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Rick Steves' Europe

Website: http://www.ricksteves.com
Next Airing: Fri, Mar 1st, 2024 at 11:30 PM on KUED-HD

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RICK STEVES' EUROPE offers a fresh perspective on the best travel advice, including where to stay, what to see and how to get around in Europe. Rick Steves shares his extensive knowledge of European history, art and culture. His years as America's most popular European guidebook author blends with his relaxed but informative style to make this one of public television's most popular series.

Episodes:

  • Rick Steves' Europe: Art of the Roman Empire

    With its vast empire, ancient Rome gave Europe its first common culture. From England to Turkey, we explore the greatest Roman cities, marveling at their over-the-top art, soaring aqueducts, and crowd-pleasing theaters. As Rome fell, saints replaced Caesars and Christianity filled the vacuum with art-filled churches-preserving the grandeur of imperial Rome and inspiring the Europe to come.

    Next Airing: Fri, Mar 1st, 2024 at 11:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Rick Steves' Europe: Art of the Early Middle Age

    After Rome's fall, Europe's Christians kept culture alive with art rooted in their deep faith. We visit sturdy Romanesque churches filled with art that reinforced the ruling order. Meanwhile, Europe was invigorated from the fringes: Byzantines to the East, with their dazzling mosaics; Spanish Muslims with their lush palaces; and fierce Vikings of the North all part of Europe's rich cultural stew.

    Next Airing: Mon, Mar 4th, 2024 at 1:30 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Rick Steves' Europe: Ancient Roman Art

    We follow Rome's rise through its awe-inspiring art, starting at Rome's humble birthplace in the Forum. Soon Rome is graced with supersized monuments like the majestic domed Pantheon and the Colosseum, where gladiators battled to the death. We also get a glimpse of Rome's more intimate side: the colorful mosaics, luxurious frescoes, and realistic portraits of the solid citizens who made Rome great.

    Next Airing: Sun, Mar 10th, 2024 at 11:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Rick Steves' Europe: Art of the High Middle Ages

    As Europe passed A.D. 1000, its growing prosperity was reflected in soaring Gothic cathedrals graced with colorful altarpieces, lacy stonework, and radiant stained glass. We visit luxurious castles to see exquisite tapestries showing a new secular love of worldly pleasures and, end in Italy, where pioneering artists like Giotto were mastering realism and pointing the way to the future of art.

    Next Airing: Wed, Mar 13th, 2024 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Rick Steves' Europe: Art of the Florentine Renaissance

    After its medieval struggles, Europe rediscovered the art of the ancients, led by booming Florence. We revel in the bold spirit of the Cathedral's lofty dome and Botticelli's sweet Venus. Leonardo da Vinci gives us the iconic Last Supper and enigmatic Mona Lisa. And Michelangelo sculptor of David, painter of the Sistine, and architect of St. Peter's takes the Florentine Renaissance to new heights.

    Next Airing: Thu, Mar 14th, 2024 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Rick Steves' Europe: Baroque Art

    Forged in Europe's religious struggles, Baroque art inspired the faithful and dazzled the masses. We start in Rome, with its awe-inspiring St. Peter's, fleshy Bernini statues and bubbly fountains. In Belgium, we see the dramatic canvases of Rubens. And finally: the ultimate Baroque palace, Versailles, with its chandeliered Hall of Mirrors and vast gardens where nobles played as Revolution brewed.

    Next Airing: Sun, Mar 17th, 2024 at 12:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Rick Steves' Europe: Art of the Neoclassical and Romantic Ages

    Around 1800, Europe was in transition, reflected in two art styles. First, we visit Europe's great cities with their stately Neoclassical buildings of columns and domes. Meanwhile, the Revolution has unleashed a call for freedom, both political and personal. We see dramatic Romantic canvases depicting extreme emotions and awesome Nature, and tour dreamy castles virtual theme parks of Romanticism.

    Next Airing: Wed, Mar 20th, 2024 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Rick Steves' Europe: Art of the Impressionists and Beyond

    The late-1800s saw old notions of beauty challenged by revolutionary artists. We enjoy pioneering Impressionist works Monet's lilies, Renoir's ladies, Degas' snapshots and Rodin's statues that capture the joie de vivre of the age. We trace the tempestuous travels of Van Gogh through his incomparable art. And we finish in Spain, with wild and crazy buildings that herald the dawn of a new century.

    Next Airing: Thu, Mar 21st, 2024 at 10:35 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Austrian and Italian Alps

    In the Alps of Austria and Italy, we celebrate both nature and culture. After conquering the Zugspitze, we tour Innsbruck, visit a remote farm in Austria, and join in a Tirolean village festival. Then we cross the Alps into Italy and tour a uniquely well-preserved medieval castle before joyriding deep into the rugged Dolomite Mountains. After an unforgettable hike, we catch our breath in Europe's largest high-altitude meadow, then enjoy some more alpine folk music.

