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Germany: Easter Vacation to Lead to Traffic Jams

In eight federal states, the Easter vacation officially starts on Monday. Those are Berlin, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania, North-Rhine Westphalia and Thuringia. Sure, vacations are always nice, but the coin has a flip side.

The General German Automobile Association (ADAC) does not employ psychics, but they do know which Autobahn stretches and federal highways will fill up, because they always do around Easter. Traffic jams are to be expected, especially today and on Saturday, for several reasons:

  • Many Germans and other residents will take Easter trips to see relatives or nice places or both.
  • Eight provinces are starting their vacations on the same day.
  • The German Autobahn network is literally plastered with countless construction sites.

All of this means that for many vacationers who insist on traveling by car, the Easter holidays will likely commence with bad ‘surprises’ on Germany’s roads.

Traffic can pile up anywhere at any time. But on many stretches, big traffic jams are definitely a foregone conclusion.

Leaving Berlin towards Hamburg via the A111, the A10 and the A24 is always a pain in the neck due to all of those construction sites all over the place. This applies even more today and tomorrow. Choosing the federal highway 5 towards the east instead will not help, because everyone will have that ‘genius idea’.

According to the ADAC, 14 more Autobahn stretches and interchanges will be affected by a lot of holiday traffic. They includes the following ones:

  • A1 between Hamburg and Cologne
  • A1, A3, ‘Cologne Ring’ (‘Kölner Ring’)
  • A2 between Berlin and Oberhausen
  • A3 between Passau and Oberhausen
  • A4 ‘Kirchheim Interchange’ (‘Kirchheimer Dreieck’)
  • A5 ‘Hattenbach Interchange’
  • A6 between Nuremberg and Kaiserslautern
  • A7 from Hamburg all the way to Füssen
  • A8 from Karlsruhe to Salzburg
  • A9 from Berlin down to Munich
  • A61, A81, A95
  • All roads around Munich, including the Autobahn

The only remedy is to choose trains instead, but they will also be crammed. The same applies to buses.

Coloring those Easter eggs at home is really the only way to avoid getting stuck in holiday traffic.