A Busy Day on a Rick Steves Tour

07/18/2016 03:59 pm ET Updated Jul 19, 2017

A good tour leaderᅡᅠ-- especially on a Rick Steves tourᅡᅠ-- creates a learning atmosphere on the bus, laces together a good balance of sights and experiences, and makes sure there's lots of fun along the way. In this montage of clips, I get a chance to talk about how the European Union funds ethnic regions (in this case, Ehrenberg Castle in Tirol, which spans Austria and Italy); we visit one of my favorite open-air folk museums (Ballenberg in Switzerland); we poke into an old farmhouse to ring some cowbells; and we rip down the mountain on a summer luge ride. All 26 of us enjoyed two trips each on the longest and most exciting luge course in Tirolᅡᅠ(Biberwier, on the road between Innsbruck and Reutte).

(My tour assistant, Trish Feaster, produced this clip. She's blogging about our tour at her website,ᅡᅠThe Travelphile.)

This is Day 58 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I lead tours, research my guidebooks, and make new TV shows, I'm reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more on my travel blog.

(This post originally appeared at blog.ricksteves.com/rick-steves-tour.)