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

  • 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 tips on buying French train tickets, see France Rail Passes and Train Tips.
  • The phone number for the US Consulate in Marseille is +(0)1 43 12 47 54; after business hours call their Paris office at +(0)1 43 12 22 22.

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

Across Germany

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

  • The Deutsche Bahn's information line is now +49 (0)180-699-6633. This is a toll number, for which callers are charged a flat fee of 20 cents (€0.20) if calling from a landline, or 60 cents (€0.60) from a mobile phone.
  • Lately, many restaurants — especially those in well-touristed areas — have added a "Tip is not included" line, in English, to the bottom of the bill. This is misleading, as the prices on any menu in Germany do include service. We don't advise tipping any more at all at a restaurant that includes this note on the bill. (Many Germans, incensed at this trend, are rebelling by tipping far less generously at eateries using this approach.)

For books printed before July 2015, the following may also apply:

  • City2City long-distance buses are no longer in business.

Across the Netherlands

For books printed before March 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Dutch rail system no longer issues paper tickets for domestic trains; even single tickets are now issued on a smartcard. If the train station has electronic gates, passengers who printed tickets online or who have rail passes should look for a gate with an attendant.

Amsterdam

  • Starting May 1, the Anne Frank House requires advance reservations for any visits before 15:30 — reserve online for a particular timeslot. From 15:30 until closing, you can still visit without a reservation (but expect long lines to buy a ticket at the museum entrance).
  • Starbikes Rental has moved down the way to De Ruijterkade 143.
  • The Rijksmuseum at Schiphol Airport, currently closed during airport renovation, is now expected to reopen in the fall of 2016.
  • Hotel Filosoof is closed for a full-scale renovation; reopening is set for mid-June 2016.
  • Sunhead of 1617 Canal House Inn has closed.

For books printed before March 2015, the following may also apply:

  • Absolute Danny Shop has closed.
  • Hotel Aspen, a budget hotel on Raadhuisstraat, has closed.
  • Hotel Hestia has closed.
  • Direct night trains no longer run between Amsterdam and Warsaw or Prague.
  • Vondeltuin Rental, which had rented inline skates in Vondelpark, has closed.

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

  • Joy Ride Bike Tours' popular "city by bike" tour is now offered only as a private tour (not a group tour). Call +31 (0)6-4361-1798 or check their site for information.
  • The Hermitage Amsterdam is no longer open late on Wednesdays, and can no longer be easily reached with tram #14 (tram #9 from the station still works, though).
  • Boogaards B&B has moved to a new location at Pieter Jacobszstraat 21, close to Dam Square (Db-€145, 2-night minimum, same owners, same contact info plus new mobile number: +31 (0)6-3499-1941).
  • Café Vertigo (in Vondelpark) has closed.
  • Boom Chicago has moved from its longtime home on Leidseplein to Rozengracht 117.
  • Most train-ticket machines in the Netherlands do not accept American-style magnetic stripe credit or debit cards; without a chip-and-PIN card the only option is to pay cash at a ticket window.

Arles

For books printed before November 2015, the following may apply:

  • The bus station has moved next to the train station, a 10-minute walk from the town center.
  • The high-season bus to Les Baux is #57 (not #59).

Avignon

For books printed before August 2014, the following may apply:

  • The Avignon TGV station is now connected to the Avignon Centre-Ville Station via TER local train (instead of shuttle bus).
  • The email address for the Jardin de Bacchus B&B has been changed to jardindebacchus@gmail.com.

Barcelona

  • 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).

For books printed before August 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Picasso Museum has a new timed-entry system, with only a certain number of spaces available per time slot. It's smart to get tickets online in advance. Note that the ticketing website can be temperamental; if you can’t get it to work, try it on another device.
  • The Sagrada Família ticket and entrance procedure has changed. The ticket windows remain on the west side of the church, at the Passion Facade, but entry lines for individuals are now at the Nativity Facade. If you have advance tickets, go straight to the Nativity Facade. If you buy tickets on site, walk to Nativity Facade after buying your ticket.

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

  • Bus routes that go to Barcelona’s beaches have changed. Bus #41 no longer runs to the farther beaches, but new routes #V15 and #D20 are helpful. See tmb.cat for details.

 

Berner Oberland

  • Starting in summer 2016 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.

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

  • Esther's Guesthouse in Gimmelwald now offers packed lunches — handy for hikers (order the day before).
  • The Lilliput shop in Gimmelwald has closed.

