|Population:||49,194 (31 Dec 2006)|
It is the starting point of the A30, and it's also on the A2. When coming from the A30, you have to cross the city when you want to go on further along the A2 (same if you come from the A2). A direct connection between the A30 and the A2 is still not existing, but is planned to be finished in 2016. In fact, don't wait for a Nordumgehung, it possibly will never come ;)
When going west, get out at the first Shell petrol station and ask people there. Somewhat back in time, the owner send platschi away from there, but nevertheless it's easy to get a ride.
When coming from the A30 hitchhiking east, get out at the big Jet service station appearing just 500m after entering the city. Don't try the Aral petrol station at the end of town, there you'll find much less people filling up their gas.
There is also a possibility to hitchhike by standing by the road. Coming from the west there is a bay where drivers can stop, just after the first set of traffic lights. Drivers can stop there easily. It would be good to have a sign ready: Berlin or Warszawa for example. This spot is located just some 400m before the Jet petrol station. Pretty good during Rush Hour when there are usually traffic jams in Oeynhausen.
Don't try to stand at the beginning of the motorway when going eastwards, there's a lot of traffic and some traffic lights, but in fact too dangerous for cars to stop. Probably same when going west.
North towards Minden, Porta Westfalica
When in Bad Oeynhausen, try to get out at the crossing Dehmer/Vlothoer Strasse where the B514 starts. Walk up the Dehmer Strasse for around 1,5 km, then you'll find a bus bay which is a good spot to hitchhike further towards Minden or Porta Westfalica. Before you'll not really have a chance to stop cars along the road as it's pretty narrow.