Rick Steves

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.

Lake Geneva: A freshwater Riviera in Switzerland

Its laid-back vibe makes it the perfect place to just be on vacation.

Europe’s emigration museums: Remembering the long goodbye

Visiting these places can help us understand those currently seeking refuge in the US.

If you’re alive, you can stay in a European hostel

‘Youth’ hosteling is a thing of the past. Today, the low-cost lodgings welcome travelers of all ages.

Make the most of 24 hours in Iceland

Many American travelers are dropping in to Iceland on their way to or from Europe.

A rookie’s guide to traveling in France

If you’re a first-time visitor to Paris, here are some more tips.

Ljubljana: An underrated gem in the heart of Europe

wedged between the Alps and the Adriatic — is one of Eastern Europe’s most unexpectedly delightful destinations. Located where the Germanic, Mediterranean… Continue reading

Four best cross-border day trips in Europe

With close borders and modern trains, it’s easy to make a quick visit to another country.

Discovering the romance of Germany’s Black Forest

Avoid the tourist traps and immerse yourself in the region’s charming countryside.