Important for Pentecost – SWR Aktuell

In Baden-Württemberg, the Pentecost holiday begins on Saturday. You can find out everything you need to know about your trip here.

Whitsun is now part of the main holiday season in Baden-Württemberg. Since vacations are sometimes much cheaper than summer vacation, many families in the country use the two-week school vacation to travel during this time. With the state of Baden-Württemberg, only Bavaria and Saarland have the longest Pentecost holiday. In other federal states, summer vacation begins at the end of June or the beginning of July.

Although the holidays only start in three federal states, ADAC Traffic Club anticipates plenty of road traffic jams. Because many short vacationers will also be outside during the Pentecost holidays. According to the ADAC, the desire to travel is similar to what it was before the Corona pandemic. The Traffic Club expects the greatest disturbances on Friday afternoon, in southern Germany also on Saturday morning and on White Monday.

The ADAC has identified nearly two dozen particularly stressful pathways. In addition to the main urban routes in Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich, these include routes to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. For Baden-Württemberg, ADAC calls these highways:

A5 Hattenbacher Drake – Frankfurt – Karlsruhe – Basel
A 6 Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Heilbronn – Nuremberg
A 7 Hamburg – Hanover – Würzburg – Ulm – Vossen / Reut
A 8 Karlsruhe – Stuttgart – Munich – Salzburg
A 81 Stuttgart – vocals

Information on traffic jams, accidents, construction sites and closures on motorways and federal roads in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate directly from SWRTraffic editor.

Many vacationers will also need patience abroad, particularly on the Tauern, Inntal, Rheintal, Brenner autobahns (Austria) and Gotthard Road (Switzerland). The same applies to the main roads to the Croatian coast. After the Pentecost weekend, ADAC expects another traffic jam on Wednesday before Corpus Christi, before the big wave of return flights begins on June 18 and 19.

The tank discount has been available in Germany since June 1 – the energy tax has been reduced until the end of August. As a result, there are currently very strong fluctuations and differences between individual gas stations. This also means that it is not entirely clear in which country fuel prices are currently the cheapest. Italy and Austria tend to be slightly below our current level. France is still a little lower than our current prices, but a little more expensive on average than the other two neighboring countries.

In Switzerland, a liter of premium gasoline is a little more expensive than here, but the price of diesel in particular is much higher than ours. The opposite is true in the Netherlands, where the price of a super is much more expensive than in Germany. So if you are going to Switzerland and Holland, it is better to refuel in Germany.


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Initially, diesel and gasoline prices in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate fell by four to ten percent in the morning. The tank discount is not fully valid yet.

Even if the number of passengers has not yet returned to the level it was before the Corona pandemic, airports expect significant growth in passenger numbers again. Stuttgart Airport expects up to 500,000 passengers and nearly 4,000 flights for two weeks after the Pentecost holiday. For comparison: in the record year 2019 before the pandemic, 700,000 passengers were counted in the same period. The most popular destination is Antalya in Turkey before Palma de Mallorca.


Stuttgart Airport (Photo: dpa Bildfunk, picture alliance / dpa | Christoph Schmidt)

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If you are traveling by plane, you should be prepared for longer waiting times at check-in and at security checks. According to the airlines, there is still a shortage of personnel in handling and security personnel. Stuttgart Airport advises to go to the security checkpoint 90 minutes before departure. The airlines also indicate the possibility of online check-in and advise that you take as little hand luggage as possible.

The €9 nationwide ticket has been valid since the beginning of June. You can also go on vacation with this ticket until the end of August. However, the €9 ticket is only valid for local public transport, ie on buses, subways and regional trains. The ticket is not valid on long-distance trains of the Deutsche Bahn, ie ICE, IC and EC. There is one exception in Baden-Württemberg: the €9 ticket is also valid on IC connections on the Gäubahn route from Stuttgart to the western part of Lake Constance to Singen.

Deutsche Bahn expects full trains on Pentecost. So special trains are used on weekend trips that are in high demand, for example between Munich and Hamburg. The Minister of Transport for Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Hermann (the Greens), nevertheless fears that the trains will be overloaded. Since construction work in progress will also continue into Pentecost weekend, there may be longer travel times, train or cancellations for some transportation.


The highlight of the €9 ticket: Q&A (Photo: dpa Bildfunk, picture alliance / dpa | Tom Weller (avatar, SWR montage))

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Even if you currently have a feeling that the Corona pandemic could end, there are still tens of thousands of new infections every day in Germany, for example. However, there are currently almost no restrictions on corona in the most popular holiday countries, including Germany.

in Austria Since May 16, 2022, there is no longer any obligation to provide proof, registration or entry quarantine. There are also no mask requirements. The FFP2 mask is only mandatory in hospitals, health clinics, seniors and nursing homes.

also in Switzerland There are no more Corona requirements for entry since the beginning of May. Mask requirements have also been dropped.

Since 1 June 2022 also in Italia Lift all entry restrictions related to Covid-19. The 2G rule continues to be applied to access healthcare facilities such as hospitals and care facilities. According to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FFP2 masks must be worn on public transport, in local and remote traffic, and in closed-room cultural and sporting events in Italy until June 15, 2022. In all these cases, eating and drinking in closed rooms is prohibited. Violators of the obligation to carry the pregnancy can be punished with high fines. Children under the age of six are exempt from the mask requirement.

The beach on the Italian coast in Sirollo, in the province of Ancona in Le Marche, is full of parasols and bathtubs.  (Photo: dpa Bildfunk, picture alliance / dpa | Annette Riddle)

In many holiday countries such as Italy, Austria and Switzerland, there are almost no restrictions on Corona anymore.

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Image Alliance / dpa | Annette Riddle

Entry is a bit more complicated France. Fully vaccinated travelers from Germany only need a valid proof of vaccination to enter the country. Travelers who have not been fully vaccinated must have a negative PCR test done at least 72 hours prior to travel or an antigen test no more than 48 hours prior to travel to enter the country. Proof of recovery of at least eleven days, but not more than six months, is equivalent.

Children under the age of twelve can enter France without proof of vaccination. However, unvaccinated children over 12 years of age should have a negative PCR test no longer than 72 hours or a negative antigen test no longer than 48 hours.

Vacationers who after Spain Flying, they must first check if they can enter with their EU digital Covid certificate or need to complete an electronic immigration form via the Span Travel Health portal, which generates a QR code that must be presented at check-in and at immigration. All travelers 12 years of age or older must be able to show a negative test result (polymerase chain reaction or rapid test), and proof of complete or booster vaccination or proof of cure. The nationwide obligation to wear a mouth and nose covering applies only to public transportation and health facilities such as hospitals.

In general, vacations are becoming more expensive for many people in Baden-Württemberg. The reason for this is the goods and merchandise whose prices have risen in recent weeks due to the war in Ukraine, such as gas, fuel and food. This also causes problems for hotels and restaurants in the country. They have raised prices step by step over the past few weeks. However, there are areas in Baden-Württemberg that can look forward to occupying an entire family on Pentecost, for example Lake Constance. According to Tourismus Marketing Baden-Württemberg, things are not so rosy in other areas. There are sometimes severe differences in the number of tourists.


Hundreds of vacationers and tourists spend their afternoons on the shore of Lake Constance.  (Photo: dpa Bildfunk, picture alliance / dpa | Felix Castell)

Vacations in Baden-Württemberg are becoming more expensive, and tour operators are struggling with rising costs in many areas. This is not her only problem.

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