7 breathtaking road trips you can take in Europe

  (photo credit: UNSPLASH)
(photo credit: UNSPLASH)

If you are looking through a guide to Europe you’ve probably realised it’s an ideal place for road trips. Road trips are the epitome of travelling in style – no airports, no taxis, no long lines, and no worries about what to do with your luggage while you’re off enjoying the sights. Even better, they’re a great way to see more of the country you’re visiting – while stuck in traffic, or sitting at a tollbooth, or waiting to cross the border into your next destination. Here are 7 breathtaking road trips in Europe to make your trip even more special.

7 Breathtaking Road Trips You Can Take in Europe

1) The Emerald Isle

If you're looking for a breathtaking road trip in Europe, look no further than the Emerald Isle. This Irish gem is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the world, from the wild Atlantic coastline to the rolling green hills of the countryside. And with so much to see and do, you'll never be bored on your journey. Here are just a few of the highlights you can enjoy on a road trip around Ireland: the cliffs of Moher, the ancient monument of Newgrange, and the Ring of Kerry Tourist Loop. 

2) Switzerland

A road trip through Switzerland is the perfect way to see some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe. From the snow-capped Alps to the crystal-clear lakes, Switzerland has it all. And what better way to experience it than behind the wheel of your own car? Here are a few spots in Switzerland you should not miss:

  • The Simplon Pass - One of the highest mountain passes in Europe, this is a must for any Swiss road trip. It offers incredible views as well as opportunities for skiing and hiking in both summer and winter.
  • The Matterhorn - Who doesn't want to see this famous mountain from a different perspective? It's certainly one worth climbing.
  • Lake Geneva - Lying between France and Switzerland, this water body offers great views for any time of year. Visitors have the opportunity to stop by picturesque towns like Nyon or Evian-les-Bains before continuing on their journey.

3) Germany

There are so many different ways to go about a road trip in Germany. You can start your journey in Frankfurt and make your way to Heidelberg. This route takes you through the scenic Odenwald forest. Or, start in Munich and drive to Berchtesgaden National Park. This is a great trip for those who love the outdoors and want to experience some of Germany’s most beautiful scenery. For a longer road trip, start in Hamburg and drive all the way down to Lake Constance. This route takes you through some of Germany’s most charming small towns and picturesque villages. If you’re looking for a beach vacation, start in Bremen and head to the island of Sylt.

4) Italy

If you're looking for a breathtaking road trip that will take you through some of the most stunning scenery in Europe, then look no further than Italy. From the Amalfi Coast to the Dolomites, this country has it all.

5) Iceland

Iceland is a land of fire and ice, and its roads reflect that. The country has some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, making it the perfect place for a road trip. And with so many different routes to choose from, you can tailor your trip to your own preferences. Whether you want to explore the glaciers or take in the majestic waterfalls, Iceland has a road trip for you. If you're looking for an easy day trip, consider driving along the Golden Circle route (a popular tourist spot). For more of an adventure, try heading up into the highlands.

6) Croatia

Croatia is a country that's often overlooked, but it's definitely worth a visit. The scenery is breathtaking, and there's so much to see and do. A road trip is the perfect way to explore Croatia, and you can even island hop if you're feeling adventurous. Here are some of the best road trips you can take in Croatia:

  • The coastal towns: The Dalmatian Coast has plenty of beautiful towns to explore, such as Hvar, Split and Dubrovnik. If you're driving from Zagreb to Dubrovnik (which we recommend), then this is the route for you.
  • Istria: Head inland from Rijeka or Pula towards Poreč or Umag, where the rolling hills and vineyards will make your mouth water with delight. 
  • The National Parks: These include Plitvice Lakes National Park, Krka National Park and Kornati Islands National Park. All three national parks offer stunning views on their own, but they also work well as part of a larger journey through Croatia.

This article was written in cooperation with Craig Lebrau