Rick Steves

Welsh revival: Cardiff sheds rust-belt past for glossy future

Just an hour from major English destinations such as Bath and the Cotswolds, spunky Cardiff offers a taste of Welsh flavors that will leave you… Continue reading

All aboard! Making the most of your cruise ship vacation

Last year I spent two weeks on a Mediterranean cruise, filming a one-hour TV show that will present an honest look at the pros and… Continue reading

Celebrate Estonia’s singing revolution

On my last visit to Tallinn, while I was admiring the view from the terrace atop the city walls, a kindly middle-aged man approached. From… Continue reading

What’s new for travelers in France and Switzerland for 2018

You’ll pay more to ride the Eiffel Tower elevator, and Uber may not be your best option.

What’s new this year for travelers in England, Ireland

The nations are improving tourism infrastructures and adding exhibits to well-known sights.

What’s new for 2018 for travelers in Scandinavia

Sweden, Norway and Finland have embarked on many urban, cultural and transit projects.

What’s new for travelers in Italy for 2018

With new sights to see, the country’s as exquisite — and exasperating — as ever.

Porto: Portugal’s ‘second city’ is second to none

The city gives you an excellent taste of life as it’s actually lived by the Portuguese.

Europe’s convents offer tranquility — and treats

They provide tranquil and often economical sleeping quarters and access to cultural heritage.

Bustling Dublin offers big-city sights and Irish charm

The dynamic city has a great story to tell, and people who excel at telling it.

South Spain’s big three: Granada, Cordoba, and Sevilla

The three cities provide a look at the Moorish influence on Spanish culture.

Sweden’s Glass Country sparkles like a hand-blown bauble

You can blame my Norwegian heritage, but I’m not so hot on the Swedish countryside. Even so, you can’t say you’ve seen Sweden if you’ve… Continue reading

Europe’s incredible journeys, by train, plane and ferry boat

Journeys through Norway fjord country and Switzerland’s Golden Pass are two of the best.

Stories of revolution in Russia’s St. Petersburg

Where travelers can find memories of the city’s dark history: The 1917 Russian Revolution.

Austria meets Italy in bicultural Bolzano

The long-Austrian, now-Italian region of South Tirol is one of Europe’s main crossroads.

Visiting Germany’s Lutherland, birthplace of Reformation

The sights include the church where the first Protestant service took place in 1521.

Dodging sticky fingers: How to outfox pickpockets

Don’t let the fear of pickpockets keep you from traveling. Here’s how to keep your valuables safe.

Seaside traditions endure in Portugal’s Nazare tourist area

Tucked into a far corner of Europe, just two hours north of Lisbon, is one of my favorite beach towns: Nazare, a Portuguese fishing town… Continue reading

How to shop in the street markets of France

It’s the best way to connect with the nation’s farmers and artisans.