The most beautiful road trips through Europe

Enjoying the feeling of freedom in a car - this not only works on the equally endless and lonely roads of America, but also in densely populated Europe. Here the routes are the most beautiful and the sights the most numerous!

For a long time, road trips were associated purely with America. But they are also effortlessly possible in Europe - and it doesn't take much at all. After all, a road trip starts practically on your own doorstep and can end where the road ends. With a little planning, you can discover beautiful routes, meet new people and enjoy the freedom of not being stuck in one (holiday) place.

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Road trips - not just an American concept

The best variant to make a round trip through such a big state as California, USA is, of course, car - © Lukas / stock.adobe.com
© Luke / stock.adobe.com

The origin of the road trip lies in America, but anyone who thinks it represents a special form of travel is mistaken. Ultimately, a virtue was made of necessity, because the routes in America are long and often there is nothing for tens of kilometres except perhaps a deserted shop or a tiny petrol station.

Certainly, road trips are a form of adventure today and no longer a stopgap because there is no train or one could not afford the flight. Whether fans travel in a car to follow their band or sports club, whether the road trip is used as a holiday option or whether the trip itself is just a way to get from A to B is not fixed. What is irrefutable, however, is that the trip should be more fun than boring for the driver and passengers.

The most beautiful road trips through Europe

And which road trips are particularly fun in Europe? These ones here:

Amalfi Coast

Spectacular view on the Amalfi Coast, Italy - © DeVIce / Fotolia
© DeVIce / Fotolia

The Amalfi Coast is located on the west coast of Italy and is part of the Sorrento Peninsula. The Amalfitana, the coastal road, is particularly interesting for the road trip. It connects the individual fishing villages with each other, but also reveals a beautiful view of the vineyards that tower up along the terraces.

Ring Road in Iceland

Lava sand beach of Dyrhólaós, Iceland - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

This experience first requires a flight. Hringvegur is one of the main arteries of Iceland. The ring road runs along the main island and has a length of 1,341 kilometers. All important towns and cities can be reached via it. This fact allows to drive straight to the most beautiful sights without getting off the route.

French Riviera including Monaco

The legendary Monte Carlo Casino in the Principality of Monaco is one of the most famous casinos in the world - © Veniamin Kraskov / Fotolia
© Veniamin Kraskov / Fotolia

The south of France is already a beautiful experience in early spring and offers the best opportunities to soak up the sun early in the year. Along the French Riviera, life can be enjoyed to the full during the road trip. It is worth stopping in between to take a closer look at the small towns.

The highlight of the trip could be a visit to Monaco. Drivers are advised, however, to leave their vehicles outside the city - the roads are narrow, and not just for Formula 1 cars. If you feel like it, you can visit the casinos of Monaco; if you don't, you can stroll along the streets that are usually used by the rich and beautiful.

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Swiss Alps

View of the famous mountain village of Zermatt with the Matterhorn in the background, Switzerland - © stevengaertner / Fotolia
© stevengaertner / Fotolia

Over 612 kilometres it goes from Arosa to Zermatt. The Swiss Alps really come into their own on this trip, as the route zigzags through the landscape. Highlights also await travellers in between. How about a cable car ride or a visit to the Glacier Express?

This road trip is especially worthwhile in summer, as the weather can be cooperative and the beautiful lakes invite you to stop for a swim. There are several towns along the route - Thun, Interlaken, Zug and Lucerne - that are worth a trip in themselves.

Way of St. James

The magnificent cathedral of Santiago de Compostela marks the end of a long journey for many pilgrims - the Camino de Santiago, Spain - © FCG / Shutterstock
© FCG / Shutterstock

Yes, the famous Way of St. James can of course also be cycled! The starting point can be chosen individually. The easy variant takes just under seven days and leads over 678 kilometres from Roncesvalles to Santiago de Compostela.

The fast variant takes you along the side roads and high roads of the Camino de Santiago, stopping in Bilbao and San Sebastian. However, at least some stretches should also be enjoyed on foot - it doesn't have to be the entire route.

Romantic Road from Salzburg to Vienna

The picturesque village of Dürnstein is located directly on the Danube in the Wachau, Austria - © travelpeter / Fotolia
© travelpeter / Fotolia

This tour is relatively manageable at only 380 kilometres, but there is much to discover. The Austrian Romantic Road connects Salzburg and Vienna and offers picture-perfect mountain and lake panoramas.

13 towns line the road, while castles, palaces, museums and even monasteries frame the route. Of course, gourmets also get their money's worth, because culinary highlights await at every stop.

Western Alps for Offroaders

The Asietta ridge road is a high altitude road in the Western Alps and has a length of about 35 kilometers, Piedmont, Italy - © FRASHO, franks-travelbox
© FRASHO, franks-travelbox

In the Western Alps, you can truly make sure that the SUV fulfils its destiny. Former military roads await brave drivers seeking challenges off the beaten track around Monto Jafferau, the Asietta ridge road, the Maira-Stura ridge road or Col de Parpaillon.

The areas can even be linked together to create a round trip. A road trip through the Western Alps takes you right into nature and offers impressive experiences.

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A82 - through the Scottish Highlands

Here and there an old stone ruin grows out of the vast plains of the Highlands in the north of Scotland, Great Britain - © flog / franks-travelbox
© flew / franks-travelbox

The A82 in Scotland leads through the Highlands and offers magnificent views and impressions from the car window. Loch Lubnaig near Callander is enough to tempt any traveller out of the car.

Glen Coe is also worth a visit. It is a natural monument and famous among hikers and climbers. Even the highest mountain in the whole of Great Britain is on the route of the A82: Ben Nevis.

Adriatic Magistrale through Croatia and Montenegro

In Makarska you can relax on the beach as well as party the night away in various clubs and beach bars, Croatia - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

The Adria Magistrale is a dreamlike coastal road that leads from Italy to Montenegro. It always goes along the sea, through Croatia, Montenegro, even Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are included in the one thousand kilometre route.

Travellers should plan the tour between April and October, as this is the best time of year to enjoy the lakes and natural beauty.

Ring of Kerry in Ireland

The magnificent Muckross House is considered the tourist centre of Killarney National Park in Ireland - © Lukasz Pajor / Shutterstock
© Lukasz Pajor / Shutterstock

The Ring of Kerry is the country's most famous scenic road and is one of our top 10 sights of Ireland. It may only be 179 kilometers long, but it crosses the Iveragh Peninsula, offering rugged coastal landscapes and nature that is second to none. The Ring Road begins - and ends - in Killarney with all its pubs, friendliness and the picturesque Killarney National Park. But already it goes through romantic forests with history, until Kilorglin shows up. This is the place where a goat is crowned king every year.

But also sandy beaches, subtropical plants, castles and the Skellig Ring await travellers. For the latter, however, you have to leave the road for a short while.

Conclusion - Pack your bags and go

Road trips are wonderful holidays with the idea of leaving everything behind. Not much is needed, those who have few demands or set off in a VW bus often don't even need accommodation. Of course, these are always available along the most beautiful routes, so that comfort is by no means neglected if desired.

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