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== Hitchhiking out ==
=== North towards [[Berlin]], [[Cottbus]] ([[A13 (Germany)|A13]]) and East towards [[Poland]] ======= Option 1 ====Take a A great place for direction north and east is ''Hansastraße''. You can either take tram line 13 (and get off at ''StrassenbahnFriedensstraße'' or if you are in German) to the ''FriedensstraßeNeustadt'' stop. Continue further until the junction (, youcan also walk from Alaunpark along ''Bischofsweg'll see a McDonald's restaurant on your right), turn right (this will be a and ''HansastrasseFritz-Reuter-Straße'', Hansa street) in direction west and walk straight ahead (underneath you will pass the railway bridge ''Friedensstraße'' tram stop as well.Walk down ''Hansastraße'' and further). After 1 km you will find a Shell pass 2 petrol stationstations. There you have 2 possibilities: to ask drivers directly while they Both are refilling at the petrol station, good for asking people or to stand before (or right besides) this petrol station wave a sign. The first is generally better and try thumbing up the ride - there you may meet some other hitchers. Hitching with thumb only is enough space for the not recommended as cars are going in all directions.* If you are going to stop on Berlin, just make a long drive-in lane. The sign saying ''HansastrasseBerlin'' is an access to the [[A4 (Germany)|A4]] in both directions, although it is said that most cars go North from there; however, with a right sign you might be able to catch will probably get a car straight lift from here or at least to the East/South, too ([[Chemnitz]], [[Leipzig]]...). Very often there are other hitchhikers on this petrol station - if Freienhufener where it is so, and if you don't like the place, you may walk 200m further s very easy to hitch to yet another petrol station where you can try both asking drivers directly or thumbing on Berlin from the road. As of 2008, the petrol was slightly cheaper on that petrol station, which automatically attracts more drivers /truck stop there. However* If you are going to Poland, by choosing the second petrol station you might miss both some company cars (the drivers of these very often have special payment cards when using “Shell” petrol stations) and more snobbishmake a sign saying ''Bautzen''. That' (?)s only a short ride, but just before Bautzen there's a great service area on the motorway where it' type of people that “Shell” customers tend s easy to find a lift to bePoland.
Very often there are hitchhikers right behind The gas stations may not be the railway station ''Dresden-Neustadt''best place to hitchhike. Be aware that this There is a common meeting point good sized entry lane for the users of [] shell gas station but the exit has no feeder lane which is a car-pooling service, so if means you stop a car there you might be asked to contribute kind of have to choose between the street traffic or just the people at the gas station. The same goes for the cost of fuel, although generally it is very unlikely like anywhere else in Germanysecond gas station.
==== Option 2 ====Another good hitchhiking spot is very close to the motorway ramp. From Bahnhof Neustadt take the bus 81 towards ''Wilschdorf'' and get off at ''Hellerberge''. If you stand besides the bus station stop with a sign ''Berlin'', you probably won't wait for long. It also helps that there is a traffic light just before this so every so often cars have to come to a complete stop and stare at you for a minute. There is also a similar and possibly slightly better bus stop after a traffic light 500 meters up the road from the second gas station in Option one. It seemed liked this one has more time with the light being red meaning more drivers had to come to a complete stop before passing the bus stop. ==== Option 3 ==== If you don’t have any luck with the above options, one can also simply head to the motorway ramp itself. There is enough space there for cars to stop and maybe even a truck if you are lucky. ==== Option 4 ====Very often there are hitchhikers right behind the railway station ''Dresden-Neustadt''. Be aware that this is a common meeting point for car-pools, so if you stop a car there you might be asked to contribute to the cost of fuel, although generally it is very unlikely as anywhere else in Germany.
=== East towards [[Görlitz]], [[Wrocław|Wroclaw]] ([[A4 (Germany)|A4]]) ===
=== West towards [[Chemnitz]], [[Leipzig]] ([[A4 (Germany)|A4]]), ([[A14 (Germany)|A14]]) ===
Go to the tram stop ''Cossebauder Straße'' and walk up the big street (''Meißner Landstraße''). You can either ask people at the petrol station, stand next to the road with a sign or walk about 1,5km to the A4 ramp (see below).
