Rick Steves

Once the sun goes down, Venice shines

Once the sun goes down, Venice shines

Venice under a cloak of darkness has an extra dose of magic and mystery.

Once the sun goes down, Venice shines
Britain’s royal residences: Where the queen cools her crown

Britain’s royal residences: Where the queen cools her crown

Put yourself in the royals’ shoes, sort of, with a day trip to one of their palaces.

Britain’s royal residences: Where the queen cools her crown
Wrecks, rafts and replicas: Scandinavia’s remarkable maritime museums

Wrecks, rafts and replicas: Scandinavia’s remarkable maritime museums

Scandinavia’s Viking days may be long gone, but its legacy of maritime exploration (and plunder) continues to capture our imagination. Tap into the region’s seafaring… Continue reading

Wrecks, rafts and replicas: Scandinavia’s remarkable maritime museums
Strasbourg: The bicultural crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg: The bicultural crossroads of Europe

Fascinating history makes it one of the continent’s most intriguing cities.

Strasbourg: The bicultural crossroads of Europe
Lake Geneva: A freshwater Riviera in Switzerland

Lake Geneva: A freshwater Riviera in Switzerland

Its laid-back vibe makes it the perfect place to just be on vacation.

Lake Geneva: A freshwater Riviera in Switzerland

Europe’s emigration museums: Remembering the long goodbye

Visiting these places can help us understand those currently seeking refuge in the US.

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