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Rick Steves' Europe Video — a weekly podcast based on Rick's popular TV series — gives you a colorful look at the sights, people and history behind Europe's most interesting destinations. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participati…

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    Dolomites, Italy: Brenner Pass and Reifenstein Castle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 4:57

    The Brenner Pass zips drivers across the Alps in about 30 minutes to Reifenstein Castle, which offers an intimate look at medieval castle life. For European travel information, visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

    Glasgow, Scotland: Buchanan Street

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 0:58

    Glasgow's busy Buchanan Street is the middle of a Z-shaped pedestrian boulevard nicknamed the "Golden Zed." With the top shops in town and a variety of street musicians, Buchanan Street has a lively vibe. For European travel information, visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

    Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland: Alpine Beauty

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 2:16

    Switzerland's Lauterbrunnen Valley is a textbook example of a glacier-shaped valley. Towering high above are the icy Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger peaks. At the base of the peaks, Kleine Scheidegg has hearty food for hikers and rustic 19th-century hotels. For European travel information, visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

    Lisbon, Portugal: Bairro Alto's Fado Bars

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 1:52

    Fado is the folk music of Lisbon's rustic neighborhoods. Since the mid-1800s, it's been the Portuguese blues — mournfully beautiful and haunting ballads about lost sailors, broken hearts, and bittersweet romance. For European travel information, visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

    Chamonix, France: Mer de Glace Glacier

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 2:29

    One of the world's oldest mountain resorts, Chamonix has long made it easy for romantics to enjoy its alpine wonders—starting with a cogwheel train to the Mer de Glace glacier. Nowadays, visitors can stroll inside the “sea of ice” while noting poignant markers indicating how dramatically it's shrinking. For European travel information, visit ricksteves.com.

    Cairo, Egypt: Chaotic Capital

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 2:08

    Teeming Cairo, straddling the Nile, is the capital of Egypt and one of the leading cities of the Muslim world. With 20 million people, greater Cairo pulses with energy. For European travel information, visit ricksteves.com.

    Mykonos, Greece: Perfect Island Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 1:52

    Mykonos is the epitome of a Greek island town — a seafront village crouched behind a sandy harbor, thickly layered with blinding white stucco, bright blue trim, and colorful bougainvillea. For more European travel information, visit ricksteves.com.

    Why We Travel: To Connect with Our World

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 3:40

    Part 5 of 5, this clip celebrates how, by traveling thoughtfully, we can connect with different cultures and end up building bridges rather than walls. For more European travel information, visit ricksteves.com.

    Hall in Tirol, Austria: A Tirolean Evening

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 2:25

    When traveling, it's easier than you think to find authentic cultural experiences. Join Rick at a family-run hotel in the Austrian town of Hall in Tirol for an evening of traditional Tirolean culture, from tasty spaetzle to rousing folk music and dancing. For more European travel information, visit ricksteves.com.

    Glasgow, Scotland: Popping in on a Traditional Session

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 1:29

    In Glasgow's trendy West End, step into a pub for a traditional session — not a formal concert, but a casual gathering of musical friends. For the price of a beer, you'll get an evening of live music and good conversation. For more European travel information, visit ricksteves.com.

    Sintra, Portugal: The Pena Palace

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 1:28

    The colorful Pena Palace, located in the town of Sintra, is the Versailles of Portugal. In the mid-19th century, the flamboyant Prince Ferdinand built this fantasy, mixing Gothic towers, Renaissance domes, Moorish minarets, and Disney playfulness. For more European travel information, visit ricksteves.com.

    Berner Oberland, Switzerland: The Jungfraujoch Station

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 2:28

    In Switzerland's Berner Oberland region, a train takes visitors through mountain tunnels up to the highest railway station in Europe, the Jungfraujoch. At more than 11,000 feet, spectacular views of the Aletsch Glacier and majestic alpine peaks await, along with hiking paths, ice tunnels, and shops and restaurants. For more European travel information, visit ricksteves.com.

    Why We Travel: Like Pilgrims, to Learn and Grow

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 4:57

    Part 4 of 5, this clip celebrates how on the road, like pilgrims, we can seek meaning, and how leaving home, we can learn more about ourselves. For more European travel information, visit ricksteves.com.

