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

  • The Swiss railways no longer offer 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 apply:

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

Appenzell

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

  • Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli (on Ebenalp) is not currently hosting overnight guests (to accommodate a remodeling project), though it'll remain open for meals and visits.

Berner Oberland

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

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

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

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

Gruyères

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

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

  • Hostellerie Le Castel, in nearby Le Pâquier, no longer rents rooms to guests.

Lausanne

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

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

Lugano

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

Luzern

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

Zermatt

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

Zürich

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

  • Hotel Leoneck, which is under new management, no longer offers a Rick Steves discount.