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Germany's Complex, Tumultuous History

Rick Steves | Posted 08.28.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm just wrapping up three weeks of filming in Germany, and I'm impressed by the souvenirs of its tumultuous history. Doing TV shows on Frankfurt, Nürnberg, Dresden, Leipzig, and Hamburg, you can't avoid the flip side of Germany's greatness.

Hamburg Doesn't Want a Storm Surge Flood

Rick Steves | Posted 08.25.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

After being in Germany as it suffered through an unprecedented 30 days in a row of temperatures between 90 and 100 degrees, and now in the midst of se...

Hamburg's Biggest WWII Bunker Now Filled with Music

Rick Steves | Posted 08.21.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Although it was almost completely destroyed in a horrific bombing in 1943, today's Hamburg has rebounded as a surprisingly fun and fascinating city.

Big, Mucky Balls of Secrets at the Former Stasi Headquarters in Leipzig

Rick Steves | Posted 08.20.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Like the USSR had the KGB, East Germany had the Stasi. This amazing museum smells like the musty files that it kept on its citizens. The old vinyl floor is yellowed, and the camera lenses actually look like buttons.

A DDR Toy Story

Rick Steves | Posted 08.19.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

In Leipzig, a city that helped lead East Germany to freedom at the end of the Cold War in 1989, the excellent Contemporary History Museum gives a fascinating insight into the 40-plus years people spent under communism.

Hitler's Aesthetic of Anti-Individualism

Rick Steves | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

When World War II broke out, Hitler was building a massive congress hall to accommodate his top 50,000 Nazis for annual gatherings. The unfinished and...

Nazi Parade Ground and the Stink of German Urine

Rick Steves | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I've left England and have made my way to Germany, where I'm filming new TV shows for our upcoming season. And my first stop is a beautiful town with ...

Cheerio to England, Guten Tag to Deutschland

Rick Steves | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Thanks for traveling with me so far on my trip. I'm coming down the home stretch in my 2015 travels, with one final leg. I'm saying cheerio to England...

Hanging Out as Far South as You Can Get in England

Rick Steves | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Watching this little video clip puts butterflies in my stomach. But I'm determined to go the full distance for my travelers -- and here, on the windy ...

Portsmouth

Rick Steves | Posted 08.14.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Portsmouth -- the historic home of Britain's muscular naval fleet -- is adapting to a future with a smaller navy presence and more pleasure craft and tourists.

Enjoying England With the Help of a Great App

Rick Steves | Posted 08.13.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I've worked long and hard and spent piles of money on a pet project of mine: our free Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app. I'm most enthusiastic about the...

Pointless Grooveways

Rick Steves | Posted 08.12.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

All over Europe, well-meaning grooved lanes, designed to help guide the canes of blind people, slice through sidewalks. But invariably, these paths ar...

Coastal England's Climate Is Changing -- And That's Not All

Rick Steves | Posted 08.11.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I keep seeing examples of how our aggressive, high-powered, corporate-driven society is just accepting the reality that the climate is changing. Flood gates are being built on streets that never needed them before, in anticipation of storm surges becoming more common and damaging.

Old Friends Help Make Bath Special for My Readers

Rick Steves | Posted 08.11.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm in the glorious Georgian town of Bath, in England. While this town offers some fine sightseeing by day, it also boasts some fun evening entertainm...

The Castles and Manors of South England and South Wales

Rick Steves | Posted 08.11.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

This is Cardiff Castle's original motte-and-bailey (keep on a mound). Arundel has the same kind of historic core. In both cases, the 11th-century original fort is almost like a garden ornament for a much bigger and more fanciful 19th-century, Neo-Gothic palace.

Forty Years Ago, I Became a Travel Writer Here, in Southwest England

Rick Steves | Posted 08.11.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Stumbling upon evocative and offbeat corners of Europe as a teenaged vagabond, I realized my niche in life: discovering, and then sharing, the best of Europe.

Rick Steves Hitting The Road In Support Of Oregon Marijuana Legalization

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

Travel guru and longtime marijuana legalization advocate is taking a break from his European excursions to lend his support to Measure 91, the campaig...

Looking Good for the AARP

Rick Steves | Posted 08.18.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Occasionally a publication wants to run an article about my work and they need a photo of me. While I always offer them fine shots from our press depa...

Rome's Hottest Neighborhood: Monti

Rick Steves | Posted 08.09.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

On this trip, I'm grabbing extra time in Venice, Florence, and Rome to beef up our restaurant listings for our guidebooks. As things are in constant ...

Doing the Caesar Shuffle in Rome

Rick Steves | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

With just under two days in Rome, our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour needs to be very well designed. We do what I call the "Caesar Shuffle" upon arriv...

The Gondola Experience

Rick Steves | Posted 08.03.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Another Venice cliché, which I absolutely love, is the gondola ride. Sure, it's expensive (about $160 for a 50-minute ride). But the cost (and romanc...

Why Rick Steves Is Wrong About Wiesbaden, Mainz and Rudesheim

Susan Kraus | Posted 08.02.2014 | Travel
Susan Kraus

I was smack in the middle of wrapping up loose ends with work, deciding on what to pack and squeezing in a few last-minute doctor appointments when it...

Wetlands Safari -- Canoeing in Holland

Rick Steves | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

An amazing thing about Amsterdam is that, in 10 minutes (by bike or public bus), you can be in the wide-open polder land -- the vast fields reclaimed ...

Bike Band in Haarlem

Rick Steves | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The TV crew has flown home with two great new shows in the can, and I'm in the Netherlands. How do I know? Where else would you find a "marching band"...

Post-Flood Cinque Terre

Rick Steves | Posted 07.13.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Two and a half years ago, horrific flash floods buried two of the five Cinque Terre towns in mud. My favorite town, Vernazza, was left uninhabitable f...