Rick Steves

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

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

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

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.

What’s new for travelers in Spain and Portugal for 2019
Choosing between intellectual rivals: Oxford vs. Cambridge

Choosing between intellectual rivals: Oxford vs. Cambridge

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

Choosing between intellectual rivals: Oxford vs. Cambridge
Embracing solo travel is empowering for women

Embracing solo travel is empowering for women

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

Embracing solo travel is empowering for women
Exploring Scotland’s majestic Isle of Skye

Exploring Scotland’s majestic Isle of Skye

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

Exploring Scotland’s majestic Isle of Skye
Beyond the blockbusters: Discovering remote sites in Europe

Beyond the blockbusters: Discovering remote sites in Europe

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

Beyond the blockbusters: Discovering remote sites in Europe
Sicilian surprises abound in the capitol city of Palermo

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.

Sicilian surprises abound in the capitol city of Palermo
Take a bath: The easy urban delights of ancient Bath, England

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

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

Take a bath: The easy urban delights of ancient Bath, England
The lessons of Verdun, where 300,000 soldiers died in WWI

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.”

The lessons of Verdun, where 300,000 soldiers died in WWI
German cuisine is a treat for travelers

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

German cuisine is a treat for travelers
Nature and romance in Italy’s Lakes District

Nature and romance in Italy’s Lakes District

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

Nature and romance in Italy’s Lakes District
Inside the homes of Europe’s top artists

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.

Inside the homes of Europe’s top artists
Book smart when looking for lodging in Europe

Book smart when looking for lodging in Europe

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

Book smart when looking for lodging in Europe
Helsinki highlights: creativity, architecture, saunas

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

Helsinki highlights: creativity, architecture, saunas
Off the beaten track in Switzerland

Off the beaten track in Switzerland

Here are some lesser-known Swiss travel treats.

Off the beaten track in Switzerland
Italy’s Riviera: Beyond the Cinque Terre

Italy’s Riviera: Beyond the Cinque Terre

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

Italy’s Riviera: Beyond the Cinque Terre
Irish cuisine: Much more than just potatoes

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.

Irish cuisine: Much more than just potatoes
Pomp and consequence: Visiting 20th-century fascist sites

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

Pomp and consequence: Visiting 20th-century fascist sites
Mellowing out at France’s serene abbeys

Mellowing out at France’s serene abbeys

Abbeys continue to inspire thoughtful travelers.

Mellowing out at France’s serene abbeys