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Beach bungalows at Ærøskøbing.

Rick Steves on Aerø, Denmark’s ship-in-a-bottle island

This charming little isle in the Baltic Sea takes “cozy” to delightful new heights.

Beach bungalows at Ærøskøbing.
Basso living (life on the street) in Naples.

Rick Steves’ memories of charming, appalling Naples

Italy’s third-largest city is also its grittiest. But its “beautiful chaos” is well worth savoring.

Basso living (life on the street) in Naples.
Bikes: the preferred transport.

Rick Steves on pedaling through bike-friendly Amsterdam

If you’re touring Netherland’s capital, rent a bicycle so you can feel the cobbles beneath two wheels.

Bikes: the preferred transport.
Bath’s ancient Roman baths, now a museum.

Rick Steves on historic spa resort Bath: England’s cover girl

Since ancient Roman times, when the town was called Aquae Sulis, its hot mineral water has attracted society’s elite.

Bath’s ancient Roman baths, now a museum.
Leave it to cleaver.

Rick Steves on the unforgettable pleasure of dining in Italy

In Italy, the cuisine is revered — and the quality of the ingredients is sacred.

Leave it to cleaver.

Rick Steves on why the Edmonds Theater is a community treasure

It offers an extra-large bag of small-town memories, the Edmonds native writes.

A gate in Tangier’s old town.

Tangier well worth a visit — but not with a tour group

Avoid the day-trippers’ groups and hire a private guide to show you the tantalizing Moroccan city.

A gate in Tangier’s old town.
Nazaré hugs its wide beach on the Atlantic. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe)

Rick Steves on seaside traditions in Portugal’s fishing town

Perched on a far corner of Europe, Nazare is one of the traveler’s favorite beach towns in the world.

Nazaré hugs its wide beach on the Atlantic. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe)
The wide sidewalks of the Champs-Elysées invite strolling. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe)

Rick Steves on the Champs-Elysees, the grand Parisian promenade

With its sprawling sidewalks and well-dressed pedestrians, this grand boulevard is Paris at its most Parisian.

The wide sidewalks of the Champs-Elysées invite strolling. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe)
"The gondoliers, they get the girls." (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe)

Rick Steves’ Europe: Italian males: Macho men or momma’s boys?

An Italian woman’s view: They’re constantly chasing pretty girls, but that they really want is a wife just like their mothers.

"The gondoliers, they get the girls." (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe)
Not only the dialog and idioms in England will seem funny to Americans . The ladies’ millinery is pretty zany, too. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves: the Queen’s English is just one of many accents

The nation’s many dialects and idioms delight — and often confuse — American travelers.

Not only the dialog and idioms in England will seem funny to Americans . The ladies’ millinery is pretty zany, too. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Gimmelwald, Switzerland, survives as a farming village because it’s located in a government-designated avalanche zone. (Dreamstime)

Rick Steves: For a true Swiss Alps experience, go to Gimmelwald

Protected by law from the ravages of hotel developers, the village carries on with timeless traditions.

Gimmelwald, Switzerland, survives as a farming village because it’s located in a government-designated avalanche zone. (Dreamstime)
Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, now a symbol of peace and reunification. (Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves: Today’s Berlin is freedom’s victory dance

Checkpoint Charlie is now a capitalist sideshow. You’ll be sold fake bits of the wall, WWII gas masks and DDR medals.

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, now a symbol of peace and reunification. (Rick Steves’ Europe)
Romantic Venice with the Rialto Bridge. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves on the woman who lost her mind in Venice

Overcome by the city’s exquisite beauty, she developed a classic case of Stendhal Syndrome.

Romantic Venice with the Rialto Bridge. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Rick Steves on haggis, and other quirky foods of Europe

Rick Steves on haggis, and other quirky foods of Europe

From pigs’ ears in Spain to horsemeat in France and spicy sheep intestines in Turkey, try dishes that make a menu unique.

Rick Steves on haggis, and other quirky foods of Europe
Rick Steves on Greece’s underrated Peloponnese peninsula

Rick Steves on Greece’s underrated Peloponnese peninsula

Hordes of tourists flock to the Greek islands, unaware of the salty pleasures awaiting on the bluff.

Rick Steves on Greece’s underrated Peloponnese peninsula
Wenceslas Square, where the history of the Czech people plays out. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves on Prague, where all roads eventually lead to a pub

Once a downtrodden Soviet vassal, the beer-loving country revels in freedom and capitalism.

Wenceslas Square, where the history of the Czech people plays out. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Rome’s Pantheon. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves on being swept away by Rome’s cavalcade of delights

Rome is high class and low class, sacred and profane, grandiose and fragile, stormy and tranquil — all at once

Rome’s Pantheon. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Oslo’s City Hall, with stirring murals and art that depict Norway’s history. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves on Oslo, the polar opposite of ‘Big Box’ culture

The Norwegian capital city is expensive, but its charm and civility are priceless.

Oslo’s City Hall, with stirring murals and art that depict Norway’s history. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Neuschwanstein, “Mad” King Ludwig’s dream. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves revisits three enchanted German castles

The nation’s castles date back to medieval times, and today serve as amusement parks and classrooms.

Neuschwanstein, “Mad” King Ludwig’s dream. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)