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9 Of Europe's Most Beautiful Drives (PHOTOS)

Posted: 11/24/11 08:00 AM ET

While many of Europe's most alluring spots can be reached by train, others require you to hit the highway and (sometimes literally) take the road less traveled in order to fully appreciate them. With the freedom to explore as you wish, you can see where the road takes you and stop whenever the urge strikes. There's a reason road trips are romanticized; sometimes there's no greater feeling than rolling the windows down, turning the music up and watching the landscape fly by from the driver's seat.

From curvy roads that cling to the coast to high mountain passes to rambling country roads, there's a scenic drive on the Continent for just about every taste. If you're ready to hit the road on your next trip, check out some of these, the most beautiful roads in Europe.

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria
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This incredible road dances on Austria's highest mountain, connecting the state of Salzburg with the state of Carinthia. There are numerous hairpin curves on the 48-km road and an incredible panoramic view of the Pasterzen Glacier. The road is open only during the summer (usually from late April until end of October) and it's a toll road. Since the road runs through a national park, last admission is 45 min before the park closes (between 7:30 pm and 9 pm, depending on the month). If you decide to stop for a while, there are hiking and nature trails for every level of fitness.

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