This summer’s traffic jam season isn’t over yet. Now the holidays will soon end for many, which will get the first big wave of return trips rolling.
“Even on the first weekend in August, it will be jam-packed on Germany’s autobahns,” predicted the motorists’ club in Munich on Monday. “In neighboring countries, too, the traffic jams are hardly any shorter than on the previous weekend.” The summer holidays will end in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg in the foreseeable future. This puts a lot of traffic on the return routes. Without stop-and-go and traffic jams, it would hardly work there.
But many only start on vacation. According to the Auto Club Europa (ACE), the highest concentrations of holidaymakers and traffic can be expected in Europe especially on the first three weekends in August. It is therefore full on all relevant long-distance travel routes.
It gets busiest early on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. If you can do the booking, you avoid driving on the weekends with traffic jams and go on vacation anti-cyclically, i.e. on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
The main travel times:
- Friday: The ACE forecasts that travel will start nationwide for commuter traffic. The busiest times are between 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday: The classic holiday routes to the south, west or to the coasts of the North and Baltic Seas are busiest between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The return routes in the opposite direction are likely to fill up from late morning until 6 p.m., according to the ACE. The secondary routes are also loaded. According to the ADAC, the additional truck holiday driving ban promises some relief. It is valid until the end of August every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday: The holiday traffic on the motorways should be noticeable from the morning. Peak travel times are between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Return travelers crowd the freeways in large numbers between late morning and evening. There is also a lot going on on the secondary routes throughout the day.
The car clubs believe that traffic jams and delays are possible at the weekend, especially in the metropolitan areas of Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Rhine-Main, Stuttgart, Munich, on the main and secondary routes to and from the coasts and on the following routes – often in both directions :
Cologne – Dortmund – Bremen – Hamburg – Lübeck
Dortmund – Hanover – Berlin
Oberhausen – Cologne – Frankfurt/Main – Würzburg – Nuremberg – Passau
Kirchheim triangle – Bad Hersfeld – Erfurt – Dresden
Hattenbacher Dreieck – Darmstadt – Karlsruhe – Basel
Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Heilbronn – Nürnberg
Flensburg – Hamburg – Hanover – Kassel – Würzburg – Ulm – Füssen/Reutte
Karlsruhe – Stuttgart – Munich – Salzburg
Berlin – Nuremberg – Munich
Berliner Ring – Uckermark triangle
Rostock – Dreieck Wittstock/Dosse
Hamburg – Heide
Triangle Bunde – Empty
Mönchengladbach – Koblenz – Ludwigshafen
Heilbronn – Stuttgart – Singing
Rosenheim – Kiefersfelden
Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Even on the classic holiday routes in Austria and Switzerland, the destinations often cannot be reached without traffic jams, especially on the transit routes – increasingly on the return routes.
In Austria, this applies to the Inntal, Tauern, Brenner, Rheintal, Karawanken West and East autobahns, as well as the Fernpass federal highway. The side routes and access roads to the holiday areas are also very busy.
Branch lines closed to transit traffic
A special feature applies to transit traffic in the coming weekends in the Reutte area (Fernpass route), Kufstein (Inntal motorway) and in the greater Innsbruck area:
Between July 9th and September 11th, it is not permitted to drive on alternate routes between Saturday 7:00 a.m. and Sunday 7:00 p.m. The ACE informs that local traffic and travelers who are on vacation in the affected regions are exempt from the driving ban.
The federal state of Salzburg has also introduced such a regulation: There are driving bans for alternative traffic from Thursday to Sunday between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Affected here are the Tauern autobahn (A 10) and various communities on the border with Germany. Destination traffic may also depart from here, while transit traffic must stay on the main routes.
In front of the Gotthard tunnel it can take longer
In Switzerland, the transit routes and especially the Gotthard route (A 2) are also at risk of congestion. There can also be block handling. If there is a waiting time of more than an hour in front of the Gotthard tunnel, the alternative route (A 13) via the San Bernardino tunnel is worthwhile, despite long journey times and traffic jams, advises the ACE.
In addition, the car club names the Bern – Zurich – St. Gallen (A 1), Basel – Zurich – Chur (A 3) and St. Margarethen – Chur – San Bernardino – Bellinzona (A 13) routes as being particularly affected.
At the borders of neighboring European countries, you should be prepared for waiting times of at least 60 minutes, according to the ADAC. The return journey can also take longer. How long you have to wait at the border from Austria to Germany at the Walserberg (Salzburg – Bad Reichenhall), Kiefersfelden (Kufstein Süd – Kiefersfelden) and Suben (Ort i. Innkreis – Pocking) crossings can be seen online at the Austrian infrastructure company Asfinag . (dpa)
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