The BEST Episodes of Rick Steves' Europe
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jul 9, 2020
Rick Steves has been the "travel guinea pig" for American Public Television since Travels in Europe with Rick Steves debuted in April of 1991. In his program, Rick shows some out-of-the-way places the average traveler misses, offers countless travel tips, and always enjoys being immersed in the adventure.
#1 - Little Europe: Five Microcountries
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 1, 2008
Don't blink as we blitz through Europe's tiniest countries: Vatican City, the world's smallest country, comes with the planet's biggest church. The fairytale princedom of Monaco lures visitors with its fancy casino and glamorous views. Italy's last independent hill town of San Marino still looks formidable, as does the castle-guarded principality of Liechtenstein. And tiny Andorra entertains shoppers and hikers alike, surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Pyrenees.
#2 - England's Cornwall
Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 2016
The far southwest of England is a world unto itself, with a persistent Cornish culture. We'll explore a world of flowers springing from towering hedges, a tin-mining heritage going back to biblical times, salty pirates' towns and fishing villages, and the Land's End of England. Then, side-tripping deep into the vast and mysterious Dartmoor National Park, we'll hike to forgotten stone circles and chase wild ponies.
#3 - Amsterdam and Dutch Side Trips
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 12, 2002
Amsterdam stimulates all the senses, with Rembrandt's and stately architecture from its Golden Age, hidden churches and Holocaust memorials from its troubled times, and Van Gogh's and titillating street life from its modern age. Then, side-tripping into the countryside (and below sea-level), we hike dikes, climb windmills, tour the world's biggest flower market, and see how in Holland, "everything's just so Dutch!"
#4 - Berlin: Resilient, Reunited, and Reborn
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 16, 2002
Berlin is back, resuming its place as a great European capital. We climb the Reichstag's glass dome, sway at a modern-day cabaret, and pop a few chocolates in the now thriving eastern sector. Along with Germany's finest art, complicated Berlin also has hidden remnants of its fascist and communist past. In a city that's rebounding and rebuilding, we crane our necks at Potsdamer Platz, Europe's newest Times Square.
#5 - Germany's Romantic Rhine and Rothenburg
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 23, 2002
Cruising the Rhine River, we dodge riverboat traffic and the legendary Lorelei. After climbing castles and descending into dungeons, we relax with Rhine wine. We tour Burg Eltz-a lived-in castle where the noble lady still puts out fresh flowers. Then we enter the walled town of Rothenburg for Germany's best wood carving, a vivid dose of medieval punishment, and a tour with the night watchman of the town's lamp-lit ramparts.
#6 - Munich and the Foothills of the Alps
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 30, 2002
In Munich, where locals specialize in good living, we visit boisterous markets and go-for-Baroque palaces. while office workers surf in the Isar River. Heading into the foothills of the Alps, we tour the fairy-tale castles of "Mad" King Ludwig, and climb to the highest point in Germany atop the Zugspitz. Then we cross into the Tirol to conquer a desolate ruined castle.
#7 - London: Mod and Trad
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 2, 2004
London is quintessentially English, yet cosmopolitan. We check out the new — the Millennium Bridge and the British Museum's Great Court, and admire the old — well-wrapped mummies and a rare Leonardo. After bantering with Beefeaters at the Tower of London, we do some riverside beach-combing. Strolling the trendy South Bank of the Thames takes us from the Tate Modern to the dizzying London Eye.
#8 - Highlights of Paris: Eiffel and Monet to Crème Brûlée
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 9, 2004
Packing the best of Paris into one episode, we scale the Eiffel Tower, then savor classic treats - from steak tartare to crème brulée. We marvel at Monet, Manet and company in the stunning Orsay Gallery. Tracing the sad steps of Marie Antoinette, we relive French history from its bloody revolution to its extravagant belle epoche.
#9 - Barcelona and Catalunya
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 18, 2008
The creative spirit of Spain's Catalunya — the land of Picasso, Gaudi, and Salvador Dali — is on a roll. We'll get caught up in the festivity of Barcelona, enjoying the vibrant street scenes, tasty tapas, and pedestrian-friendly Gothic Quarter. Then we'll take a scenic side trip to mountaintop Montserrat, and finish with an artist's pilgrimage along the Costa Brava to Salvador Dali country. In seaside Cadaques, we'll visit Dali's home, and in nearby Figures, we'll experience his playfully surreal mausoleum/museum.
#10 - Burgundy: Profoundly French
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 8, 2008
Burgundy is a calm and cultivated corner of France, where fine living is intimately tied to nature and traditions run strong. We'll slow down to enjoy the region's edible, drinkable, scenic, and floatable delights. We'll travel on a canal barge, visit a medieval hospice and a modern monastery, build a barrel, appreciate fine Burgundy wine, slurp escargot, and eat very, very well. If you're looking for quintessential French culture, you'll find it in Burgundy.
