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Rick Steves' European Festivals

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  • Rick Steves European Festivals

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    Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | In this one-hour special, it's party time in Europe. In addition to all its epic history and high culture, Europe also knows how to celebrate — and it does so with amazing gusto. Joining Rick, we drop in on the Continent’s top 10 festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food, and fun with the locals. We run with the bulls at Pamplona, don a mask in Venice for Carnevale, dance with Spaniards at the April Fair, cheer on the horses at Siena's Palio, hoist a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, and join European families for their traditional Easter and Christmas celebrations. No museums or galleries…just Europe at play. Filmed on location across Europe, this promises to be a very entertaining hour.

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  • European Festivals I

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    Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on In this first of two episodes on Europe's greatest festivals, we'll cheer with the masses at Siena's crazy Palio horse race, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, don a mask for Carnevale in Venice, and celebrate Easter in Greece. Dropping in on some of the Continent's top parties, we discover that each one is a celebration of traditional culture, and all of them are full of opportunities to sing and dance, feast on traditional food, and party with locals.

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    Rick Steves, America's most respected authority on European travel, writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio.

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  • European Festivals II

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    Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on In this second of two episodes on Europe's greatest festivals, we'll dance with Spaniards at Sevilla's April Fair, celebrate Bastille Day in Paris, run with the bulls at Pamplona, and hoist a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest. And we'll celebrate a traditional family Christmas, browsing the holiday market in Nürnberg and sledding down alpine slopes by torchlight in Switzerland. With the entire Continent as our playground, fun is our mission.

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  • Watch with Rick Steves — Great European Festivals

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    Kick off 2021 with a festival bash — Europe's biggest parties and festivals with an insider's look at the fun and craziness! Party with Rick at one of Europe's most exuberant spectacles (Running of the Bulls in Pamplona), Italy's answer to Mardi Gras (Carnevale in Venice), the wildest horse race on the planet (The Palio in Siena), the biggest beer party anywhere (Oktoberfest in Munich), and more. #ricksteves #mondaynighttravel

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    00:00 Introduction
    02:01 Rick's meal
    06:56 Classroom Europe tour
    10:23 Playlist start

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  • Rick Steves European Christmas

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    Join Rick Steves for a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe. From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy, you'll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families…and even play in the snow. #ricksteves #ricksteveseurope #christmas

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    04:56 Bath, England
    12:50 London, England
    14:43 Drøbak, Norway
    18:27 Oslo, Norway
    20:45 Paris, France
    24:34 Burgundy, France
    29:00 Nürnberg, Germany
    32:00 Salzburg, Austria
    36:55 Rome, Italy
    41:02 Tuscany, Italy
    45:00 Gimmelwald, Switzerland

  • Munichs Oktoberfest

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    If Germany's on your list, consider timing your trip around one of Europe's biggest parties: Munich's Oktoberfest. I've been in Munich for each of the last two Oktoberfests, and I'm so impressed by the simple Bavarian joy of the party. For a visitor, there's no better place to see (and join) Germans at play. Inside huge beer-hall tents, you'll find a slap-happy world of lederhosen, dirndls, fancy hats, and maidens with flowers in their hair. Join the party with me in this clip from my new, one-hour Rick Steves' European Festivals public television special.

    And if you're heading to Germany, the Rick Steves Germany 2018 guidebook just hit the shelves: Happy travels!

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  • European Festivals II

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    Let’s celebrate Sevilla’s April Fair and Bastille Day in Paris, run with the bulls at Pamplona, party at Oktoberfest, and celebrate Christmas in Nürnberg and the Swiss Alps.

  • Rick Steves Europe Preview: European Festivals I

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    Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on In this first of two episodes on Europe's greatest festivals, we'll cheer with the masses at Siena's crazy Palio horse race, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, don a mask for Carnevale in Venice, and celebrate Easter in Greece. Dropping in on some of the Continent's top parties, we discover that each one is a celebration of traditional culture, and all of them are full of opportunities to sing and dance, feast on traditional food, and party with locals.

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    Rick Steves, America's most respected authority on European travel, writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio.

  • Rick Steves Europe Preview: European Festivals II

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    Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on In this second of two episodes on Europe's greatest festivals, we'll dance with Spaniards at Sevilla's April Fair, celebrate Bastille Day in Paris, run with the bulls at Pamplona, and hoist a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest. And we'll celebrate a traditional family Christmas, browsing the holiday market in Nürnberg and sledding down alpine slopes by torchlight in Switzerland. With the entire Continent as our playground, fun is our mission.