For books printed before August 2013, the following may also apply:

  • When checking weather online for this region, whether through a website or weather app, be aware that you’re likely to see temperatures and conditions from the Jungfraujoch weather station, high up between the area’s tallest peaks. The weather in villages on or nearer the valley floor — such as Gimmelwald, Mürren, and Lauterbrunnen — is usually sunnier, and almost always much warmer.
  • The Berner Oberland Regional Pass has changed its validity period: Rather than offering a certain number of unlimited-travel days within a wider window of discounted travel, the pass now covers all regional travel within a certain number of days (4, 6, or 8 days). Its prices have changed accordingly.
  • The Jungfraubahnen Pass doesn’t cover most lifts on the Gimmelwald/Mürren/Schilthorn (west) side of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. While you can use it to ride the lift up to Grütschalp and the train across the ridge to Mürren (and, if you like, walk from there to Gimmelwald), it does not cover any of the cable car that connects Stechelberg with Gimmelwald, Mürren, Birg, or the Schilthorn.

Bruges

For books printed before March 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Church of Our Lady is undergoing a major, years-long renovation, during which different parts of the interior will be closed to visitors.
  • The Lace Center is now located across from the Folklore Museum, at Balstraat 16.

For books printed before August 2014, the following may apply:

  • We’re sad to report the death of our friend and local guide Christian Scharlé. His wife Daniëlle Janssens continues to offer tours of Bruges.
  • Hotel B (also formerly Hotel Nicolas) is now called Hotel Marcel; its new email address is info@hotelmarcel.be (its phone number remains the same).
  • Royal Stewart B&B has reopened under new ownership as Hamiltons B&B, with two luxury suites (D/Db-€110, this price valid when you book direct and mention Rick Steves, cash preferred, mobile 0479-445-134, nicola@hamiltons.be).
  • Hotel Imperial has been renamed Hotel Blabla — really (info@hotelblabla.com; phone number remains the same).
  • The Laurenzino gelato shop has been renamed “Oyya,” with the same management and same lineup of deliciousness.

Cinque Terre

  • 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. The express service is scheduled to run through Nov. 1, 2016. Check bahn.com or Trenitalia's site for schedules.

For books printed before October 2015, the following may apply:

  • La Lanterna restaurant in Riomaggiore has closed.

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

Riomaggiore

Vernazza

  • You can now store your bags at the gift shop in Vernazza’s train station (April–Oct daily 8:00–20:00, closed Nov–March).
  • Ristorante Belforte’s antipasto misto di pesce is €18 per person for five plates, and is for a minimum of two people.
  • The shuttle bus no longer goes to the village of Reggio (but still runs to and from San Bernadino).

Monterosso

  • La Cantina di Miky is now closed on Wednesdays.

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

  • The Cinque Terre Riviera booking agency’s office in La Spezia has closed. The number for the Vernazza office is +0187-812-123.

Manarola

  • Trattoria dal Billy has new hours: generally daily 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–22:00, may be closed Thursdays.

Vernazza

Monterosso

Florence

  • The Bargello, in addition to its regular Tue–Sat hours, is open the first, third, and fifth Monday, and second and fourth Sunday, of each month (Monday/Sunday were switched in some printings).
  • 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.

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

  • The €72 Firenze Card no longer covers transportation, though it does now cover several additional sights, including the Ferragamo shoe museum.
  • The Duomo Museum is now closed on the first Tuesday of every month. Otherwise it's open daily, including Sunday, 9:00–19:00 (last entry at 18:00).
  • The first printing of Rick Steves Italy 2016 includes a version of the Florence Restaurants map (pp 540–541) that lacks several recommended eateries; here's a downloadable PDF of the corrected Florence Restaurants map.

For books printed before September 2015, the following may also apply:

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

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

  • At the Uffizi Gallery, where renovation work is underway, several works mentioned in Rick’s Uffizi Tour have been temporarily moved:

Rooms 19–23 (Northern Renaissance) are closed. While Baldiung Grien’s Adam and Eve are MIA, Lucas Cranach’s Adam and Eve, Martin Luther, and Katharina von Bora are in room 45, farther down the main hall (after the Michelangelo rooms).

Rooms 25–34 (High Renaissance) are also closed; some of its works are currently downstairs on the first floor, on the way to the exit: Parmigiano’s Madonna with the Long Neck is in room 74, while Titian’s Venus of Urbino is in room 83.

