Freiburg im Breisgau

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Freiburg im Breisgau
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Population: 217,548 (31 Dec 2006)
Licence plate: FR
Major roads: A5
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Freiburg im Breisgau is a student-city in the South of Germany. It is very close to the French border, and not far away from Switzerland as well. (It's the biggest Freiburg in Germany, there is also Freiburg/Elbe and Freiburg im Üechtland in Switzerland.)

Freiburg might be a good stopover for a longer trip in Europe because it's quite central and easy to exit and to leave. Another advantage is that it's easy to find free accommodation via hospitality exchange networks in Freiburg.

Freiburg is a nice student town with around 220.000 inhabitants – 40.000 of them are students. So you definitely gonna find someone to drink a beer with.

Hitchhiking out

Direction East Donaueschingen, Engen, Konstanz, Singen, Ravensburg, Lindau

Get to the south east of the city where the Leo-Wohleben-Straße and Schwarzwaldstraße meet (B31). Somewhere there is a strip of grass right in front of a side road. As this is a busy road leading out of the town, waiting times are not very long. You should walk until the point where the road leads into a tunnel. There are some nice spots about 50 metres before the entrance where you can get rides easily.

Alternative for holders of Regio Karten (Monthly Tickets for the Public Transportation in the RVF) or Semester Tickets

You can take a train to Löffingen (switch trains in Neustadt, trains depart every hour), for free if you have a Semsterticket/Regio Karte and from there you can walk through the town to the B31. In Löffingen is a petrol station where it s quite easy to get rides to the A81 (SingenStuttgart).

Direction South (Germany) Bundesautobahn 5 number.svg Lörrach, Mulhouse, Switzerland, Italy, France, Bundesautobahn 36 number.svg Spain

A perfect option to hitch out direction south. Get to the service station Schauinsland is to take Bus No.36 towards Hochdorf, exit Bus station Högestraße. Be careful, not every bus No.36 takes you to Högestraße, some take another route. Ask the driver, to be sure about the destination. From there it's just a few minutes walk to the service station along the dirt road diectly next to the motorway. The bus ticket costs 2.30€. Make sure your driver stays on your preferred highway since it splits before the next. (see map)

Stand on the Dreisamstraße and stick out the thumb.

A good spot to hitchhike from the city center is near the Studierendenwerk. There are a lot of cars on the street (Dreisamstraße) that goes to the Highway A5. A good space for them to stop is the entrance to the Café Extrablatt (see map) on the left of the street. Just hold up a sign saying "A5" or your destination and it shouldn't take too long (last time tried out in March 2017).

North Bundesautobahn 5 number.svg Karlsruhe, Offenburg, Frankfurt, Bundesautobahn 8 number.svg, Bundesautobahn 6 number.svg

Stand on the Dreisamstraße and stick out the thumb. As mentioned also in the penultimate paragraph, this street is full with cars, which often can't hold or don't go this far. A calmer place to hitch northwards would be the HEM-petrol-station in the Zähringer Straße. This station is easy to reach by foot (100m) once being at the tram-station "Hornusstraße", in the north of Freiburg. There you can either stick out the thumb or ask. Approx. waiting time for the A5: 10 min.

To get to the "Breisgau" petrol station where you can ask for rides on the A5: take tram number 3 direction Haid until the end of the line. From there take bus number 35 and get off at the station called "Im Maierbruhl." When you get off the bus go back down the street in the direction the bus came from and turn right onto Freiburger landstrasse. Walk until you get to the traffic light (there's a bakery on the way where you can get coffee and food for the road) then turn left onto Mengener Strasse. Follow the road (about 1km) until you get to a bridge, then go left up a path--you will see the petrol station there. Two cars stopped to offer me a ride on this road as I walked, so it's possible to hitch rides here if you're feeling cold or lazy.

For heading north the next petrol station is "Mahlberg" right before Offenburg. For heading south there is no petrol station before the motorway leads to France (Mulhouse, Besançon, Lyon) but there is one before Basel (Switzerland).

If you want to go to France it might be better to get to the ramp Freiburg Nord. You can get there with tram line 2 towards Zähringen, get out at the last station. From there it's a 400 meters walking to the spot. Try to get a ride from there to the A5 direction south. This way you pass by the service station Schauinsland which is the last one before France.

I recommend hitching from the Aral petrol station on Leo-Wohleb-Straße 2. Freiburg is relatively small, so if you are in the city anyway you can very easily walk to this spot. This road goes along the Dreisam river and leads onto the A5 autobahn. In fact you will pass the hitching spot recommended in the first paragraph. I don't recommend that spot because its a 4-lane traffic and difficult for cars to pull over, although many people hitch from there. Waiting times at that Aral petrol station vary but it is recommended to start early so you catch workers commuting to other cities. You'll get drivers going north and south, you just need to ask around.

I also recommend the areal petrol station.

To get there by public transport you may take tram number 1 direction Littenweiler and get  off at 'Brauerei Ganter'. You can see the blue Aral station on the other side of the street. 
You should get a ride within minutes.

Hitching In

One option is to get off at "Schauninsland" petrol station if you are coming from the north where you can walk to the next village (Hochdorf) and take the bus 25 or 36 to Freiburg. It will take about 40 minutes to the centre. It's better to find someone in Mahlberg, Baden Baden or Bruchsal who is going straight into town. The motorway doesn't go directly through the city so drivers are unlikely to go 15 km extra just to drop you off in the city if they want to continue their trip.

If you are coming from the south you can get off at the "Breisgau" service station. There shouldn't be a problem with finding someone who is going into town.

Another solution, though not the best one, is to get off at exit 61 "Freiburg Nord" on the A5. The driver can make U-Turn and get back on the motorway (well, if it's not a truck). There's not really much space to stop, so you'll have to ask people stopping on the red light, most of them will be going to the city. Better don't go there if you're not alone, as you'll have to hop in very quickly.

Public transport

People who have the transferable monthly ticket RegioKarte Übertragbar can take along another adult on Sundays and holidays. Students of Freiburg University don't pay after 19h30 on buses trams and trains within a certain region, and on Friday and Saturday, there are trams running all night. It does not include night buses. Not so many controllers, but they appear out of the blue undercover.

abgefahren e.V.

The german autostop club abgefahren e.V. is very active in Freiburg. In September 2007, abgefahren e.V. held its first gathering near Freiburg and also published the first (un)official German hitchhiking-spot in Freiburg. In 2011 abgefahren started their 4th race in Freiburg the abgefahren hitchhiking race 2011.


Just take the map of Freiburg ( there will you see the "camping place" ). You can sleep there for free ( like me ) and after the night you can take the shower. The best place i have ever been in Germany! :)

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