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    Rick Steves, America's most respected authority on European travel, writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio.

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  • Watch with Rick Steves — Celebrate a European Christmas

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    Enjoy Rick's live Monday Night Travel party with this video recorded on December 13, 2021. Experience the fun, conviviality, intimacy, and spontaneity of joining Rick in his living room as he shares his personal, inspirational, and sometimes hilarious behind-the-scenes commentary. Register at Watch the full episode without commentary: #ricksteves #mondaynighttravel

    Buon Natale and Fröhliche Weihnachten! It's Christmas in Europe! Enjoy an excuse for a little extra holiday cheer with this special holiday edition of Monday Night Travel. Join Rick for a colorful, traditional, and musical celebration of Christmas across Europe, from Norway to Germany and from Switzerland to Italy. Together, we'll explore joyful Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families, sled down high alpine slopes, and drop in on Midnight Mass at St. Peter's. To make the occasion merry and bright, Rick will be munching on his favorite European holiday dishes and sipping hot spiced wine.

  • Rick Steves Europe: A Symphonic Journey

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    Usually you'll find Rick Steves touring the great destinations of Europe. Now you can join him on a different journey: a Symphonic Journey. Just as travel broadens one's perspectives, so can music. In his hour-long concert special — Rick Steves' Europe: A Symphonic Journey — Rick teams up with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Miropolsky, on a musical tour that begins in the USA, then touches down in seven different European countries.

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  • Rick Steves European Christmas: Germany

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    More info about travel to Germany: When it comes to traditional holiday images, Germany's Bavaria is the heartland. Here we'll savor classic holiday themes: glittering trees, old-time carols, and colorful Christmas markets.

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  • Woolly Beasts Scare Away Winter in Slovenia

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    To see Europe at its wildest, join the party that kicks off the Easter season: Carnival.

    In Slovenia, a country with deep pagan roots, villagers scare off winter by dressing as a big shaggy creature called Kurent — a fun-loving Slavic god of hedonism.

    We drop in on the fun in this extended clip from Rick Steves' European Easter. The full, hour-long special is streaming now at Enjoy!

  • Rick Steves’ European Easter: Celebrations Across Europe

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    Watch the full one-hour special on your local public television station or visit This segment of Rick Steves’ European features Easter Sunday in Europe. Families in Spain, Italy, Slovenia, and Greece come together to celebrate, just as they have for generations.

  • Why We Travel

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    Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on 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 — and inspiring Americans to see Europe as the springboard for world exploration — 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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  • West England

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    #rickstevesengland Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on The quintessence of charming England is the “West Country”: quaint Cotswold villages with their fine churches, manor homes, and gastropubs; Wells, England’s smallest cathedral town; and the New Age capital of Glastonbury, with its legends of the Holy Grail and King Arthur. We'll finish by pondering the dramatic prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury.

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  • Rick Steves Tour Experience

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    For our new Tour Experience DVD, we filmed and interviewed travelers—and their guides—on an actual tour. No actors, no script, no kidding! Rick Steves European Tours:

    Our tour experience videos were filmed during a Best of Europe in 14 Days tour, capturing candid comments from real tour members and tour guides. No actors, no script, no kidding! Watch the full experience at

    The Rick Steves Tour Experience Playlist
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    Comfy and Quaint Hotels:
    Memorable Meals:
    Roomy Buses and Expert Drivers:
    Art and History:
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  • Rick Steves Luther and the Reformation

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    Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther kicked off the Protestant Reformation, which contributed to the birth of our modern age. In this one-hour special — filmed on location in Europe — Rick Steves tells the story of a humble monk who lived a dramatic life. Rick visits key sites relating to the Reformation (including Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Rome) and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe — from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. It’s a story of power, rebellion, and faith that you’ll never forget.

  • The World’s Most Insane Horse Race: Siena’s Palio

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    The Tuscan hill town of Siena is known both for its pride and for its independent attitude. And for five centuries, that spirit has shown itself in a crazy horse race — the Palio. Twice every summer, the entire community of Siena hurls itself into the traditional revelry of the event with abandon. In this clip from my new, one-hour Rick Steves' European Festivals public television special, we get right into the thick of it all.

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  • Munich, Germany: Oktoberfest - Rick Steves Europe Travel Guide - Travel Bite

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    More information about travel to Germany:
    Of Europe's many great festivals, one of the wildest is Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest lasts for two weeks, from late September into the first few days of October. Filling a huge fairground, under a dramatic statue representing Bavaria, locals set up about 16 huge tents that can each seat several thousand beer drinkers. Visit for more information about this destination and other destinations in Europe.

