Full trains on popular routes: many people used the 9-euro ticket on the Saturday before Pentecost.

Places on the Baltic Sea and North Sea were among the favorite destinations, often when the June weather was beautiful.

On Sylt, for example, numerous tourists and day visitors arrived, many of them in a party mood.

A police spokesman said the situation was calm.

There were no major operations during the night either.

A group of 50 to 80 punks who had been on the island for a few days had "been a little loud", but that wasn't anything special either.

In the past few days, there has been a lot of talk about Sylt on social media in the debate about the 9-euro ticket.

Calls from left-wing groups online to “board” the island had also made the rounds.

At some train stations, especially in larger cities, there were occasional crowds on Saturday.

At Berlin Central Station, for example, there was a large rush on regional trains to Stralsund and Rostock on the Baltic Sea in the morning.

"As expected, regional trains, especially to tourist destinations, are in very high demand today," said a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn.

Crowds at the train stations

Travelers reported overcrowded trains and delays.

Rail customers with bicycles were not even able to board some journeys.

Transport companies had already announced in advance that it would not always be possible to take bicycles everywhere.

Companies such as the operator Go-Ahead in Baden-Württemberg said that due to the high occupancy rate, not everyone who was willing to travel could be taken along.

Pentecost is usually always busy on the railways.

This year, the 9-euro ticket will be added, which holders can use to travel through Germany on local public transport in June, July and August.

The big chaos probably didn't happen at the tourist destinations.

On the Baltic Sea in the Bay of Lübeck, for example, the situation was relaxed on Saturday.

Numerous vacationers and day visitors enjoyed the sun and the beach.

It was full, but not overcrowded, an employee of the tourist information center in Niendorfer Hafen summarized the situation at noon.

Places such as Timmendorfer Strand or Travemünde can be easily reached from Hamburg with the 9-euro ticket.

There were numerous mostly minor traffic jams on the freeways, especially those heading north.

However, the volume of traffic is to be expected for a holiday weekend, said a spokesman for the General German Automobile Club (ADAC).

And so it goes on with the Whitsun weather: According to the forecast by the German Weather Service (DWD), the risk of storms is quite high on Sunday, and on Whit Monday it will be "a little less turbulent".

Severe thunderstorms are possible in southern Germany, from the Lake Constance region to the foothills of the Alps to the Bavarian Forest.

There is also a risk of thunderstorms in western and central Germany on Sunday – but probably less severe there.

Only the extreme north and east remain outside.

There is sunshine for hours on the Baltic Sea islands.

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