Rick Steves

Take a bath: The easy urban delights of ancient Bath, England

Take a bath: The easy urban delights of ancient Bath, England

The resort city near London is drenched in history, but made for relaxation.

Take a bath: The easy urban delights of ancient Bath, England
The lessons of Verdun, where 300,000 soldiers died in WWI

The lessons of Verdun, where 300,000 soldiers died in WWI

Sights and memorials in Europe help remind us of the unimaginably bloody “war to end all wars.”

The lessons of Verdun, where 300,000 soldiers died in WWI
German cuisine is a treat for travelers

German cuisine is a treat for travelers

Eating in Germany is a big part of the fun of traveling there. Ingredients are wonderful, traditions are prized, “modern German cuisine” is giving old… Continue reading

German cuisine is a treat for travelers
Nature and romance in Italy’s Lakes District

Nature and romance in Italy’s Lakes District

Be sure to bring the right travel partner to this lovely destination.

Nature and romance in Italy’s Lakes District
Inside the homes of Europe’s top artists

Inside the homes of Europe’s top artists

From Dali to Monet, a trip to an artist’s home studio is a worthwhile part of your European journey.

Inside the homes of Europe’s top artists
Book smart when looking for lodging in Europe

Book smart when looking for lodging in Europe

Booking ahead ensures your trip is organized and takes full advantage of Europe’s warm hospitality.

Book smart when looking for lodging in Europe
Helsinki highlights: creativity, architecture, saunas

Helsinki highlights: creativity, architecture, saunas

Europe’s youngest and northernmost capital city — feels like an outpost of Europe. While it lacks the cutesy cobbles of Copenhagen, the aristocratic… Continue reading

Helsinki highlights: creativity, architecture, saunas
Off the beaten track in Switzerland

Off the beaten track in Switzerland

Here are some lesser-known Swiss travel treats.

Off the beaten track in Switzerland
Italy’s Riviera: Beyond the Cinque Terre

Italy’s Riviera: Beyond the Cinque Terre

There’s a host of ways to enjoy a classic Italian Riviera experience.

Italy’s Riviera: Beyond the Cinque Terre
Irish cuisine: Much more than just potatoes

Irish cuisine: Much more than just potatoes

Long gone are the days where Irish food was something you ate to survive rather than to savor.

Irish cuisine: Much more than just potatoes
Pomp and consequence: Visiting 20th-century fascist sites

Pomp and consequence: Visiting 20th-century fascist sites

The sweeping impact of fascism in the 20th century can be felt to this day in the many monuments and memorials across Europe that remind… Continue reading

Pomp and consequence: Visiting 20th-century fascist sites
Mellowing out at France’s serene abbeys

Mellowing out at France’s serene abbeys

Abbeys continue to inspire thoughtful travelers.

Mellowing out at France’s serene abbeys
Playing around in Shakespeare’s Stratford

Playing around in Shakespeare’s Stratford

The charming town is a fun stop for everyone — not just Bard buffs.

Playing around in Shakespeare’s Stratford
It’s more than a tour — it’s an education

It’s more than a tour — it’s an education

Group tours in places like Central America will increase your understanding of the world.

It’s more than a tour — it’s an education
Scotland’s most intoxicating places

Scotland’s most intoxicating places

Even teetotalers owe it to themselves to tour a distillery.

Scotland’s most intoxicating places
Sightseeing skills for the ancient world

Sightseeing skills for the ancient world

If you approach ancient wonders thoughtfully, you’ll bring home an appreciation of antiquity.

Sightseeing skills for the ancient world
Oslo: The stuff is expensive, but the stunning sights are free

Oslo: The stuff is expensive, but the stunning sights are free

Norway’s prosperous, futuristic capital city is a joy to explore.

Oslo: The stuff is expensive, but the stunning sights are free
Greek island of Santorini is more than just a pretty face

Greek island of Santorini is more than just a pretty face

No matter where you go on this island, you’re surrounded by stunning vistas.

Greek island of Santorini is more than just a pretty face
Tidy and Tiny: Top towns of coastal Ireland

Tidy and Tiny: Top towns of coastal Ireland

This is the best place to experience Irish culture and the Gaelic language.

Tidy and Tiny: Top towns of coastal Ireland
Rotterdam: Europe’s showcase of bold modernity

Rotterdam: Europe’s showcase of bold modernity

Destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, the Dutch city literally rose from the ashes.

Rotterdam: Europe’s showcase of bold modernity