Culture

Rick Steves' Europe

Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside.

Rome

54m 59s

Rick Steves explores the "Eternal City" of Rome, a grand and ancient metropolis rich with exquisite art, vibrant culture and centuries of history. Rick traces the rise and fall of classical Rome, meanders through the heart of Bernini's Baroque Rome and makes a pilgrimage to the Vatican. He uncovers the charms of hidden neighborhoods, enjoys a Roman feast, and mingles with the locals.

Episodes

  • Why We Travel: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why We Travel

    S11 E1108 - 26m 47s

    In times of crisis and challenge, we ask ourselves: What is the true value of travel? Is it just hedonism...or something more powerful? After a lifetime of exploring Europe Rick Steves shares his reasons why. This special episode is a sonnet to travel — an introspective love story, set in Europe, that vividly celebrates the rewards of exploring our world and the joy that awaits those who travel.

  • Egypt’s Nile, Alexandria, and Luxor: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Egypt’s Nile, Alexandria, and Luxor

    S11 E1106 - 26m 15s

    Exploring the Nile Valley from north to south, we see the highlights of Egypt. In the fabled city of Alexandria, we venture through a market wonderland, smoke a shisha, and stroll a Mediterranean promenade. In Luxor, we explore the pharaohs’ tombs and temples before sailing on a timeless felucca. Our finale: Ramesses II's magnificent temple at Abu Simbel.

  • Egypt’s Cairo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Egypt’s Cairo

    S11 E1105 - 25m 2s

    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. We explore the back streets on a tuk-tuk, drop in on a mosque, haggle with a gauntlet of eager merchants, bake some pita bread, marvel at King Tut’s gold, greet the ancient Sphinx, and climb into the center of the greatest pyramid.

  • Ethiopia: A Development Story: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ethiopia: A Development Story

    S11 E1107 - 25m 33s

    Venturing beyond Europe, and with local experts as his guides, Rick uses Ethiopia as a classroom for understanding global hunger and extreme poverty — and how to beat it. Together, we witness the importance of water, education, empowering women, and nutrition during a child's first thousand days. And we see firsthand the impact of globalization and climate change.

  • Germany’s Fascist Story: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Germany’s Fascist Story

    S11 E1104 - 26m 16s

    Traveling across Germany, we learn how fascism rose and then fell, taking millions of people with it. Visiting actual locations — from Munich to Nürnberg to Berlin — we trace the roots of Nazism in the aftermath of World War I, when masses of angry people were enchanted by Hitler. We explore the totalitarian society Hitler built, and see the consequences: genocide and total war.

  • French Alps and Lyon: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    French Alps and Lyon

    S11 E1103 - 25m 2s

    After exploring the proud cuisine capital of Lyon — which, at least in its own mind, rivals Paris — we head for Chamonix, in the shadow of Europe’s tallest peak: Mont Blanc. With the classic alpine resort as our springboard, we make some high-altitude cheese, then ride the lift up to Aiguille du Midi and over to the border of Italy.

  • Swiss Alps: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Swiss Alps

    S11 E1102 - 25m 2s

    Switzerland draws travelers from around the world for its legendary mountains. From the Matterhorn to the Jungfrau to Appenzell, we savor both the country’s jaw-dropping alpine beauty and the rich and resilient culture of its people. As we lace together that dramatic mountain wonder with scenic train rides, breathtaking lifts, and unforgettable hikes, we also enjoy alpine life.

  • Austrian and Italian Alps: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Austrian and Italian Alps

    S11 E1101 - 25m 2s

    In the Alps of Austria and Italy, we celebrate both nature and culture. After conquering the Zugspitze, we tour Innsbruck, visit a remote farm in Austria, and join in a Tirolean village festival. Then we cross the Alps into Italy and tour a uniquely well-preserved medieval castle before joyriding deep into the rugged Dolomite Mountains.

Extras + Features

  • Berlin, Germany: Trendy Prenzlauer Berg: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Berlin, Germany: Trendy Prenzlauer Berg

    S8 E12 - 3m 42s

    Young, in-the-know locals agree that Prenzlauer Berg is one of Berlin’s most colorful neighborhoods. There are no real sights -- just a lively, laid-back neighborhood ignoring its wonderful late-19th-century architecture high overhead.

  • Prague, Czech Republic: Old Town Square: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Prague, Czech Republic: Old Town Square

    S8 E11 - 1m 52s

    Prague’s Old Town Square is filled with beautifully preserved landmarks: the Gothic Týn Church, a memorial to Jan Hus, and a 15-century Astronomical Clock.

  • Haarlem, Netherlands: Herring and Heritage: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Haarlem, Netherlands: Herring and Heritage

    S8 E10 - 4m 39s

    Haarlem is a “Dutch Masters” kind of town, with plenty of 17th-century architecture. Dodge bikes down narrow lanes to discover some of Haarlem’s gems — pickled herring, masterpieces by Dutch Masters, and, at 100 feet high, Holland’s greatest pipe organ.

