Traffic jam forecast: First weekend in Advent: Where the streets will fill up

Berlin / Munich.
The winter travel season has not yet begun – everything should run smoothly on the streets, right? These are the prognoses.

Expect the coming first weekend of Advent (November 26th to 28th) ADAC and Auto Club Europa (ACE) little tourist traffic and hardly any traffic jams on the highways. The commuter traffic with possible disruptions from Friday lunchtime is a usual exception.

However, the car clubs expect occasional lively, dense traffic on the routes in and out of the city centers and around the metropolitan areas. Because Christmas shoppers are likely to come to the centers, especially on Saturday mornings.

Many Christmas markets have been canceled due to Corona, so that the ADAC hardly expects any traffic in this context at the weekend. In some regions a lockdown even prevents private excursion traffic.

Travelers should find out about restrictions in advance

Within Germany, the ACE recommends that you inform yourself about the different regulations of the respective federal states before departure. This also applies to travel restrictions and quarantine rules when traveling abroad. Information on this is available, among other things Foreign Office .


Traffic can also congest in the area of ​​construction sites, of which the ADAC currently counts 816 – less than weeks ago. The ACE also refers to the weather forecast, which makes winter road conditions possible up to the lowlands. Hence the tip to get a winter-proof car now at the latest.


On the following routes, the ACE expects a temporary increase in traffic, mostly in both directions:

A 1

Cologne – Dortmund – Bremen – Lübeck

A 2

Hanover – Berlin

A 3

Cologne – Frankfurt / Main – Nuremberg – Passau

A 4

Erfurt – Dresden

A 5

Frankfurt/Main – Karlsruhe

A 6

Mannheim – Heilbronn – Nuremberg

A 7

Hamburg – Hanover and Würzburg – Ulm – Füssen / Reutte

A 8

Karlsruhe – Stuttgart – Munich – Salzburg

A 9

Hof – Leipzig and Nuremberg – Munich

A 61

Mönchengladbach – Ludwigshafen – Koblenz

A 72

Leipzig – Chemnitz – Hof

A 81

Singing – Stuttgart – Heilbronn

A 93

Kiefersfelden – Inntal triangle

A 95

Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen

A 96

Lindau – Munich

A 99

Munich bypass

For Switzerland and Austria, the clubs expect a similar traffic situation as in Germany. Hardly any travel-related traffic jams, but commuter traffic from Friday lunchtime and more shopping traffic in and around the centers on Saturday. The conditions on the road should therefore be good, unless winter arrives, according to the ADAC. This is where the club hits them country-specific winter tire regulations attentive.

With Controls at the borders is to be expected according to the car clubs. Next to the ACE also holds that ADAC Information on travel requirements within and outside of Germany is available on his website. The Austrian infrastructure company Asfinag provides information about the current waiting times at the German-Austrian border crossings Walserberg, Kiefersfelden and Suben online.

Most alpine passes are closed in the cold season, according to the ADAC. One example is the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, which has not been passable since November 1st. The ACE lists winter closures, temporary weather-dependent closures or equipment obligations online at daily updated Alpenpässe. (dpa)


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