    Next Airing: Mon, Mar 25th, 2024 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/15/2020 to 7/17/2027
  • Swiss Alps

    Switzerland draws travelers from around the world for its legendary mountains. From the Matterhorn to the Jungfrau to Appenzell, we savor both the country's jaw-dropping alpine beauty and the rich and resilient culture of its people. As we lace together that dramatic mountain wonder with scenic train rides, breathtaking lifts, and unforgettable hikes, we also enjoy alpine life - from exploring glaciers to making cheese the old-fashioned way.

    Next Airing: Tue, Mar 26th, 2024 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/15/2020 to 7/17/2027
  • French Alps and Lyon

    After exploring the proud cuisine capital of Lyon - which, at least in its own mind, rivals Paris - we head for Chamonix, in the shadow of Europe's tallest peak: Mont Blanc. With the classic alpine resort as our springboard, we make some high-altitude cheese, then ride the lift up to Aiguille du Midi and over to the border of Italy. And we hike the Tour du Mont Blanc - the trail that circles that iconic mountain.

    Next Airing: Wed, Mar 27th, 2024 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/15/2020 to 7/17/2027
  • Germany's Fascist Story

    Traveling across Germany, we learn how fascism rose and then fell, taking millions of people with it. Visiting actual locations - from Munich to Nurnberg to Berlin - we trace the roots of Nazism in the aftermath of World War I, when masses of angry people were enchanted by Hitler. We explore the totalitarian society Hitler built, and see the consequences: genocide and total war. Learning from Germany's fascist story, we can recognize that hateful ideology as well as the tricks of wannabe dictators in our own age.

    Next Airing: Thu, Mar 28th, 2024 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/15/2020 to 7/17/2027
  • Egypt's Cairo

    Teeming Cairo, straddling the Nile, is the capital of Egypt and one of the leading cities of the Muslim world. With 20 million people, greater Cairo pulses with energy. We explore the back streets on a tuk-tuk, drop in on a mosque, haggle with a gauntlet of eager merchants, bake some pita bread, help chisel a tombstone, marvel at King Tut's gold, greet the ancient Sphinx, and climb into the center of the greatest pyramid.

    Next Airing: Mon, Apr 1st, 2024 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/15/2020 to 7/17/2027
  • Egypt's Nile, Alexandria, and Luxor

    Exploring the Nile Valley from north to south, we see the highlights of Egypt. In the fabled city of Alexandria, we venture through a market wonderland, smoke a shisha, and stroll a Mediterranean promenade. In Luxor, we explore the pharaohs' tombs and temples before sailing on a timeless felucca. Then we kick back on a riverboat cruise, enjoying iconic views of palm trees, minarets, and rustic villages. Our finale: Ramesses II's magnificent temple at Abu Simbel.

    Next Airing: Tue, Apr 2nd, 2024 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/15/2020 to 7/17/2027
  • Ethiopia: A Development Story

    Venturing beyond Europe, and with local experts as his guides, Rick uses Ethiopia as a classroom for understanding global hunger and extreme poverty - and how to beat it. Together, we witness the importance of water, education, empowering women, and nutrition during a child's first thousand days. And we see firsthand the impact of globalization and climate change. Our souvenir: A vivid appreciation of how ending hunger is possible - and how smart and modern development aid is the key.

    Next Airing: Wed, Apr 3rd, 2024 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/15/2020 to 7/17/2027
  • 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 - and inspiring Americans to see Europe as the springboard for world exploration - 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. 

    Next Airing: Thu, Apr 4th, 2024 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:27:53
    Usage rights: 10/15/2020 to 7/17/2027
  • European Festivals I

    In this first of two episodes on Europe's greatest festivals, Rick cheers with the masses at Siena's crazy Palio horse race, tosses a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, dons a mask for Carnevale in Venice, and celebrates Easter in Greece. Dropping in on some of the Continent's top parties, he discovers that each one is a celebration of traditional culture, and all of them are full of opportunities to sing and dance, feast on traditional food, and party with locals.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 7/17/2027
  • European Festivals II

    In this second of two episodes on Europe's greatest festivals, Rick dances with Spaniards at Sevilla's April Fair, celebrates Bastille Day in Paris, runs with the bulls at Pamplona, and hoists a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest. And he celebrates a traditional family Christmas, browsing the holiday market in Nurnberg and sledding down alpine slopes by torchlight in Switzerland. With the entire Continent as his playground, fun is his mission.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 7/17/2027
  • Glasgow and Scottish Passions

    Glasgow, once an industrial powerhouse, offers a fun look at Scotland's vibrantly gritty urban side - full of edgy street art, trendy dining, and the striking architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Leaving town, Rick taps into Scottish passions as he tours historic Stirling Castle, enjoys a bagpiping lesson, samples a dram at the land's most beloved distilleries on the Speyside Whisky Trail, and struggles to lift the Manhood Stone at a Highland Games.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 7/17/2027
  • Greek Islands: Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes

    Rick island-hops through the Aegean, sampling three classic Greek getaways - Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes - and basking in their dramatic beauty. He tours ancient ruins, traces the vestiges of the Crusaders, samples rustic cuisine, savors classic Greek-island views, and compares beaches - from the ultimate party beach to idyllic quiet hideaways. And he shows how a cruise ship can be an efficient way to link up great island stopovers.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 7/17/2027
  • Lisbon

    Lisbon, built with the riches of Portugal's New World discoveries, has a rustic charm. Great navigators are remembered. Rick eats lots of cod, enjoys pastries hot out of the oven, strolls the city's back lanes and its reinvigorated waterfront, marvels at an exquisite church built with spice taxes, and listens to some soulful fado music. Then he takes a side-trip to Sintra to explore the fanciful castles of Portuguese royalty and climbs hilltop ramparts with grand views.

