Traffic jams on the Autobahn at the start of the holiday season in Berlin: It can get really crowded here

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ADAC expects a lot of traffic jams at the start of the holidays – and gives tips

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04.07.2022, 13:01

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Many federal states are already on vacation, Berlin and Brandenburg will follow. The ADAC therefore expects a violent wave of travel.

Berlin. The crowds on the freeways will be even bigger next weekend. A wave of travel from the north is sweeping over the autobahns. The summer holidays are starting in Hamburg, Berlin, Brandenburg and parts of the Netherlands. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein are entering the second week of vacation, in North Rhine-Westphalia the third week of vacation is beginning. Travelers from Northern Europe and holidaymakers who are not tied to holiday dates are also heading towards the sea or to the south.

The peak times on the motorways are on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, as the ADAC announced in its traffic jam forecast on Monday. Those who are flexible should switch to quieter alternative routes or another travel day, such as Monday or Tuesday. Even those returning from vacation should not feel safe, because the tracks towards home are now also filling up again.

The additional HGV holiday driving ban, which applies every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the end of August, promises some relief.

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Traffic jams in Germany and around Berlin – These routes are affected

  • trunk roads to the north and Ostsee
  • Greater Hamburg and Berlin
  • A 1 Bremen – Lübeck
  • A 3 Würzburg – Nuremberg – Passau
  • A 5 Karlsruhe – Basel
  • A 7 Hamburg – Flensburg
  • A 7 Hamburg – Hanover and Würzburg – Ulm – Füssen/Reutte
  • A 8 Stuttgart – Munich – Salzburg
  • A 9 Halle/Leipzig – Nuremberg – Munich
  • A 24 Berlin – Hamburg
  • A 61 Mönchengladbach – Koblenz – Ludwigshafen
  • A 93 Inntal triangle – Kufstein
  • A 95/B 2 Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • A 99 Munich bypass

Forced stops are also to be expected in neighboring countries. All of Europe is now on vacation. France and the Austrian federal states of Carinthia, Upper Austria, Styria, Salzburg, Tyrol and Vorarlberg also start this weekend. The problem stretches include the Tauern, Fernpass, Brenner and Gotthard routes as well as the trunk roads to the Italian, French and Croatian coasts. Special feature of Austria: Increased traffic volume is to be expected along the Austrian Inntal and Brenner autobahns due to the closure of alternative routes.

Waiting times of around 60 minutes should be planned at the borders of neighboring European countries, and significantly longer for journeys to Slovenia and Croatia, Greece and Turkey. When entering Germany, the three motorway border crossings Suben (A 3 Linz – Passau), Walserberg (A 8 Salzburg – Munich) and Kiefersfelden (A 93 Kufstein – Rosenheim) are particularly at risk of traffic jams.

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