Everyone who wants to start their vacation next weekend has to be prepared for traffic jams. Where it gets particularly crowded and when you can get to your destination with less stress.
High risk of traffic jams, crowds and long queues of cars: according to the ADAC and Auto Club Europa (ACE), everyone who wants to be on the motorways next weekend (July 8th to 10th) must expect this. The school holidays are beginning in other federal states such as Hamburg, Berlin and Brandenburg as well as in France and in parts of the Netherlands and Austria. In addition, there are all those who leave independently of the holiday periods.
According to the car clubs, the travelers mainly burden the routes to the south and south-east. But many people also program the coasts of the Baltic and North Seas as destinations in their navigation system. The home travel routes could also be well filled, because in North Rhine-Westphalia, for example, the third week of vacation is already beginning.
Against congestion: Drive anti-cyclically as far as possible
It gets busiest on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. The best thing to do is avoid driving on weekends with traffic jams and go on vacation anti-cyclically, for example on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Where 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 peak travel times
- Freitag: Commuter traffic jams can be expected from midday, especially in southern and central Germany and around Hamburg and Berlin. The ACE forecasts that travel will start nationwide. The busiest times are between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Saturday: The classic holiday routes to the south, west or to the coasts of the North and Baltic Seas are already heavily loaded in the morning. Traffic is likely to be at its highest between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. There is also a lot going on on the secondary routes.
The return routes are likely to be busiest from early noon to 6 p.m., according to the ACE. According to the ADAC, the additional truck holiday driving ban promises some relief. It is valid until the end of August every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday: For Sunday, the ACE expects a lot of excursion traffic, 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 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Return traffic is likely to be heaviest between midday and early evening.
The car clubs believe that traffic jams and delays are 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: