September Travel News

Hi from Rick: My Fascism TV Special

Travel experiences are like seeds that grow in ways impossible to predict — like producing a TV special called "The Story of Fascism in Europe," debuting now on public television across the US.

Over decades of traveling, I've gathered impressions about Europe's experience with fascism. Riding up the elevator to Hitler's Eagle's Nest retreat on a mountaintop in Bavaria, I noticed the precision of the stonework. As those imposing doors slammed open and shut, they seemed to demand obedience. In Rome's E.U.R., standing before the central palace of Mussolini's planned city, I looked into the eyes of mighty, bleached-white statues that left me reeling with the feeling that it's all for one in lockstep, and that individuality is to be consumed by the state. In Nürnberg, stepping into the gilded "Green Room" under the towering tribunal platform from where Hitler stoked the masses at his rallies, I imagined a charismatic despot getting prepped for his speech that would amp up both the fears and the anger of an entire nation.

These powerful sights — the physical remains of that period — inspired me to weave their important lessons into an hour-long TV special… Read more

In this issue


Sobering Sites of Nazi Europe

Fondue, nutcrackers, Monet, Big Ben…gas chambers. A trip to once-upon-a-time Europe can be a fairy tale. It can also help tell the story of Europe's 20th-century fascist nightmare. While few travelers go… Read more


Warsaw Reborn

Warsaw, the capital of Poland, doesn't appear at the top of many European travelers' wish lists. But that's just one reason you may want to visit. With evocative sights, an epic history, and low prices, Warsaw is… Read more


Cameron’s Blog: 10 Europe Travel Hacks

Over many years of traveling professionally, I've come up with a bag of tricks I rely on to save time, save money, and travel smarter. We used to call these "tips"…but these days, they're "hacks…" Read more


Forum Discussion: What Non-Essential Item(s) Do You Pack?

horsewoofie from Arizona writes, "Just curious what non-essential items you pack that aren't on the packing-light list. Packing light can be challenging enough but there must be something you pack for down time…" Read more


Video Clips: The Story of Fascism in Europe

In his new, one-hour TV special airing this fall, Rick travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe — taking millions of people with it. We'll trace fascism's history from its roots… Watch the videos


App Bite of the Month: Artists of Spain

In this new track from the Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app, Gene Openshaw and Federico García Barroso join Rick to talk about the best places in Spain where you can experience firsthand the groundbreaking… Hear the track


Slideshow: Rick's Top 10 Tours (So Far) for 2019

We're a few weeks into our 2019 tour booking season now, and it's fascinating to see which corners of Europe are pushing travelers' "I can't wait!" buttons. Here's a colorful top 10 countdown… Read more