3 European Driving Routes Everyone Should Experience
Road trips may seem like a uniquely American tradition, but Europe actually has some of the best driving routes in the world. Whether you’re travelling in Germany, France, Italy or trying to hit as many stops on your bucket list as possible, there’s something for every car enthusiast to experience. Here’s three of the very best.
Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria. It connects Bruck in the state of Salzburg with Heiligenblut in Carinthia via Fuscher Törl and Hochtor Pass at 2,504m. The road is named after the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain, and provides one of the best scenic drives you’ll find in Europe. You’ll pay a €34 fee per car at the toll booth (or €24 with a motorbike) but the end results will be worth it. The Grossglockner is a popular tourist route, though, so if you want to avoid the traffic you may want to consider setting off early in the morning.
Route de Gentelly, France
The Route de Gentelly starts off in the small town of Vence in the Alpes-Maritime before moving on up into the mountains to Col de Vence. This 963m pass may seem tame when compared to the Grossglockner, but there are plenty of enjoyable corners to take along this route to provide an engaging drive. The smoothness of this route allows you to really take in the truly breathtaking scenery, whether that be the mountains overhead or the sight of any number of supercars you may see along your trip.
Route 500 Schwarzwaldhochstrasse, Germany
No car enthusiasts trip to Europe is complete without visiting Germany, home of some of the most historic car brands in history. There are a number of great routes through the Black Forest, but the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse is arguably the best. This takes you through Baden-Baden to Freduenstadt, over a combination of meadows, peaks, and valleys. While the road may be only 60km long, there are a number of rest spots throughout so that you can take in the scenery and make a day of it. Like the Grossglockner, this route can get busy later on in the day so get an early night beforehand.
Finally, while planning for an accident might be the last thing on your mind before the trip, it’s better to be safe than sorry. There are a number of companies that offer short-term breakdown cover for those travelling abroad. Prepare for the worst so you don’t end up wasting the best part of your trip.