|Population:||218,181 (31 Dec 2006)|
|Major roads:||A2, A3, A40, A42, A516|
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There are several ways to hitch hike out of Oberhausen, depending on the direction you want to go to. In general you want to get a lift taking you directly out of the Ruhr area when you are going long distances (lets say towards Berlin or Munich), since the autobahn network there is fairly confusing and it is quite hard to get back onto the right autobahn once you left it. I recommend the Kreuz Oberhausen-Holten to get onto the A3, becoming the A2 direction north towards Hannover and A3 south direction Frankfurt. You have a bridge there to not get your thumb wet in case it rains and people tend to stop for you within the first 15 min. To get onto the A40 I recommend taking the tram 112 (dir. Mülheim), get out at Willy-Brandt-Schule and walk back to the entrance of the autobahn. No shelter but a traffic light where people have to stop and notice you.