Rick Steves

My favorite things about Vienna: music, pastries, art

The city’s devotion to the musical arts and its democratic embrace of culture are inspirational.

Sevilla’s April Fair: Spain’s sparkling spring spectacle

People parade around in their peacock finery, and springtime flirtations fill the air.

Glasgow surprises with art, design and culture

The Scottish city is no longer gritty and rundown, but retains its unpretentious friendliness.

Lighten up your souvenir shopping in Europe

Wherever you go, do your shopping in places that offer a fun cultural experience.

Lyon, France’s culinary capital, is off the tourist path

It’s an elegant French city with no trace whatsoever of crass tourism.

Peeling back layers of Portuguese history in Evora

See Roman ruins, a 12th-century cathedral and a macabre chapel of bones.

Experiencing Italy’s Renaissance, a cultural explosion

Before that time, most art in Europe was made to serve the church.

What’s new in Eastern Europe travel for 2019

The steady improvement in Eastern Europe’s sightseeing scene is exciting news for travelers.

What’s new in Germany and the Low Countries for 2019

There’s good news — and a few important warnings — for the well-informed traveler.

What’s new for travelers in France in 2019

Equipping yourself with good information — and using it — will save you time and money.

What’s new for travelers in Spain and Portugal for 2019

It’s important to travel with the latest information to get the most out of your experience.

Choosing between intellectual rivals: Oxford vs. Cambridge

Both venerable college towns are charming to visit, but Oxford gets the slight edge.

Embracing solo travel is empowering for women

All it takes is some common sense, good decision-making and confidence.

Exploring Scotland’s majestic Isle of Skye

Venture to the islands and be rewarded with dramatic landscapes, a rich heritage and a warm welcome.

Beyond the blockbusters: Discovering remote sites in Europe

Sampling such “world apart” destinations is a smart way to experience the continent.

Sicilian surprises abound in the capitol city of Palermo

The city’s cleaner, safer and more efficient than before. But it still retains its colorful edge.

Take a bath: The easy urban delights of ancient Bath, England

The resort city near London is drenched in history, but made for relaxation.

The lessons of Verdun, where 300,000 soldiers died in WWI

Sights and memorials in Europe help remind us of the unimaginably bloody “war to end all wars.”

German cuisine is a treat for travelers

Eating in Germany is a big part of the fun of traveling there. Ingredients are wonderful, traditions are prized, “modern German cuisine” is giving old… Continue reading

Nature and romance in Italy’s Lakes District

Be sure to bring the right travel partner to this lovely destination.