Rick Steves

Rick Steves: Embracing a less-congested Europe in winter

Every time I travel to Europe in the off-season, I find myself…


How to avoid madding crowds in Italy’s lovely Cinque Terre

The keys include visiting during off-peak season and skipping the towns at midday.


The Danube’s Big Three: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest

Thanks to their proximity, combining all three into one trip is a breeze.


Tranquil Tomar: Take a break from Portugal’s tourist tumult

A quaint town of about 20,000 residents, set under a historic fortress, it’s well worth a stop.

At cemeteries and crypts, Europe’s dead speak to the living

Visit them and discover that long after death, the bones and memorials still have something to say.

Under the Tuscan fork: A culinary journey to Florence

The iconic city offers a wide array of delicacies beyond the usual Italian pizza and pasta fare.

Savoring the hospitality of beguiling Normandy

The charming corner of France is known for its green rolling hills, tall cathedral spires and thatched-roof cottages.

Hit the links, books and beach at Scotland’s St. Andrews

Any visitor to Scotland should consider at least a short stop in this scenic, intriguingly historic university town.

Taking steps to see Europe from a fresh perspective — literally

Perhaps the most memorable of climbs is just 28 stairs — on your knees — up Rome’s Scala Santa.

Stockholm’s delightful, diverse day trips

From royal palaces to a sculptor’s garden, the area around the city has something for every traveler.

A short walk in Dublin takes you through Ireland’s long history

A walk through the heart of north Dublin recalls the nation’s long fight for independence.

A citadel of many cultures in the middle of the Mediterranean

Malta’s history of foreign rulers makes it a fascinating place to explore today.

Falling in love with European rail passes all over again

Sweeping changes have made them more affordable and less confusing to buy.

Venetian crafts — like masks, glass and lace — have deep roots

Venice has preserved essential aspects of its history and culture by maintaining its craft traditions.

Academic adventures: Visiting Europe’s top university sights

See ancient autopsy rooms, glimmering Gothic chapels and medieval manuscripts.

Scotland’s Orkney Islands: Remote rewards far from the crowds

On a recent trip to Great Britain, I decided at the last minute to snip two days off from my time in London and go… Continue reading

Open doors to the past: Visiting Europe’s time-warp homes

See a perfectly preserved 1930s middle-class house in Scotland, a Sicilian aristocrat’s ancient palace, and more.

Explore port wine in Portugal’s Douro Valley

An endearing slice of Portugal is the Douro River Valley, the winding, terraced region that produces the country’s beloved port wine. This is Portugal’s answer… Continue reading

Checking out of Prague and into the Czech countryside

You’ll see traditional towns, a friendly countryside and intriguing history.

The best places for kidding around in Europe

Seek out experiences that are both culturally enriching and just a downright good time