Another good spot is directly at the motorway A4 ramp. There is quite a good place for the cars to stop; in addition, drivers can notice you in advance when waiting at the traffic lights. To get to this spot, take a bus 94 towards either ''Cossebaude'Option 1' or ''Niederwartha'' and get off at Go to the ''Zschonergrundstraße'' tram stop; you can also get there by local trains RB/RE going to ''Elsterwerda-Biela'' or ''HoyerswerdaCossebauder Straße'' and walk up the big street (get off at ''Dresden-KemnitzMeißner Landstraße''). Both for You can either ask people at the train and/petrol station, stand next to the road with a sign or walk about 1,5km to the bus you can use one-fare-zone ticket, so it is relatively cheapA4 ramp (see below).
'''Option 2''' Another good spot is directly at the motorway A4 ramp. There is quite a good place for the cars to stop; in addition, drivers can notice you in advance when waiting at the traffic lights. To get to this spot, take a bus 94 towards either ''Cossebaude'' or ''Niederwartha'' and get off at the ''Zschonergrundstraße'' stop; you can also get there by local trains RB/RE going to ''Elsterwerda-Biela'' or ''Hoyerswerda'' (get off at ''Dresden-Kemnitz''). Both for the train and/or the bus you can use one-fare-zone ticket, so it is relatively cheap. Comment by Johannes: It is possible to get a ride from here, but the spot is not as ideal as it may sound. Lots of traffic from two sides, but narrow. Drivers from the left side have literally no time to notice you, and those from the right won't be comfortable because they are in a curve and have cars behind them. Still possible (got a ride from here twice) but be patient and I'd recommend going without a sign, and when someone stops who is not going your direction have them drop you off at 'Dresdner Tor' service area (6km from that spot) '''Option 3''' From Dresden-Neustadt DB station; take bus number 81 (WILSCHDORF) to the stop 'Am Olter'. This should not take longer than fifteen minutes. Here you are right at 'Dresden Hellerau' interchange of B170 and A4 / A13 direction Leipzig as well as Chemnitz. You can try to directly hitchhike there or to use 'Rastanlage Dresdner Tor' (10 minutes/12 kilometers from here) as a relais. '''Option 4''' For a good service station to ask drivers directly, go to ''Dresden Hauptbahnhopf'', buy a ticket to Warthenau (2€ as of July 2013). From Warthenau, take the exit and walk right, descending a semi-gravel road. Turn right under the viaduct, and then turn right again. Here you will see an old German inn called Gasthof Warthenau. Walk to the Gasthof, then cross the street facing the Elbe river: here you will see several bus stops. From the bus stop without a shelter, take bus 331 to ''Huhndorf'', only two stops. '''Note''': this bus only runs three or four times a day, so figure out what train you should take in order to avoid an hour wait; you can figure this out to go to the information desk at the ''Hauptbahnhof'' in Dresden. When you arrive in Huhndorf, walk in the direction the bus just came for approx. 10 metres, then turn right to ''Am Rasthof'' (which means "at the service station") – yes, that really is the name of the street. Walk down the road to the service station (approx. a 10-minute walk), take the second left, turn right at the house (a cheap hotel) you will find yourself on an excellent service station with restaurants, a giant truck resting area and westbound drivers stopping for petrol. If you want to head to Holland, first try to hitch to Leipzig and then Magdeburg-Hannover, this way you avoid hitching through the [[Ruhr]] area, which is a pain.
=== South towards [[Prague]] ([[A17 (Germany)|A17]]) ===
Note: as of 22.01.12 the google satelite photos for this region are badly out of date. Street view is good.
