Watch Rick Steves' Europe

Rick Steves takes his television audience to different, interesting destinations in Europe. The show is absorbing. It is an ancillary bonus to his travel guide: since the viewer is allowed to see first-hand what certain destinations provide visitors to the area.

He generally makes it a point to take his viewer to a number of ecclesiastical sight-seeing opportunities which he also regularly does so within his travel guides. He additionally makes it a habit of visiting many culinary venues. There is some mild drinking involved with respect to some of the gastronomical adventures: however, Rick never heavily imbibes. The alcohol is pertinent to the meal or cuisine. Special events and festivals, too, are covered within certain regions.

Rick advises viewers about how to get to the travel destination. The information is useful in that it provides his television audience with the types of public transportation available as well as other forms of transport within the region.

Rick, with each episode, takes his viewer to a different nation, region and respective village inside of the European continent. He makes it a point to share historical data about the region and/or attraction he is visiting.

Various accommodations; and dining venues ranging from fine-dining to more rustic style eateries are covered by the show's host. The accommodations are generally in close proximity to the sight-seeing attractions he visits. If the hotel is further away from the attraction: as alluded to above, the proper transportation sources are pointed out to the show's viewers.

Works of art and other cultural aspects of the city are shared. This aspect may seem a bit romanticized or poetical at first; however, all such descriptions are clearly relative to the region. The romanticized description makes the travel destination all the more culturally interesting.

The show, once again is obviously a source of promotion for the host's guidebooks. He also helps out the local business establishments, where he is visiting in his endorsement of their cuisine and wares for sale. However: Isn't that what the tourism industry is all about? Drumming up business for many of the area's unique shops; bistros, and other cultural attractions? The show, in summary, is very enjoyable - Rick's favorable recommendations more than likely appreciated by Rick's travel, television audience.

Rick Steves' Network
1 Season, 144 Episodes
October 1, 2001
Nature, Travel
8.5/10
Cast: Rick Steves
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Rick Steves' Europe Full Episode Guide

  • Starting in vibrantly gritty Glasgow, we'll tap into Scottish passions as we tour Stirling Castle, have a wee dram on the Speyside Whisky Trail, and watch a sheepdog demonstration.

  • On the windswept Isles of Iona and Skye we'll wander through Iron Age forts and a venerable distillery. Then we'll set sail for Orkney's 20th-century wartime harbor at Scapa Flow.

  • We'll visit Glencoe, Inverness, the Culloden battlefield — and keep our eyes peeled at Loch Ness — as we work up an appetite for modern Scottish cuisine and traditional folk music.

  • We'll dine at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalù, ponder the ancient Greeks in Siracusa, commune with monks in a Capuchin crypt, and eat our way through a classic Sicilian banquet.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Island-hopping to Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes, we'll tour ancient ruins, sample rustic cuisine and compare beaches. And we'll see how cruising lets you do this efficiently.

  • We'll learn how to get the most out of a cruise by planning, avoiding lines, and eating quick meals on the go. And along with the joys of cruising, we'll consider the downsides.

  • We'll stroll Lisbon's waterfront and back lanes, and hear some soulful fado music. Then we'll head over to Sintra to explore its fanciful castles and ramparts with grand views.

  • At Oxford and Cambridge, we'll see where kings and prime ministers studied. Then we'll wander through Blenheim Palace and visit the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge Gorge.

  • The Season 9 finale visits Cornwall in southwest England. Featuring: salty pirate towns; fishing villages; Land's End; and Dartmoor National Park.

  • Southeast England is visited. Stops feature Canterbury and its well-known cathedral; Dover; the towering white cliffs of the South Downs; the seaside resort city of Brighton; and Portsmouth, which shows off a collection of historic sailing ships.

  • England's West Country, home to quaint Cotswold villages, is toured. Included: Wells, which is England's smallest cathedral town; the New Age capital of Glastonbury, with its legends of the Holy Grail and King Arthur; and Stonehenge and Avebury.

  • An Italian trip takes in Siena, where the Palio di Siena horse race is watched; also the wine country of Tuscany.

  • A trip to the Italian countryside includes an agriturismo (farmhouse inn); the process of creating prosciutto and pecorino cheese; and a hike into deep and ancient wine cellars. The tour also highlights Assisi, the hometown of Saint Francis.

  • A tour of Romania visits Bucharest, known as the "Little Paris of the East"; Transylvania; and Maramures, which has the feel of an open-air folk museum.

  • A tour of Bulgaria spotlights the country's complex history, including ancient Thracian tombs, medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries and Soviet-era monuments. Also: its contemporary culture.

  • Frankfurt, nicknamed "Bankfurt" because of it being a major center of commerce, is toured. Also: Nuremberg, which was an important city in both the First Reich (the Holy Roman Empire) and the Third.

  • A tour of Saxony, part of the former East Germany, stops in two of ithe region's great cities: Dresden, home to the opulent palaces and art treasures of the Wettin dynasty; and Leipzig, which was home to Johann Sebastian Bach for his final 27 years.

  • The Season 9 premiere begins in Germany, where the port city of Hamburg and historic sights of Martin Luther and the Reformation (Erfurt, Wittenberg and Wartburg Castle) are visited. Also: the wine-loving capital of Franconia, W?rzburg.

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