A2 (Germany)

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The A2 is a major motorway in Germany. It connects the Ruhr Area with Berlin, via Hannover, Braunschweig and Magdeburg.

It crosses the A 1 (Hamburg-Cologne) near Dortmund, the A 7 (Hamburg-Frankfurt) in Hannover and the A 30 (Bad Oeynhausen - Amsterdam (it merges into the Dutch A 1 near Hengelo)) in Bad Oeynhausen.

You can almost be sure to travel very fast here. There are plenty of petrol stations, and all of them are highly frequented. It is also the most important connection between Poland and western Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. Because of the many Polish cars and trucks, it is often referred to as Warsaw Alley. So when heading to Poland, you can try to find a direct ride here.

The A2 from Bad Oeynhausen until Berlin is part of the European road E 30.

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Hitching the A2

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(1) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Oberhausen * A 3 and to the A 516
(2) Ramp.png Oberhausen-Königshardt
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Bottrop
(3) Ramp.png Bottrop
(3) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Bottrop * A 31
(4) Ramp.png Gladbeck-Ellinghorst
(5) Ramp.png Essen/Gladbeck
(6) Ramp.png Gelsenkirchen-Buer
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Resser Mark
(7) Ramp.png Herten
(8) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Recklinghausen * A 43
(9) Ramp.png Recklinghausen-Süd
(10) Ramp.png Recklinghausen-Ost
(11) Ramp.png Henrichenburg
(12) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Dortmund-Nordwest * A 45
(12a) Ramp.png Dortmund-Mengede
(13) Ramp.png Dortmund-Nordost
(14) Ramp.png Dortmund-Landstrop
(15) Ramp.png Kamen-Bergkamen
(16) Autobahn junction.png Kamener Kreuz * A 1
near Lünen
(17) Ramp.png Bönen
(18) Ramp.png Hamm
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Rhynern Süd Good.png (good)
Reststation Hamm-Rhynern from the air
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Rhynern Nord Good.png (good)
(19) Ramp.png Hamm-Uentrop
(20) Ramp.png Beckum
(21) Ramp.png Oelde
(22) Ramp.png Herzebrock-Clarholz
(23) Ramp.png Rheda-Wiedenbrück
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Gütersloh Süd Verygood.png (very good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Gütersloh Nord Verygood.png (very good)
(24) Ramp.png Gütersloh
Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Obergassel Bad.png (bad) Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Niedergassel Bad.png (bad)
(25) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Bielefeld * A 33
Senseless.png (senseless) (26) Ramp.png Bielefeld-Sennestadt Senseless.png (senseless)
Good.png (good) Forget it directly at the ramp, but there's a good spot some 1km before the ramp where the approach road starts. Have a look at the Bielefeld article for specific information. (27) Ramp.png Bielefeld-Ost Good.png (good) Forget it directly at the ramp, but there's a good spot some 1km before the ramp where the approach road starts. Have a look at the Bielefeld article for specific information.
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Lipperland Süd
(28) Ramp.png Ostwestfalen-Lippe
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Lipperland Nord
(29) Ramp.png Herford/Bad Salzuflen
(30) Ramp.png Herford-Ost
(31) Ramp.png Exter
(32) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Bad Oeynhausen * A 30
Near Bad Oeynhausen
(33) Ramp.png Porta Westfalica
(34) Ramp.png Veltheim
Good.png (good) (35) Ramp.png Bad Eilsen
In both directions, this ramp is quite good. Best option might be to stand down by the traffic light with a sign if going westwards, or walk up and wait just some 10 meters before the bridge if you want to hitch towards Hannover. Much traffic, cars can stop (not perfectly, but it's ok). Beautiful landscape!
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Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Auetal Süd Good.png (good)
At service area Auetal direction Dortmund
