|Population:||606,588 (31 Dec 2010)|
|Motorways:||8 81 831|
Stuttgart is the capital of the German federal state Baden-Württemberg.
Esso petrol station Heilbronnerstr: From Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) take Metro U5, U6 or U7 just one stop to "Türlenstraße/Bürgerhospital". Leave the station in driving direction and walk about 100 metres up the hill. On the right side there is the petrol station where many people fill there tanks before they're entering the motorway.
You can also stay some meters before the petrol station. There is a little green area and after that a departure for a car park or something like this. With a good sign you get lots of the traffic out of Stuttgart heading towards the motorway and they can stop quite easy. Took me one hour at a Friday to get a straight ride till Würzburg.
From Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) take Metro 15/U5 to "Borsigstraße". When you leave the train, there is one petrol station in front of you (direction of the train) . Most of the cars that stop there go on the motorway ("Autobahn") A81
When you are on motorway (Autobahn) A 81 you can jump off on the resting place called "Wunnenstein" that has also a petrol station and is between Stuttgart and Heilbronn or rather the departure to motorway (Autobahn) A 6. From there you can get rides to the north or west. But there I sometimes had to wait longer (about 45 minutes in average) to get a ride to the north because a lot of cars are going to the west. Be careful at "Wunnenstein" – there are constant police raids because of drugs – hitching is no problem.
Löffelstraße/Stuttgart-Degerloch (B27 that leads to A8 München-Karlsruhe) – From Hauptbahnhof (Main Station), you can take the metro U5 (Leinfelden), U6 (Fasanenhof), or U12 (Möhringen/Vaihingen) and exit at the stop Degerloch. Leave the station towards ZOB (in the direction of the train), cross the high street at the traffic light, and walk on straight until you reach the start of a turn lane (see the picture).
- The best is to position yourself on the grass strip not far from the beginning, cars tend to speed up already from here because the street turns into a motorcar road in about 200m.
Motorway on-ramp "Stuttgart-Vaihingen" (A831 that leads to A8/A81) – From Hauptbahnhof (Main Station), you can take S-Bahn train S1 (Böblingen/Herrenberg), S2 or S3 (Flughafen/Filderstadt), and exit at the stop Vaihingen. Leave the station to the right (direction of the train) and walk straight past the place to "Robert-Koch-Straße". There you turn right and continue on to "Hauptstraße", where you turn left and follow the street until you reach the motorway on-ramp.
- You can wait there with a sign on the striped road markings, it's illegal for cars to stop there but it's likely that they do because they cannot drive very fast through the bend.
This one is a good spot to go south and west, but it might also work to get a ride east towards München. The A831 motorway leads directly to the A8/A81 interchange "Kreuz Stuttgart" that connects all directions.
Car park "Stuttgart-Österfeld This is an alternative to "Stuttgart-Vaihingen". You also take the S1 in the direction of Böblingen/Herrenberg or the S2, S3 in the direction of Flughafen/Filderstadt but you get of at the stop "Österfeld". This is just one stop in front of "Vahingen". There are two pedestrian-bridges connected to the trainstop. When you get of the S-Bahn turn left and take the bridge that the train passed first. It is connected to a multi-story car park. The car park is just a couple of hundred meters away from the motorway entry. A lot of people are using the car park and take the S-Bahn into the city center to avoid the traffic. Especially if the local football/soccer team is playing or if there is a similar event in town you should easily get a lift asking the people driving out of the car park. Obviously there are a lot more people leaving the car park in the evening but you should get a lift during the daytime aswell.
- Just outside the car park is a roundabout so you can try to get there a lift too.
- Or you turn right at the exit of the carpark. 100 meters down the road are some traffic lights. All the cars on the left lane are driving directly onto the motorway. You can easily ask them if you can get a lift or use a sign.
Public Library "Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart"
The public library has a computer terminal on the second floor that can be used by everyone for free for about 20 minutes. From Hauptbahnhof (Main Station), you can take metro U5 (Leinfelden), U6 (Fasanenhof), U7 (Ostfildern), U12 (Möhringen/Vaihingen), or U15 (Ruhbank/Heumaden) and exit at the stop Charlottenplatz; or you can get there by foot in about 10 minutes. It's open from 10:00am to 19:00pm on weekdays and from 10:00am to 16:00pm on Saturdays.
See http://www.stuttgart.de/stadtbibliothek for further details (in German only).
There are several WiFi-Hotspots around in bars that are free of charge, but you usually have to order a drink to get a voucher. Some of the spots that are not too far from Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) are listed below:
- barcode, Theodor-Heuss-Straße 30, http://www.barcode-stuttgart.de
- muttermilch, Theodor-Heuss-Straße 23, http://www.muttermilch-stuttgart.de
- suite212, Theodor-Heuss-Straße 15, http://www.suite212.org
Also you can get free wi-fi in every Starbucks, there is no password for an access, it's unlimited and nobody cares if you stay there for hours without buying something.