Rick Steves

Inside the homes of Europe’s top artists

From Dali to Monet, a trip to an artist’s home studio is a worthwhile part of your European journey.

Book smart when looking for lodging in Europe

Booking ahead ensures your trip is organized and takes full advantage of Europe’s warm hospitality.

Helsinki highlights: creativity, architecture, saunas

Europe’s youngest and northernmost capital city — feels like an outpost of Europe. While it lacks the cutesy cobbles of Copenhagen, the aristocratic… Continue reading

Off the beaten track in Switzerland

Here are some lesser-known Swiss travel treats.

Italy’s Riviera: Beyond the Cinque Terre

There’s a host of ways to enjoy a classic Italian Riviera experience.

Irish cuisine: Much more than just potatoes

Long gone are the days where Irish food was something you ate to survive rather than to savor.

Pomp and consequence: Visiting 20th-century fascist sites

The sweeping impact of fascism in the 20th century can be felt to this day in the many monuments and memorials across Europe that remind… Continue reading

Mellowing out at France’s serene abbeys

Abbeys continue to inspire thoughtful travelers.

Playing around in Shakespeare’s Stratford

The charming town is a fun stop for everyone — not just Bard buffs.

It’s more than a tour — it’s an education

Group tours in places like Central America will increase your understanding of the world.

Scotland’s most intoxicating places

Even teetotalers owe it to themselves to tour a distillery.

Sightseeing skills for the ancient world

If you approach ancient wonders thoughtfully, you’ll bring home an appreciation of antiquity.

Oslo: The stuff is expensive, but the stunning sights are free

Norway’s prosperous, futuristic capital city is a joy to explore.

Greek island of Santorini is more than just a pretty face

No matter where you go on this island, you’re surrounded by stunning vistas.

Tidy and Tiny: Top towns of coastal Ireland

This is the best place to experience Irish culture and the Gaelic language.

Rotterdam: Europe’s showcase of bold modernity

Destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, the Dutch city literally rose from the ashes.

Once the sun goes down, Venice shines

Venice under a cloak of darkness has an extra dose of magic and mystery.

Britain’s royal residences: Where the queen cools her crown

Put yourself in the royals’ shoes, sort of, with a day trip to one of their palaces.

Wrecks, rafts and replicas: Scandinavia’s remarkable maritime museums

Scandinavia’s Viking days may be long gone, but its legacy of maritime exploration (and plunder) continues to capture our imagination. Tap into the region’s seafaring… Continue reading

Strasbourg: The bicultural crossroads of Europe

Fascinating history makes it one of the continent’s most intriguing cities.