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  • Rick Steves European Christmas: Italy

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    More info about travel to Italy: From Piazza Navona's Christmas market to the ultimate manger scene in front of St. Peter's Basilica, the city of Rome bursts with Christmas traditions. In Tuscany, sacred music and prayer infuse the tranquil landscape, and living nativities recreate the town of Bethlehem on the most holy of nights.

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  • Carnival Celebrations in Switzerland

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    Historically, Carnival festivities have helped Europe get through the long dark winter. And the Swiss — so famous for being proper and controlled — really let loose in Luzern. In this extended clip from Rick Steves' European Easter, you'll see the normally staid city being overtaken by raucous music, surreal parades, and a spirit of anything goes.

    Want to watch more? The full, hour-long special is streaming now at Enjoy!

  • Rick Steves Cruising the Mediterranean

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    Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on #ricksteves #ricksteveseurope #mediterraneansea

    In this one-hour special, Rick sails from Barcelona to Athens, with stops in the French Riviera, Rome, and more. Our goal: to explore the ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising. We’ll learn how to make the most of the cruise experience, from enjoying time on the ship to exercising independence on shore — savoring iconic sights and romantic island getaways.

  • Rick Steves Rome: Eternally Engaging

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    In this hour-long travel special, we explore the Eternal City of Rome, a grand and ancient metropolis rich with exquisite art, vibrant culture, and centuries of history. We trace the rise and fall of classical Rome, meander through the heart of Bernini's Baroque Rome, and make a pilgrimage to the Vatican. Then, we follow Rick as he uncovers the charms of hidden neighborhoods filled with character and energy, enjoys a Roman feast, and mixes and mingles with the locals during an early-evening stroll through the city's romantic nightspots.

  • Watch with Rick Steves — Favorite Food and Best Meals in Europe

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    Enjoy Rick's live Monday Night Travel party with this video recorded on February 15, 2021. A big joy of travel is cuisine! Join Rick as we feast on the best of Europe featuring his favorite meals. We'll savor a home-cooked festival with a family on the Greek isle of Hydra; an elegantly rustic dinner with an aristocratic family on a Tuscan farm; being wined and dined by Bobo — a crazy gourmet in Florence; a traditional buffet in Vienna celebrating the new wine among the vineyards; the quintessential French meal; and a feast in Israel. Plus: special Mr. Rogers–type visits to the olive harvest in Palestine, a French-fry chef in Belgium, and a mountain farm making Swiss cheese. Bring your appetite! #ricksteves #mondaynighttravel

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    00:00 Introduction
    03:00 Rick's meal
    06:37 Classroom Europe tour
    09:49 Playlist start

  • Northern Spain and the Camino de Santiago

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    We follow the trail pilgrims have trod for centuries, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. Along the way, we stop off in Pamplona to run with the bulls, and dive into the unique Celtic culture of Galicia—where Riverdance meets flamenco.

    © 2010 Rick Steves' Europe

  • Rick Steves Andalucía: The Best of Southern Spain

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    Join Rick as he weaves Andalucía's rich mix of culture, cuisine, history, and natural wonders into a 60-minute special. The hour includes the major cities of Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada; flamenco, sherry, and horses; dramatic white-washed hill towns; and fun in the Costa del Sol sun — plus a dash of Britain in Gibraltar.

    © 2010 Rick Steves' Europe

  • Rick Steves’ European Easter: Sevilla’s Semana Santa

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    In this segment of Rick Steves’ European Easter, we experience the story of Sevilla's dramatic Semana Santa processions. Locals shuffle past their beloved floats, flamenco singers are overcome with emotion, and evocative processions trudge through the city streets — showered by flower petals. Watch the full one-hour special on your local public television station or visit

  • Sicilian Delights

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    Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. We'll dine on fresh seafood at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalù, ponder ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, commune with monks — alive and departed — in a Capuchin crypt, sleep in an olive orchard at an agriturismo, and eat our way through a classic Sicilian banquet with a famous chef.

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  • Rick Steves’ European Easter: Palm Sunday in Sevilla

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    Watch the full one-hour special on your local public television station or visit In this segment of Rick Steves’ European Easter, we'll experience one of Europe's most bombastic Holy Week celebrations: the processions of Sevilla's Semana Santa. Beginning on Palm Sunday, neighborhood congregations around Sevilla adorn their floats with flowers and candles, as costaleros prepare to carry those floats through the streets on their backs, amid a parade of cloaked penitents.

