A4 (Germany)

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The A4 is one of Germany's major motorways. Although it enters Germany in the west at the dutch border (Aachen), and leaves it at the polish (Görlitz) in the east, there is a gap between Olpe and Kirchheimer Dreieck.

Hitching the A4

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(1) border crossing Vetschau * connection to the A76
(2) AB-AS-blau.svg Aachen-Laurensberg
(3) AB-AS-blau.svg Aachen-Zentrum
(4) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Aachen * connection to the A44 and A544 - E 30
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Aachener Land Süd Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Aachener Land Nord Good.png (good)
(5a) AB-AS-blau.svg Eschweiler-West
(5b) AB-AS-blau.svg Eschweiler-Ost
(5c) AB-AS-blau.svg Langerwehe from 2014
(7) AB-AS-blau.svg Düren
(8) AB-AS-blau.svg Buir
(9) AB-AS-blau.svg Kerpen
(9) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Kerpen * connection to the A61
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Frechen Süd Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Frechen Nord Good.png (good)
(9a) AB-AS-blau.svg Frechen-Nord
A4 near Cologne
(10) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Köln-West * connection to the A1 - E 31
Verygood.png (very good) (11a) AB-AS-blau.svg Köln-Klettenberg Verygood.png (very good)
Verygood.png (very good) (11b) AB-AS-blau.svg Köln-Eifeltor
Cargo Rail Station
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(12) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Köln-Süd * connection to the A555
(13) AB-AS-blau.svg Köln-Poll
(14) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Gremberg * connection to the A559
(15) Autobahn junction.png Dreieck Heumar * connection to the A3 and A59 - E 35
(16) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Köln-Ost * connection to the A3 - E 35
(17) AB-AS-blau.svg Köln-Merheim
(18) AB-AS-blau.svg Refrath
(19) AB-AS-blau.svg Bensberg
(20) AB-AS-blau.svg Moitzfeld
(21) AB-AS-blau.svg Untereschbach
(22) AB-AS-blau.svg Overath
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Aggertal Süd Verygood.png (very good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Aggertal Nord
(23) AB-AS-blau.svg Engelskirchen
(24) AB-AS-blau.svg Bielstein
(25) AB-AS-blau.svg Gummersbach
(26) AB-AS-blau.svg Reichshof/Bergneustadt
(27) AB-AS-blau.svg Eckenhagen
(28) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Olpe-Süd * connection to the A45 - E 40, E 41
(29) AB-AS-blau.svg Wenden
(30) AB-AS-blau.svg Krombach
there is a gap between (30) and (31)
(31) Autobahn junction.png Kirchheimer Dreieck * connection to the A7 - E 40, E 45
Bad.png (bad) (32) AB-AS-blau.svg Bad Hersfeld Bad.png (bad)
(33) AB-AS-blau.svg Friedewald
(34) AB-AS-blau.svg Wildeck-Hönebach
(35) AB-AS-blau.svg Wildeck-Obersuhl
(36) AB-AS-blau.svg Gerstungen
(37) AB-AS-blau.svg Wommen
Bad.png (bad) (38) AB-AS-blau.svg Herleshausen
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Eisenach Süd Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Eisenach Nord
(39) AB-AS-blau.svg Eisenach-West
(40a) AB-AS-blau.svg Eisenach-Ost
(40b) AB-AS-blau.svg Sättelstädt
(41a) AB-AS-blau.svg Waltershausen
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Hörselgau Nord
(41b) AB-AS-blau.svg Gotha-Boxberg
Senseless.png (senseless) (42) AB-AS-blau.svg Gotha Senseless.png (senseless)
(43) AB-AS-blau.svg Wandersleben
A4 between Erfurt and Gotha at Mühlberg
(44) AB-AS-blau.svg Neudietendorf
(45) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Erfurt * connection to the A71
(46) AB-AS-blau.svg Erfurt-West
(47a) AB-AS-blau.svg Erfurt-Ost
(47b) AB-AS-blau.svg Erfurt-Vieselbach
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Eichelborn Süd Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Eichelborn Nord Verygood.png (very good)
(48) AB-AS-blau.svg Nohra
(49) AB-AS-blau.svg Weimar
(50) AB-AS-blau.svg Apolda
(51) AB-AS-blau.svg Magdala
Autobahn Restaurant.png Schorba Parking & Snack Good.png (good) at daytime
(52) AB-AS-blau.svg Schorba
(53) AB-AS-blau.svg Jena-Göschwitz
Good.png (good) (54) AB-AS-blau.svg Jena-Zentrum Good.png (good) |
(55) AB-AS-blau.svg Stadtroda
Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Teufelstal Süd Good.png (good) eastbound at daytime Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Teufelstal Nord Verygood.png (very good)
(56a) Autobahn junction.png Hermsdorfer Kreuz * connection to the A9 - E 51
(56b) AB-AS-blau.svg Hermsdorf-Ost
(57) AB-AS-blau.svg Rüdersdorf
(58a) AB-AS-blau.svg Gera-Langenberg
(58b) Gera
(59) AB-AS-blau.svg Gera-Leumnitz
(60) AB-AS-blau.svg Ronneburg
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Altenburger Land Süd Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Altenburger Land Nord
(61) AB-AS-blau.svg Schmölln
Bad.png (bad) (62) AB-AS-blau.svg Meerane Bad.png (bad) |
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Altenburger Land Süd Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Altenburger Land Nord
(63) AB-AS-blau.svg Glauchau-West
(64) AB-AS-blau.svg Glauchau-Ost
(65) AB-AS-blau.svg Hohenstein-Ernstthal
(66) AB-AS-blau.svg Wüstenbrand
Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Rabensteiner Wald
(67) AB-AS-blau.svg Limbach-Oberfrohna
(68) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Chemnitz * connection to the A72
Average.png (average) (69) AB-AS-blau.svg Chemnitz-Mitte Average.png (average)
(70) AB-AS-blau.svg Chemnitz-Glösa
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Auerswalder Blick Süd Good.png (good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Auerswalder Blick Nord Good.png (good)
(71) AB-AS-blau.svg Chemnitz-Ost
(72) AB-AS-blau.svg Frankenberg
(73) AB-AS-blau.svg Hainichen
(74) AB-AS-blau.svg Berbersdorf
(75) AB-AS-blau.svg Siebenlehn
(76) Autobahn junction.png Dreieck Nossen * connection to the A14
(77a) AB-AS-blau.svg Wilsdruff
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Dresdner Tor Süd Average.png (average) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Dresdner Tor Nord Average.png (average)
(77b) Dreieck Dresden-West * connection to the A17 - E 55
(78) AB-AS-blau.svg Dresden-Altstadt Verygood.png (very good)
Bad.png (bad) (79) AB-AS-blau.svg Dresden-Neustadt Bad.png (bad)
(80) AB-AS-blau.svg Dresden-Wilder Mann
Good.png (good) (81a) AB-AS-blau.svg Dresden-Hellerau
(81b) AB-AS-blau.svg Dresden-Flughafen
(82) Dreieck Dresden-Nord * connection to the A13 - E 55
(83) AB-AS-blau.svg Hermsdorf
(84) AB-AS-blau.svg Ottendorf-Okrilla
(85) AB-AS-blau.svg Pulsnitz
(86) AB-AS-blau.svg Ohorn
(87) AB-AS-blau.svg Burkau
(88a) AB-AS-blau.svg Uhyst am Taucher
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Oberlausitz Süd Verygood.png (very good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Oberlausitz Nord Verygood.png (very good)
(88b) AB-AS-blau.svg Salzenforst
(89) AB-AS-blau.svg Bautzen-West
(90) AB-AS-blau.svg Bautzen-Ost
(91) AB-AS-blau.svg Weißenberg
(92) AB-AS-blau.svg Nieder Seifersdorf
(93) AB-AS-blau.svg Kodersdorf
(94) AB-AS-blau.svg Görlitz
(95) border crossing Görlitz * connection to the A4

