Cards purchased before February 23, 2019, can still be returned in exchange for the £5 deposit.
  • Scaffolding now covers the entirety of the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) and much of the exterior of the Houses of Parliament. Inside the Houses of Parliament, St. Stephen's Porch and St. Stephen's Hall are under renovation; the statues and stained glass inside St. Stephen's Hall are not viewable. You still walk through St. Stephen’s Hall on Houses of Parliament tours (both guided and audio-tour versions).
  • Direct Amsterdam to London Eurostar trains will begin service on April 30, 2020, and tickets are on sale now. On about 3 departures per day, travelers won't need to connect in Brussels in the London-bound direction. (There should be four direct departures per day by mid-year and five by December. These Eurostar trains also serve Rotterdam, with return boarding from Rotterdam expected to be available in late May.)

For books printed before March 2020, the following may also apply:

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

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

  • Fernandez & Wells restaurant in Soho has closed, as have Potato Project, Melt Room, and the Gay Hussar.

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

  • The Heathrow Connect train is no longer running.
  • Sir John Soane's Museum is open Wednesday–Sunday (not Tuesday–Saturday).
  • 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 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 from London to Amsterdam (and Rotterdam). Trains run twice daily, taking 3 hours 41 minutes.
  • 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, and will reopen in summer 2020 as the "Museum of Home."
  • 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

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

  • 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.)
  • 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

  • SoGymnase Comedy Club no longer offers shows in English.
  • The Paris by Night bus tour offered by Paris City Vision no longer uses the name GoBe.
  • Poilâne is now closed Sunday.
  • The Gérard Mulot pâtisserie at 76 Rue de Seine is now called Maison Mulot and is no longer closed Wednesday.
  • Dale Booth Normandy Tours email is now: dboothholidays@aol.com. Their new phone number is +33 2 14 16 66 14.
  • There is a new tourist information office at the Louvre, in by the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall — just before the museum's security entrance. It is open daily 10:00–20:00.
  • There is a new tourist information office near the base of Montmartre’s funicular at 7 Rue Drevet. Its hours are Tue–Sat 10:00–13:00 and 14:00–17:00, closed Sun–Mon. The phone number is +33 1 42 62 21 21.
  • Puces St. Ouen tourist information office has new telephone number: +33 1 55 87 67 50.
  • Hôtel Eber-Mars is now Hôtel le Cercle-Tour Eiffel. Their contact information is now: tel. +33 1 47 05 42 30, www.hotelcercleeiffelparis.com, contact@hotelcercleeiffelparis.com.
  • SNCF Boutiques in the Luxembourg neighborhood have closed: 79 Rue de Rennes and 54 Boulevard St. Michel.
  • Grand Palais closed for renovation until 2023.
  • Fragonard Perfume Museum has a new address: 3 Square Louis Jouvet.
  • The Carnavalet Museum will reopen in early 2021 after a major multiyear renovation.
  • Cluny Museum is closed until at least fall 2021.
  • Bistrot Chez France's phone number is now +33 1 40 67 96 54.
  • For those visiting the Louvre with a Museum Pass, it's advisable to make a reservation in advance year-round. When making an online reservation, you must enter your Museum Pass number, however buying your Museum Pass before arriving in Paris is not necessary. Once a Museum Pass has been purchased in Paris, a reservation can be made online as late as the day of your visit, even in high-season (there does not appear to be a limit on reserved spots). While the new Museum Pass carries a one-visit-per-museum restriction (unlike the old pass), you can enter the Louvre three times, at the three different wings.
    Note that the Louvre is hosting a special Leonardo da Vinci exhibit this fall, which may impact their policies for all entries to the museum.
  • Café Delmas on Place de la Contrescarpe has closed.
  • Hotel Bosquet is now Hotel Relais Bosquet. Rick Steves readers can get a discount by booking online with code "RSDEAL."

