Caution! There is a risk of summer traffic jams on motorways

For a long time, due to the pandemic, there were relatively few travelers on the motorways and only a few traffic jams. Now there are more – travelers and traffic jams. Where does it get particularly crowded on the first weekend in July?

For the coming weekend (July 2nd to 4th) everyone on the autobahn should plan more time and patience. The summer traffic jams are back. The Auto Club Europa (ACE) sees the “hot phase” of the summer travel season heralded.

The ADAC also expects numerous traffic jams despite the pandemic. In addition, North Rhine-Westphalia is starting the summer vacation. According to ADAC, many holidaymakers are likely to prefer domestic destinations, as in the previous year. Routes to the Alps, to the German coasts and to the south are filling up.

Drivers should avoid these peak times

If you can, it is best to avoid the following peak times: Friday afternoon, Saturday from morning to early afternoon and Sunday afternoon. It fills up early on Friday afternoon when travelers join the commuters. The ACE expects delays and traffic jams nationwide into the evening. A lot of traffic can also be expected all day on Saturday.

The greater areas of the Rhine-Ruhr area, the motorways in the direction of the Netherlands and in a southerly direction to Austria, Italy and Switzerland are particularly hard hit. It should also be full on the routes to France and the German coasts. Traffic jams and delays can be expected until late afternoon.

The ACE generally expects less traffic on Sunday, but does not rule out delays due to return traffic, especially in the afternoon. Around 860 construction sites and several full closures on motorways are currently slowing down traffic. If you want to get through well, you should start countercyclically, i.e. during the week or in the early morning and late afternoon hours.

There is a risk of traffic jams here

Within Germany, the ACE recommends that you inform yourself about the different regulations of the respective federal states before departure. This also applies to travel restrictions and quarantine rules when traveling abroad. Information on this is available from the Foreign Office, among others.

ACE and ADAC expect delays and traffic jams (mostly in both directions) around the greater Rhine-Ruhr, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, routes to and from the North Sea and Baltic Sea as well as on the following sections:

  • A 1 Cologne – Dortmund – Bremen – Lübeck
  • A 1 / A 2 / A 3 Kölner Ring
  • A 2 Dortmund – Hanover – Berlin
  • A 3 Frankfurt/Main – Nürnberg – Passau
  • A 4 Kirchheimer Dreieck – Erfurt – Dresden
  • A 5 Hattenbacher Dreieck – Frankfurt / Main – Karlsruhe – Basel
  • A 6 Mannheim – Heilbronn – Nuremberg
  • A 7 Hamburg – Flensburg and Würzburg – Ulm – Füssen / Reutte
  • A 8 Stuttgart – Munich – Salzburg
  • A 9 Nuremberg – Munich
  • A 10 Berliner Ring
  • A 11 Berliner Ring – Dreieck Uckermark
  • A 19 triangle Wittstock / Dosse – Rostock
  • A 23 Hamburg – Heide
  • A 24 Berlin – Hamburg
  • A 31 Bottrop – Emden
  • A 61 Mönchengladbach – Koblenz – Ludwigshafen
  • A 81 Stuttgart – Singen
  • A 93 Inntal triangle – Kufstein
  • A 95 Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • A 99 bypass Munich

Delays and many a standstill can also be expected in Austria or Switzerland, according to the car clubs. The heavily traveled routes include the Tauern, Fernpass, Brenner, Karawanken and Gotthard routes. According to the car clubs, checks at the borders are to be expected. In addition to the ACE, the ADAC also provides information on travel requirements within and outside Germany on its website.

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