For books printed before August 2013, the following may also apply:

  • Medical Service Firenze has moved its clinic to Via Roma 4, between the Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica. The clinic on Via Porta Rossa has closed.
  • The Firenze Card now costs €72. In addition to the sights already listed as covered by the card, it now covers several Duomo-related sights (dome climb, Campanile, Duomo Museum, and Baptistery), the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Santa Croce Church, Casa Buonarroti, and Casa di Dante.
  • To see the Duomo sights, you need to buy a €10 combo-ticket, which covers the Baptistery, Campanile, dome, crypt, and Duomo Museum (no individual tickets or other combo-tickets will be available). Combo-tickets can be purchased on-site or online at www.operaduomo.firenze.it (online buyers will exchange an emailed voucher for a ticket on-site).
  • Also at the Duomo, the "Terraces of the Cathedral and Dome" tour is no longer offered.
  • At the Brancacci Chapel, reservations are recommended (and free), but on weekdays and any day in the off-season, it’s usually possible to walk right in if you arrive before 15:30. Tickets are cash-only.
  • At the Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo’s Holy Family has been permanently relocated from Room 25 to a new gallery, Room 35.
  • Soggiorno Magliani hotel has closed.
  • Arti e Hotel has changed owners, and has been renamed Beato Angelico Hotel.
  • The correct address for Trattoria Nerone Pizzeria is Via Faenza 95–97 red.
  • The Metà Supermarket in Oltrarno has closed.

Haarlem

For books printed before March 2015, the following may apply:

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

Hallstatt

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:

  • The town’s tourist information office has moved; it’s no longer on the main square but rather by the Lahn boat and bus stop at Seestrasse 99. Its hours are the same, except that on July and August weekdays it’s open until 16:00 rather than 18:00.
  • Walking tours run by the tourism office are now offered on Mondays during high season (May–Oct) at 17:00 and cost €8.
  • Hotel Grüner Baum no longer does laundry for non-guests. However, the old town’s “general store,” the Gemischtwarenhandlung am See, has a coin-operated washer and dryer (€5 each, daily May–Oct 7:00–21:30, shorter hours Nov–April, across from the Protestant church, mobile 0664-917-9001).
  • Dirndl Rental to Go now operates out of Gasthof Simony (daily May–Oct 11:00–17:00, Nov–April by arrangement).
  • The Hallstatt Museum is now open May–Sept daily 10:00–18:00; April and Oct daily 10:00–16:00; Nov–March Wed–Sun 11:00–15:00, closed Mon–Tue).
  • The town’s train station (across the lake) now has a ticket machine.

London

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

  • The Medieval Banquet no longer offers a discount for Rick Steves readers, but it does still offer its family deal for two adults and two kids (now available Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday).

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

  • The Jurys Inn locations in Chelsea, Islington, and Heathrow Airport have been rebranded as Hilton Doubletree hotels.

For books printed before July 2015, the following may also apply:

  • Oyster Card deposits are no longer fully refundable.
  • At the Tower of London, tips are no longer expected or encouraged at the end of a Beefeater tour.
  • Expect long lines at the Sherlock Holmes Museum (up to two hours in peak season). If you’re traveling with a companion, minimize your time in line by stationing one person in the ticket-buying line while the other stands in the ticket-holders line. (The museum itself has not been updated to include any mention of the TV series, though the gift shop has a few TV-related souvenirs.)
  • Morgan House B&B has closed.
  • London Vicarage Hotel has closed.

For books printed before February 2015, the following may also apply:

  • London has phased out cash bus tickets; riders can use Travelcards or Oyster cards.
  • One-day bus passes are again available (£5, buy before boarding bus).
  • The One-Day Travelcard for central London (zones 1–2) has been discontinued; the cheapest one-day option is now the Anytime One-Day Travelcard (£12, zones 1–4).
  • Advance tickets for tours of the Houses of Parliament are available from www.parliament.uk (rather than Ticketmaster).

