Rick Steves' European Insights

Sat, 06/06/2009 - 5:30pm
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Pictured: Piazza del Duomo
Credit: Courtesy of ricksteves.com

 In this special 30-minute collection of never-before-seen clips, Rick Steves' European Insights brings art and history to life in Pisa, provides a thoughtful assessment of history we can learn from at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden, and the Danish Nazi Resistance Museum in Copenhagen — and brings us up to speed on breathtaking developments in Europe with a look at its ethnic diversity and investment in its infrastructure. Rick Steves’ European Insights airs Saturday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (DT21.1/cable 1011).

Rick Steves advocates smart independent travel. As host, writer and producer of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of 30+ European travel books, he encourages Americans to delve deep into Europe and become "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Over the past 15 years, Steves has hosted over 100 travel shows for public television (most still airing in rebroadcasts), and numerous specials. Steves relationship with public television began with his first series, Travels in Europe with Rick Steves. Since then, he has become one of public television's top hosts, raising millions of dollars annually for stations across the U.S. His current Rick Steves' Europe TV series has grown to 70 half-hour shows carried by over 300 public television stations annually, reaching 95 percent of U.S. markets. Steves writes and co-produces his television programs through his company, Back Door Productions. He recently launched a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves, which focuses on world travel.