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THE BEST SCENIC DRIVING ROUTES IN EUROPE

If you have been a reader of A Mundane Life for a while, you may already know the story of how I met my husband, and how we fell in love through numerous journeys in his car. We also took part in a few scatter rallies, and I even accompanied him on a track day when we owned our Peugeot 205 GTI. We've always wanted to go to Europe to test out some of the roads, as we've only experienced what the UK has to offer. Wales has some amazing roads, but I've heard some great things about the roads in places like Austria and Italy.


I've teamed up with KwikFit to let you know about some of the best roads in Europe, and how you can prepare your car for the trip.

PREPARING FOR THE TRIP


When it comes to a road trip, you need to make sure that you have planned for your trip. Whether that is making sure you have all the supplies that you need, or making sure the vehicle you are using is in top condition, Kwik Fit have created an amazing guide to help you on your way. We've often thought about how we would go about driving around Europe, and we think the best option would be to buy a cheap van for the trip.

As we would be buying a cheap van, it is important that we check the condition of the vehicle, especially the tyres. Kwik Fit can help you with this. Kwik Fit van tyres are easy to order, and as they are available 7 days a week, it's easy to find an appointment to get them fitted. They can also check your current tyres, as it is so important to make sure your tyres have the right amount of tread. It is also worth having a spare tyre...especially if you are taking a long trip!

It's also important to check the 3 Bs before taking a trip of any kind - Bulbs, Batteries and Balancing. Again, Kwik Fit can help you with this, and they explain more about how to prepare for your trip in their road trip guide. Of course, you also want to make sure that you are checking all your fluid levels, and have a first aid kit, maps, deicer and other essentials for a trip.



THE BEST SCENIC DRIVES IN EUROPE


Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, Austria

This amazing high alpine mountain pass takes you through the iconic Austin Alps and lets you take in the Home Tauern National Park on the way. This is the largest national park in Middle Europe and has some of the highest mountains in all of Austria. The route is around 30 miles and takes around 1 hour to drive. It's best to visit in late spring or early summer, as the road is closed in winter (November-March). There's actually 37 mountain peaks for you to see on your trip!

Route 500, Germany

This route will take you deep into the forest for a smooth drive through the mountains and is popular with motorcyclists. Apparently it has some amazing photo opportunities, so if you visit make sure you take a camera with you. The best time to visit is during the Autumn or summer months when the days are longer.  There are around 100 curves on this route to keep your journey interesting, so if you love winding roads, this is the route for you. 



Trollstigen, Norway

This is one of Europe's most winding roads and has some really impressive twists and turns, with stunning views of the Stigfossen Waterfall.  This route takes you through the Norwegian fjords and across one of the world's most stomach-churning bridges! It is a one-lane road so bare this in mind, and is carved from the mountains so you have to be aware of tumbling rocks. Despite the dangers, it offers stunning sights and attracts more than 2000 cars every summer. 

These are the top 3 places we would like to visit, but make sure you check of Kwik Fit's guide for even more suggestions, you can also follow the social media campaign using #RoadTripsOfEurope. I also have plenty of roads to recommend in the UK and will be writing a post about this soon!

 
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