hidden europe

Exploring cultures and communities – the slow way

hidden europe is an English language print-on-paper magazine published three times a year (in March, July and November). The magazine is dedicated to good travel writing that evokes the spirit of Europe’s diverse landscapes, conjures up a sense of place and probes the curiosities of the continent’s diverse cultures. Whether we are reporting from a small town in Belarus, a remote Mediterranean island or from the slow train through rural Bosnia, we approach every topic with passion, insight, conviction and authority.

All sounds a bit serious perhaps? Fear not. Every issue of the magazine comes with a hefty dose of irony and quirky frivolity. We are after all eccentrics and like nothing more than the challenge of tracking down Europe's slowest train or English's shortest motorway. Our brief is Europe wide, and we criss-cross the continent to bring our readers the very best of what's new, what's overlooked, what's odd and what's fun.

Current Issue

The 50th issue of hidden europe is a celebration of all that makes our home continent so varied and so special. And it's a celebration that our modest venture has flourished to the extent that we now mark a half-centenary. In this issue we return to places on which we reported many years ago in the very first issue of hidden europe, among them Albania, Bohemia and the Outer Hebrides. But we also break new ground with articles on places never hitherto featured in the magazine. The latter include Kupari (near Dubrovnik on the Croatian coast), the Poprad Valley in Slovakia and the university city of Oxford.

Marking fifty issues of the magazine, we have good cause to reflect on why we started hidden europe and how the magazine has evolved. We have over the years discovered a thing or two about publishing and we have noted many changes in travel fads and fashions. But our animating purpose remains unchanged. We still promote a gentler, quieter kind of journey (‘slow travel if you wish) to explore a Europe where community and cooperation are still important. .

Pure content rather than distracting ads

Okay, so we know that there are already magazines aplenty about far flung places. And even the regular newspapers deluge us with travel supplements that extol the merits of the latest hip ski resort, detail what's new in Caribbean chic, or encourage us to go llama trekking in the back of beyond.

hidden europe is different. We don't take paid advertisements. Our work is value driven, so the magazine is another world from the ad-led content that fills the regular travel pages. So by taking out a sub you are supporting a creative venture which showcases genuinely independent travel writing.

What we have published so far

See if you like hidden europe - browse our website (see top right) to get a flavour of the content of hidden europe magazine. Or download a pdf file that contains an overview of the content of every issue published so far. Every issue can be purchased individually.

Who is behind hidden europe magazine

hidden europe magazine comes from Berlin, the very heart of Europe. And that's not chance. We live in a city that for half a century straddled a deeply divided Europe. And us? Two women, who between us have travelled more miles around Europe than most. We are not tour operators, not travel agents, nor do we have any multinational backers. If you want to find out what we do besides publishing hidden europe magazine, have a look here.

Sounds good. How can I get it?

You can purchase hidden europe magazine via our online shop, where you can take out a subscription or buy back issues. Information on prices and options can be optained here.

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