Stelvio Pass – Italy
Located in Northern Italy, bordering Switzerland, the Stelvio Pass is within the Ortler Alps in the province of Sondrio. Extending across 75km, the route is less than 200m from the Swiss border. It is also home to the “Three Language Peak” (Dreisprachenspitze) because the pass is where Italian, German and Romansh languages meet to form the same word.
Furka Pass – Switzerland
Located in the Swiss alps, the high mountain pass was used for filming the Bond classic, Goldfinger. With an elevation of 2429 metres and sharp turns along the way – you need to be cautious when tackling the turns this pass has in place. It also offers some of the best views in all of Switzerland.
Atlantic Road – Norway
Crossing an unprotected area of the Norwegian sea and stretching over 5.2 miles –the Atlantic road has an incredible sight of the ocean beyond. Built within a natural location, the stretch of road gives you the perfect view of the connecting Island. With only a small metal fence between your truck and the ocean, you need to keep your wits about you.
Leqet e Hotit – Albania
Located in Albania, Leqet e Hotit, another mountain pass reaches an elevation of 2,244ft above the ocean below. It is the steepest road in the country at 7% average gradient. In addition to this it has dozens of sharp turns – but the road is most frequently used by cyclists and motorcyclists as not many heavier vehicles would easily tackle the turns. During snowfall the pass is closed off from use.
Route de Presles – France
This road is located within Southestern France, stretching across 7km within the mountain – drivers who have used the route claim it is one of the most spectacular views all of France has to offer. Unfortunately, as the road was never designed to deal with larger vehicles there is very little room for error – every driver should be ready to back up if met with another oncoming vehicle.
Carreterra de sa Calobra – Spain
Described as one of the most scenic routes in the world, the road shows some of the best landscapes Spain has to offer – the road is often used by cyclists which can be a challenge, as the road has a gradient of more than 7% meaning cyclists in the area will likely need years of training and building stamina to be ready to tackle the journey.
Riedberg Pass – Germany
The Riedberg Pass is located in the region of Bavaria, overlooking sea level with an elevation of 4,659ft – it leads downhill towards Austria. The route is accessible to the public all year long, there is also accessible parking on the summit – the perfect place for a break!
EN125 – Portugal
Now, something our UK readers will be a bit more used to: dangerous potholes. The EN125 in Portugal was voted the most dangerous road in the country in 2018 by the public. The last annual report on the road listed multiple blackspots on the EN125 (blackspots identify when five or more accidents have taken place on that route in one year). This shocking figure shows how hazardous the road can be. While there are no cliff edges or sharp turns to worry about here, there is no reason not to stay alert considering the high accident rate and damage to vehicles on the road.
Przełęcz Karkonoska – Poland
A beautiful pass located in Poland, the Pass stretches across the Poland/Czech Republic border. The route is said to be the steepest in Poland – while many drivers have expressed concerns for the quality of the design on the road, the pass has become a favourite for cyclists as well as tourists. During the Nazi occupation in WW2, a mountain hut within the pass was taken from a Jewish family in the area which was set up as a boarding house for Hitler Youth members.
Kráľova hoľa – Slovakia
Described as a breath-taking and natural phenomenon, the “King’s Bald Mountain” is the highest mountain in Eastern Slovakia. The route is closed to most motor vehicles (this excludes mountain rescue, maintenance workers of TV transmitters and any delivery of goods), its natural elevation reaches up to 5413 ft. In Slovakian folklore, the mountain provided refuge for highwaymen, as well as heroes. The mountain is a national symbol to the people of Slovakia.
If you’re looking for European work, you’ve come to the right place! You could even find a load in one of these stunning locations if you’re lucky. The roads may be dangerous, but each is worth the trip for their own unique views and sights.
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