Music Lovers and Europhiles: Celebrating Beethoven and the European Union

With this clip, we finish our series on Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey. This hour-long special is debuting across the USA on public television this month. Flying us musically to seven different countries, it celebrates how, in the late 19th century, Romanticism and nationalism mingled together as music partnered with freedom-lovers. This clip features a rousing composition that, while dating from the 19th century, still carries special meaning in the 21st century, as the official anthem of the European Union: Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”

I hope you’ve enjoy this musical tour through Europe. It’s my hope that my little tour-guide introductions demonstrate the value of having a guide to give meaning to your travel experiences. At Rick Steves’ Europe, all of our guides share passionately and expertly in that goal for all of our tour members.

And one final reminder: Ask your local public television station when Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey will air. This show is available to any station to air for free, so if yours hasn’t run it yet, request it. And if you just can’t wait, you can order the DVD and CD of this concert at my online Travel Store.

If you can’t see the video below, watch it on YouTube.