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

  • The public galleries of both Houses of Parliament are open for visitors only when Parliament is in session — generally October to July, Monday through Thursday (the two chambers keep different hours on those days). During the Aug–Sept recess and on Saturdays year-round, the only way to visit is on a guided tour.
  • The Cutty Sark is now open daily, including Mondays.
  • Tours of the Rose Theatre are no longer offered through Shakespeare’s Globe, and its Saturday hours are now restricted to 10:00–17:00.
  • Evan Evans’ guided bus tours to Bath via Salisbury and Stonehenge may vary the order of its stops en route (depending on the day of the week).
  • The Gate Hotel, in Notting Hill, has closed.
  • Mooli’s restaurant, in Soho, has closed.
  • The Union Jacks restaurant on St. Giles Street is closed.
  • The Wagamama on Norris Street, near Piccadilly, has closed.
  • The Stockpot restaurant on Patton Street, near Piccadilly, has closed.
  • Jenny Lo’s Tea House, west of Victoria Station, has closed.

Nice

  • 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).

For books printed before November 2015, the following may apply:

  • The city's municipal museums, which have long been free, began charging admission in 2015. They're now covered by a €20 seven-day pass (covers the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Fine Arts Museum, Archaeological Museum, and Masséna Museum). This pass is not worthwhile for most travelers.

For books printed before June 2015, the following may also apply:

  • Local bus #23 between Nice and the airport has been discontinued.

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

  • The all-day bus and tram pass no longer covers express buses #98 or #99 to the airport. You must buy the €6 Aéro ticket if you are going to the airport.

Paris

  • 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.

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

  • The Carnavalet Museum is closing for renovation in late 2016.
  • The €21.25 Passe Navigo 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. The 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 and 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 €28.20, 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.
  • The EasyBus airport shuttle is a better option for getting from Charles de Gaulle Airport into the city than it is for getting out to the airport, as some readers have reported occasional problems with getting picked up.
  • Free street parking is no longer available in August (sacre bleu!).

For books printed before September 2015, the following may also apply:

  • At the Montparnasse Tower, readers who show their Rick Steves books pay a discounted admission rate of €10.50.
  • In the Marais, The Studio restaurant has closed.
  • On Ile St. Louis, Le Tastevin restaurant has closed.
  • Guided, skip-the-line tours offered by Easy Pass Tours now include Sainte-Chapelle and the Picasso Museum.
  • The Salle Pleyel is no longer hosting classical concerts; those performances are now hosted by a new venue, the Philharmonie de Paris.
  • Direct night trains no longer run between Paris and Berlin, Hamburg, or Munich.

For books printed before April 2015, the following may also apply:

  • The Picasso Museum has reopened (at last!); admission for adults is €11 and is now covered by the Paris Museum Pass. The museum is open Tue–Fri 11:30–18:00, Sat–Sun 9:30–18:00; closed Mon. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing. You can avoid ticket lines with either a Paris Museum Pass or by reserving a timed-entry ticket through the museum's site.
  • Hôtel de l’Empereur is near the corner of Rue Chevert and Boulevard de La-Tour-Maubourg; if your book’s map of Rue Cler hotels has a second “21” dot between Rue Cler and the Ecole Militaire, ignore that lower one.
  • Hôtel du Champ de Mars’ new rates are significantly higher than what’s printed in our guidebooks; single rooms are now around €150, doubles are €170.
  • The correct URL for Café des Musées is www.lecafedesmusees.fr.

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

  • Le Bistrot des Compères has closed.

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

  • The Virgin Megastore on the Champs-Elysées has closed.
  • Hôtel Bastille has closed for renovations.
  • Smooth in the City has closed.
  • Comptoir des Abbayes is closing its Marais location at on Rue Flechier.

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

  • The Louvre no longer offers free admission on the first Sunday of the month in summer (first Sundays are now free only Oct–March).
  • Advance tickets to the Eiffel Tower go on sale three months in advance, and can sell out within hours.
  • The Deportation Memorial (behind Notre Dame) is now closed at midday (12:00–13:30).
  • The Hôtel Concorde-Lafayette, known for its view bar, is now the Hôtel Hyatt-Regency.
  • Paris Webservices has a new phone number and hours: tel. 01 45 56 91 67, now open 8:00–18:00.
  • Fat Tire Bike Tours has new websites for its Classic Walks walking tours and for its skip-the-line Easy Pass tours.
  • The restaurant La Maison du Jardin is incorrectly located on maps in some editions. It is indeed on Rue Vaugirard, but between Rues Madame and Cassette, a 10-minute walk west of the spot it’s shown, and on the opposite side of the street.

