Augsburg

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Augsburg
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Information
Country:
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Germany
State:
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Bavaria
Population: 272,000 (December 2012)
Licence plate: A
Major roads: Bundesautobahn 8 number.svg
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Augsburg is a city in Bavaria, Germany, located between Ulm and München south of A8. There is average traffic at rest station Augsburg Ost and few, more local traffic at rest station Edenbergen.

Hitchhiking out

East towards München, Salzburg Bundesautobahn 8 number.svg E 52

Option 1: Take bus line 92, 56 or 27 to Täfertingen Nord. Right before crossing the motorway on a bridge, turn left to a small street Gailenbachmühle. Follow this street passing a mill until you reach rest station Edenbergen. Note that the rest station only works for the eastward direction.

Option 2: Take tram line 4 to Augsburg Nord. Walk 150m back on "Donauwörtherstrasse" to the petrol station (Esso).

Option 3: Take bus line 23 or 41 to Hammerschmiede and get off at Hammerschmiede-Süd (big crossroads and shopping center). Walk back and make a right. You walk towards a big crossroads now. Turn left at the crossroad (the footpath is a bit hidden on the other side of the crossing) and follow the big street until it makes a right. (Note for re-visting hitchhikers: there was a gas station here before but it's closed now.) When the street makes a right just cross it to the other side and follow the street for about 50-100 meters until you see a path on your left hand side. After around 300 meters the path ends and you can stop cars which all go to the A8.

West towards Ulm, Stuttgart Bundesautobahn 8 number.svg E 52

Option 1: Like going eastwards, see options 1 and 3 above

Option 2: Take bus line 22 or 23 to Firnhaberau Endstation, then walk 15-20 minutes north to rest station Augsburg Ost.

To get to the rest station turn left on Siedlerweg after getting off the bus. After you pass the dead-end sign you'll see a dirt path on your right. There is a wooden sign reading "Streuobstwiese". Follow this path through the fields. When the path splits, take the first right, then left when it dead ends into another path. When you get to the pavement street, go left and you'll cross a bridge over the motorway. You can see the rest station on your right. After you cross the bridge, take the first right on the bike path, then the second side path on your right, and there you are. There is a less complicated way to get there, but this ist the fastest. Note that the rest station only works for the westward direction.

Note: The On-ramp Augsburg-West is not useful anymore because of the approach road that connects the motorway with the B17.

South towards Landsberg, Füssen (B17)

Option 1: Take bus line 32 and get off at "Dayton-Ring". Cross the large crossroads in front of you and walk to the bus stop at the other side (behind the bridge) where you can start hitchhiking.

Option 2: Take tram line 3 and get off at Bukowina-Institut (big, tall building), turn west at crossroads, walk 5 minutes west until next traffic light (or take a bus to Messegelände). The motorway ramp is located directly behind the bridge.

North towards Donauwörth, Nürnberg (B17)

Option 1: Like going eastwards, see option 3 above

Option 2: Take tram line 3 and get off at Bukowina-Institut (big, tall building), turn west at crossroads, walk 5 minutes until next traffic light (or take a bus to Messegelände). The motorway ramp is located directly behind the bridge.

Other directions

  • southwest on B2 towards Mering, München: take tram line 6 or bus line 30 or 31 to Rudolf-Diesel-Gymnasium, walk 100m north back to B300 where there is a petrol station (Esso), B2 to the south starts some meters from the petrol station
  • west on B300 towards, Ulm: take tram line 3 towards Stadtbergen and get off one stop after the main railway station (Rosenaustrasse), walk alongside B300 for about 15 minutes until petrol station (Shell); use a sign or ask people, much traffic is local only; this may also work south and north on B17 towards Landsberg/Donauwörth

General Trick for Thursdays and Fridays

The university of Augsburg is a campus university in the south of Augsburg with mainly two big parking lots. The university has more than 20.000 students that mostly come from the surrounding area. On Thursday afternoons/evening and Friday early afternoon you can find many young people giving you lifts to the surrounding area or the next gas station. You can reach the university by taking tram line 3 to "Universität". Get off there and walk to the north and the west side of the university. It is a little up the hill, where you find the parking lots. Note that the university only works in winter and summer, while having long vacations in spring (around February till April) and autumn (August till October).

Hitchhiking In

If you are entering from south (B17 highway) you can get off at any highway exit after the football stadium (you can easily spot it on your left side) and walk 3min eastwards to a tram station of tram line 3. If you are coming from north, east or west (Munich, Ulm, ...) your driver can get you off at a highway exit in the north of Augsburg and you can walk around one 1km south to the station "P+R Oberhausen Nord" of tram line 4.

For Entering from Munich, ask to get off at the very first highway exit after crossing the river Lech (the bridge right when you enter the city). If you are coming from west (Ulm, Stuttgart, ...), ask your driver to switch the highway to highway B17 in south direction (Universität, Landsberg, CityCenter, ...) at the big highway crossing "Kreuz Augsburg West". Take the very first exit on B17, after 500m you have reached the Park&Ride tram station "P+R Oberhausen Nord" of tram line 4.

Black Driving

Everybody can use any tram line for one stop, if starting from Königsplatz (the central tram station, in the middle of the city) for free(!). If you want to go further, you can get in the trams, without any control or stop. They have civilian conductor teams (usually three people, sometimes two). These teams are at least 25 and not more than 50 years old. Most of them are male and usually they stand together in a group at the tram station, but then splitting up in the tram (one goes to the end, one in the middle, one to the front). However i study in Augsburg for 7 years and wasn't checked more than 20times in total and always around the city center. In buses you need to get in at the front door, but you can go through the back door, if somebody gets out. If you go in the front, they want to see your ticket. All students, many pupils and a lot more people have longtime tickets in their wallets. They show them usually very quickly to the bus driver, that they can't recognize anything. So all you need to do is, quickly showing them a rather white card (7cmx4cm) in your wallet and pass selfsufficiently.

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This article is based on text from the German language Anarchopedia which is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.