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A4 crossing A9 – Hermsdorfer Kreuz

A4 and A9, another highly populated motorway from Berlin to Munich, meet at the Hermsdorfer Kreuz. There are stations named Hermsdorf as well very close to the interchange. Although they're located on both sides of the A9 south of the junction, there are signposts to them on the A4 as well, furthermore there is exit Hermsdorf-Süd directly adjacent in the south (where any possible direction is signed, too), thus returning to the intended direction is always easily possible. Hermsdorfer Kreuz stations have separate parking lots mainly for trucks, which are mostly no good places to get a quick lift, use the gas stations instead. There is a tunnel to change sides at the north border of the parking lots.

A4 eastbound to A9 southbound

Avoid being dropped at Teufelstal, which is the last station before the intersection; instead, ask politely for being dropped at Hermsdorfer Kreuz West station, which might result in a detour of about 5 minutes, and tell your driver about the possibility of turning around via Hermsdorf-Süd. In case you got stuck in Teufelstal, think of walking to Hermsdorf West (~5km), therefore leave the station on the service access heading south, turn left onto the road and follow that one, until you reach Hermsdorf West.

A4 eastbound to A9 northbound

If your driver is heading south, debark at the parking lot of Hermsdorf West and use the tunnel to get to the east station. If your driver is heading east, accompany your driver through the rollercoaster (off at the crossing towards Munich, past station west, off at Hermsdorf-Süd, over the motorway, back onto the motorway towards Berlin, off at station East). From there, the interchange lies ahead, to go eastward.

A9 northbound to A4 westbound

During the day (06:00 to 22:00), it's mostly no big deal finding somebody heading west. In case this might not happen, you may think of going to the next station north, Osterfeld, which is only about 25 km away. There, use the bridge at the north border of the parking lot (follow the path for service cars northward) to change to the western station. If you expect to arrive at Hermsdorf after 22:00 in a car driving north anyway, it's a good idea to directly head for Osterfeld.

A9 northbound to A4 eastbound

If you are on the motorway A9 coming from Munich to Berlin and need to get on A4 direction to Dresden, DO NOT get off at the gas station before "Hermsdorfer Kreuz" on A9. I waited and asked for hours and didn't find anyone going towards Dresden, because cars going to Dresden (coming from the South) will turn off earlier at the motorway A72. Chances are, that the aforementioned approach via Osterfeld may produce better results, although direct connections to Dresden from Berlin (A13) or Halle/Leipzig (A14) use other routes. During daytime (esp. mealtime), it might be helpful to take a walk to Teufelstal (for precautions see above).

A9 southbound to A4 westbound

As there is lots of traffic from northern to western regions, it's no problem to get a lift from any of the stations in the north (Fläming, Köckern, Osterfeld) to the west. Avoid being dropped at Hermsdorfer Kreuz station. If so, however, and your driver is going south, you can use the tunnel at the parking lot mentioned earlier to get to the eastern station. If your driver is heading eastward, don't leave at the interchange, go straight to Hermsdorf-Süd, leave there, go over the motorway and re-join it, then debark at the eastern Station. Perhaps your driver then can pick up some stranded people heading east.

German highways

Major highways: A1A2A3A4A5A6A7A8A9

Minor highways: A10A11A12A13A14A15A17A19A20A21A23A24A25A26A27A28A29A30A31A33A37A38A39A40A42A43A44A45A46A48A49A52A57A59A60A61A62A63A64A65A66A67A70A71A72A73A81A92A93A94A95A96A98A99