On the long weekend of Pentecost there will be the first big wave of travel of the year and thus significantly more traffic jams than in the previous weeks. Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, the ADAC expects a similar traffic situation as Pentecost 2020: Many traffic disruptions – but far from the level of previous years before Corona. A year ago, the experts counted 3591 traffic jams with a total length of 5072 traffic jams on motorways from Friday to Whit Monday. Around 35 percent less than in 2019, in which 5518 traffic jams lined up over a length of 11,600 kilometers.
The current travel restrictions are being relaxed more and more throughout Germany and the tourist offer is now available again in some parts of Germany. Since travel abroad is still restricted, many Germans will opt for a short trip by car in their own country. In addition, the Whitsun holidays begin in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate and end after the holidays in Saxony-Anhalt. In some federal states there is still no school on Tuesday, May 25th.
As in previous years, the ADAC sees a risk of congestion on the autobahns, especially on Friday afternoons and early evenings, Saturday mornings and Monday afternoons. When the weather is nice, there are delays caused by day trippers on the arterial roads from the cities to the local recreation areas on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Drivers must expect heavy traffic every day. The otherwise usual truck driving ban on Sundays and public holidays has been partially relaxed in the wake of the Corona crisis.
There is a particular risk of congestion on the following routes:
Greater Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Munich
Trunk roads to the North and Baltic Seas
A 1 Hamburg – Bremen – Dortmund – Cologne
A 3 Würzburg – Nuremberg – Passau
A 4 Kirchheimer Dreieck – Erfurt – Dresden
A 5 Frankfurt – Karlsruhe – Basel
A 6 Mannheim – Heilbronn – Nuremberg
A 7 Hamburg – Flensburg
A 7 Würzburg – Ulm – Füssen / Reutte
A 8 Stuttgart – Munich – Salzburg
A 9 Nuremberg – Munich
A 61 Mönchengladbach – Koblenz – Ludwigshafen
A 81 Stuttgart – Singen
A 93 Inntal triangle – Kufstein
A 95 / B 2 Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
A 99 bypass Munich
The risk of congestion is particularly great at permanent construction sites, of which there are currently more than 800. At the borders, drivers have to expect waiting times due to corona checks. Since returnees from a European risk area no longer have to be in quarantine if the test is negative, holiday travel to Austria and Switzerland can also be expected. Both countries also allow tourist entry without quarantine. (ampnet / fw)