Video Feature: Eastern Europe Travel Bites
|Lake Bled's island church is a popular place to tie the knot.|
You can now view clips from select "Rick Steves' Europe" TV shows on your computer. Here are a bunch that relate to destinations covered in our Best of Eastern Europe, Berlin-Prague-Vienna, and Adriatic tours. Once you subscribe (free) to our video podcasts, look for the clips listed below. Happy travels!
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Krakow: Poland's Cultural Capital
Krakow emerged from WWII virtually unscathed. As a result, today the city is Poland's leading tourist attraction, with plenty of top notch sights. From its gasp-worthy public spaces, to Cloth Hall, and Wawel, travelers find plenty to see and do in this beautiful city.
Vienna has been called "a head without a body." For 600 years the capital of the mighty Hapsburg Empire, it started and lost World War I, and with it, its far-flung holdings. Today you'll find an elegant capital ruling the relatively insignificant little landlocked country of Austria. But Vienna's imperial past still dazzles in an eye-popping stroll through Schonbrunn Palace.
Wedding Day in Slovenia
Tucked within the picturesque Slovenian Alps, Lake Bled offers travelers a fairy-tale island, a cliff-hanging castle, scenic walks, creamy desserts...and non-stop Slovenian wedding parties. Oar-powered gondolas deliver couples to the lake's steep-sided island, where grooms are expected to carry their brides up the 99 stairs from the dock to the church.
Berlin After the Wall
At Berlin's "Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie" we'll learn how freedom-seeking Easterners were smuggled past armed guards and into West Berlin before the wall came down in 1989. Located at the former border checkpoint between the Soviet and American sectors, the museum pays tribute to these brave smugglers and their passengers. Exhibits show how creative they could be, modifying tiny cars, boats — even shopping carts — to fit illegal passengers into unlikely hiding places.