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The 70 best scenic routes in Europe

Discover scenic routes on panoramic trails with your car, campervan or motor bike. In this list you'll find the best 70 routes all throughout Europe. They were selected based on their ratings and ranks (0-100). Choose a route and enjoy the ride along the most beautiful places on this continent.
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Viewing format
recommended route Difficulty Multistage route
Distance 2,384.4 km
Duration 36:41 h
Ascent 5,962 m
Descent 5,963 m

Island ist mit dem kontinentalen Europa kaum vergleichbar: Die friedliche und weitgehend unberührte Landschaft strahlt eine himmlische Ruhe aus.

from Silvan Kaspar,   Outdooractive Editors
Scenic route · Southwest Ireland
Ring of Kerry
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 170.5 km
Duration 2:15 h
Ascent 1,024 m
Descent 1,040 m

It is said to be Irland’s most famous road, combining breathtaking viewpoints with a wide-ranging cultural offer: the Ring of Kerry.

from Wolfgang Paulus,   Outdooractive Editors
Scenic route · United Kingdom
Unterwegs auf dem Coastal Trail
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 186.8 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 1,145 m
Descent 1,193 m

Der Coastal Trail führt uns auf eine Reise an der Ost- und Nordküste Aberdeenshires entlang. Dabei werden wir von imposanten Klippen, malerischen ...

from Rosa Rietzler,   VisitScotland
Scenic route · United Kingdom
Entlang des Victorian Heritage Trails
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 96.2 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 633 m
Descent 383 m

Dieser Teil des Victorian Heritage Trails führt zu historischen Orten, die aus den malerischen Tälern von Dee und Don im Nordosten Schottlands eine ...

from Sabrina Lindenthal,   VisitScotland
Scenic route · Lisbon
From Sintra to Lisbon
Premium content Difficulty
Distance 75.1 km
Duration 1:10 h
Ascent 548 m
Descent 731 m

This stunning route promises excellent views over the Atlantic and the impressive coastal panorama of Portugal.

from Wolfgang Paulus,   Outdooractive Premium
Scenic route · France
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 1,021.1 km
Duration 15:47 h
Ascent 19,690 m
Descent 19,690 m

Die Pyrenäengrafschaften - Eine Reise in die Entstehungszeit Kataloniens

from Catalan Tourist Board,   Catalan Tourist Board
recommended route Difficulty easy Multistage route
Distance 1,001.5 km
Duration 15:28 h
Ascent 15,580 m
Descent 15,764 m

from Private Selection Hotels & Tours,   Private Selection Hotels
Scenic route · Rhône-Alpes
Route Napoléon
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 323.4 km
Duration 5:01 h
Ascent 4,267 m
Descent 4,048 m

Do you feel like exploring Southern France, a picturesque diversity of sea and little mountains? Following the footsteps of the legendary French ...

from Wolfgang Paulus,   Outdooractive Editors
recommended route Difficulty Multistage route
Distance 1,005.8 km
Duration 15:28 h
Ascent 3,082 m
Descent 3,131 m

This historic trade route takes you along the Italian coastline with an irresistible charm: Discover one of the most important roads of the former ...

from Wolfgang Paulus,   Outdooractive Editors
Motor Bike · Naturarena Kärnten
6 mountain passes tour
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 236.4 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 6,914 m
Descent 6,911 m

Real insider tips in the Carnic Alps!

from Roland Oberdorfer,   Kärnten
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 40.9 km
Duration 0:40 h
Ascent 1,647 m
Descent 1,497 m

🚙 Das Stilfser Joch ist ein Gebirgspass in den Ortler-Alpen. Mit 2757 m Höhe ist das Stilfser Joch der höchste Gebirgspass in Italien.

from Team Trip Reisen,
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 37.6 km
Duration 0:35 h
Ascent 1,209 m
Descent 1,424 m

Der Jaufenpass ist die schönste Alternative zur SS12, der viel befahrenen Südtiroler Bundesstraße Richtung Bozen und Meran. 

from Team Trip Reisen,
Scenic route · Italy
"4 Passes" Tour
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 51.9 km
Duration 0:50 h
Ascent 1,681 m
Descent 1,681 m

Panoramic and very suggestive route around the imposing massif of the "Sella" Group.

from Arabba Fodom Turismo,   Arabba Fodom Turismo
Scenic route · Italy
Via Chiantigiana
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 72.2 km
Duration 1:07 h
Ascent 1,296 m
Descent 1,011 m

This scenic route leads from the blasting metropole Florence southwards to Siena in Tuscany. Discover the stunning world of Chianti Classico, the ...

from Wolfgang Paulus,   Outdooractive Editors
Scenic route · Italy
Via Appia
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 712.1 km
Duration 11:00 h
Ascent 5,999 m
Descent 6,018 m

The “Queen among the streets“ was one of the most important trade routes of the Roman Empire and since then it luckily hasn’t lost any of its charm.

from Wolfgang Paulus,   Outdooractive Editors