13 episodes

Get set for your next trip to Europe by joining writer and lover of European travel Scott Hartbeck on a grand tour of the continent, celebrating all the great things to eat, drink, and do while you’re there.

Expect plenty of travel tips and inspiration as Scott explores a wide range of European destinations—from the iconic to the underrated—alongside local experts and globetrotting friends.

Scott has been going to Europe for nearly 20 years and, in addition to collecting an abundance of stories and insider advice, has developed a true passion for all the fun little things that make the European travel experience so special.

Follow @railsalesoldtowns on Instagram & Facebook for European travel inspiration between episodes.

Rails, Ales & Old Towns: A Europe Travel Podcast Scott Hartbeck

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Get set for your next trip to Europe by joining writer and lover of European travel Scott Hartbeck on a grand tour of the continent, celebrating all the great things to eat, drink, and do while you’re there.

Expect plenty of travel tips and inspiration as Scott explores a wide range of European destinations—from the iconic to the underrated—alongside local experts and globetrotting friends.

Scott has been going to Europe for nearly 20 years and, in addition to collecting an abundance of stories and insider advice, has developed a true passion for all the fun little things that make the European travel experience so special.

Follow @railsalesoldtowns on Instagram & Facebook for European travel inspiration between episodes.

    Exploring Portugal By Rail & Local Lisbon Travel Tips

    Exploring Portugal By Rail & Local Lisbon Travel Tips

    Scott is joined by travel writer Joana Taborda to talk about the fun of exploring her home country of Portugal by rail and to discuss some of her favorite Portuguese travel destinations. Then, Joana shares some tips for making the most of your time in Lisbon, including advice on craft breweries, scenic overlooks and the best month to visit. 
    Show notes & links to places discussed can be found here: http://www.railsalesoldtowns.com/ep12.
    Follow @railsalesoldtowns on Instagram & Facebook for more Europe trip inspiration.

    • 28 min
    A Toast to Hungarian Wine and Budapest

    A Toast to Hungarian Wine and Budapest

    Scott is joined by Gábor Bánfalvi from Taste Hungary for a fun dive into the Hungarian wine scene. After a whirlwind tour of some of Hungary's best wine regions and grapes, Gábor gives some personal tips for experiencing the capital Budapest. 
    Show notes & links to places discussed can be found here: http://www.railsalesoldtowns.com/ep11.
    Follow @railsalesoldtowns on Instagram & Facebook for more Europe trip inspiration.

    • 30 min
    Whatever You Do, Don't Skip Belgium & Belgian Beer

    Whatever You Do, Don't Skip Belgium & Belgian Beer

    Scott is joined by Stu Stuart (founder of Belgian Beer Me! Tours) to talk about why underrated Belgium is such a sensational European destination. Stu shares personal Belgium travel tips, including advice on beer cafes in Bruges & frites in Ghent, and stories from his years of leading beer pilgrims on tours across Belgium. 
    Show notes & links to places discussed can be found here: http://www.railsalesoldtowns.com/ep10.
    Follow @railsalesoldtowns on Instagram & Facebook for more Europe trip inspiration.

    • 42 min
    Rome, Italy: Food & Travel Tips From a Local Expert

    Rome, Italy: Food & Travel Tips From a Local Expert

    Scott is joined by Kenny Dunn, founder of Eating Europe food tours, for a food-focused chat about Rome featuring plenty of personal recommendations and advice on pizza, coffee and late-night bites. Kenny also suggests some of his favorite lesser-known things to see and do in the city.  
    Show notes & links to places discussed can be found here: http://www.railsalesoldtowns.com/ep9.
    Follow @railsalesoldtowns on Instagram & Facebook for more Europe trip inspiration.

    • 37 min
    Cologne, Germany: Carnival, Kölsch Beer & Cool Neighborhoods

    Cologne, Germany: Carnival, Kölsch Beer & Cool Neighborhoods

    Scott talks with Claudia Neumann (Director of Corporate Communications at Visit Cologne) during the lead-up to the city's famous Carnival celebrations about why Cologne might just be Germany's most underrated big city. 
    Show notes & links to places discussed can be found here: http://www.railsalesoldtowns.com/ep8.
    Follow @railsalesoldtowns on Instagram & Facebook for more Europe trip inspiration. 

    • 26 min
    Venice, Italy: How To Escape the Crowds; Traditional Venetian Rowing

    Venice, Italy: How To Escape the Crowds; Traditional Venetian Rowing

    Learn how to discover a different side of Venice and leave the crowds behind. First, Scott speaks with Lucrezia Della Sala of Secret Venice Tours for a run-down of ways to see the local side of the city (including tips on food & drink). Then, Elena Almansi of Row Venice joins the show to talk about what it's like teaching visitors the art of traditional Venetian rowing. 
    Show notes & links to places discussed can be found here: www.railsalesoldtowns.com/ep7
    Follow @railsalesoldtowns on Instagram & Facebook for more Europe trip inspiration. 

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Rita 50's girl ,

Enjoyed this Podcast

Hi Scott,
Just listened to your first Podcast. Listening to you and Adam talk about your travels makes me want to return to Europe soon.
I have been to Croatia and the Dalmatian Islands and it was one of my favorite trips. Montenegro is not far from Croatia and well worth a day trip. Can’t wait for next Podcast.

Rita Newman

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