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

  • Cook’n with Class cooking school has a new location at 6 Rue Baudelique (Métro: Jules Joffrin or Simplon).
  • Café Constant is now open daily.

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

  • Local guide Thierry Gauduchon has a new email address: tgauduchon@gmail.com.
  • St. Sulpice Church is no longer allowing visits to its massive pipe organ (because of space constraints). However, the church’s superb organ recitals continue as usual.
  • Hôtel du Cadran now offers a free, big breakfast and a discounted price to Rick Steves readers who book by email or through the hotel’s official website and use the code “RICK.”
  • Hôtel Lindbergh has reopened, after a period of renovation, as “Hôtel Signature St. Germain.”
  • The night trains from Gare d’Austerlitz to Barcelona and to Madrid are no longer running, nor is the night train from Gare de Lyon to Rome.

Reutte

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:

  • STM Shuttle Services has gone out of business; there is currently no Reutte-based taxi service to or from the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.

Rhine Valley

  • Pension Lettie in Bacharach has closed.

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

  • Passage on K-D Line river ferries is no longer covered by rail passes as a free "bonus"; instead, rail-pass holders receive a 20 percent discount on these boat rides (which doesn't use up a travel day of a flexipass).

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

  • KD Line no longer runs an 11:00 cruise out of Koblenz.

Rome

  • One part of the shortcut to the Victor Emmanuel Monument and Aracoeli Church 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. (But the shortcut through Santa Maria in Aracoeli Church still works.)
  • 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, agenziamobilita.roma.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.

For books printed before September 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Museum of Roman Civilization is closed for renovation.
  • The Ciccia Bomba restaurant near Piazza Navona has changed owners and is no longer recommended by Rick Steves.
  • Hop-on, hop-off bus services 110open Bus and Archeobus have gone out of business. If you've pre-purchased tickets, you can apply for a refund though info@trambusopen.com.
  • Visitors are no longer required to check cameras at the Borghese Gallery; photos are now allowed at the Borghese and most other state-run museums in Italy.
  • Hotel Casa San Giuseppe in Trastevere has closed after all.
  • Gaudeo sandwich shop in Monti has closed.

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

  • A cheaper version of the Roma Pass (€28) is valid for 48 hours, and offers similar coverage to the 3-day version, but provides free entry only at the first sight you visit with it.

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

  • If booking online for a Walks of Italy tour, enter the code “10ricksteves” to receive the 10 percent Rick Steves discount.
  • Colosseum tickets are now available online through CoopCulture (€2 service fee).
  • The Archeobus from Termini Station to sights along the Appian Way only runs Friday–Sunday. There is no service Monday–Thursday.
  • The night train between Rome and Paris is no longer running.
  • Hotel Cisterna has closed.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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

  • There is no longer any free weekday (or weekend) parking in any of Rothenburg's municipal parking lots.

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

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

  • Bürgerkeller restaurant has closed.

Salzburg

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

  • Mozart's Birthplace is now open 8:30–19:00 daily in July and August (but still daily 9:00–17:30 the rest of the year).
  • Starting in 2016, the Mozart Dinner Concerts start at 19:30 year-round.
  • Vietnam Pho 18 is now called "Wokman" (same great food and same friendly owners; now open Mon–Sat 11:30–15:00 & 17:00–21:00, often open later in July but closes earlier in Jan–Feb, closed Sun).

For books printed before July 2015, the following may also apply:

  • The DomQuartier museums are closed Tuesdays (not Mondays), except in July and August (Sept–June they're open Wed–Mon 10:00–17:00, and open daily in July–Aug).

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:

  • The “Five O’Clock Concerts” (5-Uhr-Konzerte) mostly held in the Michael-Haydn-Museum have been canceled.
  • The Old Residenz palace is closed Mondays, except in July and August.
  • To get the Rick Steves discount for the Mozart Dinner Concert held at the Stiftskeller St. Peter restaurant, reserve by phone at +43 0662/828-695, or email office@skg.co.at.
  • To reach Hangar-7, take bus #10 not (#8) from Hanuschplatz to the Pressezentrum/Kuglhof stop (don’t get off at the airport terminal). Bus #10 runs Mon–Sat 4/hour, Sun 2/hour.
  • The Internet café near the Mönchsberg elevator has closed. Fortunately, the city has free Wi-Fi hotspots in the Mirabell Gardens, on Mozartplatz, and on Kapitelplatz (choose “Salzburg surft!” and click “Agree”).