    Dolomites, Italy: Tirolean Culture and Alpine Adventures

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 6:47

    The Dolomites, Italy's dramatic rocky rooftop, offer some of the best mountain thrills in Europe. Here, the region's Austrian history survives in a warm, blue-aproned, felt-hat-with-feathers way. The Tirolean village of Kastelruth is a good home base for your exploration of the Alpe di Siusi, Europe's largest alpine meadow. More info at ricksteves.com

    Egypt: Cruising the Nile

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 3:28

    Taking a multi-day Nile cruise gives you a firsthand look at some of the famous river's most scenic stretches, with timeless slices of natural beauty and seemingly ancient scenes interrupted only by other boats. Travelers have few options other than to sit back, relax, and live at the pace of the Nile. More info at ricksteves.com

    Speyside, Scotland: The Heart of Whisky Country

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 3:09

    Of the hundred or so whisky distilleries in Scotland, about half lie near the valley of the River Spey — making the area practically a pilgrimage for Scotch whisky aficionados. Step inside a distillery for an up-close look at the whisky making process. More info about travel to Scotland at ricksteves.com

    Mykonos, Greece: World-Famous Beaches

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 1:43

    The Greek island of Mykonos is known around the world for its picturesque beaches. There are a range of beaches you can visit, from trendy Paradise Beach — with its bars, rentable lounge chairs, and party atmosphere — to the more remote and tranquil Agios Sostis.

    Why We Travel: To Appreciate Art and Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 6:47

    Part 3 of 5, this clip celebrates how travel can be our teacher and the road our school as we better appreciate art and culture.

    Chamonix, France: Thin-Air Thrills at the Aiguille du Midi

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 4:27

    Looming nearly two miles above the town of Chamonix is the Aiguille du Midi, part of the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps. At 12,600 feet, it's also the highest mountain peak served by cable car. Take the ride up from Chamonix to immerse yourself in snow-capped peaks, a sea of glaciers, and unforgettable views of France and Italy. More info about travel to France: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/france

    Berner Oberland, Switzerland: Exploring the Swiss Alps on Foot

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 2:45

    In the famous Berner Oberland, gondola lifts and funiculars take visitors high into the Alps, making for easy and jaw-droppingly beautiful hikes back down. Along the way, cliff-clinging villages like Mürren and Gimmelwald offer hikers the chance to rest their feet, experience traditional Swiss alpine culture, and toast their adventure with a refreshing beer before heading back down. More info about travel to Switzerland: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/switzerland

    Hall in Tirol, Austria: The Town That Salt Built

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 2:22

    If you want the natural surroundings of Innsbruck without the crowds, head to Hall in Tirol. Built as a salt-mining town when Innsbruck was just a humble bridge, Hall became an important trading city. Today, its well-preserved medieval town center features a rich bundle of pastel buildings and cobbled streets that feel refreshingly traditional. More info about travel to Austria: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/austria

    Giza, Egypt: The Pyramids and Great Sphinx

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 3:30

    The Pyramids of Giza are one of the most recognizable scenes in all of tourism. The grandest is known as the Great Pyramid; one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was designed to house the pharaoh Cheops' body — and help send his soul into the afterlife. Nearby, the Great Sphinx keeps watch over the rising sun.

    Why We Travel: To Appreciate History

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 4:22

    (Part 2 of 5) In this clip from Rick's "Why We Travel" TV special, we learn how, through travel, we can deepen our understanding of history, gain context and perspective…and become wiser.

    Vienna, Austria: The Ringstrasse

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 2:12

    Vienna's historic center is encircled by a road called the Ringstrasse. In the 1860s, Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria had Vienna's medieval walls torn down and replaced with this grand boulevard. Today, the three-mile loop is lined with many of Vienna's top sights; hop aboard one of the trams that traverse the Ringstrasse for a DIY, budget tour of the city. More info about travel to Austria: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/austria

    Lyon, France: The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 1:29

    Lyon's Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who has been an important religious figure to the city for centuries. Amble down the main aisle to marvel at dazzling Neo-Byzantine art celebrating "Our Lady" and depicting French history, then take the dizzying climb up to the basilica's rooftop for a grand view of Lyon. More info about travel to France: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/france

    Zermatt, Switzerland: Finding Charm in a Tourist-Filled Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 2:26

