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Why We Travel

In times of crisis and challenge, we ask ourselves: What is the true value of travel? Is it just hedonism...or something more powerful? After a lifetime of exploring Europe Rick Steves shares his reasons why. This special episode is a sonnet to travel — an introspective love story, set in Europe, that vividly celebrates the rewards of exploring our world and the joy that awaits those who travel.
Season 11 Episode 1108 Length 26:47 Premiere: 12/04/20

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Season 11 Episodes

Why We Travel

S11 E1108 Length 26:47 Premiere Date 12/04/20

Ethiopia: A Development Story

S11 E1107 Length 25:33 Premiere Date 11/24/20

Egypt’s Nile, Alexandria, and Luxor

S11 E1106 Length 26:15 Premiere Date 11/24/20

Egypt’s Cairo

S11 E1105 Length 25:02 Premiere Date 11/24/20

Germany’s Fascist Story

S11 E1104 Length 26:16 Premiere Date 11/24/20

French Alps and Lyon

S11 E1103 Length 25:02 Premiere Date 10/22/20

Swiss Alps

S11 E1102 Length 25:02 Premiere Date 10/20/20

Austrian and Italian Alps

S11 E1101 Length 25:02 Premiere Date 10/19/20

Western Turkey Preview

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 09/30/14

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Bulgaria

Premiered On: 12/31/2016

Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans.

  • Saturday October 1, 2022 1:00 pm ET on KET
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The Netherlands Beyond Amsterdam

Premiered On: 12/27/2014

Rick visits charming Dutch sights from Haarlem to Rotterdam and from Delft to the Zuiderzee.

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Barcelona and Catalunya

Premiered On: 11/05/2008

After enjoying vibrant street scenes, tasty tapas, and the pedestrian-friendly Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Rick takes a scenic side trip to mountaintop Montserrat and an artist's pilgrimage along the Costa Brava to Salvador Dali country. Stops include Dali's home in seaside Cadaques and his playfully surreal mausoleum/museum in nearby Figures.

  • Monday October 3, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Little Europe: San Marino, Monaco, Vatican City, Liechtenstein, and Andorra

Premiered On: 11/12/2008

Rick visits Europe's tiniest countries. Vatican City, the world's smallest country, comes with the planet's biggest church. The fairy-tale princedom of Monaco lures visitors with its fancy casino and glamorous views. San Marino, Italy's last independent hill town, still looks formidable, as does the castle-guarded principality of Liechtenstein. And tiny Andorra entertains shoppers and hikers alike.

  • Tuesday October 4, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Great Swiss Cities

Premiered On: 11/19/2008

While exploring an often overlooked side of Switzerland, Rick gets some exercise, from ringing a very big bell to doing a little river rafting?without the raft. He also enjoys a variety of eye-opening art, from Chagall and Klee to pieces created by inmates of an asylum, and ponders a few Swiss innovations, including hush-hush underground arsenals.

  • Wednesday October 5, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Vienna and the Danube

Premiered On: 11/26/2008

Take in the city's wealth of elegant gardens, great art, and fine music. Rick explores the city's surroundings with a trip along the Danube River and a hike to the breathtakingly Baroque Melk Abbey.

  • Thursday October 6, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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The Czech Republic Beyond Prague

Premiered On: 12/03/2008

Rick gets started with a whirlwind of Art Nouveau, local pub music, stinky cheese-tasting, river-rafting, and peat-bathing in places like Olomouc, Moravsky Krumlov, Telc, Trebon and Konopiste. Also, he tours a remarkable memorial to the holocaust in Terezen, and the charming castle town of Cesky Krumlov.

  • Friday October 7, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Romania

Premiered On: 01/07/2017

Romania's vibrant capital, Bucharest, and its "Little Paris of the East" architecture is explored.

  • Saturday October 8, 2022 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Prague

Premiered On: 01/03/2015

Prague's massive castle, statue-lined bridge, evocative Jewish Quarter and more are explored.

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Athens and Side Trips

Premiered On: 12/10/2008

Rick tours the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. He takes side trips to the ruins of the mystical oracle at Delphi, and a fast boat ride to the romantic, traffic-free Isle of Hydra.

  • Monday October 10, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Greece's Peloponnese

Premiered On: 12/17/2008

After enjoying the charming old port town of Nafplio, Rick goes to the ruins of Olympia and explores the ancient capital of Mycenae. He wanders off the beaten path along the rustic, rough-and-tumble Mani Peninsula, relaxes in the idyllic beach town of Kardymli, and marvels at Greece's Rock of Gibraltar: the fortress town of Monemvasia.