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

  • Drivers must purchase an Austrian toll-road pass — called a Vignette — if they are using any toll road in Austria, even if they are just going from the German border into Salzburg.

Venice

  • 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.

For books printed before October 2015, the following may also apply:

  • In the first printing of Rick Steves Venice 2015, the full-color Rialto Area map was printed incorrectly; here's a downloadable PDF of the corrected Rialto Area map.
  • Travelers should purchase airport shuttle bus tickets prior to boarding the bus to Venice — not from the driver. Buy tickets from the tourist information office, the ticket desk in the terminal, the kiosk near baggage claim, or machines.
  • Villa Dolcetti, a hotel on the mainland near Mestre, has closed.

For books printed before August 2015, the following may also apply:

  • The Naval Museum is closed for renovation. Historic ships (including military vessels and ancient ceremonial gondolas) are viewable at the Ship Pavillion across the Arsenale Bridge (daily 10:00–17:00).
  • Osteria al Bacco restaurant in the Cannaregio district has closed.

For books printed before March 2015, the following may also apply:

  • ACTV no longer offers 12-hour or 36-hour transit passes. Also, pass prices have increased for 72-hour passes (now €40) and 7-day passes (now €60).

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

  • Vaporetto passes are no longer valid on ACTV’s mainland bus #5 to the airport. Passholders must purchase a supplement (€4 one-way, €8 round-trip) for all ACTV buses that originate or terminate at Marco Polo Airport.

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

  • Walks Inside Venice’s English-only walking tours no longer run on Sundays (but do still run Mon–Sat at 14:30).
  • The Vaporetto dell’Arte service on the Grand Canal is no longer running.
  • Hotel Riva is closed for renovation.
  • Pension la Calcina is now Hotel la Calcina.
  • The recently renovated Ca’ San Trovaso has new phone numbers (tel. 041-241-2215, mobile 349-125-3890), a new manager (Anna), and slightly higher prices: Sb-€100, Db-€150, bigger canal-view Db-€170, Tb-€195.
  • If your train to “Venice” terminates at Venezia Mestre (on the mainland), you now need to buy a €1.25 Mestre—Santa Lucia ticket at a machine and validate it before hopping any non-express, regional train for the 10-minute ride across the causeway to Venice.

For books printed before September 2013, the following may also apply:

  • Several of Venice’s tourist information offices have changed their hours: The two convenient branches near St. Mark’s Square (one in the far-left corner with your back to the basilica, the other next to the Giardinetti Reali park near the San Marco vaporetto stop) are open daily 9:00–19:00. There’s also a TI desk at the airport (daily 9:00–20:00). At the train station, in the summer (from Carnevale through October), you’ll find TI staffers in a big, white kiosk out front near the vaporetto #2 stop (daily 9:00–14:30, closed off-season; as this kiosk is shared with the private Alilaguna boat company, be sure to seek out a TI representative). The TI inside the station is open on summer afternoons (daily 13:00–19:00) and all day long in winter (daily 9:00–19:00; likely near track 1, though this may change with station renovation).
  • Venicescapes has a new phone number: 041-850-5742.
  • San Giorgio Maggiore now has somewhat longer hours: The church and tower are both open April–Oct Mon–Sat 9:00–19:00, Sun 9:00–11:00 & 12:00–19:00; Nov–March daily 9:00–17:30. The last ascent in the tower elevator is still 30 minutes before closing time.
  • Trattoria alla Madonna is now closed on Wednesdays (and open on Tuesdays).
  • Rizzo sandwich shop has closed.
  • Pensione Accademia offers a 5 percent discount on the balance due at check-out. To receive the discount, request it when you book in advance, show the current edition of Rick Steves Venice at check-in, and pay in cash.

Vienna

  • Hotel Schweizerhof has closed.

For books printed before July 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Mahart hydrofoil boats between Vienna and Budapest no longer stop in Bratislava.

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

  • The Vienna Opera no longer allows standing-room ticket holders to enter the concert hall after the performance has started. If you come for just the finale, you’ll watch it on closed-circuit TV.
  • The K&T Boardinghouse location at Mariahilfer Strasse 72 has closed; the location at Chwallagasse 2 remains open.

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

  • The new main train station (Hauptbahnhof) is up and running, and the station known as “Südbahnhof (Ostbahn)” has closed.
  • Lucky Chinese Restaurant has closed.