    Zermatt is a small town of 6,000 that hosts nearly two million visitors each year. It has more hotel beds than residents, and nearly everyone earns a living from tourists, who flock here for a peek at the magnificent Matterhorn. You can still find pockets of traditional charm if you wander off the main path, including 200-year-old houses and impromptu folk music performances. More info about travel to Switzerland: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/switzerland

    Gnadenwald, Austria: The Walderalm Farm

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 2:05

    The Walderalm farm, perched high above the Austrian city of Innsbruck, offers travelers a peek at life on a traditional alpine farm. And for the many visitors enjoying the area's breathtaking hiking and biking trails, it also offers welcome respite and refreshment. More info about travel to Austria: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/austria

    Why We Travel: For Fun and Excitement

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2021 4:56

    Part 1 of 5, this clip celebrates how we travel to have experiences…to have fun. Going to new places invigorates us. It’s exciting.

    Egypt: The Abu Simbel Temple Complex

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 1:53

    Built by Ramses II in about 1250 BC, the temple of Abu Simbel is one of Egypt's must-sees. About 50 years ago, it was at risk of being submerged by the creation of Lake Nasser. Thanks to a heroic effort, the ancient temple was cut into huge blocks and moved to the location where it stands today.

    Cairo, Egypt: The Egyptian Museum

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 3:32

    A visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo helps bring the country's many ancient sights to life. The museum houses the best collection of ancient Egyptian art anywhere, including 3,000-year-old statues, vibrant paintings, and funerary art fit for a pharaoh.

    Lyon, France: City of Capitals

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 2:11

    Straddling the border between Provence and Burgundy, Lyon has been one of France's leading cities since Roman times. After Paris, it's arguably the most historic and culturally important city in the country, especially considering its reputation as the cuisine capital of France. More info about travel to France: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/france

    Zermatt, Switzerland: The Matterhorn and the Swiss Alps

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 1:45

    Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn, was essentially built for enjoying the Alps. It's hugely popular with skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer. And with its many lifts, Zermatt is a springboard for countless trails and unforgettable viewpoints. More info about travel to Zermatt: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/switzerland/zermatt

    Bavarian Alps, Germany: The Zugspitze

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2020 1:48

    At nearly 10,000 feet, the Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain. A cable car zips visitors up to the summit, where breathtaking views of peaks in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland await. The summit also marks the border between Germany and Austria, making for one of the most thrilling border crossings in Europe. More info about travel to the Bavarian Alps: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/germany/bavarian-alps

    Luxor, Egypt: The Karnak Temple Complex

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2020 3:09

    Karnak was the most important place of worship in ancient Egypt. This sprawling temple complex was built over many centuries during the New Kingdom period, when most of the great pharaohs ruled. Rather than for the public, Karnak was reserved only for royals, priests, and the gods. But today, anyone can explore the site's impressive ruins.

    Avebury, England: Avebury Stone Circle and Silbury Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2020 1:42

    In the British countryside, near the village of Avebury, stand two of England's most mysterious prehistoric sites: the Avebury Stone Circle, 16 times as big as Stonehenge, and Silbury Hill, a yet-to-be-explained mountain of chalk that's the largest man-made construction from prehistoric Europe. More info about travel to England: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/england

    Tallinn, Estonia: Kumu Art Museum

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2020 4:46

    Tallinn's Kumu Art Museum displays contemporary Estonian art that traces the country's chaotic 20th century, from idyllic German-influenced pastorals and Communist propaganda to the 1960s counterculture and Estonia's eventual (and peaceful) fight for independence. More info about travel to Estonia: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/estonia

    Stirling, Scotland: Stirling Castle

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2020 2:28

    Rising above a plain where the Lowlands meet the Highlands, Stirling Castle was the seat of the kings and queens of Scotland for hundreds of years. It's no surprise that this strategic castle has hosted many of the biggest names and events of Scottish history, from Mary, Queen of Scots, to the Battle of Bannockburn. More info about travel to Scotland: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/scotland

    Sintra, Portugal: Royal Getaway

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2020 1:19

    Rome is magnificent and overwhelming at the same time. Make your trip to the Eternal City fun and hassle-free with Rick's travel tips, from choosing where to stay to using public transportation. More info about travel to Italy: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/italy

