hidden europe

Exploring cultures and communities – the slow way

Welcome to hidden europe. We promise a fresh perspective on well trodden trails, and a cool look at undiscovered corners.

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Spring sale

We are doing some spring cleaning and so are offering some great discounts on back issue sets (three, six, or twelve copies of hidden europe) and on subscription and back issue bundles.

This is a good time to fill any gaps in your collection or find out what the magazine is all about! hidden europe also makes for a very special gift for Europhiles and people who like reading about places off the beaten track.

Our sale continues until 9 May 2018.

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Good travel writing

hidden europe is a print magazine published thrice annually. Our brief is Europe wide, and we criss-cross the continent to bring our readers some of Europe’s very best travel writing.

Offbeat places

We invite you to look beyond the usual tourist trails — or, if you prefer, stay at home, take out an atlas and enjoy our enthusiasm for the offbeat, the eclectic and the everyday.

No advertising

hidden europe magazine is an independent publication — completely free of advertising. Our work is value driven and we approach every topic with passion, insight, conviction and authority.

  • What charm can there be in a journey when one is always sure to arrive and find horses ready, a downy bed, an excellent supper and all the comforts that one enjoys at home?
    — Théophile Gautier

  • We have lost our sense of time. We believe that we can add meaning to life by making things go faster. We have an idea that life is short — and that we must go fast to fit everything in. But life is long. The problem is that we don’t know how to spend our time wisely.
    — Carlo Petrini

  • Journeys are the midwives of thought. There is an almost quaint correlation between what is in front of our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: large thoughts at times requiring large views, new thoughts new places.
    — Alain de Botton

Our philosophy

hidden europe magazine aims at discovering the exotic in the everyday. The places we feature are unhyped and unsung yet full of interest. If you want to understand Europe's rich cultural diversity, this is the magazine for you.

hidden europe attends as much to the journey as to the destination. We take the train to Belarus and the ferry to Iceland. And the prose is as unhurried as the journeys it describes.

The magazine features genuinely out-of-the-way places. Where we touch down on somewhere more mainstream, the perspective on the place is unconventional. And we never present places merely as points of consumption.

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The Latest Issue

We have always seen hidden europe as more than merely a travel magazine. We have championed local interests without endorsing parochialism. And in hidden europe 54 we follow a new long-distance hiking trail in the Balkans, lose a chess match in Armenia, spend a night in a castle in Austria's Burgenland region and meet salt workers in Lanzarote. We also review some of the finest train trips through Europe's premier vine-growing regions, explore New Nature Writing and its antecedents, watch a film in Scotland's mobile cinema and discover a secret road crossing locks and sluices on the Dutch coast.

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