Video: A Symphonic Journey to Germany

A few years ago, I was a musical tour guide on an hour-long TV special that celebrated the patriotic music of seven European countries. In this clip from Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey, you’ll hear the music of Richard Wagner, the great German composer whose works stirred the souls of German kings and princes, nobles and peasants…and a certain Führer.

As I set up each piece, it occurred to me that I was demonstrating the work all our guides do at Rick Steves’ Europe Tours. On our tours, we not only bring our travelers to exciting culture — we do our best to give it meaning.