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

  • At the Orangerie Museum, the Walter-Guillaume Collection on the bottom floor has been renovated and reorganized. The collection no longer presents the art chronologically. Rather, it now groups paintings by confronting artists.
  • 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant is reopening in 2021 after a renovation. They will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a lounge bar for drinks and a light menu. The dining room is reserved for more serious eating (though lunches are more casual). Reserve long in advance, especially if you want a view (+33 1 72 76 18 46, toll tel. +33 8 25 56 66 62, www.restaurants-toureiffel.com). No jeans or tennis shoes at dinner.
  • Pompidou is under renovation until early 2021. During renovation the entrance has been moved to the back of the building (on Rue Beaubourg), and the escalators are likely closed.
  • Prices for the Paris Museum Pass have increased to €52 for a two-day pass, €66 for a four-day pass, and €78 for a six-day pass. The pass is still the best value of all the passes offered in Paris as most major sights will increase individual ticket prices accordingly. The pass still pays for itself with four key admissions in two days (for example, the Louvre, Orsay, Sainte-Chapelle, and Versailles). 
  • At the Arc de Triomphe, it is no longer required for Museum Pass holders with kids to wait in line for tickets.
  • 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 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 the 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–Sept 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 1 42 46 72 40 or 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 1 47 05 16 36.
  • Autour de Midi et Minuit has closed.
  • Hôtel Prince has closed.
  • Following the 2019 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.
  • By 2021, paper tickets used on the Métro will be replaced with plastic Navigo travel cards, which cover transit on the Métro, public buses, and the RER/suburban train. Single-use tickets for buses and the RER/suburban train will likely remain available. There are two Navigo options:
    • Navigo Easy Card: Load euros onto your €2 Navigo Easy card and pay as you ride (€1.90/ride), or load the card with a 10-ride pass (€14.90) or day pass (€7.50 for Zones 1-2).
    • Navigo Decouverte Pass: This chip-embedded card costs a one-time €5 fee. When you buy, select from a weekly (€23) or monthly pass and ride unlimited during that time.
    You can buy your Navigo Easy or Découverte card at any staffed Métro station and at most tabacs
  • 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.
  • 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 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:

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

  • Eiffel Tower prices have increased following recent renovations.
  • 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 through 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.
  • The Pariscope events guide has ceased publication.

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 6741 7753; in winter +40 6741 383). If you plan to take a tour, you must bring a flashlight for the dark tunnels.
  • Hotel Kranenturm in Bacharach has a new email address: hotel.kranenturm@gmail.com.
  • Hotel Hillen in Bacharach has closed.
  • The Posthof restaurant in Bacharach has closed.
  • Hotel am Markt in St. Goar has a new website and email address: dashotel@t-online.de.
  • Hotel an der Fähre in St. Goar has a new email address: info@hotel-stgoar.de.

Rome

  • The Opera da Camera di Roma has moved to Palazzo Albertoni Spinola at Piazza Capizucchi 6 (close to the Jewish quarter).
  • St. Patrick's Church no longer arranges papal audience tickets. Requests can only be made by fax to the designated Vatican office at +39 (0)6 6988 5863.
  • The shortcut from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter's is no longer an option. It is strictly for tour groups and the exit is monitored.
  • The Museum of the Liberation of Rome is now open daily 9:00–19:00, closed August.
  • At the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the café has closed.
  • At the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Museum of the Risorgimento is closed for renovation.
  • Colosseum and Forum tickets have changed: The basic Colosseum and Forum/Palatine ticket has gone up to €16 and is valid for 24 hours. The SUPER ticket is gone; in its place are two new tickets:
  1. The Full Experience ticket, which €22 and valid two consecutive days, covers the Colosseum (plus choice of arena or underground area), Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, special Super sites, and the newly opened Imperial Forums (Forum of Julius Caesar and Forum of Trajan, connected by a new path that passes beneath Via dei Fori Imperiali).
  2. The Forum Super Pass, which is €16 and valid one day, includes Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, special Super sites, and the Imperial Forums, but not the Colosseum.

Both of these tickets allow entry near Trajan's Column.

  • Electric minibuses are back. Elettrico #117 connects San Giovanni in Laterano, Colosseo, Via Cavour, Via Nazionale, and Trevi Fountain. Elettrico #119 connects Piazza Venezia, Via del Corso, Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo, and Piazza Augusto Imperatore.
  • Feltrinelli International bookstore is closed.
  • The 48-hour Roma Pass only offers 1 sight, not 2. This pass now covers the Villa Borghese.
  • "Decorum laws" are now more strictly enforced, including fines. We no longer recommend picnicking anywhere but in parks or other green spaces. Eating discreetly is fine, but not near major sights.

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

  • For Walks of Italy tour company, Rick Steves readers should use discount code: RICKWALKSROME.
  • Sitting on the Spanish Steps is no longer allowed. Violators face a €250 fine.
  • The Canadian Embassy in Rome has a new phone number: +39 06 854 441.
  • The Eataly restaurant/gourmet food shop on Piazza della Repubblica, also known as Officine Italia, has closed.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 (+39 06 0608).

For our Rome audio tours, these older updates also apply:

  • 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.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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

  • 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:

Venice

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

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:

Versailles

  • At Versailles, visitors can now purchase timed-entry tickets for the following: either an €18 ticket (palace only), or a €20 Le Passeport pass (includes Trianon/Domaine; on Garden Spectacle days the pass is €27). The Paris Museum Pass does not offer a timed-entry option (so cannot be used in conjunction with these online timed-entry reservations).
  • The Phébus TRI shuttle bus has been discontinued.

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