15 January, 2019
Last updated on 14 March, 2022
Posted by Spaceships Crew
There are countless routes you could take in Europe to experience the most beautiful countries in Europe. Here is a fantastic route that gives you an up close and personal view of these amazing countries.
Exploring Europe is a bucket list item for many travellers. If you are considering a Europe trip and really want to see the see the sights in the most authentic way, take a road trip! Travelling on the ground lets you experience the local culture in a way that you simply can't be flying into a specific city and then into another.
Roadtripping in the most beautiful countries in Europe
Start exploring in Zadar, which is close to some of the country's best white sand beaches. After a dip in the water, go inland for some fantastic hiking and enjoy the city's delectable seafood. The city is also rich with history, so be sure to visit the famous cathedrals, including the Church of St. Donat.
After a few days in Croatia, drive up the coast and visit Slovenia. Ljubljana is near the middle of the country and looks like a city out of a fairy tale. This picturesque town is wonderful for pedestrians. You can walk over the Triple Bridges, a set of three bridges expertly laid out over one of the city's rivers. No trip to Slovenia is complete without a visit to the Ljubljana Castle.
You can ride a funicular up to the top of this 900-year-old castle and take a walking tour inside. Include some time in your trip for just meandering through the city. The architecture is stunning, so don't forget your camera!
Slovenia is a magical experience year-round
Continue to make your way north out of Slovenia and into the charming city of Salzburg, Austria. The city is famous for being home to the real "Sound of Music." Not only did the real Von Trapp family live there, but the iconic movie was filmed largely in and around Salzburg. Even beyond the Von Trapps, Salzburg is full of history and tradition. You can visit Mozart's birthplace and the impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress.
The Mirabell Palace and Hellbrunn Palace both include stately architecture and exquisite grounds to walk around. There are also a plethora of art and history museums in Salzburg. You could easily spend two or three full days here. Make sure to taste the original Wienerschnitzel in Vienna (Wien).
After Austria, you'll want to road trip west into Germany. The city of Munich is lively and energetic and gives you a great flavour for real German life. Munich is in the heart of Bavaria and boasts some of the best beer halls in the world. Head into a brewery for classic German beer, Curry Sausages, and soft pretzels.
Once you get full at a beer hall, head out to the Marienplatz. This outdoor square is always full of liveliness. Whether it's street performers or a full outdoor festival, the Marienplatz is always a guaranteed good time. Before leaving Munich, take in some of the city's grandest cathedrals and churches.
No European road trip is complete without a stop in Switzerland, certainly one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. From Munich, head southwest into the city of Zurich. Kids and adults will delight in a visit to the Lindt chocolate shop. After sampling some famous Swiss chocolate, you can hop on a boat to see a tour around the beautiful city centre. You may want to take a walking tour around the downtown portion of the city as well.
Finally, you can end your road trip by travelling south to Milan. Take in a show at the world-famous La Scala Opera House. Also, be sure to visit the Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie to visit Da Vinci's painting, the Last Supper. Milan is world renowned for its art and fashion, so plan to visit a few of the art museums and maybe even take in a fashion runway show.
Florence offers a wonderful collection of old and new
It's road trip time
Whew! This road trip featured some of the most famous sites in Europe as well as some lesser-known hidden gems. And the great part is that you can visit them all by campervan or motorhome! There truly is no better or more authentic way to explore Europe.