I love Venice, but when the crowds become unbearable, I make it a point to get out of the centre and discover what the surrounding area has to offer.
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I've looked for others, but I still consider Rothenburg, in the Franconian heartland, the best-preserved walled town in Germany -- and possibly all of Europe.
We all know that Belgians are connoisseurs of fine chocolate, and Italy's gelato is an edible art form.
Sometimes I wonder why I lug my bag through airports, following my own recommendation to pack light enough to carry it on.
Imagine being a kid forced to spend a big part of your summer vacation with robo-tourist Rick Steves (alias Dad).
The English countryside is studded with all manner of manors, castles and palaces.
When you consider Dutch culture, you can’t help but think about dikes, windmills, wooden shoes — and tulips.
As a guidebook author and TV host, I do most of my work in Europe during the day. But after hours, I love to get out and see what's happening.
After a busy day in Vienna, I like to retreat to a striped velvet couch at the renowned Café Hawelka.
I'd always wanted to go to a soccer ("football" to Europeans) game in Europe, and a few years ago I finally did it…courtesy of a local hotelier I knew in Rome.
There's nothing like an island break in the middle of your travels to really make you feel like you're on vacation.
Rome is a magnificent, tangled urban forest, rich in art, culture, and history.
It's exciting to find remnants of Europe's Old World that somehow missed the 21st-century bus.
Eating in Europe is about more than just the food.
When I'm travelling, I become a cultural chameleon.
To connect with the rural charm that defines Tuscany, consider exploring by car and staying not in towns but in farmhouses. Savvy travellers can slow down and get a taste of Italian rural life in the traditional-yet-cozy lodgings of a countryside B&B or an agriturismo -- a working farm that takes in guests.
Pretty, pristine and lakeside, with a striking mountain panorama as a backdrop, Lucerne has long been Switzerland's tourism capital.
Even after countless trips to Europe, I still make my share of blunders.
When you visit Madrid, take a vacation from your vacation with some side-trips that help illuminate Spain's rich history.
Italy may be the cradle of the Renaissance, but lately it’s been feeling like a work in progress.