  • Tuesday October 11, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Copenhagen

Premiered On: 12/29/2008

Rick discovers reminders of Copenhagen's Viking history and symbols of its proudly independent ways. He strolls through Europe's first great pedestrian zone, admires crown jewels in the palace, and takes a bike ride through a famous hippie squatter community, finishing at Copenhagen's full-time carnival, Tivoli Gardens.

  • Wednesday October 12, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Denmark: Beyond Copenhagen

Premiered On: 01/05/2009

Using Copenhagen as a springboard, Rick visits the very best of Denmark. He goes to Aarhus, a charming open-air museum; Roskilde, with its royal burial church and the best Viking ship museum anywhere; and the delightfully quaint Isle of Aer? comes with half-timbered cottages, ships in bottles, and cobbled alleyways.

  • Thursday October 13, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Istanbul

Premiered On: 01/12/2009

Where Europe comes face to face with Asia, Rick explores the fascinating, multilayered city of Istanbul. He shops the Grand Bazaar and the famously fragrant Spice Market. He follows the fall of the ancient capital of Byzantium and the rise of Islam at the city's ancient wall, and wanders among the treasures of the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. Then, he takes a cruise on the Bosphorus, makes friends over backgammon, and tries a traditional Turkish bath.

  • Friday October 14, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Assisi and Italian Country Charm

Premiered On: 01/14/2017

In the Italian countryside, Rick connects with rustic, traditional culture: enjoying an agriturismo (farmhouse inn), seeing how prosciutto and pecorino cheese are made, and hiking down into deep and ancient wine cellars. He ends in Assisi - the hometown of St. Francis.

  • Saturday October 15, 2022 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Berlin

Premiered On: 01/10/2015

Rick explores Berlin's trendy east side, people-friendly riverfront, and its vibrant social scene.

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Iran: Tehran and Side Trips

Premiered On: 01/19/2009

Visiting Tehran, Shiraz, Persepolis, and a small village, Rick gets a rare present-day look at of some of civilization's most important historical sites, and a sense of Iran's 21st-century culture.

  • Monday October 17, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Iran's Historic Capitals

Premiered On: 10/14/2009

Rick explores three historic capitals of Iran: Persepolis, with its splendid monuments; Shiraz, with the tombs of Iran's most beloved poets; and Esfahan, with its extraordinary mosques and endearing people.

  • Tuesday October 18, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Croatia: Adriatic Delights

Premiered On: 10/13/2010

A fascinating land with a hard-fought history in a complex corner of Europe, Croatia is emerging as one of Europe's top destinations. Sampling the very best of Croatia, Rick explores the fabled Dalmatian Coast from dramatic Dubrovnik to crusty Adriatic island ports. Heading inland, he hikes through Plitvice Lakes National Park and enjoys the thriving capital city Zagreb. The Croatian finale: the Istrian Peninsula and its enchanting port town of Rovinj.

  • Wednesday October 19, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips

Premiered On: 10/20/2010

Nestled inside its mighty ramparts is Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." From this remarkably preserved medieval fortress city, Rick ventures into less-touristed corners of the former Yugoslavia. In Bosnia, he visits Mostar ? war-torn in the 90s, but bursting with promise today. In Montenegro, he sails the fjord-like Bay of Kotor and explores its mysterious, mountainous interior.

  • Thursday October 20, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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The Best of Slovenia

Premiered On: 10/27/2010

Little Slovenia is the least visited and most underrated of Europe's alpine countries. From its prosperous capital of Ljubljana, Rick enjoys the mountain resort of Lake Bled, ventures into the Julian Alps for natural thrills mixed with World War I history, goes spelunking in a gigantic cave, and swims with Slavs in a charming Adriatic port.

  • Friday October 21, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country

Premiered On: 01/21/2017

Siena, once a proud and independent city-state, retains its confidence and unique traditions. Rick enjoys a front-row seat at its wild horse race - the venerable Palio - and marvel at cultural treasures from the days when Siena rivaled Florence for leadership of Tuscany.

  • Saturday October 22, 2022 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Germany's Hamburg and the Luther Trail

Premiered On: 12/10/2016

Rick visits Hamburg, Germany's mighty port city, and the great historic sights of Martin Luther.

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Granada, Cordoba, and Spain's Costa del Sol

Premiered On: 11/03/2010

Andalucia's Moorish heritage sparkles in the historic capitals of Granada and Cordoba. And the pride of the Reconquista and the power of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand enliven the region's great sights. Tasting the smooth sherry and marveling at prancing stallions, Rick finds the passion in Andalucian culture. And he tops it off with fun in the Spanish sun on the Costa del Sol.

