Christmas chaos: More traffic expected on the 1st weekend in Advent

After quieter weeks, traffic clubs are predicting more traffic for the first weekend in Advent. Christmas is approaching and with it the hustle and bustle.

On the first weekend in Advent (25th to 27th November) the Auto Club Europe (ACE) and the ADAC brisk traffic on the highways around the metropolitan areas.

Christmas shopping, especially on Saturday mornings, and Christmas markets attract visitors to the inner cities. The clubs advise using public transport to get there.

Otherwise, mainly free trunk roads and normal traffic can be expected. In addition to the autumn and winter weather, construction sites continue to be the cause of slow traffic and traffic jams. According to the ADAC, their number has reduced to 931 compared to the previous weeks.

closures and detours

More patience is also required for motorway closures and detours on some routes. The typical commuter traffic also slows down motorists on many routes on Friday – especially between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to ACE.

The ACE considers possible traffic jams and delays on the following routes (often in both directions) at the weekend:

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Cologne – Dortmund – Bremen – Hamburg – Lübeck

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Nuremberg – Würzburg – Frankfurt/Main

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Basel – Karlsruhe – Frankfurt/Main

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Nuremberg – Heilbronn – Mannheim

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Füssen/Reutte – Ulm – Würzburg – Hanover – Hamburg

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Salzburg – Munich – Ulm – Stuttgart – Karlsruhe

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Munich – Nuremberg – Leipzig – Berlin

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Berlin Ring

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Bypass Munich

According to ACE, there is a similar pattern to that in Germany on the motorways in Austria and Switzerland: on Friday there is a lot of commuter traffic and, above all, on Saturday mornings there are full inner cities – on Sundays it is quiet. “Traffic jams are limited,” predicts the ADAC. On the transit routes such as the Brenner, the Tauern motorway and the Swiss Gotthard route, it can take a little longer in places, especially in construction site areas.

Note the onset of winter

The onset of winter is already to be expected in the Alpine regions. The cars should be prepared accordingly, for example with winter tires. Also think about the special regulations for winter tires in the destination or transit countries. About the situation on the alpine roads informs the ACE online.

At the borders of neighboring countries you only have to be prepared for short waiting times – if at all. You can see how long you have to wait at the border from Austria to Germany at the Walserberg (Salzburg – Bad Reichenhall), Kiefersfelden (Kufstein Süd – Kiefersfelden) and Suben (Ort i. Innkreis – Pocking) crossings on-line at the Austrian infrastructure company Asfinag. (dpa)

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