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Guidebook Updates for Switzerland

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Switzerland, 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 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.

Appenzell

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.

Gruyères and Diablerets Region

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

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

Lausanne

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

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

  • Hôtel Régina, under new management, offers a discount to Rick Steves readers.
  • Le Barbare pub has closed.

Luzern

Murten

Zermatt

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