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RICK STEVESEUROPE: Germany’s Black Forest And Cologne

Airs Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 5 p.m. on KPBS TV

Host Rick Steves at Hohenschwangau castle, Germany

Credit: Rick Steves

Above: Host Rick Steves at Hohenschwangau castle, Germany

Rick's Travel Tips

Explore Europe confidently, efficiently and safely using these travel tips.

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series "Rick Steves' Europe," and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

In this episode, Rick teams up with his wife and kids to enjoy the good life, dipping into a classy mineral spa, trying our luck at a fancy casino, devouring chocolate-cherry cake, and exploring Germany's most romantic forest.

Video Excerpt: Rick Steves' Europe: Germany's Black Forest And Cologne

The Black Forest is a hit with holiday-goers, city folk, and families. Fresh air, great views, and wide-open spaces attract travelers looking for a bright and sunny vacation spot where local dialects still survive, and traditions are strong. For more information on the "Rick Steves' Europe" TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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