#11 - Oslo
Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 14, 2010
From once-fearsome Viking ships to a sleek new Opera House, and from tales of World War II heroism to Vigeland's statues and Monch's scream, we see how Norway's proud spirit permeates Oslo. Local friends take us sailing too.
#12 - Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 5, 2010
We roam through Helsinki, Finland's Neoclassical old town, with its flair for design and steamy saunas. Then it's just a two hour boat ride to the medieval charms, independent pride and post-Soviet prosperity of Tallinn, Estonia.
#13 - Dubrovnik and Balkan Side Trips
Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 2010
Starting in the medieval fortress city of Dubrovnik, we venture to less-touristed corners of the former Yugoslavia. in Bosnia, we visit once war-torn Mostar. In Montenegro, we sail the Bat of Kotor and explore the mountainous interior.
#14 - Germany's Black Forest and Cologne
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 8, 2000
Rick teams up with his wife and kids to enjoy the good life, dipping into a classy mineral spa, trying our luck at a fancy casino, devouring chocolate-cherry cake, and exploring Germany's most romantic forest.
#15 - Portugal's Heartland
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 3, 2000
Leaving Lisbon for the countryside, we eat barnacles in a salty old fishing town, march with pilgrims on the anniversary of a miracle, ponder the local Romeo and Juliet, sample university life, and rummage through the riches of Portugal's Golden Age.
#16 - Paris: Grand and Intimate
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 10, 2000
After marveling at masterpieces in the Louvre and strolling the Champs-Elysees, we explore a delightful Parisian neighborhood. We meet a pipe organist, drop by a butcher shop, design our own perfume, and cruise the Seine.
#17 - South England: Dover to Land's End
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 17, 2000
From the white cliffs of Dover to Land's End, we ponder Roman, Norman, and Nazi invasions. After exploring Admiral Nelson's flagship, we chase wild ponies across the moors and discover an ancient stone circle. For refreshment, it's cream tea and Cornish pasties.
#18 - Heart of England and South Wales
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 24, 2000
After King Arthur country at Glastonbury, we go back in time to prehistoric Stonehenge. We sample hard apple cider in Wells, meet an eccentric lord in the Cotswolds, and visit an evocative ruined abbey in South Wales.
#19 - Caesar's Rome
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 1, 2000
Rome welcomes the new millennium spiffed up as never before. We tour Rome's ancient sights from the Forum and Colosseum to the glorious Pantheon. Then, after exploring the catacombs and a cat hospice, we track down the best ice cream in Rome.
#20 - Scotland's Islands and Highlands
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 15, 2000
In Scotland, legends of Bonnie Prince Charlie swirl with pipers and kilts around crumbling castles. After tossing a caber (log) at a Scottish clan gathering, we remember Highland massacres. We play hide-and-seek with the Loch Ness Monster, tour a whiskey distillery, and take a ferry to sacred Iona.
#21 - Surprising Bulgaria
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 22, 2000
Bulgaria is a time warp of old and new — from chic shops in the city to donkey cars in the country. We hike to a mountain monastery, meet two sculptors (dad does Stalin, son does nudes), and enjoy a traditional dinner feast at a local home.
#22 - Rome: Baroque, After Dark
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 29, 2000
After a pilgrimage to Michelangelo's Pieta, we climb to the top of St. Peter's Basilica. We seek out tucked-away Renaissance paintings and a cleverly-painted false dome. At the Borghese Gallery, it's exquisite sculptures by the master of marble, Bernini. Then we join the locals on an after-dark stroll, lacing together Rome's Baroque and bubbly nightspots.
#23 - Eastern Turkey
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 5, 2000
After a Mount Ararat sunrise, we visit Abraham's 4000-year-old home town, tour one of the world's biggest dams, cheer on grease wrestlers, meet the gods atop Mount Nemrut, and dance with new friends in a village.
#24 - London: Royal and Rambunctious
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 12, 2000
We whisper secrets across the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral and eat our way through Soho. Then we check out the treasures of the new British Library, roll with the drums at the Changing of the Guard, and cruise the Thames to Kew Gardens.
#25 - Slovenia and Croatia
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 19, 2000
We discover that Dubrovnik is still the "jewel of the Adriatic" while nearby villages decorate their dreamy archipelago with small-town Venetian charm. Ljubljana is like Salzburg without tourists. The Julian Alps glisten with pristine lakes as Lipizzaner stallions are eager to strut their stuff.