Magdeburg is a city in Germany just in the middle between Hannover and Berlin. It is enclosed by the a A2 in the north and the A14 in the South and West which intersect in the North-West of the city. The B71 is running through the middle of the city intersecting with the A2 in the North and the A14 in the South. Due to the B17 there are many different on-ramps and spots all over the city, although their hitchability may vary.
East towards Berlin
Option 1: gas station at the B71
Take Tram 9 in Magdeburg towards Neustädter See and get out at Krähenstieg. Walk left, crossing the tracks and the street. Turn right after the tower-like building and walk down the street there. After some meters you will recognize the petrol station behind some trees on the left side. It is directly located along the B71 which intersects with the A2 at Magdeburg-Centrum.
In the afternoon you meet a lot of people who just go to their home villages in the counties Jerichower Land (number plate JL), Ohrekreis (OK) or Salzwedel (SAW) but there are also cars going longer distances.
Be careful: Some people reported that employees of the station told them to leave because "it is forbidden to talk to the car owners". They tried to make the hitchhikers leave and threatened to call the police. There are speculations that this depends on the daytime, your appearance and the presence of certain employees or the boss.
Option 2: B71 on-ramp at the university
Very easy to get to is the on-ramp of the B71 close to the university. Take a tram to Universität and from the roundabout follow the Walter-Rathenau-Straße for a few hundred meters. There is a bus stop with a huge shoulder before the bridge.
Alternatively continue until the very on-ramp. Traffic lights and cars from the other direction as well. Directly at the on-ramp it is difficult to stop, but still possible to hitch a ride. Especially on fridays many students are leaving the city this way. Sign very advisable.
Option 3: Service Station Börde at the A2Another option is the service station Börde Nord and Börde Süd, a pretty nice starting point for hitchhikers. However, it includes a longer bus ride starting at the central bus station Damaschkeplatz behind Hauptbahnhof.
You can take bus number 615 towards Eichenbarleben and get out at bus stop Mammendorf (Eichenbarleben). From here you can walk to the service station. You'll approach the service station from the south and need to take the path to the right before the underpass of the motorway.
You can also take bus number 618 towards Rottmersleben until Groß Santersleben. Form here you need to take the Mammendorfer Weg (direction southwest). You will first see the service station Börde Nord (westbound) and after you passed under the motorway you will find the path going to the left to Börde Süd ((south-)eastbound).
South-East towards Dessau
Take tram #5 or #6 to Jerichower Platz and look for the bus stop next to the gas station. Take bus #51 to the stop Biederitzer Str. / Heyrothsberge. Walk back to the main road, then turn left and hitch from the street turning right at the next traffic light along Königsberger Str..
Option 1: AGIP gas station at the B1
Take tram #3, #4 or #5 to Albert-Vater-Str.. You will see an AGIP gas station on your right. It is good for westbound traffic on the A2. You can hitch at the gas station or by the road (eg. at the bus station). Cars which are not going onto the highway could drop you in Irxleben, from there it is really close to the Rasthof at the exit #67 Irxleben which is a good place to hitch as well.
Option 2: gas station at the B71
Same as for Berlin. Local cars going to or further than the exit #67 Irxleben can take you to the the Rasthof at the exit or to the service station Börde respectively.
Option 3: B71 on-ramp at the university
Same as for Berlin. Take a different sign though: A2 West works quite well for example.
Option 4: Service Station Börde at the A2
Like above, but if you take bus #615 take the path to the right after the underpass of the motorway. If you take bus #618 go left before the underpass.
Option 1: B71 on-ramp at the university
Like to Berlin or Hannover. Either at the bus stop or at the on-ramp. The on-ramp in this direction offers a little better place to stop. Sign advisable. This spot is much faster & easier to reach and probably better than the 2nd option.
Option 2: Leipziger Chaussee/Salbker Chaussee
Some cars take this way when they are leaving Magdeburg to the south. You can either ask at the petrol station or the traffic lights. Unfortunately, many cars are leaving the Autobahn before they pass the next service station.
Take bus #57 until "Flughafen" and walk westwards crossing one traffic light. On the right side is the petrol station, on the left side is the last traffic light before the Autobahn where there is a lot of place for cars to pull over for you on the central reservation of the street. Only cars turning left go towards the Autobahn.
Don't bother to take a lift directly to the on-ramp of the A14. Cars go fast, don't see you and have almost no place to stop.
Option 3: Shell petrol station
Take tram #9 or #3 until the last stop Leipziger Chaussee and from there bus #54 in direction of Porsestraße and get off at the bus stop Schreberstraße. Turn left at the big supermarket, walk straight for a few hundred meters and you will see the Shell petrol station. Is directly accessible from the B71 to the South, but also some local traffic might stop here. Even though it takes some time to get here, it might be the best place to leave Magdeburg going South.
A2 from/to west
Service station Börde
The service station is in the northwest of Magdeburg before the intersection between the A2 and the A14. It will take you 30 to 45 minutes hitchhiking to the city from here. If you get out there you can walk south towards the B1 which is a 15 minute walk. From the side of the A2 going east you walk out the road from the service station, go left and then right. If you got out at the side going west you have to cross the small bridge and go straight. You will reach an intersection, the cars from the opposite direction turning right go for Magdeburg and can easily stop for you.
A2 from/to east
Exit Rothensee (#71 on A2)
If you find a driver who is passing Magdeburg on the A2 but not willing to bring you into the city, you can ask hir to drop you off at the exit Magdeburg Rothensee because the tram stop Barleber See is directly next to it.
The last trains (Tram 10 at daytime, Tram 94 at night) run at 23:15 and the first after 5:00. However, if you miss the last one, you can also walk 3 km to the stop Hohenwarther Straße – just follow the big road. There, Tram 94 can pick you up nearly every hour at night. Otherwise, the industrial area is quiet at night and you can try to sleep in the grass or bushes. One tramp stop further is an Aral gas station and a traffic light at the crossroads. During the night, you can easily fetch cars coming from the highway by pressing the traffic light button for pedestrians - for cars, the traffic light almost immediately turns red. Just wait until you see the headlights of an arriving car and press the button to guarantee it has to stop, then ask.
A14 from/to south
Exit Magdeburg-Stadtfeld (#3 on A14)
If your driver is going to continue along the A14 instead of the A2, he can drop you also at the exit #3 MD-Stadtfeld. It is the first exit after the intersection. It is a national road and cars drive fast, but there is a traffic light which leaves you a small time margin to catch a ride when the light turns red. The advantage of this spot is that it is closest to the city center and the next tram stop is only 3km away.
Exit Magdeburg-Reform (#6 on A14)
At the A14 your best bet is to get dropped off at exit #6 MD-Reform and walk until the bus station to get a further ride. Waiting times vary from short to very long and depend a lot of the amount of cars passing by, especially on weekends.
Local buses and trams are run by the MVB. Their website mvbnet.de is only available in German.
Anyone with an adult monthly ticket or job ticket can take you for free on weekdays between 19:00 and 4:00 as well as on weekends and public holidays at any times. Ask around at the stations. Unfortunately, students cannot take you.
You can get on buses and trams without paying beforehand. The ticket inspectors wear uniforms (dark vests in summer) and they try to hide themselves before entering a train. They could wear civil clothes as well. During the day you could pretend to be about to buy a ticket standing next to the ticket machines. However, especially on weekends at night time there are many controls by though and evil looking guys in black clothing who probably won't fall for this trick.
- This article is based on text from the German language Anarchopedia which is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.