Rick Steves

The night watchman signals “All’s well.”

Rothenburg’s night watchman a dangerous job in medieval times

The 15th-century German man would sing the ‘all’s well’ tune at the top of the hour through the night.

 

At cicchetti bars, you can assemble a meal.

Don’t worry about getting lost on a Venice’s cicchetti crawl

Rick Steve’s favorite meal is what he calls “The Stand-Up Progressive Venetian Pub-Crawl Dinner.”

 

Mostar and its famous bridge, rebuilt after the war.

Mending bridges in Mostar, a killing zone during ’90s civil war

For Rick Steves, it’s chilling to think that the city’s friendly people were killing each other not so long ago.

 

Colmar, a French town with German flair.

Rick Steves on how France and Germany mix it up with Alsace

The hard-fought land on the conflicted border of Europe’s two leading powers is a combination of cultures.

Colmar, a French town with German flair.
Stonehenge, a celestial calendar marking the seasons for 4,000 years.

How Britain’s mysteries inspired Rick Steves to be a travel writer

An experience in 1978 kicked off his fascination with the nation’s countless, inscrutable ancient ruins.

Stonehenge, a celestial calendar marking the seasons for 4,000 years.
The heretic Giordano Bruno stands on the spot where he was burned.

Rick Steves: A perfect cafe and a romantic breeze in Rome

Perhaps the best way to describe this quintessential Roman moment is “bella.”

The heretic Giordano Bruno stands on the spot where he was burned.
Andalucía celebrates life with soul and with passion.

Rick Steves on Andalusians’ twin passions: religion and partying

After dining on the exquisite local cuisine, head outdoors for an all-night revel on the streets.

Andalucía celebrates life with soul and with passion.
A coppersmith in Montepulciano, Italy.

Rick Steves: Support artisans of Europe — before its too late

It’s worth considering how the future will look when economic scale and efficiency trump artisan values.

A coppersmith in Montepulciano, Italy.
Istanbul, with the Galata Bridge spanning the Golden Horn.

Rick Steves has deja vu when visiting Istanbul a decade later

The venerable “fish and bread boats” are still rocking in the constant chop of the city’s busy harbor.

Istanbul, with the Galata Bridge spanning the Golden Horn.
A rustic sauna in a workaday Helsinki neighborhood.

Helsinki’s saunas include a scrub: ‘Relax … I wash you twice’

All Finnish office buildings — whether banks, insurance companies or research institutes — have a rooftop sauna.

A rustic sauna in a workaday Helsinki neighborhood.
Civita, perched on a pinnacle.

Rick Steves on Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy’s dead hilltop town

Just like he had a lemonade stand when he was little, Civita’s kids sell bruschetta to tourists.

Civita, perched on a pinnacle.
Bacharach (below its ruined chapel) on the Rhine River.

Rick Steves’ Europe: Bacharach: Legends and sagas on the Rhine

Rich in history, the German wine town has been charming travelers for centuries.

Bacharach (below its ruined chapel) on the Rhine River.
CAPTION: Escargot — a hit with the French.

Rick Steves’ Europe: Escargot and the beauty of Terroir

But these days, the top-quality, free-range snails most likely last slithered in Poland.

CAPTION: Escargot — a hit with the French.
Kraków’s Main Market Square, with St. Mary’s Church.

Rick Steves’ Europe: Poland’s historic, captivating Krakow

The city’s long history includes five centuries as Poland’s capital. Today, it exudes a folksy charm.

Kraków’s Main Market Square, with St. Mary’s Church.
Village pubs provide fuel (and memories) for hikers.

Adventures in England’s Cotswolds, thatched kingdom of quaint

Everything about them — the meadows, thatched roofs, churches, pubs, BBs and even the tourist offices — is cute.

Village pubs provide fuel (and memories) for hikers.
In the Netherlands, pot users go to coffeeshops — not jail.

A coffee shop conversation about marijuana in Amsterdam

If you pass a shop in the Netherlands full of plants displaying a Rastafarian flag, it doesn’t sell much coffee.

In the Netherlands, pot users go to coffeeshops — not jail.
Siena’s main square and gathering place, Il Campo.

Rick Steves on the Tuscan town of Siena, Italy’s medieval soul

It’s been a backwater since the 14th century — and that’s a big reason why it’s so worth visiting today.

Siena’s main square and gathering place, Il Campo.
Don't be afraid to join a dance in Turkey: Just snap your fingers and shake your shoulders.

Rick Steves on the ‘Laz-pitality’ found in northeastern Turkey

Twenty-two American travelers were invited to spend a Turkish evening with a Laz family near the Black Sea.

Don't be afraid to join a dance in Turkey: Just snap your fingers and shake your shoulders.
A flag-flying perch above Bergen, Norway.

How a visit to Norway gave the young Rick Steves a new outlook

The nation’s commitment to anti-materialism impressed him — as did the pretty girls with hairy armpits.

A flag-flying perch above Bergen, Norway.
Buckled up as we embark on the via ferrata.

Rick Steves on dangling from a terrifying Swiss cliff

The effects of climate change may out vivid Swiss alps experiences out of reach.

Buckled up as we embark on the via ferrata.