Rick Steves

A citadel of many cultures in the middle of the Mediterranean

A citadel of many cultures in the middle of the Mediterranean

Malta’s history of foreign rulers makes it a fascinating place to explore today.

A citadel of many cultures in the middle of the Mediterranean
Falling in love with European rail passes all over again

Falling in love with European rail passes all over again

Sweeping changes have made them more affordable and less confusing to buy.

Falling in love with European rail passes all over again
Venetian crafts — like masks, glass and lace — have deep roots

Venetian crafts — like masks, glass and lace — have deep roots

Venice has preserved essential aspects of its history and culture by maintaining its craft traditions.

Venetian crafts — like masks, glass and lace — have deep roots
Academic adventures: Visiting Europe’s top university sights

Academic adventures: Visiting Europe’s top university sights

See ancient autopsy rooms, glimmering Gothic chapels and medieval manuscripts.

Academic adventures: Visiting Europe’s top university sights
Scotland’s Orkney Islands: Remote rewards far from the crowds

Scotland’s Orkney Islands: Remote rewards far from the crowds

On a recent trip to Great Britain, I decided at the last minute to snip two days off from my time in London and go… Continue reading

Scotland’s Orkney Islands: Remote rewards far from the crowds
Open doors to the past: Visiting Europe’s time-warp homes

Open doors to the past: Visiting Europe’s time-warp homes

See a perfectly preserved 1930s middle-class house in Scotland, a Sicilian aristocrat’s ancient palace, and more.

Open doors to the past: Visiting Europe’s time-warp homes
Explore port wine in Portugal’s Douro Valley

Explore port wine in Portugal’s Douro Valley

An endearing slice of Portugal is the Douro River Valley, the winding, terraced region that produces the country’s beloved port wine. This is Portugal’s answer… Continue reading

Explore port wine in Portugal’s Douro Valley
Checking out of Prague and into the Czech countryside

Checking out of Prague and into the Czech countryside

You’ll see traditional towns, a friendly countryside and intriguing history.

Checking out of Prague and into the Czech countryside
The best places for kidding around in Europe

The best places for kidding around in Europe

Seek out experiences that are both culturally enriching and just a downright good time

The best places for kidding around in Europe
Tivoli: Still Rome’s great escape after 2,000 years

Tivoli: Still Rome’s great escape after 2,000 years

The Italian hill town is famous for Roman emperor Hadrian’s villa and a 16th-century cardinal’s estate.

Tivoli: Still Rome’s great escape after 2,000 years
Europe’s crazy rich royals and their lavish retreats

Europe’s crazy rich royals and their lavish retreats

The palaces provide insight into the often-nutty monarchs who once ruled Europe.

Europe’s crazy rich royals and their lavish retreats
Bratislava: Slovakia’s capital makes a remarkable comeback

Bratislava: Slovakia’s capital makes a remarkable comeback

A ghost town during the communist era, the central Europe city now hums with youthful energy.

Bratislava: Slovakia’s capital makes a remarkable comeback
Hot times visiting Iceland’s geothermal sights

Hot times visiting Iceland’s geothermal sights

Iceland, formed long ago by volcanoes, is known for its otherworldly landscape, with steaming fields and percolating mud. The volcanic activity produces naturally heated water,… Continue reading

Hot times visiting Iceland’s geothermal sights
Get swept up in Spain’s tasty and convivial tapas tradition

Get swept up in Spain’s tasty and convivial tapas tradition

You’ll be rewarded with bite-size punches of flavor and locals’ unrelenting energy.

Get swept up in Spain’s tasty and convivial tapas tradition
A Trip to Utah: Visiting the other American D-Day beach

A Trip to Utah: Visiting the other American D-Day beach

This is a place where the image of the U.S. as a force for good remains largely untarnished.

A Trip to Utah: Visiting the other American D-Day beach
How to make the most of your European road trip

How to make the most of your European road trip

Cars aren’t necessary in Europe, but they are handy if you wish to explore small towns.

How to make the most of your European road trip
Lake Bled: Exploring Slovenia’s romantic alpine retreat

Lake Bled: Exploring Slovenia’s romantic alpine retreat

Emperors and communist dictators alike have enjoyed vacations on the pretty lake.

Lake Bled: Exploring Slovenia’s romantic alpine retreat
Belgium’s culinary highlights: Chocolate, beer and waffles

Belgium’s culinary highlights: Chocolate, beer and waffles

Another specialty is mussels served with another Belgian favorite: frieten (French fries).

Belgium’s culinary highlights: Chocolate, beer and waffles
Historic hits in Milan, Italy’s most mod city

Historic hits in Milan, Italy’s most mod city

While many tourists come to Italy only for the past, those who make time for Milan find that this powerful, no-nonsense city is a delightful… Continue reading

Historic hits in Milan, Italy’s most mod city
Tranquil towns snuggle on the Franco-Spanish border

Tranquil towns snuggle on the Franco-Spanish border

Both Collioure, in France, and Cadaques, in Spain, are off the grid when it comes to glitzy resorts.

Tranquil towns snuggle on the Franco-Spanish border