THE ALPS – INNSBRUCK, AUS­TRIA TO IN­TER­LAKEN, SWITZER­LAND

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What: While the most fa­mous Alpine road is the Stelvio Pass in Ty­rolean Italy, in re­al­ity the moun­tain route is ex­tremely con­gested, no thanks to its rep­u­ta­tion. For­tu­nately, there are bet­ter op­tions. This two-day route is a sam­pling of cen­tral Europe’s best moun­tain passes. In other words, hair­pins ga­lore.

How: Book your­self into the five-star In­ter­alpenHo­tel Ty­rol near the renowned ski re­sort of Innsbruck, Aus­tria; you would need a good night’s rest to re­cover from jet­lag for the chal­leng­ing roads the fol­low­ing days. Be­gin the morn­ing with a leisurely loop around Natur­park Kar­wen­del, be­fore en­joy­ing a wiener schnitzel, lake­side, at Ho­tel Post am See. Then cross over to Italy on the Brenner Pass – a rel­a­tively easy and highly pic­turesque moun­tain pass, which leads to the main course of the day: the lit­tle-used, 20-turn, 40km Jaufen Pass. Overnight, soak your weari­ness away at the spa then head to bed at Ho­tel Terme Mer­ano, be­fore con­tin­u­ing your ad­ven­ture to­wards Switzer­land. En route, you’ll drive over no fewer than four moun­tain passes – Ofen, Julier, Ober­alp and Susten – all of which will take you from el­e­va­tions of about 1,000m to over 2,000m and down again, over steep in­clines of over 10 per cent. Catch the sun­set at the top of the moun­tain, be­fore press­ing on through the fog to­wards your suite at the Vic­to­ria Jungfrau Grand Ho­tel and Spa to pore over maps at leisure. Where to next?

Car: Audi RS4. A com­pact sports sedan with qu­at­tro all-wheel-drive and ex­cel­lent han­dling to stay planted on the of­ten-slip­pery roads. Europe's alpine curves of­fer cor­ner af­ter cor­ner of mo­tor­ing fun.

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