Rick Steves’ Europe: Binge Watch 11 Seasons of America’s Favorite Traveler Free Online

“Peo­ple who are addict­ed to Euro­pean trav­el, this is kind of a frus­trat­ing time for them,” says Rick Steves in a pod­cast inter­view with The New York Times’ Sam Ander­son from this past spring. He should know: since becom­ing a pro­fes­sion­al trav­el guide and edu­ca­tor in the late 1970s, Steves has har­nessed his own Euro­pean trav­el addic­tion to build a busi­ness empire. To his fel­low Europhiles — and espe­cial­ly his fel­low Europhile but monoglot Amer­i­cans mak­ing their first leap across the Atlantic — Steves has sold a great many class­es, tours, guide­books, mon­ey belts, and neck pil­lows. Over the past three decades, almost every­one who’s got to know him has done so through his trav­el shows on pub­lic tele­vi­sion, espe­cial­ly Rick Steves’ Europe.

“Steves is a joy­ful and jaun­ty host, all eager-beaver smiles and expres­sive head tilts,” writes Ander­son of the show, whose star “gush­es poet­i­cal­ly about England’s Lake Dis­trict (‘a lush land steeped in a rich brew of his­to­ry, cul­ture and nature’) and Erfurt, Ger­many (‘this half-tim­bered medieval town with a shal­low riv­er gur­gling through its cen­ter’) and Istan­bul (‘this sprawl­ing metrop­o­lis on the Bosporus’) and Lis­bon (‘like San Fran­cis­co, but old­er and grit­ti­er and less expen­sive’).”

In recent years, sea­sons of Rick Steves’ Europe have become free to watch on Youtube. The eleven full sea­sons now avail­able also include “Ger­many’s Roman­tic Rhine”; Nor­mandy, “War-Torn Yet Full of Life”; “Feisty and Poet­ic” North Wales; “Lit­tle Europe: Five Micro-Coun­tries”; Basque coun­try; and The Best of Slove­nia.

As well known for his prac­ti­cal-mind­ed­ness as he is for his cheer­ful­ness, Steves has also pro­duced such spe­cial broad­casts as a three-part series on the trav­el skills nec­es­sary to cross huge swaths of Europe safe­ly and enjoy­ably. Giv­en the ongo­ing coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic, how­ev­er, it will be a while before any of us can once again put our trav­el skills to the test. “This virus can stop our trav­el plans, but it can­not stop our trav­el dreams,” Steves declares on the pod­cast with Ander­son, lead­ing into the announce­ment of a new game: Rick Steves’ Europe Bin­go, “where the cards have all of the lit­tle goofy clichés that show up in almost every one of my shows,” from “Rick vis­its a church” and “Rick enjoys a local drink” to sig­na­ture lines like “Oh, baby!” and “Keep on trav­elin’.”

“You can turn it into a drink­ing game if you want,” Steves notes. And indeed, with or with­out the aid of alco­hol, there are much worse ways for trav­el­ers to pass the remain­der of the pan­dem­ic than with an extend­ed binge-watch of Rick Steves’ Europe, whose sea­sons are orga­nized into playlists below:

Relat­ed Con­tent:

The Sto­ry of Fas­cism: Rick Steves’ Doc­u­men­tary Helps Us Learn from the Hard Lessons of the 20th Cen­tu­ry

Explore the Entire World–from the Com­fort of Quar­an­tine — with 4K Walk­ing Tours

High-Res­o­lu­tion Walk­ing Tours of Italy’s Most His­toric Places: The Colos­se­um, Pom­peii, St. Peter’s Basil­i­ca & More

Based in Seoul, Col­in Mar­shall writes and broad­casts on cities, lan­guage, and cul­ture. His projects include the Sub­stack newslet­terBooks on Cities, the book The State­less City: a Walk through 21st-Cen­tu­ry Los Ange­les and the video series The City in Cin­e­ma. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall, on Face­book, or on Insta­gram.

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