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

We do rather like an amble, even sometimes a ramble, but when we are in rural regions we do also quite like to vegetate, and the current pandemic has certainly allowed us many opportunities to do just that.

There is a walking theme to this issue of hidden europe. We follow the coastal walk at Duino which inspired the Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke, tackle a long circular hike through Slovenia and wander through a rock city at Teplice in the Czech Republic.

We also encounter the ghost of Machiavelli and Friedrich Engel’s alter ego, remember the Free State of Fiume and discover Muslim communities in eastern Poland, western Belarus and southern Lithuania. Historic travel guides are a topic close to our hearts and we thus explore early Baedeker Swiss guides in this issue of the magazine.

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.

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