====Option 1.====
There are a few places near bus stop ''Südhöhe'' (Bus lines 72, 76 & 360) at the overpass intersection of Bergstraße, Südhöhe, Kohlenstaße. <br>
A. the onramp to Bergstraße (Highway 170) going south towards A17 and Prag. You can get a driver while they are stopped at the light waiting to take a right onto the highway. See other options for next steps as you are unlikely to get a long distance ride from here. <br>{I tried this option for 1h and didn't work at all. Cars haven't place to stop and usually they have other cars behind so it's really hard to find one that would wait at the green traffic light until you get in the car... march 2017} B. There is a petrol station ("Aral") but it is located on the opposite side of the road. It's the last petrol station before the motorway though. {found a car after 1h, really luckily, almost all cars go in the opposite direction... march 2017} <br>
====Option 2.====
B170, A17 / E55 autobahn interchange ([ map]). There is a traffic light at entry ramp to A17 east towards Prag with a blue sign, a wide shoulder, and just after the corner to the entry ramp is a small slab of asphalt were drivers can stop. Try to get a ride to the next rest stop, about 5 minutes away driving. <br>
To get here: <br>
A. * Get a ride to the A17 west onramp from one of the other options and walk across the bridge. The They will be dropping you off on the side of the highway so be careful. <br>B. From * Take bus 360 from Dresden DB main station take bus number 66 (MOCKRITZ) to the stop 'Altkaitz' and walk over 'Possendorfer Straße' and the fields in southward direction uphill to the interchange. This should not take longer than twenty minutes but might be much faster than waiting somewhere else. <br>C.Take bus 360 towards A17 (direction ''Dippoldiswalde''). Press the stop button directly after you pass the onramp to A17 towards PragPrague. The bus will stop 200m later so walk back to the onramp. (bus stop "Nöthnitz, Bannewitz") <br>:''2012, 20th January: This seems like the best way ====Option 4 ====Try to get here but I was not able to figure it out the first parking lot right after I got getting on the 360 A17. Nearly everyone leaving Dresden in this direction is going to Pirna and will pass this park place. There is not very much traffic at Südhöhe and it started this stop, but surely everybody is going across the border to the wrong directionfirst petrol station in [[Czech Republic]]. Someone clarify please. -lex'' ===== To get here:''2011, 13th August: at that place 5 minute wait!''=====MF and his grilfriend got * Get a ride to the centre from one of Prague after half an hour. (MF):''2012, 20th January: about half an hour and I got a ride to the next park place. -lex''previous options:''August 2012: Leg two on the way to India* Walk there. Waited about an hour at the on-ramp hereIt is ca. Decent little space for drivers to pull into. Didn't get a ride all 600m east from the way Highway 170 onramp and it is not necessary to Prague, but at a service station just over walk on the border we literally waited about a minuteAutobahn. Good spot. --[[User:Looking for Stu|Looking for Stu]] 01:24, 18 August 2012 (CEST)
====Option 4.=5 ===Try Having tried a few of the above options, we headed to the Technical University ('Technische Universtät') and got a ride in about 20 minutes. It's along the highway to get Prague and I figured it might have a younger population driving past (being based around a uni).  From Haubtbahnhof, take the 66 bus (heading south) to stop 'Technische Universtät.' This will place you along the first parking lot right after getting on 170 highway that passes North-South through Dresden and later connects with the A17highway towards Prague. Nearly everyone leaving Dresden in this direction is going Try hitching a ride from the bus stop. It allows plenty of space for cars to Pirna stop, and the buses come every 20 mins - so they shouldn't be too much of an issue for stopping cars. Make yourself a clear and will pass this park placelegible sign so passing drivers can see where you want to go. UPDATE 22/10/2017 We (two hitchhikers) waited at the universitat (option 5) for more than 2 hours without getting any ride. There The spot is good but people were not very much traffic at this stop, but surely everybody is going across driving outside of the city so not so good. Then we walked (20 min) to the petrol station (option 1B) and there we get a ride with the border first car to the first gas station rest area when you are on the highway. It was a small rest area and not many car were stopping there and more than the half were driving to Pirna or Dresden. We waited there 2 more hours before getting a ride. === South by train, hitchhiking in Czech Republic ([[Děčín]], [[Czech RepublicÚstí nad Labem]]. <br>) ===To get here: <br>AIf you got some time and money, and prefer seeing some landscape of the Elbe/Labe valley as well as of the Saxonian and Bohemian "Switzerland" mountains, you can take the train '''S1''' from Dresden (from main station, Dresden-Neustadt and others; direction '''Schöna''') to the Czech border. Get a ride from one The ticket is 17 Euro (as of 2015 october) - get it at the previous options <br>ticket machines and validate it before entering the train! BYou can either leave the train at '''Schmilka-Hirschmühle''' (the ferry there is included in the ticket price) or at '''Schöna''' (and pay the ferry extra). Walk thereAfter crossing the river by ferry, walk over the border and through '''Hřensko'''. It There is ca. 600m east from a bus stop at the end of the Highway 170 onramp town and a large space behind it . If there are too many cars parked, hitch at the bus stop directly. There is not necessary much traffic, so prepare to walk on the Autobahnwait a while. Everybody goes to [[Děčín]] from here. <br>:If you''2012re lucky, 20th January: about half an hour and I got you will find a direct hike to [[Ústí nad Labem]]. As well the train ride directly to Prague -lex''as the road from Hřensko have really nice nature which is best experienced in good weather.
