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Rick Steves' Europe



Popular travel guide offers up history and practical tips.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Viewers learn about European destinations and get helpful travel tips.

Positive messages

The series offers insights about European highlights, and features tips and hints to best enjoy the continent.

Positive role models

Steves is very positive when it comes to understanding and embracing cultural differences in each country he visits.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Steves often recommends local hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing
destinations, but it's appropriate within the context of a travel guide show. He also often refers to his published guidebooks. Show sponsors and underwriters are announced prior to each episode's beginning.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Steves and friends are sometimes shown drinking beer, wine, and other local alcoholic beverages.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this family-friendly travel series featuring travel writer Rick Steves offers historic information and practical travel tips for destinations throughout Europe. The host recommends specific local hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations and occasionally refers to his guidebooks. Drinking (beer, wine, etc.) is sometimes visible, but not to excess. It's definitely a mild choice, though kids may not be too excited about it.

What's the story?

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE follows well-known travel writer Rick Steves as he travels the European continent and offers viewers information and advice about enjoying the best it has to offer. Each episode follows the host in a different country, region, city, or village in Europe, where he shares historical background about some of the local attractions. He also offers handy travel trips and specific hotel, dining, and sightseeing recommendations.

Is it any good?


The series offers an interesting look at some of Europe’s top destinations through the eyes of its articulate host. Steves’ descriptions often take on a poetic quality as he describes some of each area’s works of art, parks, and churches. The show is a promotional vehicle for Steves' many guidebooks, and many of his recommendations are obvious endorsements of local businesses. But that's appropriate within the context of a travel guide show, and it's not jarring within the series' gentle, positive take on Europe, which is both informative and helpful.

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TV details

Premiere date:April 1, 1991
Cast:Rick Steves
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old July 8, 2013


What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byDjoeydjent June 15, 2014

Excellent travel program.

Rick Steves' Europe offers visually pleasing, informative insight into the culture, historical and modern, of the various countries Steves visits. Educational and fun to watch, people of all ages will enjoy what this show has to offer. As good as it is, younger children aren't as easily entertained by the show as older children. Some of the more informative content will come across as 'boring' to younger children. That aside, Rick Steves' Europe is a wonderful show for any aspiring xenophile.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models