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands: Coffeeshops and Red Light District: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Amsterdam, Netherlands: Coffeeshops and Red Light District

    S8 E9 - 2m 44s

    Amsterdam has plenty of examples of their progressive approach to subjects many people consider unsavory: curbside urinals, prostitutes who are unionized, taxed, and regulated…and “coffeeshops” that sell marijuana.

  • Verona, Italy: Ambience and a Grappa Taste Test: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Verona, Italy: Ambience and a Grappa Taste Test

    S8 E8 - 3m 29s

    About two hours from touristy Venice is Verona — a welcome sip of pure, easygoing Italy. Its main attractions are its wealth of Roman ruins and its 21st-century quiet, pedestrian-only ambience.

  • Padova, Italy: The Scrovegni Chapel: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Padova, Italy: The Scrovegni Chapel

    S8 E8 - 3m 32s

    Padova’s Scrovegni Chapel, with its precious 14th-century Giotto frescoes, is one of Italy’s most beloved art treasures.

  • Ramallah, Palestine: Cultural Capital: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ramallah, Palestine: Cultural Capital

    S8 E6 - 2m 14s

    Ramallah hosts the Palestinian government and international agencies, and is filled with positive energy from the students at nearby Birzeit University.

Schedule

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    Rick Steves' Europe

    European Travel Skills

    Sunday
    Sep 25

    30 Minutes

    Rick Steves offers practical advice on how to have a fun and affordable trip to Europe. Sites include Germany, Italy, the Swiss Alps, Paris and London.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    European Travel Skills

    Sunday
    Sep 25

    30 Minutes

    Rick Steves offers practical advice on how to have a fun and affordable trip to Europe. Sites include Germany, Italy, the Swiss Alps, Paris and London.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    European Travel Skills

    Sunday
    Sep 25

    30 Minutes

    Rick Steves offers practical advice on how to have a fun and affordable trip to Europe. Sites include Germany, Italy, the Swiss Alps, Paris and London.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Western Turkey

    Sunday
    Sep 25

    30 Minutes

    The streets of ancient Ephesus; natural spa at Pamukkale; lunch in a Turkish pizzeria; cruising the Mediterranean on a traditional Turkish gulet.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre

    Monday
    Sep 26

    30 Minutes

    Five port towns along the Italian Riviera include Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Monterosso.
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    Amsterdam

    Tuesday
    Sep 27

    30 Minutes

    Exploring Amsterdam's history, art, and culture.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Italy's Veneto: Verona, Padua, and Ravenna

    Tuesday
    Sep 27

    30 Minutes

    The city of Padua, Italy, is known for its university, Giotto frescoes and basilica; Verona's Roman ruins; Ravenna's mosaics.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    The Netherlands Beyond Amsterdam

    Wednesday
    Sep 28

    30 Minutes

    The sights outside of Amsterdam, from Haarlem to Rotterdam and Delft to the Zuiderzee.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Amsterdam

    Wednesday
    Sep 28

    30 Minutes

    Exploring Amsterdam's history, art, and culture.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Prague

    Thursday
    Sep 29

    30 Minutes

    Prague's massive castle, statue-lined bridge, Jewish Quarter and 20th-century history.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    The Netherlands Beyond Amsterdam

    Thursday
    Sep 29

    30 Minutes

    The sights outside of Amsterdam, from Haarlem to Rotterdam and Delft to the Zuiderzee.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Berlin

    Friday
    Sep 30

    30 Minutes

    A reunited Berlin entertains more visitors than ever before.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Prague

    Friday
    Sep 30

    30 Minutes

    Prague's massive castle, statue-lined bridge, Jewish Quarter and 20th-century history.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Germany's Hamburg and the Luther Trail

    Saturday
    Oct 1

    30 Minutes

    Germany's port city of Hamburg, post-World War II; historic sites of Martin Luther and the Reformation, including Erfurt, Wittenberg and Wartburg Castle; Wurzburg in Franconia.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    European Festivals II

    Saturday
    Oct 1

    30 Minutes

    April Fair in Seville, Spain; Bastille Day in Paris; running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; Munich's Oktoberfest; a traditional family Christmas; Nuremberg, Germany's holiday market; sledding by torchlight in Switzerland.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Germany's Hamburg and the Luther Trail

    Sunday
    Oct 2

    30 Minutes

    Germany's port city of Hamburg, post-World War II; historic sites of Martin Luther and the Reformation, including Erfurt, Wittenberg and Wartburg Castle; Wurzburg in Franconia.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Germany's Dresden and Leipzig

    Sunday
    Oct 2

    30 Minutes

    The capital city of Dresden, Germany's palaces and art of the Wettin dynasty; Leipzig's Bach heritage, a monument to the day Europe beat Napoleon and museums.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Germany's Frankfurt and Nürnberg

    Sunday
    Oct 2

    30 Minutes

    Frankfurt, Germany, a global hub for commerce; Nuremberg, Germany's, towering castle, fountains, Nazi Documentation Center and underground bomb shelters.
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    Bulgaria

    Sunday
    Oct 2

    30 Minutes

    The complex history of Bulgaria, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Berlin

    Monday
    Oct 3

    30 Minutes

    A reunited Berlin entertains more visitors than ever before.

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