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Heavy traffic is expected this weekend throughout Germany because of the Easter holiday, according to a news release from U.S. Army Europe.

Motorists should be prepared for traffic jams and stop-and-go traffic on many of the nation’s autobahns, the release said.

Friday, Sunday and Monday are federal holidays in Germany. Truck traffic is prohibited in Germany on Sundays and holidays, which could mitigate some of the congestion. But Germany’s school vacations, which are staggered, will create extra traffic, according to USAREUR.

Motorists in central Germany can listen to the “Triple Decker Traffic Report” on American Forces Radio (AFN, 98.7-FM). The report runs four times an hour from 5-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday in addition to 9-11 a.m. Friday.

“We receive our traffic information from the [HR3 — Hessischer Rundfunk television] Web page,” said Air Force 2nd Lt. Nicole M. Dubnicay, an AFN spokeswoman. “We do welcome call-ins regarding traffic.”

Dubnicay said other AFN stations in Germany that broadcast rush-hour traffic reports are located in Kaiserslautern (100.2- FM) and Bavaria (1107-AM).

USAREUR warned that travelers can expect long waits at the borders at Poland and the Czech Republic. ADAC, the Germany automobile association, is also forecasting heavy traffic on certain major highways in Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

Motorists driving in the Alps should also be prepared for wintry conditions, USAREUR warned.

Good Friday and Easter Monday are German federal holidays — stores are closed, public transportation is run on different schedules, and some restaurants are closed or require reservations, the USAREUR release advised.


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