The Susten Pass in Switzerland 🇨🇭 has its peak on 2260 meter / 7414 ft above sea level and serves mainly tourism. Comparing the the Susten to other Swiss Alpine Passes we have experienced, we would always give it a five star superior rating. We will always shout out "Susten Pass" if we're asked for our favourite Swiss driving road.
The Furka Pass in Switzerland 🇨🇭 goes up to 2341 meters / 7680 ft above sea level and runs between Gletsch and Andermatt. The mountain pass has a long history since the 14th century. But the real fame came in 1964 when Sean Connery as 007 James Bond chased over the Furka Pass in his Aston Martin DB5.
The Grimsel Pass in Switzerland 🇨🇭 is a 38 kilometre / 24 miles long alpine pass and one of the highest paved roads in Europe with usually only little traffic. The breathtakingly beautiful mountain road in this pristine landscapes with deep valleys make it an absolute drivers paradise that goes up to 2164 meters above sea level.
BEST MOUNTAIN ROADS AND SCENIC ROUTES THE ALPS & BEYOND
5 ALPINE COUNTRIES
11 SCENIC DRIVES
12 ALPINE PASSES
6 ICONIC CASTLES
En route stay at iconic mountain resorts, discover storybook castles and glittering palaces like the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Drive past fairy tale villages, green meadows, pristine lakes and enjoy stunning alpine vistas.
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THE 18 BEST EUROPEAN DRIVING ROADS
We've ranked the 1️⃣8️⃣ best driving roads from across Europe – ready to reveal the leaderboard. Finally, you'll know where to find the absolute best Scenic Holiday Routes and Mountain Roads.
Forget everything you heard before about roads: the ultimate/perfect driving road doesn’t exist. BUT we know a few driving roads that get pretty close to perfection. BTW the Stelvio Pass in Italy is not on top of this list. Yet it ranks towards the end all the best European Driving Roads.
Anyway the title "world’s best driving road" is a pretty useless term. The conditions make a road good or bad. Everything from the quality of the tarmac to the amount of traffic, the weather, the views, your overall itinerary and the bending degree of each curve will influence your personal driving experience. Not to forget the most essential ingredient, your personal driving abilities and the car you chose to drive.
Therefore our ranking is based on our own driving experiences and the feedback we had from our clients. Curves, acceleration, driving and breaking are making the four stages of a good driving experience.
The perfect balance between these stages make a good or bad road. Drivers must be able to enjoy the acceleration and speed and yet be able to enjoy beautiful landscape on straight sections. Also the level of needed driving skills are part of the formula and how much traffic is usually found on this roads.
HIGH ALPINE ROAD
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria 🇦🇹 is 48 kilometres / 30 miles made of pure driving pleasure, has 36 turns and up to six meters road width in the best possible condition. The sheer size of the pass and the spectacular never ending panoramas are an absolute highlight of every trip to Austria.
NORTH COAST 500 ROUTE SCOTLAND
You won’t find Scotland’s NC 500 Route 🏴 on a map because it is not an actual road. It is a scenic driving route that has been designed to bring visitors to the most rural regions of the Scottish Highlands. Since it was introduced in 2014 it became a major success and tourism in the area has increased.
The San Bernardino Pass in Switzerland 🇨🇭 links the Central Swiss Alps where mostly German is spoken to the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. Travelling along the pass is an enchanting driving experience with change of architecture, cuisine and culture between the North and the South.
The Fluela Pass in Switzerland 🇨🇭 goes up to 2363 metres and connects the town of Susch in the lower Engadine valley with Davos, the highest altitude town in Europe. In 2015, Avis - one of the biggest car rental firms in the world, awarded the pass to be number four of the 25 top driving roads in the world.
The legendary Route Napoleon in France 🇫🇷 is a 325 KM / 200 Miles long holiday route in France starts at the sea-side town of Golfe-Juan at the French Riviera and goes through the Alps Maritimes all the way North to Grenoble. Along the way here and there it is marked by statues of the French Imperial Eagle.
The Hantennjoch Pass in Austria 🇦🇹 is literally carved into the rock you and very exciting with constant changing scenery and of excellent built quality. Before the actual pass begins there is a nice section of 8 to 10 sweeping cambered bends and this is when you realize the road will be a lot of fun.
The German Alpine Road is Germany's 🇩🇪 oldest holiday route is carving its way past numerous shimmering lakes, green meadows, gorgeous alpine panoramas and magnificent castles like Neuschwanstein — Germany's most visited attraction. The Alpine Road is easy to travel, even for nervous drivers.
The Albula in Switzerland 🇨🇭 is a very varied road amidst the wonderful Engadin Alps near the elegant mountain resort of Saint Moritz. Some parts have a touch of the Scottish Highlands and here and there the Albula Pass gets a little narrow. However, the locals drive the Albula Pass with a lot of confidence.
The Klausen Pass in Switzerland 🇨🇭 can be a bit of a thrill for unexperienced drivers. The road gets narrow in some areas and you need to stop occasionally for oncoming traffic. If driving in the Alps for the first time and not familiar with the alpine conditions or simply if you are a nervous driver we recommend to not come here.
BLACK FOREST HIGH ROAD
The Black Forest High Road in Germany 🇩🇪 describes the most scenic part of the B500 Holiday Route running between the spa-town of Baden-Baden in the North and the Swiss border in the South. Don't be bothered trying to pronounce "Schwarzwaldhochstrasse" its German name right. Stick to B500 and enjoy a wonderful scenic drive.
We love the Stelvio Pass in Italy 🇮🇹 BUT we would't go as far and call the Stelvio the world's best driving road. However, without a doubt since 2008 the Stelvio is surely the most famous driving road in the world. With visitors from all over the planet trying to kick driving the Stelvio off their bucket-list every summer.
ROMANIAN HIGH ROADS
The High Roads of Romania 🇷🇴 and especially the TransFagarasan and TransAlpina spectacular roads. Driven as a combo they make one of the most breathtaking driving routes you can imagine. On top you can experience wonderful castles and natural attractions. Fly into Bucharest or Sibiu to comfortably reach the Romanian High Roads.
The Gotthard Pass in Switzerland 🇨🇭 is also called: “King of the Mountain Passes" because of ots importance. Sometimes when there is a lot of traffic between the North and the South of the Swiss Alps for example at the start of a bank holiday it is the faster alternative to the 17 KM long Gotthard tunnel and truly a delight.
The most scenic routes of Tuscany in Italy 🇮🇹 can be found in the Val D'Orcia valley running over soft rolling hills connecting countless medieval towns. But it is easy to get lost in all this beauty and miss the best parts. We have summarised the four most scenic drives beyond the classic Tuscany routes.
The German Autobahn 🇩🇪 is primarily a highway system and economic factor and not the high-speed playground some speed enthusiasts count on. Germany is a transit country and traffic can get really heavy at certain times and popular stretches of highway. However it's not illegal to enjoy the German Autobahn.