Coimbra, Portugal: University Traditions – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Coimbra is home to the country’s oldest and most prestigious university, founded in 1290. As a traveler, it’s fun to drop into this venerable academic world. 700 years ago, Coimbra’s university taught the medieval basics, like law, medicine, and theology. Later, as Portuguese sailors were navigating the globe, astronomy and geometry were added. The university’s Baroque library has […]

Warsaw, Poland: Vodka and Chopin – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

The Old Town’s many restaurants provide a good introduction to Polish cuisine, and central to that is vodka. Vodka, after it’s chilled properly, pours thickly into the glass. We’re having some traditional polish dishes that go well with vodka: Herring, cold cuts, Polish pickles and steak tartare. So vodka has long been part of Polish culture? Yes, it’s […]

Porto, Portugal: Romantic Capital – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

The Douro River begins as a trickle in Spain, runs west through Portugal, and to the city of Porto, where it spills into the Atlantic. Porto, the town that gave the country and port wine its name, is the second-largest city in Portugal. And like second cities throughout Europe, Porto is a hardscrabble town with a rough past. […]

Welcome to Rick Steves’ YouTube Channel

Hi, I’m Rick Steves. Here on YouTube you’ll find hundreds of clips from my “Rick Steves’ Europe” public television series. You’ll learn about Europe’s top destinations, history, art food culture and tips to help you have a smarter and happier trip. You’ll also find things on my YouTube channel that you’ll never see on TV like my travel […]

Cambridge, England: Historic University Town – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

England’s greatest universities, Oxford and Cambridge, have been rivals since the 1300s. We’ll visit Oxford later. Each has the same basic heritage and design. No main campus — instead, the many colleges are scattered throughout the charming town center. By catching one of the many guided town walks, you’ll get an insider’s look at an urban mix of […]

Beginning German for Travelers with Gretchen Strauch | Rick Steves Travel Talks

Gretchen Strauch: Okay. That’s my name. I have the ridiculously German name of Gretchen Strauch, which is something I have yet to learn to pronounce quite right to German satisfaction. I worked at Rick Steves for a long time, but before that, I’d lived in Germany for a few years and a few months in Switzerland as well. […]