Europe 101: History & Art for the Traveler Book

  • Fat-free introduction to Europe's rich art and history
  • History and art come alive
  • Full-color and fun
  • Travel smarter — read it before you go!

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What's Included

Rick Steves' Europe 101 doesn't just tell you what happened way back when, but more importantly, why it matters and where to see the most vivid examples. Written in a breezy, humorous style, Europe 101 will actually get you excited about art and history — not feeling like you just ate an encyclopedia.

  • 420-page, dozen-chapter, fully illustrated rundown of Europe's history
  • 40 pages on art and music appreciation
  • Handy six-page timeline digest of the past 32 millennia
  • Maps, timelines, and lists of must-see sights to help you plan your next itinerary...and the ones after that

Product Details

Author(s): Rick Steves & Gene Openshaw
Dimensions: 8 ½" x 5 ½" x ¾"
Weight: 1.55 lbs
Pages: 526
Publication date: May 2007 (7th edition)
Next edition arrives: Not yet scheduled

Is This the Right Book for Me?

Let's face it: Museums can ruin a perfectly good vacation. But with Europe 101, you can open Europe's treasure chest of great sights and watch them come alive. After more than three decades of travel, Rick and Gene have distilled what you need to know (and no more!) in order to fully appreciate Europe's sights and culture. Written for smart people who slept through their history and art history classes, Europe 101 tells the story of Europe — from the pyramids to Picasso — illustrated with hundreds of color photos, featuring Europe's most important art, architecture, places, and people.

The New York Times says, "Europe 101 is a diligent and thorough review of the subject that steers visitors in the right directions." The Boston Globe calls it a "humorous and historical perspective covering a mere 5,000 years of Western civilization." The Chicago Tribune calls the newest edition "fun, informative, entertaining and practical."

What's the difference between Rick Steves Best of Europe, Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door, and Rick Steves' Europe 101?

  • Rick Steves Best of Europe: An honest-to-goodness guidebook, now in gorgeous full color, with all the specifics on sights, hotels, and restaurants for travelers on a whirlwind trip around western Europe (who don't want to buy — or lug — separate guidebooks for every stop on the way)
  • Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door: Our essential handbook for how to plan and enjoy a trip to Europe, designed to be read before you go — with in-depth advice on planning, packing, saving money, avoiding lines, staying healthy, leaping the language barrier, finding a bathroom…and lots more
  • Rick Steves' Europe 101: Our fun, informative, full-color survey of Europe's art and history — also designed to be read before your trip