  • Europe for Foodies with Cameron Hewitt | Rick Steves Travel Talks

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    Rick Steves' Europe guidebook co-author (and foodie) Cameron Hewitt explains how food is a window into the culture, history, and landscape of a place...and it's delicious, too. Equal parts inspirational and informative, this travel talk explains how food and culture are interrelated, and how age-old European food concepts have become newly trendy stateside. Cameron also offers practical tips on how to find memorable restaurants, navigate European dining and drinking customs, track down affordable street food, and take part in foodie experiences like cooking classes and agriturismo visits. #ricksteves #traveltalks

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    Recorded on March 3, 2018 • Rick Steves' Europe Travel Center

    Written and Presented by Cameron Hewitt
    Produced by Cameron Hewitt
    Filmed and Edited by Zen Wolfang
    Photography by Cameron Hewitt, Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves, and others
    Graphics by Heather Locke and Rhonda Pelikan

    © 2018 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc.

  • Bulgaria

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    Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. We'll trace the country's complex history, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments. And we'll enjoy an intimate taste of contemporary culture: the yellow brick road of Sofia; the gregarious craftspeople of the medieval capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and the thriving pedestrian zones of cosmopolitan Plovdiv.

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  • Assisi and Italian Country Charm

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    Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on In the Italian countryside, we'll connect with rustic, traditional culture: enjoying an agriturismo (farmhouse inn), seeing how prosciutto and pecorino cheese are made, and hiking to the bottom of deep and ancient wine cellars. We'll end in Assisi — the hometown of St. Francis — which retains its spiritual aura to this day. Like pilgrims, we'll explore its stony center before trekking to its awe-inspiring basilica, built on the tomb of the beloved saint.

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  • Watch with Rick Steves — Europe’s Best Markets

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    Enjoy Rick's live Monday Night Travel party with this video recorded on April 19, 2021. One of the great joys of European travel is the markets. Each market — filled with the song of merchants' sales pitches and happy locals stocking up on seasonal treats and checking in with their neighbors — is a celebration of a unique culture, cuisine, and heritage. At tonight's Monday Night Travel, Rick nibbles his way through his favorite markets, enjoying boiled cow parts in Palermo, gourmet chocolates on Paris' Rue Cler, foie gras in Sarlat, and sardines in Porto before dropping in on an aristocratic pig farm in Tuscany for the ultimate slice of prosciutto. #ricksteves #mnt #mondaynighttravel

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    00:00 Begin
    02:22 Introduction
    03:23 Rick's meal
    05:50 Classroom Europe demo
    08:00 Playlist start

  • Germanys Dresden and Leipzig

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    Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on Saxony, part of the former East Germany, remains a secret to most travelers. We’ll visit the two great cities of the region: the capital city of Dresden, with the opulent palaces and art treasures of the Wettin dynasty, and Leipzig, with its Bach heritage, a massive monument to the day Europe beat Napoleon, and museums remembering its communist heritage.

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  • The Heart of England

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    Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on The heartland of England has sights that put the Great in Britain — its venerable universities, its royal heritage, and reminders of its industrial might. At Oxford and Cambridge, we’ll see where kings and prime ministers studied. At Blenheim Palace — Winston Churchill’s birthplace — we’ll connect with English aristocracy. At Ironbridge Gorge, we fire up memories of the Industrial Revolution. And all along the way, we’ll be driving on the left and polishing our pub etiquette.

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  • Germany’s Frankfurt and Nürnberg

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    Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on Skyscraper-studded Frankfurt — with so much commerce it’s nicknamed “Bankfurt” — has a delightful-to-explore old center. We'll also visit Nürnberg, a capital for both the First Reich (the Holy Roman Empire) and the Third. From its towering castle and playful fountains to its Nazi Documentation Center and maze of underground bomb shelters, Nürnberg is a fascinating study in contrasts. 

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  • Scotlands Islands

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    Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on We'll begin on the tranquil Isle of Iona, where Christianity first reached the shores of Scotland. Then we'll visit another of the Inner Hebrides, road-tripping across the Isle of Skye, where we'll explore Iron Age forts, peat fields, a venerable distillery, thatched crofter huts, and the dramatic Trotternish Peninsula. Finally, we'll sail to Orkney — more Nordic than Celtic — with its stony remnants of a thriving Iron Age civilization and evocative reminders of the 20th-century wartime harbor at Scapa Flow.

