Going on a holiday by car? Certainly, exploring the sights of a new city fills us up with excitement, sunbathing on the beach makes us relaxed, but the road can be just as enjoyable, as the holiday itself. Get the most out of the road! Experience the most beautiful routes in Europe!
1. Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, Austria
The Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse (High Alpine Road) in Austria is one of the most stunning drives you can experience in Europe, where various landscapes make the scene breathtaking throughout the 48 km long way. The name of the route takes after the highest point of the country – the Grossglockner (3798m). The unique road runs through several tunnels, refreshing green meadows, piebald flowering hills, rocky cliffs, and near clear lakes and glaciers. Pure nature is capsulated here, preserved in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Countless hairpin bends make the journey exciting, and sometimes even thrilling for the passengers. The route is only opened between May and early November, but it’s advisable to check the weather forecast before taking the trip- you might not be able to enjoy the beauties of the landscape if it is covered in fog. The journey would take about an hour by car.
2. Romantische Strasse, Germany
The Romantische Strasse (Romantic Road) was built during the 50s and became a popular tourist destination, a bucket list item for many travelers. The route stretches along from Würtzburg to Füssen where the landscape is really magical: one can explore the beauties of the German country side while visiting medieval villages, and some Baroque castles. It’s advisable to spend a couple of days for this trip, so there will be time for some sightseeing as well. The Würzburg Residence and the Fortress Marienberg are for example main attractions along the route. Besides the charming landscape and popular sights, one can taste the famous dry white wines of the region. Moreover, there is a spa town, Bad Mergentheim where you can spend some relaxing time after the tiring way there. The whole length of the route is circa 354 km-s.
3. Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Ring of Kerry is a popular tourist circuit around the Iveragh Peninsula, which leads travelers through a unique, beautiful 200 km long route. The circuit traditionally starts from Killarney, which is a stunning place to start from, and to finish our trip. The area enchants its visitors with wonderful scenery- clear lakes, magnificent valleys and mountains, green uplands, several rivers. For a short rest, you might stop at Sneem, a nice and cosy village with colorful houses or at Kenmare, where you can get some nice meal. Along the route there are countless historical (the Ogham Stones, next to Beaufort; Ross Castle) and religious (the Stone Circles, near Killarney; O’ Connell Memorial Church, in Caherciveen) sights, moreover stunning natural beauties, such as the Blue Pool Nature Reserve, the Torc Waterfall, The Lakes of Killarney, or the Rossbeigh beach.
4. Trollstigen, Norway
Trollstigen, or the Trolls’ route is a popular summer route in Norway in the Rauma region. The road connects two towns, Åndalsnes and Valldalen, and the scenery is truly unforgettable from the peak, abut also all through the way. The top is at 701 meters, where there’s a visitors’ center with a car park and the view is absolutely splendid from the plateau. The road has in total 11 hairpin bends, and of course breathtakingly steep inclines, which gives some adrenaline rush to passengers. The route itself is not very long, circa 6.5 km, but the view definitely compensates it.
5. The Transfagarasan, Romania
The Transfagarasan in Romania was constructed during the communist-era, ordered by Nicolae Ceausescu. Originally it was built for military purposes, but nowadays it serves as a popular tourist destination for those who would like to discover the beauties of the landscape, or the mysteries of Dracula. The route is circa 114 km long, and takes about 3 hours. It is not opened from October until late June, due to snowing. It’s a good idea to stop once during our trip at the lake of Balea, where we can get some nice lunch before moving on. If you have time, don’t miss out the most beautiful Transylvanian cities such as Sibiu, Brasov and Sighisoara.