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'''Leipzig''' is a city in the [[Germany|German]] ''Bundesland'' [[Saxony]], and is famous for its alternative scene. Check out Plagwitz, Südvorstadt and Connewitz if you're there.
== Hitchhiking out ==
=== North towards [[Berlin]], South towards [[Munich|München]] {{AutobahnAde|9}} ===
;First option
Take the bus #131 from the city center towards ''Dölzig'' and get out at ''Holländische Mühle'', one stop before the ''Nova Eventis'' center. This spot is some meters before the direct ramp onto the [[A9 (Germany){{Ade|A9]]9}}. Try to find your ride here towards [[Berlin]] or [[Munich]]!
;Second option
It's also possible to get to the spot described above with tram #7 in direction ''Böhlitz-Ehrenberg''. Get out at the tram stop ''Georg-Schwartz-Strasse/Merseburger Strasse''. From there, walk back some 10m towards the main road and walk right towards the ''Aral'' petrol station. Follow the road for 200m until you passed a ''Lidl'' supermarket, and after that some meters further you'll find a bus stop (''Lindenau Friedhof''). From there you can easily hitchhike a ride towards ''Dölzig'' and/or the motorway. Make sure to get out at the last traffic lights before the motorway. Just behind the traffic lights, there's a small bay where cars can stop easily. A sign might be useful. Hitchhiking ~800m further directly at the [[on-ramp]] is pretty dangerous, there's no place for cars to stop and traffic passes by pretty fast.
=== North towards [[Berlin]] and [[Magdeburg]]/[[Hamburg]] {{AutobahnAde|14}} ===
There is a brilliant spot to ask people for lifts at an "Aral"-petrol station which is the last one before the Autobahn {{Ade|14 }} that also leads onto the A9 {{Ade|9}} to Berlin.
Take tram 16 with or without a 2,00 Euro-Ticket in the direction of Messegelände and get off at "Hornbach Baumarkt" from here it's a '''15mins walk''' to the station but it's worth it. Walk in the same direction as the tram and take an immediate right onto "Dübener Landstraße" along the parking lot of the big hardware store. After passing the bridge over the B2 it becomes Nathusiusstraße. Keep walking straight until you reach Ztschortauer Straße where you turn left and walk another 300 metres until you see the "Aral"-petrol station on your left.
Asking people for a lift towards Berlin on the A9 {{Ade|9}} or towards Magdeburg on the A14 {{Ade|14}} (which is also the way to go for Hamburg) usually works just fine here.'''Do keep in mind that the first rest stop going north from here will be "'''[[:de:Köckern Ost|Köckern" on the A9Ost]]''' on the {{Ade|9}} whereas it would be '''"[[:de:Plötzetal" Ost|Plötzetal Ost]]''' on the A14{{Ade|14}}.''''''
=== East towards [[Dresden]] {{AutobahnAde|14}} {{AutobahnAde|38}} ===
[[File:Hitching spot leipzig.jpg|thumb|220px|right|Spot in Leipzig described in Option 2 for hitchhiking North or South]]
;First option
Take the Tram #15 or #2 from the city center towards ''Meusdorf'' and get out at the last station. Go 250 Meters further to the next bus stop. This is the best spot to [[Dresden]] over A38 {{Ade|38}} and A14{{Ade|14}}/A4{{Ade|4}}.
Please check whether the road works still go on as posted on hitchbase, section Meusdorf!
;Second option
On Permoser Straße there are three gas stations, first Aral, then HEM and lateron bft, which is the closest to the motorway. Since there are not necessarily a lot of people to ask getting gas, it's recommendable to have a sign saying "A14 [Dresden]". [[User:Dizzy|Dizzy]]'s waiting time: 15 minutes.
<small> Update 2010-11-05 by [[User:Jeensg|jeensg]] 23:03, 7 November 2010 (CET): Entry to motorway is closed! '''Please check before!!!'''</small>
In the direction of Dresden you then have a service area called "Muldental" since a lot of people turn of before Dresden so that you can use also the rather local traffic.
=== West towards [[Erfurt]], [[Cologne|Köln]], [[Belgium]] {{AutobahnAde|4}} ===[[File:CraigChristmasHitch.jpg|thumb|220px|right|Santa Claus [[User:Halt, Stop! Reudnitz kommt.|Craig]] hitching bus stop near ''Leipzig West'' (A9{{Ade|9}}).]]When heading to Belgium highway number 4 is a decent option. There are no comfortable ways (other than luck) to get on the highway to Kassel [[A38_(Germany){{Ade|A38]]38}}. Though if there's somebody taking you to the A38 {{Ade|38}} make sure you get a long lift. There is only one service station [[ service station:Rohnetal Nord|Rohnetal Nord]] before reaching the [[A7_(Germany){{Ade|A7]] 7}} near [[Göttingen]]/[[Kassel]].
You can take bus 131 from Main Station (Leipzig Hauptbahnhof) or Merseburgerstrasse that will take you all the way close to the A9 {{Ade|9}} (alight at B181/Dölzig). At the bus stop you can easily get a lift in all directions. All day long heavy traffic yay ;-) [[User:Halt, Stop! Reudnitz kommt.|Craig]]'s waiting times average at 15 mins for direction [[Cologne]] (West) or [[Nuremberg]] (South), 20 mins direction [[Berlin]] (North).
First you have to go south on the A9{{Ade|9}}, use a sign "A9 Süd", there's a gas station on the highway 30 km south from Leipzig, there you can find a ride going West - the on-ramp on the side away from Leipzig is slightly more spacious (but not spacious) and there was a little more traffic when [[User:Guaka|guaka]] was hitching from there on Thursday around noon.
Right after getting onto the A4 {{Ade|4}} there's a restaurant that's okay during the day ([[User:Guaka|guaka]] found a long ride to almost Giessen from there). There's also a gas station before Erfurt (but after Jena).
== Hitching In ==
* Hitchhiking into the city can be difficult, especially if traveling along the '''A14'''{{Ade|14}}. If your driver doesn't mind driving a 10 km detour, you can get off at Leipzig-Nord. Don't get off at the on-ramp, there is no way to turn around for the driver. * Actually it is fairly easy to get off at Leipzig Nord-Ost or Leipzig-Ost, where you have possibilities for the driver to turn around and the tram is within 1 km reach. If coming from south-east, lot of drivers go in via A38{{Ade|38}}. In both cases you can use the directions given in the two optionjs for getting onto A14 {{Ade|14}} direction Dresden.
* Otherwise, options are the airport where a train is going regularly into the city.
* If traveling the '''A9'''{{Ade|9}}, you can best get off at Leipzig-West. The driver can go off to "Einkaufszentrum", then let you out at Nova Eventis. There you can easily get a car to the center just hitchhike anywhere near the exit for Leipzig at the parking with a sign "LE".
:Hitchhiker [[User:Halt, Stop! Reudnitz kommt.|Craig]] would rather recommend to ask drivers going off to ''Leipzig''. The road directions are not separated on that side anymore and there is a perfect spot (bus stop) for hitching into the city plus drivers can easily make u-turn going back to the highway.
You could also take the Bus 131, but why should you?

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