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Frequently asked questions

We list here a number of questions about ordering hidden europe magazine.

We are a small publisher and prefer to have direct contact with our customers. The overheads imposed by high street retailers would more than double the cost of hidden europe. So we prefer to take your orders personally or via our online shop.

Your first issue will be the one you specified in your order. If this is the current issue, then your first subscription issue is usually dispatched within two days after you placed your order. This is also true for gift subscriptions - and indeed the purchase of single copies. Of course, you will receive a confirmation email that includes all details referring to your subscription.

Yes you can. Just click here to order a gift subscription online. Of course, we also take your order by phone or email.

Yes you can. Although hidden europe is usually purchased on a regular subscription basis, we also make provision for those who just want to buy a single copy. You can buy the current issue or a back issue of your choice. Purchasing a single issue of our magazine might take up to two weeks to reach you by post. We will, of course, inform you by email once your order has been shipped. We also sell back issue bundles — often at discounted rates.

We offer payment by credit card (VISA, VISA Debit, MASTERCARD, Maestro, Carde bleu), by international bank transfer (IBAN and BIC) and by direct bank transfer (for Germany and the United Kingdom). We accept payment in pound sterling and Euro. Do note that paying in pound sterling is only possible as a BACS transfer.

Eligible payment methods will be shown to you during checkout.

Our trading currencies are pound sterling and Euros. However, if you pay for hidden europe by credit card (Mastercard or VISA), your credit card company will automatically convert these currencies to US dollars.

Whilst we make every effort to ensure your subscription issue arrives on time, occasionally issues do go missing or may be delayed. If you have experienced any kind of delay with your issue of hidden europe, please contact us so that we have a closer look at the matter. Of course we shall send you a new copy if necessary.

You can contact us

  • by phone at 0049 30 755 16 128
  • by email at subscriptions [at] hiddeneurope [dot] eu
  • or send us a letter:

    hidden europe
    Gardner & Kries GbR
    Geraer Str. 14-c
    D-12209 Berlin

Just phone us at 0049 30 755 16 128 or send an email to subscriptions [at] hiddeneurope [dot] eu to notify us about the changes.

All credit card processing is handled by Lyra Collect's secure server, so you can be confident that your payment details are safe.

Your privacy is important to us. Your personal details will not be sold or traded, and will only be used to send you requested information. Please click here to read our Privacy Notice.

Should you find that hidden europe is not for you after all, you contact us and cancel your subscription. Of course we shall give you a full refund of any remaining money.

Yes, we have an electronic newsletter called Letter from Europe, to which you subscribe for free. It is circulated about twice or thrice a month. You can see our newsletter archive here.

We are also the authors of Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide, which is available in bookshops and through online retailers. Find out more on the book's dedicated website.

We will ship to most regular mailing addresses. And that includes PO Box Numbers too. There are just a very limited number of countries where our experience is that postal services are not utterly reliable. If we feel that your order risks non-delivery, we may contact you to discuss alternative delivery methods (e.g. by courier). In such instances, we may ask you to meet the additional costs. In cases of extreme difficulty, we reserve the right to decline to accept all or part of your order. In such cases we would of course give you a refund.