There is nothing like a road trip in Europe. You can get from one country to another in under a couple of hours without hassle, enjoying the picturesque journey as much as the destination. And for seasoned travelers in Europe, they know that while some roads get you to your intended destination, there are roads which can be considered the destination.
Here are the top European roads you should definitely drive on your trip.
Route de Gentelly
In the South of France, the Route de Gentelly will give you breathtaking views of the Côte d’Azur. On your drive, you will be treated to naturally sculpted archways which looks like they have been lifted out of the auto magazines or even James Bond films during its iconic pan out, drone shots. This is a 19.3-kilometre mountain pass to Col de Vence and is 963 metres high, and which passes through the village Gréolières.
The Autobahn is probably the most popular federal controlled-access highway in the world. Apart from its unrestricted speed limit which means you can enjoy zooming through the highway without fear of getting stopped by the police, the road is famous for its built. It is made of multiple layers of concrete which makes driving through it smoothly and uninterrupted. Not to mention, all German drivers are required to pass a strict licensing test before they are allowed to drive so you are sure in good company (no annoying motorists, for sure).
This is a mountain pass that goes from Davos, Switzerland to Trafoi, Italy. The elevation is at 9,045 feet above sea level and is a 15-mile long road with 48 hairpin curves. It is indeed a daring road to traverse, but as the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, you will at least have beautiful views to accompany you as you try to make those turns.
Fairy Tale Route
If you are on a road trip with kids, you might want to go through the Fairy Tale Route in Germany. It is 370 miles from Hanau and Bremen and showcases rich culture and history. You can stop here for a bit and walk through its medieval towns with its castles and half-timbered houses. Visit the castle of Trendelenburg, the inspiration for the story of Rapunzel. You can also stop by Steinau, said to be where the famous fairy tale writers, the Grimm Brothers, grew up.
Traverse the Transfagarasan Highway from Bucharest to the southern section of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. This paved mountain is 90 kilometres long and crosses between the Moldoveanu and Negoiu, the highest peaks in Romania. There are really long S-curves here that will make you feel like you are a driver in a race. And if the racecar vibe is not your cup of tea, this highway connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia — two places made famous because of the vampire lore like Castlevania.
If you have been longing for a view of the coast, this route along the southern of the Sorrento Peninsula should definitely be on your list. The Amalfi Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in the Province of Salerno, just by the Tyrrhenian Sea. The blue and green views of this route offers a true break from all the greys and blacks of the city.
So on your next trip, make sure you rent a car in Europe and treat yourself with a drive through these amazing roads. Visit DriveNow to learn more about the different cars you can rent on your stay. Renting a car is safe and convenient so it is a must in exploring the awesome destination along the Great European Road.