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Germany & Scandinavia 2000 - 2007 1 Season 2005

Experience Germany and Scandinavia with Rick Steves, best-selling travel author and host of public television's Rick Steves' Europe and public radio's Travel with Rick Steves. In Germany, Munich is our first stop before we head toward the Alps to tour "Mad" King Ludwigs castles. Then, we cruise the romantic Rhine, take the night watchman's tour of medieval Rothenburg, visit Cologne's famous Gothic cathedral and spend some time exploring the Black Forest. Our last stop in Germany is Berlin - home of Potsdamer Platz, Europe's newest Time Square. Our travels to Scandinavia include visits to Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Findland.

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1. Munich and the Foothills of the Alps

In Munich, where locals specialize in good living, we visit boisterous markets and go-for-Baroque palaces...while office workers surf in the Isar River. Heading into the foothills of the Alps, we tour the fairy-tale castles of "Mad" King Ludwig and climb to the highest point in Germany, the Zugspitz. Then we cross into the Tirol to conquer a desolate ruined castle.

TV-G CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: January 1, 2003
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2. Germany's Romantic Rhine and Rothenburg

Cruising the Rhine River, we dodge riverboat traffic and the legendary Lorelei. After climbing castles and descending into dungeons, we relax with Rhine wine. We tour Burg Eltz, a lived-in castle where the noble lady still puts out fresh flowers. Then we enter the walled town of Rothenburg for Germany's best wood carving, a vivid dose of medieval punishment, and a tour with the night watchman of the town's lamp-lit ramparts.

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3. Germany's Black Forest and Cologne

Rick teams up with his wife and kids to appreciate the Gothic artistry of Cologne's cathedral. Then it's time 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.

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4. Berlin: Resilient, Reunited and Reborn

Berlin is back, resuming its place as a great European capital. We climb the Reichstag's new glass dome, sway at a modern-day cabaret, and pop a few chocolates in the now thriving eastern sector. Along with Germany's finest art, complicated Berlin also has hidden remnants of its fascist and communist past. In a city that's rebounding and rebuilding, we crane our necks at Potsdamer Platz, Europe's newest Times Square.

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5. Copenhagen and Aero

A highlight of Scandinavia, Denmark's Copenhagen welcomes visitors with remnants of Viking days, cosmopolitan flair and a high standard of living. We join the locals - lunching, biking and then boating through old Copenhagen. Our city tour ends in the world famous carnival, Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park. For a glimpse of 17th century Denmark, we board a train, then ferry to Aero Island where a bike ride among thatched cottages, "snooping mirrors," and cobbled alleys reminds us of the world of Hans Christian Andersen.

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6. Oslo, Bergen, and the Fjords

We find that Norway's seafaring past lives on in Oslo as we boat across the harbor and explore remnants of ocean adventure from Viking Eric the Red to Thor Heyerdahl of Kon Tiki fame. The Nazi Resistance Museum chronicles Norway's brave stance in World War II and a mammoth ski jump beckons the super-skilled. We ride the scenic rails over Norway's mountainous spine and cruise a fjord as part of the "Norway in a Nutshell" route. Finally, in Bergen we stroll the Hanseatic quarter, discovering links to the city's past.

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7. Stockholm and Helsinki

We check out sleek Stockholm as an opener to a tour that winds up in Helsinki, Finland. In Sweden's capitol, we browse in the old town, see an opera at the baroque Queen's Theater, get close to an unlucky 17th century warship and sample earlier centuries of Swedish life in a lively open-air museum. Then we board a ship for a scenic overnight cruise through the Baltic Archipelago to explore 19th century sights in modern Helsinki, Finland.

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Genres Documentary
Season year 2005
Network Back Door Productions
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Rick Steves does a great job with his reviews. We have taken two of his tours and are planning a third - his tours follow the same routes so he doesn't give advice he wouldn't take, and vice versa. Also we've learned from his guides on both tours that he won't take 'comps' like free meals, lodging, travel, gifts, etc. from local tourist promotion boards, as he wants his advice to be unvarnished. So we trust his advice.

We were leaning away from putting Munich and Bavaria on our next itinerary but now after watching think we'll include it. Also check his website for his free podcasts of his radio interviews for more info (he has an interview with his Bavarian tour guide which is a good complement to this video)
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I know this is not an HDTV version, but the quality (or lack thereof) took away from my enjoyment of learning about Germany. I did stream this on an iPad. I'll also try on my laptop.

I always enjoy Rick Steve's anything (books, videos, newsletter, app, etc.) so I enjoyed his travels, his tips, and his adventuresome spirit on his voyage throughout Germany. His family was a joy to watch as they had fun on the trip as well.

I saw that there was another Cologne Germany video under "Season 1". It had a different original air date so I thought it would be different than this title "Germany and Scandinavia 2000-2007". It is the same as this one, but that quality is a little bit better under the season 1 title.
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I love these, and my 6 and 9 year-old Grandchildren do, as well. What a great way to show them the world!! Thanks, Grandma
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This is another Rick Steve's marvels, it provides much needed info that a traveler needs. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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By pam on March 14, 2014
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these Rick Steves travel shows are so good and having been to some of these places it is nice to see them again.
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