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Rick Steves’ Europe: Rothenburg’s night watchman

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The walled town of Rothenburg, midway between Frankfurt and Munich, offers the best look possible at medieval Germany. And in this theme park of a town, the best ride is the night watchman’s town walk. Each night during the tourist season, with his eyebrows frozen in a raised position, the night watchman listens to the clock tower clang nine ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Venice’s cicchetti crawl

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One of my favorite European memories is the joy of a pub crawl in Venice — a reminder of the fun that awaits in this popular destination.

Venice entertains millions of visitors during a normal year. It’s particularly crowded with day-trippers when several cruise ships are in port. On a trip a few years ago, I was told by a Venetian friend ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Mending bridges in Mostar

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The Bosnian city of Mostar lies at a crossroads of cultures: just inland from the Adriatic coast, in the southern part of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Mostar’s inhabitants are a mix of Orthodox Serbs, Catholic Croats, and Muslim Bosniaks who lived in seeming harmony before the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, then suffered horribly when warring ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Alsace and Colmar - France and Germany mix it up

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Biking down a newly paved but skinny one-lane service road through lush vineyards, I notice how the hills seem to be blanketed in green corduroy.

My Alsatian friend hollers at me, “Germany believes the correct border is the mountains behind us. And we French believe the Rhine — you can almost see it ahead — is the proper border. That’s ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Mysterious Britain

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here are a few of my favorite European memories from England — reminders of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

On my first trip to Dartmoor National Park, back when I was a student, word of the ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: A romantic breeze in Rome

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Rome — a reminder of the enchanting Italian ambiance that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

A statue of Giordano Bruno marks the center of Campo de’ ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Artisan Europe

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here are a few of my favorite European memories of artisans in action — reminders of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

When you’ve traveled in Europe, you see how traditional, local ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Déjà Vu in Istanbul

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here are a few of my favorite European memories from Istanbul — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

When I was in my 20s, I ended eight European trips in a row in Turkey. I didn’t...Read more

Rick Steves' Europe: Helsinki - 'Relax . . . I wash you twice'

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Finland — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

I’m in Helsinki, surveying the city from its fanciest rooftop restaurant. The ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Civita di Bagnoregio - Italy’s dead town

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Italy — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Of all the Italian hill towns, Civita di Bagnoregio was my favorite. But then it died....Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Bacharach: Legends and sagas on the Rhine

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Germany — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Cruising down the romantic Rhine River, we dodge the treacherous reefs that spelled ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Escargot and the beauty of Terroir

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from France — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Walking through France’s finest vineyards in the fabled Côte d’Or (“Gold Coast...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Poland’s historic, captivating Kraków

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Poland — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

My first impression of Kraków is that it feels like it must have been really ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: The Cotswolds is the thatched kingdom of quaint

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from small-town England — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

The Cotswolds are crisscrossed with hedgerows, strewn with storybook ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: A Coffeeshop conversation in Amsterdam

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from the Netherlands — a reminder of the rich experiences that await us at the other end of this crisis.

Wandering around Amsterdam, every few blocks you pass a window ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Siena is Italy’s medieval soul

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Siena — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Stretched across a Tuscan hill, Siena offers perhaps Italy’s best medieval ...Read more

 

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