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Weekly Video Travel Bite: Prague

Rick Steves | Posted 09.03.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Now that I'm back from Europe, I'll be sharing a random video clip each week to fuel your travel dreams. This week, we visit Prague and take a close look at Alfons Mucha's Art Nouveau masterpieces.

Home Sweet Home Run!

Rick Steves | Posted 09.02.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I also enjoyed researching and updating our guidebooks (in Greece, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, South France, and South England), which helped me scout new TV episodes (for Tuscany and South England) and refine our newest Rick Steves Europe Tours Villages of South England itinerary.

Wrapping Up One Hundred Days in Europe

Rick Steves | Posted 09.01.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

My summer trip is finished. I'm flying home. And to wrap up my Hundred Days of Europe blog, I threw a bunch of final images against the wall, and thes...

Hamburg: Mighty Harbors, Repurposed Bomb Shelters, and Designer Embankments

Rick Steves | Posted 09.01.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

My last stop in Europe this year is Hamburg. After weeks of filming in scorching heat, heavy rains finally slammed us -- and after three socked-in day...

Pretzel Love in Germany

Rick Steves | Posted 09.01.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Even after decades of travel, it's so fun to still be learning fun little factoids about the cultures we visit. It never ends! In Dresden, my German friend explained that the dough woven into a pattern in a pretzel represents the way our thumbs cross when we fold our hands in prayer.

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.

Millions of German Americans Sailed From Here

Rick Steves | Posted 08.25.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Being in Hamburg, I kept thinking, "I love this city." And one highlight was seeing the place from where millions of Germans emigrated to the New World. Imagine the fun of filming this city with a local guide to help locate the best angles.

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.

Doc Martin Fans Trample "Portwenn"

Rick Steves | Posted 08.07.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

The British comedy series Doc Martin is a huge hit with PBS viewers. Being in Cornwall, I had to drop by the rugged little fishing port where it's fil...

British Taste Treats

Rick Steves | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

These days, the stereotype of "bad food in Britain" is woefully dated. Britain has been on the leading edge of the foodie revolution, and I find it's easy to eat very well here. Here are some examples of the foods I've enjoyed in my British travels.

From Land's End to John O'Groats, Cameron and I Bring You the Best of Britain

Rick Steves | Posted 08.05.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

We are really pumping up our Great Britain guidebook coverage for 2016. As a matter of fact, while I'm enjoying research in the far south of England, ...