Rick Steves

How to find the back doors in today’s Europe

A fundamental part of enjoying travel in Europe is finding places that I call “back doors.” When I first started traveling, back doors to me… Continue reading

Shopping in Europe: Memories count more than stuff

experiences and memories are the gold nuggets of travel. Shopping is never my priority,… Continue reading

Alsace blends the best of France and Germany

The French province of Alsace stands like a flower-child referee between Germany and France. Bounded by the Rhine River on the east and the Vosges… Continue reading

How travel pried open my hometown blinders

I’ll never forget my first trip to Europe. I was a gangly 14-year-old, dragged to the old country by a conspiracy of grandparents and parents… Continue reading

Alpine thrills in Europe are accessible to almost everybody

The Alps, Europe’s highest mountain range, arc from Vienna, Austria to Marseilles, France. They include stretches in eight countries, each with a unique taste of… Continue reading

The queen stays at Windsor — why not you?

almost a thousand years ago — and it’s still… Continue reading

At Siena’s Palio, 500 years of history happens in 90 seconds

In the gorgeously preserved Tuscan hill town of Siena, Italy, the Middle Ages seem to survive in the architecture and in the civic spirit. The… Continue reading

The American motorist’s guide to surviving a road trip in Europe

Horror stories about driving in Europe abound. They’re fun to tell, but driving is really only a problem for those who make it one. If… Continue reading

Chartres Cathedral: The age of faith in stone and stained glass

For a chance to experience the mystery of the medieval church through statues, glass and relics, France’s Chartres Cathedral, just an hour from Paris by… Continue reading

Travel back in time at the open-air museums of Europe

One of the great joys of European travel is to journey back in time thanks to its many open-air folk museums. You’ll find these sprawling… Continue reading

A dazzling day trip in Ireland’s capital city

While Dublin beckons with reminders of its stirring modern history on nearly every street corner, the best place to commune with the ancient soul of… Continue reading

A beginners’ guide to Italy’s Tuscany region

Wedged between Florence and Rome, Tuscany offers the quintessential Italian experience: sun-soaked hill towns, green and rolling screensaver hills, romantically fortified farms and cypress trees… Continue reading

Car-free Hydra is a Greek island idyll

less than two hours south of Athens by ferry — offers the ideal Greek island experience, without a long journey… Continue reading

In France, savor a Burgundy blend of bikes and wine

Biking and wine tasting may not seem like natural partners when traveling through France. But if you like biking and wine, mixing the two can… Continue reading

Rick Steves’ tips for traveling in Europe with teenagers

Imagine being a teenager forced to spend your summer vacation with robo-tourist Rick Steves (aka “Dad”). My kids, Jackie and Andy, now in their 20s,… Continue reading

Heaping portions of lamb, gusto on menu for Easter in Greece

A few years ago in Greece, I noticed flags flying at half-staff, and wondered who had died. Then I remembered it was Good Friday —… Continue reading

A tale of two castles shows two sides of European travel

When I was 18, I took my first independent trip to Europe. During that trip, I toured “Mad” King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany —… Continue reading

Book yourself a tour through the literary treasures of Europe

the Acropolis, the palace of Versailles, the Colosseum — can be the spine-tingling… Continue reading

How to plan a dream vacation in eight easy steps

The best travelers aren’t those with the fattest wallets, but those who take planning seriously. Jack might jet off to Europe as a free spirit,… Continue reading