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.
In this summer 2016 issue of hidden europe, we climb the famous Potemkin Steps in the Ukrainian town of Odessa, take the train from Rome south to Sicil and pay a visit to the Old Country, a reclaimed area of land that is one of the most intensive regions of fruit cultivation in northern Europe.
There is much more besides. We witness the matanza, or traditional pig slaughter, in the Spanish village of Secastilla, explore the hills of western Serbia in search of the country's past, visit the workshop of a master cowbell craftsman in Portugal's Alentejo region and find out what Clarens in South Africa has in common with its Swiss namesake. Last but not least, we introduce two new books resulting from The Spine of Russia project and ponder the idea behind a platform with the number zero.
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.
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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.
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