Rick Steves

If you’re alive, you can stay in a European hostel

If you’re alive, you can stay in a European hostel

‘Youth’ hosteling is a thing of the past. Today, the low-cost lodgings welcome travelers of all ages.

If you’re alive, you can stay in a European hostel
Make the most of 24 hours in Iceland

Make the most of 24 hours in Iceland

Many American travelers are dropping in to Iceland on their way to or from Europe.

Make the most of 24 hours in Iceland
A rookie’s guide to traveling in France

A rookie’s guide to traveling in France

If you’re a first-time visitor to Paris, here are some more tips.

A rookie’s guide to traveling in France
Ljubljana: An underrated gem in the heart of Europe

Ljubljana: An underrated gem in the heart of Europe

wedged between the Alps and the Adriatic — is one of Eastern Europe’s most unexpectedly delightful destinations. Located where the Germanic, Mediterranean… Continue reading

Ljubljana: An underrated gem in the heart of Europe
Four best cross-border day trips in Europe

Four best cross-border day trips in Europe

With close borders and modern trains, it’s easy to make a quick visit to another country.

Four best cross-border day trips in Europe
Discovering the romance of Germany’s Black Forest

Discovering the romance of Germany’s Black Forest

Avoid the tourist traps and immerse yourself in the region’s charming countryside.

Discovering the romance of Germany’s Black Forest
Welsh revival: Cardiff sheds rust-belt past for glossy future

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

Welsh revival: Cardiff sheds rust-belt past for glossy future
All aboard! Making the most of your cruise ship vacation

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

All aboard! Making the most of your cruise ship vacation
Celebrate Estonia’s singing revolution

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

Celebrate Estonia’s singing revolution
What’s new for travelers in France and Switzerland for 2018

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 for travelers in France and Switzerland for 2018
What’s new this year for travelers in England, Ireland

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 this year for travelers in England, Ireland
What’s new for 2018 for travelers in Scandinavia

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 2018 for travelers in Scandinavia
What’s new for travelers in Italy for 2018

What’s new for travelers in Italy for 2018

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

What’s new for travelers in Italy for 2018
Porto: Portugal’s ‘second city’ is second to none

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.

Porto: Portugal’s ‘second city’ is second to none
Europe’s convents offer tranquility — and treats

Europe’s convents offer tranquility — and treats

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

Europe’s convents offer tranquility — and treats
Bustling Dublin offers big-city sights and Irish charm

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.

Bustling Dublin offers big-city sights and Irish charm
South Spain’s big three: Granada, Cordoba, and Sevilla

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

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

South Spain’s big three: Granada, Cordoba, and Sevilla
Sweden’s Glass Country sparkles like a hand-blown bauble

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

Sweden’s Glass Country sparkles like a hand-blown bauble
Celebrating Sicily: Italy at its most extreme
Celebrating Sicily: Italy at its most extreme
Europe’s incredible journeys, by train, plane and ferry boat

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.

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