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Auetal Nord Good.png (good)
(36) Ramp.png Rehren
(37) Ramp.png Lauenau
(38) Ramp.png Bad Nenndorf
(39) Ramp.png Wunstorf-Kolenfeld
(40) Ramp.png Wunstorf-Luthe
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Garbsen Süd Verygood.png (very good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Garbsen Nord Verygood.png (very good)
(41) Ramp.png Garbsen
(42) Ramp.png Hannover-Herrenhausen
Get off here, when heading to Hannover. A tram station is very close.
(43) Dreieck Hannover-West * A 352
Bad.png (bad) (44) Ramp.png Hannover/Langenhagen
You can get off here if you want to visit Hannover. There's a tram station at the Hannover side of the ramp, and drivers can go back to the motorway easily.
Senseless.png (senseless)
(45) Ramp.png Hannover-Bothfeld
(46) Ramp.png Hannover-Lahe
(47) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Hannover-Buchholz * A 37
(48) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Hannover-Ost * A 7
(49) Ramp.png Lehrte
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Lehrter See Nord Good.png (good), going south Senseless.png (senseless), going north Average.png (average)
(50) Ramp.png Lehrte-Ost
(51) Ramp.png Hämelerwald
(52) Ramp.png Peine
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Zweidorfer Holz Süd Good.png (good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Zweidorfer Holz Nord Good.png (good)
(53) Ramp.png Braunschweig-Watenbüttel
Senseless.png (senseless) (54) Ramp.png Braunschweig-Hafen Good.png (good)
(55) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Braunschweig-Nord * A 391
Bad.png (bad) (56) Ramp.png Braunschweig-Flughafen
low traffic and almost no traffic during evenings and weekends
Bad.png (bad)
Average.png (average) from Braunschweig-Center take tram line to Volkmarode, then it is a 7km walk (or hitchhiking) to this ramp. There is a caravan whorehouse here, local people know this and don't want to pick up punters. Waiting times 45-60 minutes to Berlin. (57) Ramp.png Braunschweig-Ost
(58) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Wolfsburg/Königslutter * A 39
(59) Ramp.png Königslutter
(60) Ramp.png Rennau
(61) Ramp.png Helmstedt-West
(62) Ramp.png Helmstedt-Zentrum
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Helmstedt Good.png (good) This is the first of two service station's within 5 kilometers. Better try it here than the next service station some kilometer further.
(63) Ramp.png Helmstedt-Ost/Marienborn
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Lappwald Verygood.png (very good)
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Marienborn Average.png (average)
(64) Ramp.png Alleringersleben
(65) Ramp.png Eilsleben
(66) Ramp.png Bornstedt
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Börde Süd Verygood.png (very good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Börde Nord Verygood.png (very good)
(67) Ramp.png Irxleben
(68) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Magdeburg * A 14
(69) Ramp.png Magdeburg-Kannenstieg Average.png (average) |
Senseless.png (senseless) better you go the ARAL station 1.5 km south and ask drivers there Verygood.png (very good), see Magdeburg (70) Ramp.png Magdeburg-Zentrum Senseless.png (senseless) better you go the ARAL station 1.5 km south and ask drivers there Verygood.png (very good), see Magdeburg
(71) Ramp.png Magdeburg-Rothensee
(72) Ramp.png Lostau/Hohenwarthe
(73) Ramp.png Burg-Zentrum
(74) Ramp.png Burg-Ost
(75) Ramp.png Theeßen
(76) Ramp.png Ziesar
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Buckautal Süd Good.png (good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Buckautal Nord Good.png (good)
(77) Ramp.png Wollin
(78) Ramp.png Brandenburg an der Havel
(79) Ramp.png Netzen
(80) Ramp.png Lehnin
(81) Autobahn junction.png Dreieck Werder * A 10

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German highways

Major highways: A1A2A3A4A5A6A7A8A9

Minor highways: A10A11A12A13A14A15A17A19A20A21A23A24A25A26A27A28A29A30A31A33A37A38A39A40A42A43A44A45A46A48A49A52A57A59A60A61A62A63A64A65A66A67A70A71A72A73A81A92A93A94A95A96A98A99