Program 692: Making the Art of Europe; 20 Years of Ireland; Experiencing Austria

Release Date: 10-15-2022


Get a taste of Austria beyond the usual tourist sites in Vienna and Salzburg, where farmstays and festivals can make you want to wear lederhosen for a day. Rick's right-hand man on all things Ireland shares what he's liked most about researching guidebooks and leading tours in the Emerald Isle for the last 20 years. And Rick's TV producer shares tales from behind the scenes on their two-year-long filming project on the greatest art in Europe.


  • Simon Griffith, producer of the Rick Steves' Europe TV productions
  • Tour guide Pat O'Connor, co-author of the "Rick Steves Ireland" guidebook (Avalon)
  • Andrea Wolf tour guide based in Graz, Austria  

Additional Info

  • Rick provides a short preview of the six-hour "Art of Europe" TV series that he produced with Simon Griffith. It premiers this month on many public TV stations across the US. Check your local listings for airtimes and channels.
  • The Rick Steves online guides to Ireland and to Northern Ireland.
  • Pat O'Connor's workshop with travel preparation tips for Ireland is available on You Tube.
  • Rick reminds us that the small town of Doolin has long been a center for hearing traditional Irish music performances. It's on the west coast of County Clare, overlooking the Aran Islands.
  • The Rick Steves online guide to Austria.
  • The world's largest historical armoury is in Graz, Austria. The Styrian Armoury features European military history from the 15th to the 18th centuries.

Program Extras

More with Simon Griffith - Rick’s TV producer Simon Griffith explains how difficult it often was to work through the bureaucracy in Italy and Greece to get permission to film in some of its great museums. And he reveals the challenge they found, trying to film at Stonehenge on the Solstice. They also explain how they were delighted by the stunning cathedral at Amiens, and the small town of Provins, north of Paris. (runs 8:39)

More with Andrea Wolf - Rick and Austrian tour guide Andrea Wolf talk briefly about the town of Linz and its notorious native son. (runs 1:04)