Many Germans take the long Ascension Day weekend as an opportunity to take a short vacation. Drivers therefore have to expect more traffic jams during this time. According to the ADAC traffic jam forecast, a significantly higher traffic volume than in the two previous years is to be expected, because the Corona crisis is no longer restricting national travel.
Especially the motorways of the larger cities are at times very prone to traffic jams. In addition, there are many road construction sites in Germany; there are currently more than 1000 of them.
From Wednesday it is backed up
In order to be able to enjoy as much time as possible at the holiday destination, most holiday travelers start on Wednesday afternoon, May 25th. Therefore, the ADAC expects the first traffic jam peak that day – around 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The federal states of Berlin, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia are particularly affected, as the Friday after the public holiday is officially free of school.
But it is also common in the other federal states that many take the bridging day off. In addition, many drivers from Hamburg and Saxony-Anhalt are likely to be on the road, because the one-week vacation ends in these two countries.
The wave of return trips will probably reach its peak on Sunday afternoon. On the other hand, it should be relatively quiet on the trunk roads in Germany on Friday.
These routes have the highest potential for congestion on the long Ascension Day weekend:
- Trunk roads to and from coasts
- Greater Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich areas
- A1 Cologne – Dortmund – Bremen – Hamburg – Lübeck
- A2 Berlin – Hanover – Oberhausen – Dortmund
- A3 Emmerich – Oberhausen – Cologne – Frankfurt – Würzburg – Nuremberg
- A4 Kirchheim triangle – Erfurt – Chemnitz – Dresden
- A5 Hattenbacher Dreieck – Darmstadt – Karlsruhe
- A6 Heilbronn – Nürnberg
- A7 Hamburg – Hanover and Würzburg – Füssen/Reutte
- A7 Hamburg – Flensburg
- A8 Stuttgart – Munich – Salzburg
- A9 Munich – Nuremberg
- A10 Berliner Ring
- A40 Venlo-Duisburg-Essen-Dortmund
- A43 Wuppertal – Recklinghausen – Munster
- A61 Mönchengladbach – Koblenz – Ludwigshafen
- A81 Stuttgart – singing
- A93 Inntal Triangle – Kufstein
- A95 /B 2 Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- A99 Motorway ring Munich
But not only in Germany travelers have to reckon with traffic jams. Ascension Day is also a public holiday in Austria and Switzerland. This will be particularly noticeable on the access roads to the excursion regions in the subordinate road network of the Alpine countries – for example in Austria the Carinthian lakes, the Salzkammergut, Lake Neusiedl and the recreation areas of the Swiss cantons of Ticino and Valais. Slightly longer journey times should also be planned for on the Tauern, Fernpass, Brenner, Rheintal and Gotthard routes.
According to the ADAC, the stay at the borders when entering and leaving the country should not last longer than 30 minutes.
If you have planned your holiday over the Ascension Day, you should also pay attention to the right time to refuel. Do not refuel in the morning on the day of departure, but rather on the evening before between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. According to the ADAC, this can save up to ten cents per liter of fuel.