Rick Steves

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.

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.