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Danger of traffic jams: full routes to the south and to the coasts

Bad news for the coming weekend (July 1st to 3rd): If you want to start your holiday by car, you have to muster a lot of nerves and time. The ADAC expects a “considerable risk of traffic jams” on the motorways.

With Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein, two northern federal states are starting their summer holidays, and in North Rhine-Westphalia they have been running for a week.

The Auto Club Europa (ACE) also expects a lot of traffic and traffic jams on the classic routes to the south and to the German and Dutch coasts. Many travelers are also likely to head towards Scandinavia. Overall, the ADAC assumes that the summer travel season will be as congested as in the days before Corona.

The main travel times:

  • Friday: Commuter traffic jams are to be expected throughout Germany from midday, holiday traffic will also be felt in the Rhine-Ruhr area, the ACE predicts. The busiest times are between 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: The classic holiday routes to the south or to the coasts of the North and Baltic Seas are heavily loaded from the early morning. Traffic is likely to be at its highest between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Especially in the coastal federal states, a lot of traffic is to be expected not only on the motorways, but also on the secondary routes, according to the ACE.

The additional truck holiday driving ban could bring some relief. It starts on Saturday (July 2nd) and, according to the ADAC, is always valid on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the end of August.

  • Sunday: ACE expects a lot of excursion traffic on Sunday, especially when the weather is nice. This fills the secondary routes and the routes around the local recreation areas.

The holiday traffic on the motorways should be noticeable on Sunday from the morning. The main travel times are therefore between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tip against congestion: Drive anti-cyclically

The best thing to do is to avoid driving on weekends with traffic jams and go on vacation anti-cyclically, for example on a Tuesday or Wednesday. If there is no alternative to Saturday as the day of arrival, longer journeys should start as early as possible in the morning. With a short journey you can start on Saturday afternoon or Sunday.

The car clubs consider traffic jams and delays to be possible at the weekend, especially in the metropolitan areas of Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Rhine-Main, Stuttgart, Munich, on the routes to the coasts and on the following routes – often in both directions:

A 1Cologne – Dortmund – Bremen – Hamburg – LübeckA 1 /A 3 / A 4Kölner RingA 2Hannover – DortmundA 3Oberhausen – Cologne – Frankfurt/Main – Würzburg – Nuremberg – PassauA 5Hattenbacher Dreieck – Darmstadt – Karlsruhe – Basel A 6Mannheim – Heilbronn – NurembergA 7Flensburg – Hamburg – Hanover – Kassel – Würzburg – Ulm – Füssen/Reutte A 8Karlsruhe – Stuttgart – Munich – SalzburgA 9Nuremberg – MunichA 10Berliner RingA 19 Rostock – Dreieck Wittstock/DosseA 24Hamburg – BerlinA 31Bottrop – EmdenA 45Olpe – HagenA 61Mönchengladbach – Koblenz – LudwigshafenA 81Heilbronn – Stuttgart – SingenA 93Rosenheim – KiefersfeldenA 95/B2Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen A 96Kreuz MemmingenA 99Munich bypass

Even on the classic holiday routes in Austria and Switzerland, destinations often cannot be reached without traffic jams.

According to the car clubs, the Inntal, Tauern, Brenner, Rheintal, Karawanken, West and East motorways and the Fernpass federal road are at risk in Austria.

In Switzerland, the Gotthard route is at risk of congestion, especially in front of the Gotthard tunnel. If the waiting time in front of the Gotthard tunnel is more than an hour, the alternative route (A 13) via the San Bernardino tunnel is worthwhile, advises the ACE.

When crossing borders, you should be prepared for waiting times due to controls. This also applies to the return journey. How long you currently 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 from the Austrian infrastructure company Asfinag online.


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