  • Monday October 24, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Andalucia, Gibraltar, and Tangier

Premiered On: 11/10/2010

Exploring Andalucia, Rick experiences the quintessence of Spanish culture. Starting up high, in Spain's whitewashed hill towns, he rolls down to the coast to enjoy the windsurfing mecca of Tarifa. Then Rick catches a bit of Britain on the Rock of Gibraltar, and sails to Africa for a Moroccan finale in Tangier.

  • Tuesday October 25, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Oslo

Premiered On: 11/17/2010

The proud spirit of the Norwegian people shines in every dimension of their capital city - from its once-fearsome Viking ships to its sleek new Opera House, from tales of World War II heroism to the constant festival of its thriving harborfront. Connecting with the culture, Rick enjoys art - from Vigeland's statues to Monch's scream - and caps things off by joining local friends for a sail on their fjord.

  • Wednesday October 26, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Norway's West: Fjords, Mountains, and Bergen

Premiered On: 11/24/2010

For Scandinavia's most thrilling sightseeing, Rick sails under towering fjord cliffs, hikes on powerful glaciers, and finds surviving traditions in remote farm hamlets. Then he delves into the Hanseatic heritage and enjoys the salty hospitality of Norway's historic capitol, Bergen.

  • Thursday October 27, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Stockholm

Premiered On: 01/01/2011

Sweden's capital, confident and self-assured, glitters with souvenirs from the day when it ruled as a superpower. From pondering gilded royal staterooms to sampling gourmet reindeer and sipping vodka in an ice bar, Rick experiences the city's cultural highlights. Then he sails the archipelago for the prettiest island-hopping in northern Europe.

  • Friday October 28, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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West England

Premiered On: 01/28/2017

Quaint Cotswold villages; the New Age capital of Glastonbury, with its legends of the Holy Grail and King Arthur; and the dramatic prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury are explored.

  • Saturday October 29, 2022 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Germany's Dresden and Leipzig

Premiered On: 12/17/2016

Opulent palaces and art treasures in Dresden and the Bach heritage of Leipzig are explored.

  • Sunday October 30, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET2
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Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters

Premiered On: 12/08/2010

The fascinating capitals of Finland and Estonia offer a chance to sample each country's history, art, and distinct love of life. Rick starts in Helsinki with its Neoclassical old town, modern flair for design, and steamy saunas. Then it's just a two-hour boat ride to Tallinn - with its medieval charms and new-found prosperity - celebrating its freedom and thriving in its post-USSR renaissance.

  • Monday October 31, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Galicia and the Camino de Santiago

Premiered On: 12/15/2010

Rick follows the trail pilgrims have trod for centuries, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. Along the way, he stops off in Pamplona to run with the bulls, and dives into the unique Celtic culture of Galicia - where Riverdance meets flamenco.

  • Tuesday November 1, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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France's Dordogne - S5 E2

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Burgundy: Profound France - S5 E1

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Rick Steves' Europe: The Making Of - S4 E11

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Salzburg and Surroundings - S4 E10

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Vienna - S4 E9

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Amsterdam - S8 E9

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Germany's Frankfurt and Nurnberg - S9 E3

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Italy's Great Hill Towns - S4 E8

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Tuscany's Dolce Vita - S4 E7

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Milan and Lake Como - S4 E6

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Italy's Amalfi Coast - S4 E5

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Italy's Veneto: Verona, Padua, and Ravenna - S8 E8

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Germany's Dresden and Leipzig - S9 E2

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Edinburgh - S4 E3

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North Wales: Feisty and Poetic - S4 E2

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England's Bath and York - S4 E1

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Sevilla - S3 E13

  • Tuesday September 13, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Lisbon and the Algarve - S3 E12

  • Monday September 12, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre - S8 E7

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Germany's Hamburg and the Luther Trail - S9 E1

  • Saturday September 10, 2022 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Budapest: The Best of Hungary - S3 E11

  • Friday September 9, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Poland Rediscovered: Krakow, Auschwitz, and Warsaw - S3 E10

  • Thursday September 8, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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French Riviera: Uniquely Chic - S3 E9

  • Wednesday September 7, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Provence: Legendary Light, Wind, and Wine - S3 E8

  • Tuesday September 6, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Belgium: Bruges and Brussels - S3 E7

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Palestine - S8 E6

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Berlin - S8 E12

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Highlights of Paris: Eiffel and Monet to Creme Brulee - S3 E6

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London: Mod and Trad - S3 E5

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Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland - S3 E4

  • Wednesday August 31, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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The Best of Israel - S8 E5

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Normandy: War-Torn Yet Full of Life - S3 E3

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