Rick Steves

Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul—for centuries the grandest place of worship in all of Europe.

Strolling Istanbul, one of the world’s timeless great cities

It’s proof that traditional cultures are things to value and preserve, not stifle with modernity.

 

Rick Steves on what Italians really think about American food

They like our breakfasts, but they’re not fans of our mozzarella-filled lasagne and our overly complicated salads.

 

A Bavarian beer hall, you’ll find men in lederhosen.

Rick Steves on Munich, where thirst is worse than homesickness

A boisterous, belching Bavarian beer hall is possibly the most convivial place on Earth.

 

The Song Festival Grounds, where Estonians sang for their independence.

Rick Steves: Blossoming Estonia sings the song of freedom

Once an oppressed backwater of the Soviet Union, the small Baltic nation is now prosperous and proud.

The Song Festival Grounds, where Estonians sang for their independence.
Glastonbury Tor attracts hikers and seekers.

Rick Steves’ Europe: History and mystery in Glastonbury

The 500-foot-tall hill supposedly was visited by Jesus’ uncle, and is a source of the Holy Grail myths.

Glastonbury Tor attracts hikers and seekers.
Giotto’s glorious Scrovegni Chapel

Rick Steves: Students, saints and Scarpette in Italy’s Padua

It’s a great place to experience Italy, both the winds of its past and the (sometimes raunchy) delights of its now.

Giotto’s glorious Scrovegni Chapel
Running of the bulls.

Rick Steves on Pamplona, and feeling the bull’s breath on your pants

The chaotic, violent and very brief running of the bulls endures in this corner of Spain.

Running of the bulls.
Visiting the island church by boat.

The high life and humble devotion on Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor

A dinghy trip to an island reveals the kind of discovery that makes traveling magical.

Visiting the island church by boat.
Prosciutto, produced on a small family farm.

Tasting the Tuscan good life — and its prosciutto

But to experience Tuscan life at its finest and most authentic, you must venture off the tourism track.

Prosciutto, produced on a small family farm.
Succumb to nature in England’s Lake District.

Rick Steves on England’s Lake District’s great hikes and pubs

In England’s Lake District, nature rules and humanity keeps a wide-eyed but low profile. At just about 30 miles long and 30 miles wide, the… Continue reading

Succumb to nature in England’s Lake District.
Sleek lifts transport locals and visitors alike.

Bringing life to the village. and the village to the Alps

In Switzerland, the mighty Schilthornbahn cable car makes storybook-perfect Gimmelwald possible.

Sleek lifts transport locals and visitors alike.
The Camino ends at this cathedral, which holds the tomb of St. James.

The Camino de Santiago: A medieval pilgrimage in modern times

In recent years, the 450-mile trek in a far northwest corner of Spain has seen a renaissance of interest.

The Camino ends at this cathedral, which holds the tomb of St. James.
David, Michelangelo. "Yes, we can,” say the eyes of Renaissance Man.

In the Church of David, the message is ‘Yes, I Can’

Michelangelo’s colossal statue seems both ready and determined to step out of the Dark Ages and into an exciting future.

David, Michelangelo. "Yes, we can,” say the eyes of Renaissance Man.

Ducks, dung, and hay in Eastern Turkey

I’m in Kastamonu, five hours northeast of the Turkish capital of Ankara. It’s a town that has yet to figure out the business of tourism.… Continue reading

In the Netherlands, windmills helped reclaim land from the sea.

Rick Steves goes Dutch in Holland’s wide-open Polder Country

As the saying goes, “God made the Earth, but the Dutch made Holland.” And they’re determined to keep it.

In the Netherlands, windmills helped reclaim land from the sea.
Sample an assortment of Venetian munchies at a cicchetti bar.

In Venice, eating like the locals is the ultimate luxury

“When you see a menu turistico, go away. When you see old men speaking Italian in a restaurant, this is a good place,” Rick Steves’ guide says.

Sample an assortment of Venetian munchies at a cicchetti bar.
Budapest’s House of Terror.

Cold War memories of decadent Western pleasures in Budapest

It’s clear that the younger generation of Eastern Europeans has no memory of the communist era.

Budapest’s House of Terror.
Herr Jung leads a group through Bacharach, Germany.

Rick Steves’ Europe: Lessons from a schoolmaster on the Rhine

Herr Jung dedicated his life to sharing Germany’s hard history so others can learn from it.

Herr Jung leads a group through Bacharach, Germany.
The old-time sweet shop in York's Castle Museum.

Rick Steves in York: Vikings, bygone days and a ruined abbey

Learning the history of a place makes visiting it much more interesting and worthwhile.

The old-time sweet shop in York's Castle Museum.
Vernazza, the jewel of the Cinque Terre.

Rick Steves on Vernazza, the humble queen of Italy’s Riviera

You can search the entire Mediterranean coastline for the best rustic village, surrounded by vineyards and steeped in tradition, and not find a more rewarding… Continue reading

Vernazza, the jewel of the Cinque Terre.