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Pre-Christmas offer

Nothing better to brighten up the encroaching winter days than taking advantage of our pre-Christmas sale. And of course hidden europe makes for a wonderful Christmas gift (for yourself or a friend).

This year we are offering two special packages. Each package includes a selection of back issues (of your choice). The more expensive of the two packages also includes a hidden europe subscription for 2022.

This pre-Christmas special offer is available for order until Friday 17 December 2021. Orders received by noon on Friday 10 December should, with a bit of help from the postie, reach recipients by Christmas. However, orders to places outside Europe (and even those for delivery to remoter spots within Europe) really should be placed a little earlier to ensure pre-Christmas delivery.

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Our Latest Issue

In issue 65, published in mid-November 2021, we roam from Scotland through France and Germany to Vienna and beyond. There’s a lot of fresh air in hidden europe 65 as, following the example of 19th-century artists who swapped their studios for the freedom of working en plein air in fields and forests, we explore upland pastures in France’s Cantal region, roam the heath at Lüneburg and go foraging on Maltese byways.

We also probe the spirit of Moray, reflect on cross-border rail routes, delve into the history of the world’s first hybrid cars and take a look at some new train services for 2022.

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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.

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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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