Rick Steves

Stories of revolution in Russia’s St. Petersburg

Stories of revolution in Russia’s St. Petersburg

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

Stories of revolution in Russia’s St. Petersburg
Austria meets Italy in bicultural Bolzano

Austria meets Italy in bicultural Bolzano

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

Austria meets Italy in bicultural Bolzano
Visiting Germany’s Lutherland, birthplace of Reformation

Visiting Germany’s Lutherland, birthplace of Reformation

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

Visiting Germany’s Lutherland, birthplace of Reformation
Dodging sticky fingers: How to outfox pickpockets

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.

Dodging sticky fingers: How to outfox pickpockets
Seaside traditions endure in Portugal’s Nazare tourist area

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

Seaside traditions endure in Portugal’s Nazare tourist area
How to shop in the street markets of France

How to shop in the street markets of France

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

How to shop in the street markets of France
Make Sorrento your base for exploring Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Make Sorrento your base for exploring Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Serene Sorrento, wedged on a ledge under the mountains and over the sea, is a great springboard for sightseeing along Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Just an… Continue reading

Make Sorrento your base for exploring Italy’s Amalfi Coast
Planes, trains, and automobiles: How to get around Europe

Planes, trains, and automobiles: How to get around Europe

In Europe, getting from Point A to Point B is a snap. The train system shrinks what is already a small continent, making a whirlwind… Continue reading

Planes, trains, and automobiles: How to get around Europe
Exploring England’s mythic market towns of Glastonbury, Wells

Exploring England’s mythic market towns of Glastonbury, Wells

England’s scenic landscapes hold a mix of historic wonders and legends that go back to Camelot and beyond. Two of the best places to contemplate… Continue reading

Exploring England’s mythic market towns of Glastonbury, Wells
Romania’s countryside: The land that time forgot

Romania’s countryside: The land that time forgot

Romania is full of surprises and wonderful people. And as you leave the capital of Bucharest, it gets even better. In the countryside, the history… Continue reading

Romania’s countryside: The land that time forgot
Views from top of Eiffel Tower worth braving the crowds

Views from top of Eiffel Tower worth braving the crowds

Going up the Eiffel Tower is one of the great travel thrills in Europe. Sure, it’s crowded and expensive, and there are probably better views… Continue reading

Views from top of Eiffel Tower worth braving the crowds
How to find the back doors in today’s Europe

How to find the back doors in today’s Europe

A fundamental part of enjoying travel in Europe is finding places that I call “back doors.” When I first started traveling, back doors to me… Continue reading

How to find the back doors in today’s Europe
Shopping in Europe: Memories count more than stuff

Shopping in Europe: Memories count more than stuff

experiences and memories are the gold nuggets of travel. Shopping is never my priority,… Continue reading

Shopping in Europe: Memories count more than stuff
Alsace blends the best of France and Germany

Alsace blends the best of France and Germany

The French province of Alsace stands like a flower-child referee between Germany and France. Bounded by the Rhine River on the east and the Vosges… Continue reading

Alsace blends the best of France and Germany
How travel pried open my hometown blinders

How travel pried open my hometown blinders

I’ll never forget my first trip to Europe. I was a gangly 14-year-old, dragged to the old country by a conspiracy of grandparents and parents… Continue reading

How travel pried open my hometown blinders
Alpine thrills in Europe are accessible to almost everybody

Alpine thrills in Europe are accessible to almost everybody

The Alps, Europe’s highest mountain range, arc from Vienna, Austria to Marseilles, France. They include stretches in eight countries, each with a unique taste of… Continue reading

Alpine thrills in Europe are accessible to almost everybody
The queen stays at Windsor — why not you?

The queen stays at Windsor — why not you?

almost a thousand years ago — and it’s still… Continue reading

The queen stays at Windsor — why not you?
At Siena’s Palio, 500 years of history happens in 90 seconds

At Siena’s Palio, 500 years of history happens in 90 seconds

In the gorgeously preserved Tuscan hill town of Siena, Italy, the Middle Ages seem to survive in the architecture and in the civic spirit. The… Continue reading

At Siena’s Palio, 500 years of history happens in 90 seconds
The American motorist’s guide to surviving a road trip in Europe

The American motorist’s guide to surviving a road trip in Europe

Horror stories about driving in Europe abound. They’re fun to tell, but driving is really only a problem for those who make it one. If… Continue reading

The American motorist’s guide to surviving a road trip in Europe
Chartres Cathedral: The age of faith in stone and stained glass

Chartres Cathedral: The age of faith in stone and stained glass

For a chance to experience the mystery of the medieval church through statues, glass and relics, France’s Chartres Cathedral, just an hour from Paris by… Continue reading

Chartres Cathedral: The age of faith in stone and stained glass