Rick Steves

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
Discovering Sicily’s rich stew of history and culture in its architecture

Discovering Sicily’s rich stew of history and culture in its architecture

Exploring ceturies old buldings bring the cities rich history alive

Discovering Sicily’s rich stew of history and culture in its architecture
My favorite things about Vienna: music, pastries, art

My favorite things about Vienna: music, pastries, art

The city’s devotion to the musical arts and its democratic embrace of culture are inspirational.

My favorite things about Vienna: music, pastries, art
Sevilla’s April Fair: Spain’s sparkling spring spectacle

Sevilla’s April Fair: Spain’s sparkling spring spectacle

People parade around in their peacock finery, and springtime flirtations fill the air.

Sevilla’s April Fair: Spain’s sparkling spring spectacle
Glasgow surprises with art, design and culture

Glasgow surprises with art, design and culture

The Scottish city is no longer gritty and rundown, but retains its unpretentious friendliness.

Glasgow surprises with art, design and culture
Lighten up your souvenir shopping in Europe

Lighten up your souvenir shopping in Europe

Wherever you go, do your shopping in places that offer a fun cultural experience.

Lighten up your souvenir shopping in Europe
Lyon, France’s culinary capital, is off the tourist path

Lyon, France’s culinary capital, is off the tourist path

It’s an elegant French city with no trace whatsoever of crass tourism.

Lyon, France’s culinary capital, is off the tourist path
Peeling back layers of Portuguese history in Evora

Peeling back layers of Portuguese history in Evora

See Roman ruins, a 12th-century cathedral and a macabre chapel of bones.

Peeling back layers of Portuguese history in Evora
Experiencing Italy’s Renaissance, a cultural explosion

Experiencing Italy’s Renaissance, a cultural explosion

Before that time, most art in Europe was made to serve the church.

Experiencing Italy’s Renaissance, a cultural explosion
What’s new in Eastern Europe travel for 2019

What’s new in Eastern Europe travel for 2019

The steady improvement in Eastern Europe’s sightseeing scene is exciting news for travelers.

What’s new in Eastern Europe travel for 2019
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