Soest

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Soest
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Information
Country:
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Germany
State:
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North Rhine-Westphalia
Population: 48,500
Licence plate: SO
Major roads: A 44
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Soest is a city in Germany, it is the seat of the eponymous district. Located on the A44 45 km east of Dortmund, you are likely to pass here on your way to or from Benelux.

Hitching in

If you come from the motorway, ask the driver to drop you off at the Soest-Ost exit. Here there is a Burger King restaurant that is quite popular among young people of the town. From the parking area it will be easy to find a lift to the city centre. The town itself is small and everything can be discovered by walking, but the motorway is some kilometres outside the town.

Hitching out

West towards Dortmund, east or south towards Kassel, Munich, Dresden Bundesautobahn 44 number.svg

From the train station or the center you should take bus R51 to Warstein. Get off in the village "Muellingsen" and turn right from the road to the village itself. Turn right again to "Kirchweg" and walk through this path till the gas station Soester Boerde on the A44. To go East this is the first turn, to go West you have to pass through the bridge and turn then. Traffic here is huge and finding a lift very easy. If you want to go further West make sure the driver is not going to the center of the big cities on the way (f.e. Dortmund, Bochum or Essen) as there are no bigger gas stations and you can get stuck easy. Waiting for a lift direct to the Netherlands can be convenient.

Ticket for the bus R51 (once every hour, from around 6AM til 10PM) will be 1,60 Euro (as of August 2012) and as the drivers are checking mostly very carefull when you enter the bus, blackriding will be a hard challange. You can also walk from the city along Grandweg, Niederbergheimer Straße, right into Waldstraße, left into Detmolder Straße, around 4 km.

North towards Hamm

From the train station walk left (you can ask people for the police office, it is this direction) until you see a tunnel on the left side. Turn here and walk straight until you see a petrol station. From there you hitch and find lifts to the center of Hamm or to the A2 in direction of Amsterdam or Berlin.