    Rome, Italy: Rick Steves' Travel Tips

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2020 1:39

    For centuries, Portugal's royalty considered Sintra the perfect place to escape from Lisbon. Today, tourists can experience Sintra's mix of natural and man-made beauty, too, from fantasy castles to lush forests to craggy hilltops with hazy views of the Atlantic. More info about travel to Portugal: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/portugal

    Glasgow, Scotland: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2020 3:07

    The Kelvingrove Art Gallery is Glasgow's best museum. Like a Scottish Smithsonian, it features everything from natural history exhibits to fine art, including pieces by the 19th-century Scottish Romantics and Art Nouveau architect (and Glaswegian) Charles Rennie Mackintosh. More info about travel to Scotland: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/scotland

    Belfast, Northern Ireland: Orangemen Parades

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2020 2:50

    In Northern Ireland, Orangemen parades fill village and neighborhood streets with Protestants from Easter through September. The long-established Orange Order — with their signature orange team color — works to defend British rule, and these parades are like pep rallies for the cause of continued union. More info about travel to Northern Ireland: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/ireland/northern-ireland

    Palermo, Sicily: Lively Neighborhoods

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2020 1:38

    Sicily's sprawling, gritty capital of Palermo boasts colorful markets and bustling shopping streets that signal a fun-loving city in regeneration. Take an evening stroll through the landmark Quattro Canti and discover Palermo's trendy, inviting neighborhoods. More info about travel to Sicily: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/italy/sicily

    Rome, Italy: Church-sponsored Art

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2020 3:01

    In Rome, pop into churches to see art in situ — not hanging on museum walls, but exactly where it was meant to be enjoyed — including magnificent Michelangelo sculptures, dazzling Byzantine mosaics, and impressive Renaissance frescoes. More info about travel to Italy: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/italy

    Stonehenge: England's Famous Stone Circle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2020 1:49

    Made from huge stones that were quarried, carved, and moved from as far away as Wales, Stonehenge has amazed visitors for thousands of years. And throughout that time, it's continued to work as a functioning celestial calendar, lining up with the rising and setting sun on the longest day of the year. More info about travel to England: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/england

    Oban, Scotland: Gateway to the Scottish Isles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2020 1:04

    With one of Scotland's best distillery tours and plenty of character, Oban is a basket of Scottish traditions. And it's ideally situated for day trips to three of the most worthwhile Inner Hebrides: Mull, Iona, and Staffa. More info about travel to Scotland: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/scotland

    Lisbon, Portugal: Portuguese Salted Cod

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2020 1:33

    Plenty of character is packed into Lisbon — and much of it is edible. One treat you're sure to find in any Lisbon restaurant, market hall, or café is bacalhau (salted cod), a Portuguese favorite. More info about travel to Portugal: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/portugal

    Glasgow, Scotland: Glasgow's Restoration

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2020 1:35

    Glasgow is Scotland's most underrated destination. With an energetic cultural scene and unique flair for art and design, this rejuvenated city is bursting with history, pride, and a love of life. More info about travel to Scotland: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/scotland

    Palermo, Sicily: Lively Neighborhoods

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2020 2:07

    Sicily's sprawling, gritty capital of Palermo boasts colorful markets and bustling shopping streets that signal a fun-loving city in regeneration. Take an evening stroll through the landmark Quattro Canti and discover Palermo's trendy, inviting neighborhoods. More info about travel to Sicily: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/italy/sicily

    Volterra, Italy: Alabaster and Wine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2020 2:18

    Alabaster and wine are traditional specialties in the Tuscan hill town of Volterra. Drop by a local workshop or wine bar to see Volterra's masters at work (and enjoy the fruits of their labor). More info about travel to Italy: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/Italy

    Orkney, Scotland: Prehistoric Sites

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2020 2:44

    The fascinating and remote Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Scotland, offer some of the best prehistoric sites in northern Europe, including 5,000-year-old homes and burial mounds. More info about travel to Scotland: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/scotland

    Paris, France: Belle Epoque Sights

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2020 2:18

    Experience the decadence of Paris' belle époque ("beautiful age") at sights like the Opéra Garnier and the Jacquemart-André Museum. More info about travel to France: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/france

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