Corona crisis: excursions and second homes – Where you can still avoid Easter

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“Please don’t go to the mountains!” Appeals to the Alpine Club, “Berliner, stay at home!” Asks a Brandenburg Social Affairs Director, and Angela Merkel also expressed it very clearly last week: “A pandemic knows no holidays.”

Not only trips to Germany and abroad, but also trips to the Baltic and North Sea are prohibited by the Corona pandemic over Easter. Citizens are encouraged to “generally refrain from private trips and visits from relatives.” However, there is no nationwide ban on day trips – and not all federal states have the same regulations for trips and visits to the holiday home.

For example, some federal states prohibit the visit of a second home, others even the trip to the lake. The reason: The municipalities fear that the residents of second homes could introduce the corona virus. Health care is only prepared for the locals in every place.

You can read what you are allowed to do in your state – and what not – in our overview.


In Baden-Württemberg, the Corona Ordinance does not prohibit visiting your second home. That is why mayors from the Black Forest are appealing to day trippers to stay at home, as the “Badische Zeitung” reports.


There have been strict exit restrictions in Bavaria since March 21, and you can only go outside with good reason. Excursions to Lake Starnberg are not explicitly prohibited, even if everyone is asked to stay at home. Spending time in allotment gardens is also expressly permitted. The Bavarian Ministry of the Interior advises against trips to the second home, but they are not prohibited unless there is no other option.


It is not forbidden to leave or re-enter the city, a spokesman for the Senate Department told Kommunal magazine.


Anyone who owns a holiday home or holiday apartment in Brandenburg can continue to use it themselves, according to the Brandenburg Ministry of the Interior.

The Brandenburg district of Ostprignitz-Ruppin, however, has imposed an entry ban. Two Berliners have filed a lawsuit and have been right. The court was currently unable to determine that the ban was necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the judgment said.


While overnight stays in Bremen are not permitted, the city does not provide information on a second residence regulation on the Internet.


Excursions within Hamburg are permitted, but visitors to the surrounding area of ​​the Hanseatic city are rather undesirable: District Administrator Michael Roesberg from Stade told the NDR: “Anyone planning an excursion to the Elbe or the Old Land on Easter days has the rules of conduct in Corona times don’t understand and behave wrong. “


Travel for tourist purposes is prohibited. The first district in Hesse has banned the use of the second home for the protection of the population, reports the “Hessische / Niedersächsische Allgemeine”. In Waldeck-Frankenberg, therefore, since 3.4. no one in his vacation home.

Lower Saxony

Lower Saxony prohibits travel to second homes. But if you are already there, you will not be sent back if you adhere to the contact restrictions. But here too, bans can vary between municipalities. The municipality of Krummhörn in East Frisia asked a couple to return to Rhineland-Palatinate. She got the law before the Oldenburg Administrative Court. In addition, some parking spaces are blocked so that not too many walkers flock to the sea.

Nevertheless, excursions are allowed, for example in the Lüneburg Heath or in the Lower Saxony part of the Harz. There are no border controls.

North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia continues to allow people to stay in their second homes. Those who stay privately in a hotel, on the other hand, have to pay 500 euros. Popular excursion destinations should be avoided if possible over Easter.

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

Since March 20, regulatory agencies in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have been checking vehicles that have no license plate from the state. Anyone who has a second home was asked to leave the country. On Thursday Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania tightened the rules for locals too. During the holidays, day trips to popular seaside resorts on the coast or in the Lake District are prohibited to everyone – and not just those from outside. Even motorhome entry is not permitted.

So far, the police in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have complied with the contact restrictions. The praesidia in Rostock and Neubrandenburg said that it was very quiet on the access roads into the country and to the main excursion destinations on the Baltic Sea coast. There were also no current findings on the rejection of people from other federal states.


Rhineland-Palatinate blocks parking lots from popular excursion destinations so that it doesn’t get too crowded. So far, there are no dedicated regulations on second homes in the state.


There are particularly strict exit restrictions in Saarland: a visit for tourist purposes is prohibited. Travelers without a valid travel reason are no longer allowed to enter and leave the country. However, it is at the discretion of each official what is a “valid reason”.


In Saxony, movement is only allowed in the “environment of the living area”, which is not exactly prescribed, reports the MDR. However, excursions to more distant areas are not permitted.


In Saxony-Anhalt, second home owners can travel to their homes. In contrast, day trips are not permitted for tourist reasons. A trip to the Harz Mountains has to be canceled over Easter. Family visits are permitted, but Easter is not recommended. Travel for commercial and professional reasons remains allowed.


After Schleswig-Holstein initially referred residents of the state’s vacation homes, they are now allowed to stay. Different regulations apply in the circles. Basically, there is a ban on entering the northernmost federal state for tourists, day trippers and owners of second homes. Day trips within the country are permitted.


There are also contact restrictions in Thuringia. However, the state’s regulations do not state whether visiting a second home is prohibited.

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