<small>(There might be better spots == Hitchhiking in ==If you driver is passing Dresden in east-west direction, it's a good idea to have him drop you at the exit ''Dresden Prohlis-Neustadt'' - does anyone have any information on this?)</small>. It's very easy for then driver to get back onto the motorway and there's a tram station from where you can get into the city centre easily.
== Passing through Dresden (North->South or South->North) ==
Then, you have several ways to get further (in any of these ways you will have similar problems and solutions):
* you might want to get dropped off way before Dresden, at the gasstation Freienhufener Eck West, approximately 20-50 60 kilometers before getting into the city; <small>(exact information needed!)</small>
* get a ride going west onto A4 at Dresden, so that you can be dropped off at Dresdner-Tor Nord. Then walk west for about 800 meters to a local road, walk through the tunnel and walk back east at the other side of the motorway for 800 meters to get back on Dresdner-Tor Sud.
* you find a nice driver willing to do a loop for you meaning that he must drive off the motorway after that "Aral" petrol station, make a U-turn, take the motorway in the opposite direction and drop you off at the petrol station, and only then he can either enter Dresden or make another U-turn if he is heading West;
* If you fail to show your ticket to an inspector you will most likely get a fine of 40 EUR which needs to be paid by bank transfer within about 10 days. Rumors are that even if you are a foreigner but living within the European Union an announcement to pay will be send even to your country.
* Ticket inspectors in Dresden (DVB AG) are dressed in civil clothes.
* They are usually neither very friendly to foreigners nor able to speak English very well. Make sure to have a valid(!) ticket.
* Ticket inspectors are difficult but possible to spot: They do '''not''' look like students which mostly carry a laptop case and/or wear a white or light blue shirt with a collar. They do '''not''' look like businessmen which would wear suit and tie. The are mostly '''not''' older than 50 to 55 years. They are mostly '''not''' younger than 20 years. They do '''not''' carry any (large) case, (heavy or completely filled) backpack or plastic (shopping) bag with them. They do '''not''' use mp3 player or walkmen with any sort of earphones. They mostly appear in smaller groups of two or three men in an average dress (sloppy T-shirt or pullover, jeans, a fisherman vest, cheaper non-brand shoes). They are mostly standing (or sitting) together but are '''not''' talking (or arguing) to/at each other in public.
* Ticket inspectors mostly carry a very small waist backpack or normal (but almost empty) backpack underneath a vest/shirt where their DVB AG computer devices or official papers are in.
* Ticket inspections are '''not''' conducted (as in some other European cities) '''on''' bus or tram platforms or '''on''' open bus or tram doors but '''only''' when vehicles are moving between two stops.
* After 20:00 you need to get into the bus through the first door where the driver sits. Drivers are supposed to check tickets but usually do not give them a closer look. You might be lucky when you quickly show an older (and now invalid) DVB AG ticket.
* At night, ticket inspectors in trams are accompanied by security personnel.
* Most DVB AG ticket inspections are conducted from around 09:00 to around 13:00.
* '''All in all: Do not blackride in Dresden. It doesn't work. Don't do it.'''
In summer you can sleep at the river. The police are never looking for sleeping people or anything. A good place is [ this]. Sometimes people camp with tents at the river [ here].
Do not put your tent in the parks, especially Großer Garten and Alaunpark. It is strictly forbidden and Großer Garten is patroulled by its own security personnel while Alaunpark could be checked by the police multiple times during the night.
== Souvenirs ==
You can buy expensive stuff at the touristic shops but every Saturday there is a second hand market until 14:00 @ [ here] where people sell ancient things - e.g. from the time of the socialism - very cheap.
Moreover you can bring or get clothes for free at the free shop [ here]. Check the [ opening hours].
== Eat and drink ==
Nearly every day there is warm food for a low price in a different alternative house. Check the [ calendar] for the words "Essen" or "Küfa".
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