Rick Steves' Europe

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular travel guide offers up history and practical tips.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byxxxrodrigoxxx July 2, 2019

An incredible program - delightful and necessary for all ages

This show is a marvel and is perfect for children. Rick Steves is a friendly, likable host who explains the history and culture of Europe in a way that children... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byGorp November 7, 2020

I love it!

Rick Steve's Europe is an amazing show! It talks about good travel stops and sights and good restaurants and historical buildings. It has good must sees to... Continue reading
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. Educatio... Continue reading

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
  • Network: PBS
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Available on: DVD, Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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