    Length: 00:26:45
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 7/17/2027
  • Portugal's Heartland

    Portugal has an oversized history, fascinating culture, and boatloads of sardines. Saving the capital city of Lisbon for another episode, Rick dances on the beach at Nazare, marvels at a medieval abbey in Batalha, visits a royal library and revels with university students in Coimbra, savors port wine with the people who made it along the Douro River, and gets to know Portugal's gritty and fascinating second city, Porto.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 7/17/2027
  • Rick Steves Europe: Art of Ancient Greece

    Ancient Greece laid the foundations of Western art. Traveling from its sun-splashed isles to the rugged mainland to bustling Athens, we trace the rise of Greek culture. We marvel at the timeless Acropolis, perfect Parthenon, and Golden Age theaters. And we watch as art evolves from stiff statues to perfectly balanced Venuses to the exuberant Winged Victory, capturing the spirit of the age.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Rick Steves' Europe: Art of Prehistoric Europe

    As the Ice Age glaciers melted, prehistoric Europe bloomed with surprisingly sophisticated art. From Ireland to France, Scotland to the Greek Isles, we traverse that mystical world of mighty megaliths, torchlit cave paintings, magical goddesses, and wrinkled bog people. We stand in awe as a massive tomb is radiated by a dramatic beam of sunlight and listen to ritual horns that still play today.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Rick Steves' Europe: Art of the 20th Century

    Europe's tumultuous 20th century spawned a kaleidoscope of cutting-edge art. From Spain to Hungary, Glasgow to Oslo, we seek out all that's wild, colorful, surreal, and just plain fun. The fascinating work of Pablo Picasso leads us through the century's major art styles. And in today's gleaming cities, we see how a persistent artistic spirit connects us with both our past and an exciting future.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Rick Steves' Europe: Art of the Renaissance Beyond Florence

    From Italy, the Renaissance spread across Europe, revolutionizing art. We travel to Spain and Portugal where overseas plunder is transformed into lacy architecture and ethereal paintings by El Greco. In bustling Germany and Belgium, new technologies enable Durer's mass-produced engravings, Van Eyck's meticulous oil paintings, Brueghel's peasants at play, and the futuristic visions of Bosch.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/1/2023 to 9/30/2028
  • Scotland's Islands

    Rick begins on the tranquil Isle of Iona, where Christianity first reached the shores of Scotland, and nearby Staffa, with a lovable puffin colony. Then he visits another of the Inner Hebrides, road-tripping across the Isle of Skye, where he explores Iron Age forts, thatched crofter huts, and the dramatic Trotternish Peninsula. Finally, he sails to Orkney - more Nordic than Celtic - with its stony remnants of a thriving Iron Age civilization and evocative reminders of the 20th-century wartime harbor at Scapa Flow.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 7/17/2027
  • Sicilian Delights

    Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. Rick dines on fresh seafood at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalù, ponders ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, communes with monks - alive and departed - in a Capuchin crypt, sleeps in an olive orchard at an agriturismo, and eats his way through a classic Sicilian banquet with a famous chef.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 7/17/2027
  • The Best of Sicily

    This tour of Sicilian highlights starts in Palermo, where Rick sings with the merchants in the markets, joins locals in their passeggiata, drops in on a contessa, and marvels at the Romanesque cathedral of Monreale. Then he sips wine on the slopes of Mount Etna, munches cannoli, ponders Greek temples at Agrigento, admires Roman mosaics at the Villa of Casale, and marvel at the view from the Greek theater in Taormina.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 7/17/2027
  • The Heart of England

    The heartland of England has sights that put the "Great" in Britain - its venerable universities, its royal heritage, and reminders of its industrial might. At Oxford and Cambridge, see where kings and prime ministers studied. At Blenheim Palace - Winston Churchill's birthplace - Rick connects with English aristocracy. At Ironbridge Gorge, he fires up memories of the Industrial Revolution. And all along the way, Rick drives on the left and polishes his pub etiquette.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 7/17/2027
  • Travel Skills: Cruising

    Setting sail on the Mediterranean, Rick explores the ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising. He learns how to get the most out of a cruise, and exercises his independence to make smart use of limited time on shore by planning well, avoiding lines, and eating quick-but-local meals on the go. Along with the joys and efficiencies of cruising, Rick considers the downsides, including the inevitable congestion and commercialism that comes with mass tourism.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 7/17/2027

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