Ultimate Driving Routes in Austria

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The nation of Austria is famous for its stunning scenery, which includes dramatic mountain passes, picturesque valleys and gently winding rivers. One of the best ways to appreciate this scenery is to follow one of Austria’s stunning driving routes and people who arrange Direct Car Excess cover will be able to follow the country’s winding roads at their leisure.

Here is a selection of the driving routes in Austria that should not be missed!

The Hahntennjoch Pass

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The road that winds through this mountain pass offers a backdrop of enchanting mountain peaks with lush valleys far below. Although the initial climb to Hahntennjoch Pass is a little steep and daunting, the tarmac road is in excellent condition and there are plenty of places to pause along the way in order to soak up the scenery.

The Pustertaler High Alpine Road


The enchanting East Tyrol high Alpine road runs through the Lienz region of Austria and offers motorists impressive views of the mighty Lienzer Dolomites. The route covers around 75 kilometres from start to finish and can be completed in less than two hours including time to pause at the view points of Assling, Anras and Sillian.

Drautal and Mölltal Valleys


Motorists should allow around half a day to cover this impressive route, which is also located in the Lienz area. Although the route covers just 150 kilometres, it is a good idea to allow plenty of time to pause to take in the intense natural beauty of the area. The road follows the River Möll as it flows gently eastwards before turning back towards the River Drau. Suggested places to stop along the way include Winklern, Mallnitz, Berg im Drautal and Oberdrauburg.

The Italian Dolomite Mountains


Although this route is situated in Lienz, it offers impressive views of the Italian Dolomite Mountains just across the Italian border. This is the ideal route for motorists who want to take a long trip to really appreciate all that the area has to offer and the route covers around 300 kilometres.

The road starts in Lienz and runs for 45 kilometres to San Candido, which is a good place to pause for a while before driving another 40 kilometres to Auronzo di Cadore. One of the great things about this route is that motorists can cover it as slowly or quickly as they wish and people who set out after lunch can choose to stop for the night at Cortina d’Ampezzo before completing the journey to Badia, St. Jakob im Defereggental and finally back to Lienz the next day.

The Carinthian Lakes

Nature lovers are sure to appreciate the chance to drive around some of the most picturesque lakes in the whole of Austria. The route covers 325 kilometres and can be either completed in one full day of driving or with an overnight stop at Klagenfurt.

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