Earth > Europe > Western Europe > Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Düsseldorf
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|Major roads:||A 3, A 44, A 46, A 52, A 57, A 59|
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Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German Bundesland North Rhine-Westphalia. It's located in the west of Germany.
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Hitchhicking in is not that easy caused by a ring of highways going around Düsseldorf without many service stations and the ones that exist are not that frequented. However it is possible, of course.
Best possibility is at the end of A 52 at the big "ARAG" building. Several options for public transport. Minus is that this is only for drivers going directly to Düsseldorf. If your driver just wants to pass Düsseldorf by the A 44 in direction to Mönchengladbach, Krefeld or the Netherlands tell him to drop you off at the Düsseldorf Iternational Airport. There is a lot of public transport like Busses, S-Bahn an RegionalExpress towards the city. Beside that you could try to hitchhike from the parking spots at the "Departure". Lots of slow cars with empty trunks and backseats.
If you are on the A 46 coming from Wuppertal the best opportunity is the Exit "Düsseldorf -Wersten". There is public transport and within minutes you are at the main station or in the city centre. Plus your driver can get back on the highway pretty easy and fast.
Best opportunities on the A 3. Last option is the service station called "Ohligser Heide". You have to get a lift to A 46 eastwards and then same as above: Exit "Düsseldorf-Wersten".
If your driver wants to Neuss you could take it and take the public transport to Düsseldorf. Just make sure he will drop you off near the main station.
If your driver want to pass in direction to Wuppertal, Dortmund, or even Frankfurt am Main they might take the A 46 and than is is the exit "Düsseldorf-Wersten", again. If they want to go towards north-east to Essen or Bochum they will take the A 44 an is possible to get out at the airport as mentioned above.
West towards Aachen, Belgium, Paris
You can start from the Aral petrol station at Südring 115. Take tram U72 to "Südring". From there walk about 500m the "Südring" towards the west. On Saturday evening there's always a "muscle car" meeting.
Take public transportations to the bus stop Grevenbroich, Daimlerstraße in order to get to the Vierwinden petrol station on the A 46 in Grevenbroich. You can find a schedule at www.vrr.de. It's easy to find. The bus ride will take you less than an hour.
North, East towards Hamburg, Osnabrück, Münster, Hannover, Berlin
The best way to head this direction is probably to take the public transportations to "Heinrichstraße". There are several Busses, Tram and Undergrounds towards it. When you arrive just walk the street "Münsterstraße" northwards til "Shell"-gas station. Turn left and walk until you arrive in front of "Carglas". There is the best spot for hitchhiking in Düsseldorf. Much traffic at every time of the day with license plates from all over Germany and drivers going for long distances. Even in the dark hours the visibility is very good, thanks to the lights above the street. The minimum you should get is a lift to your destination if it is within the direction of Duisburg, Essen, Bochum and Dortmund or the petrol station along the A 2, called "Bottrop-Süd" if you want to go further. Waiting takes an average under fifteen minutes.
North-West towards Arnhem, Netherlands
Similar like to Hamburg.
Take the train to Oberhausen-Sterkrade. Take the 979 Bus, but get out at Turmstraße. There is an on-ramp for the A516 to Arnhem there, and cars have to wait at traffic lights before going on to the motorway. The next service station from there is "Hünxe", which is strongly frequented by Dutch drivers, so if someone offers to take you there, you're probably in luck.
South towards Cologne, Bonn, Frankfurt am Main
<map lat='51.129142' lng='6.603041' zoom='12' view='0' float='right'/> Take the public transportations to the petrol station in Hilden, Ohligser Heide at the A 3. There are several ways to get there. If you are in Düsseldorf-Bilk, type in the busstation next to you at vrr.de, because there are buses going there. That would be very quick. You can also just ask at the service point of Düsseldorf central station how to get to Hilden - Südfriedhof or Hilden S, or go to vrr.de and type in the connection. If you go to Hilden S-train station, you will have to walk a bit (see map). It will take you ca. 40 Minutes to get there.
An other option is to start hitchhiking (to Frankfurt) at the 'Esso' (Mecumstraße 45, 40225 Düsseldorf) that's close to the public transport station 'Auf'm Hennekamp'. A lot of people stop there, before they go directly to Frankfurt am Main Airport. This spot is not so far away from the city centre, so you could walk there from the centre (takes about 40 minutes to walk there from Heinrich Heine Allee, by tram you need only 7 minutes).
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