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  • The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islands

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    Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | Deepest Ireland is best experienced on its Gaelic-speaking west coast, where the rugged villages have changed little over the generations. After exploring the remote Aran Islands, we visit Galway, chase a friendly dolphin, and delve into the scenic Dingle Peninsula. Ringing with music from its rustic pubs and dotted with prehistoric forts, this region is something special. If you're to fall in love with Ireland, chances are it'll be right here. © 2002 Rick Steves' Europe

  • Western Turkey

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    Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | From the port of Kuşadası, we wander the streets of ancient Ephesus, soak in a natural spa at Pamukkale, learn why the dervishes whirl at Konya, munch lunch in a Turkish pizzeria, and cruise the Mediterranean on a traditional Turkish gulet from Antalya. Turkey is a mighty nation whose ancient heritage, Muslim faith, and western ways are coming together...and we’ll see how. | © 2014 Rick Steves' Europe

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  • Watch with Rick Steves — Great Italian Wine Experiences

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    Enjoy Rick's live Monday Night Travel party with this video recorded on March 8, 2021. Italy loves its wine. And if you love both Italy and wine, this Monday Night Travel party will be an intoxicating affair. Join Rick to sample his favorite wine experiences in Italy: savoring the distinctive minerality of grapes grown on the fertile slopes of Sicily's Mount Etna, enjoying dinner at a fine old Umbrian wine estate, dropping in on a vineyard in Tuscany, and sitting down with an aristocratic family after touring their ancestral farm in Chianti country. #ricksteves #mondaynighttravel

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    00:00 Introduction
    01:31 Rick's meal
    03:37 Classroom Europe demo
    07:31 Playlist start

  • Rick Steves European Festivals

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    In this one-hour special, we drop in on Europe’s top 10 festivals. Joining Rick, we run with the bulls at Pamplona, don a mask in Venice for Carnevale, dance with Spaniards at the April Fair, cheer on the horses at Siena's Palio, hoist a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, and more. No museums...just Europe at play.

  • European Festivals I

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    Let’s cheer with the masses at Siena's Palio horse race, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, don a mask for Carnevale in Venice, and celebrate Easter in Greece.

  • RICK STEVES SPECIAL: EUROPEAN FESTIVALS

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    Rick travels throughout the Continent celebrating the top 10 festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food and fun.

  • Rick Steves European Festivals PREVIEW

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    Rick Steves travels throughout the Continent celebrating the top 10 festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food and fun

  • Rick Steves - European Festivals

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    Rick Steves celebrates the top 10 festivals in Europe, including the Carnival in Venice, Italy, and the Scottish Highland Games.

  • Art II: Renaissance & Baroque 1400–1800, with Rick Steves

    1:14:34

    Subscribe at for more new travel talks! Europe explodes with new ideas in religion (the Protestant Reformation), exploration (Columbus), and politics (the rise of nation-states). The happy result is some of the Western world’s greatest art treasures — from Michelangelo’s David to Botticelli’s Venus. It inspires the next generation of Baroque artists to build even grander wonders, like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Palace of Versailles. Download the PDF handout for this talk:
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    This talk was filmed during the Rick Steves European Travel Festival on Nov. 1, 2015. Any special promotions mentioned are no longer valid.

  • Dublin and Mystical Side Trips

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    Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | Dublin's story is of feast and famine — from its 18th-century Golden Age to its 20th-century struggles for independence to its boomtime today. We explore the town's foreboding castle and patriotic jail, plus Trinity College with its Book of Kells. Later we party in Temple Bar, awash in Celtic music and Guinness. We side-trip to the prehistoric necropolis of Newgrange and the medieval monastery at Glendalough, deep in the scenic Wicklow Mountains. © 2002 Rick Steves' Europe

  • Trip Planning? Follow the Fun and Head to a Festival

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    It’s winter — my favorite time for travel dreaming!

    If you’re still deciding on your next destination, here’s a tip: Find a great local festival and build your trip around that. Festivals are filled with rich tradition, great food, and lots of fun with the locals.

    While it can be hard to get tickets for some festivals, most are widely accessible. For the Highland Games, Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls, Bastille Day in Paris, or Munich’s Oktoberfest, your biggest challenge is booking a hotel room well in advance.

    I take you along to all of my favorite festivals in my new Rick Steves' European Festivals book, available now at (And once you have your destination pinned down, be sure to grab a 2018 guidebook at

    Happy travels!

  • Watch with Rick Steves — Swiss Alps

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    Rick shares the newest season of public television's Rick Steves' Europe in this live Monday Night Travel party recorded on November 16, 2020. 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 — from exploring glaciers to making cheese the old-fashioned way. Register at #ricksteves #ricksteveseurope #mondaynighttravel

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