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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.

Why We Travel

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.

Episodes

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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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    Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country

    Monday
    Apr 12

    30 Minutes

    The Palio wild horse race in Siena, Italy; Tuscany's wine country.
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    Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country

    Tuesday
    Apr 13

    30 Minutes

    The Palio wild horse race in Siena, Italy; Tuscany's wine country.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    West England

    Tuesday
    Apr 13

    30 Minutes

    Cotswold villages boast churches, manor homes and gastropubs; New Age capital of Glastonbury; prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Southeast England

    Wednesday
    Apr 14

    30 Minutes

    Traveling from Canterbury to Dover; hiking the trails atop the cliffs of the South Downs; seaside resort of Brighton; the naval heritage of Portsmouth includes a collection of historic sailing ships.
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    Southeast England

    Thursday
    Apr 15

    30 Minutes

    Traveling from Canterbury to Dover; hiking the trails atop the cliffs of the South Downs; seaside resort of Brighton; the naval heritage of Portsmouth includes a collection of historic sailing ships.
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    England's Cornwall

    Thursday
    Apr 15

    30 Minutes

    The Cornish culture in the far southwest of England; tin mining heritage; pirates' towns and fishing villages; Dartmoor National Park.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    England's Cornwall

    Friday
    Apr 16

    30 Minutes

    The Cornish culture in the far southwest of England; tin mining heritage; pirates' towns and fishing villages; Dartmoor National Park.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    The Heart of England

    Friday
    Apr 16

    30 Minutes

    Kings and prime ministers studied at Oxford and Cambridge universities; Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill; Ironbridge Gorge.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    The Heart of England

    Saturday
    Apr 17

    30 Minutes

    Kings and prime ministers studied at Oxford and Cambridge universities; Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill; Ironbridge Gorge.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Lisbon

    Saturday
    Apr 17

    30 Minutes

    A visit to Lisbon, Portugal, features cod, hot pastries, a stroll of the city's back lanes and fado music; exploring castles of Portuguese royalty in Sintra.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    30 Minutes

    The Palio wild horse race in Siena, Italy; Tuscany's wine country.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    West England

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    30 Minutes

    Cotswold villages boast churches, manor homes and gastropubs; New Age capital of Glastonbury; prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Southeast England

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    30 Minutes

    Traveling from Canterbury to Dover; hiking the trails atop the cliffs of the South Downs; seaside resort of Brighton; the naval heritage of Portsmouth includes a collection of historic sailing ships.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    England's Cornwall

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    30 Minutes

    The Cornish culture in the far southwest of England; tin mining heritage; pirates' towns and fishing villages; Dartmoor National Park.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Lisbon

    Monday
    Apr 19

    30 Minutes

    A visit to Lisbon, Portugal, features cod, hot pastries, a stroll of the city's back lanes and fado music; exploring castles of Portuguese royalty in Sintra.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Lisbon

    Tuesday
    Apr 20

    30 Minutes

    A visit to Lisbon, Portugal, features cod, hot pastries, a stroll of the city's back lanes and fado music; exploring castles of Portuguese royalty in Sintra.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Portugal's Heartland

    Tuesday
    Apr 20

    30 Minutes

    Dancing on the beach in Nazaré, Portugal; medieval abbey in Batalha; royal library; port wine; exploring Porto, Portugal.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Portugal's Heartland

    Wednesday
    Apr 21

    30 Minutes

    Dancing on the beach in Nazaré, Portugal; medieval abbey in Batalha; royal library; port wine; exploring Porto, Portugal.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Travel Skills: Cruising

    Wednesday
    Apr 21

    30 Minutes

    The ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising, including making smart use of limited time on shore and the congestion and commercialism that comes with mass tourism.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Travel Skills: Cruising

    Thursday
    Apr 22

    30 Minutes

    The ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising, including making smart use of limited time on shore and the congestion and commercialism that comes with mass tourism.

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