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For hitchhiking to Hamburg prepare a cardboard sign with "HH" written on it, which is the license plate sign for cars from Hamburg and understood widely. "HRO" stands for Rostock by the way.
==== Option 1 - Kurt-Schumacher-Damm ====
This spot is nearer to Berlin than Rasthof Stolper Heide and includes much less time spent walking and on the train. To get here go with the U6 towards ''Alt-Tegel'' and get off at ''Kurt-Schumacher-Platz'' and then start walking towards the motorway. About 2 minutes away from the U-Bahn station there is a ''Jet'' petrol station. You can either ask the drivers who stop there or stand at the road right before it. (Update January 2009: Spot is open again!)
* [[User:MaxHermens]] says: It's best to ask drivers if they are going on the motorway, and if so, if they can take you to the above mentioned Stolperheide. Then you can avoid the long walk and start hitching straight away.
====Option 2 - Prenzlauer Promenade ====The street '''Prenzlauer Promenade''' is called ''Prenzlauer Allee'' in the city centre and becomes the Autobahn A114 next to the ''S-Bahn'' station ''Pankow-Heinersdorf''. From there, just walk 500m down the bridge and you've got a traffic-light as well as two petrol stations, both on the right side for the drivers going towards the Autobahn. It may be worth walking to the second petrol station as it's cheaper and more frequented. However, it might happen that the staff at this second (Shell) station tell you to leave their property and threaten to call the police.  There is usually a lot of traffic on this road, so you could also hitch with a sign. Coming from ''Pankow-Heinersdorf", 50m before the first petrol station, there is a lane where cars can stop and people waiting at the traffic light are able to see you. <br> Much of the traffic here is local, but there is also significant traffic towards [[Hamburg]] and [[Rostock]].<br>Try to get a lift to at least the first petrol station on the motorway ("Linumer Bruch"). ====Option 3 - Rasthof Stolper Heide ====
The hitchhiking-spot in Henningsdorf '''Rasthof Stolper Heide''' ([http://hitchwiki.org/maps/?place=2153 map]) is ideal in the sense that you end up starting to hitchhike directly from a petrol station in which there are a fair few people heading in direction [[Hamburg]], [[Rostock]] or [[Scandinavia]]. You are going to have to go on a 2 km walk in total.
A (maybe not so good) very close-by spot that saves you the 2 km walk: Get off one station earlier, ''Schulzendorf'' (S25 towards Henningsdorf, EUR 2.60 ticket). Get out from the front of the train, and out of the station, follow Ruppiner Chaussee north, and take the first right (Schulzendorfer Straße). And there you are, on the motorway access ramp, 5 min walk from the station. However, at this spot the access ramp is quite narrow, and there is not a good place for cars to stop safely. There is also a curve in the road, and cars are traveling quickly, so this spot might be dangerous for you and the drivers. You can take ''any'' ride. If the car doesn't go your way, he can drop you off at the petrol station "Rasthof Stolper Heide" mentioned above, some kilometers up the road.
 
==== Prenzlauer Promenade ====
The street '''Prenzlauer Promenade''' is called ''Prenzlauer Allee'' in the city centre and becomes the Autobahn A114 next to the ''S-Bahn'' station ''Pankow-Heinersdorf''. From there, just walk 500m down the bridge and you've got a traffic-light as well as two petrol stations, both on the right side for the drivers going towards the Autobahn. It may be worth walking to the second petrol station as it's cheaper and more frequented. However, it might happen that the staff at this second (Shell) station tell you to leave their property and threaten you to call the police.
 
You can also wait opposite of ''McD's'' for a lift. Sometimes you will meet other hitchhikers here, too. If someone offers a lift "only" to a petrol station on the motorway ("Linumer Bruch" for instance) take it, since from a motorway petrol station it is very easy to get another lift.
==== For [[Scandinavia]] bound hitchhikers ====
In hitchhiker ''Theo's'' personal ''Berlin'' --> ''Sweden'' commuting experience it is generally faster to go from Berlin to Sweden by using the Puttgarden ferry than the Rostock ferry. The time invested in getting to the main highway going north from [[Hamburg]] and [[Lubeck]] to ''Puttgarden'' is well-rewarded seeing as getting a ride by standing with a [[Sweden]] sign in ''Puttgarden'' before the ticket booth or from one of the petrol stations before saves you time and effort by not having to hitchhike at all in [[Denmark]] by using only transit traffic. The next good place to hitchhike if you are going towards[[Stockholm]] or [[Gothenburg]] is after or before people get on/off the ferry in [[Helsingor]]/[[Helsingborg]] and getting a ride from Puttgarden to there is pretty straightforward.
 
Direct ferries to Sweden ([[Trelleborg]]) are also hitchable - leaving from [[Rostock]] or [[Sassnitz]] ([[Rügen]]).
=== Northeast towards [[Szczecin]], [[Gdańsk|Gdansk]] (Danzig) {{Autobahn|11}} ===
=== South towards [[Leipzig]] {{Autobahn|9}} and West towards [[Magdeburg]], [[Hannover]] {{Autobahn|2}} ===
 
==== Rasthof Grunewald ====
Heading South or West, the best - and most frequented - spot is probably ''Rasthof Grunewald''. Take the ''S-Bahn'' train ''S7'' towards ''Potsdam'' or ''S1'' towards ''Wannsee'' and get out at ''Nikolassee''. Walk out of the train station, cross the bridge and you'll see the [[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol station]] right of you. You can talk to drivers at the petrol station or on the parking lot
 
There are often other hitchhikers here early, and it is polite to wait until they have left. Get here early to avoid the competition.
 
This spot is both faster & cheaper to get to than Michendorf. You will need 25 minutes from Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Main Station) on an AB-ticket (2,70€), compared to ~1hour (including the walk) on an ABC-ticket (3,30€) to Michendorf.
 
There is a lot of long distance traffic going South and West, with high chances of finding a ride for at least several hundred km. However, it is ''not'' a good spot to hitch East. <br>
If you find nobody heading in your direction, you can also get a short lift until Michendorf and try your luck there, but this is usually not necessary.
==== Rasthof Michendorf ====
* '''This one also works for South or East!'''
Just 30 minutes by ''Regionalbahn'' (train) south west of Berlin. This is the most direct option. You easily get hitches to the south or west as well as to the east ([[Poland]]). Take a train (e.g. RE7 to [[Dessau]], check [http://www.fahrinfo-berlin.de/Fahrinfo/bin/ fahrinfo-berlin.de] for route information) from the center (ABC 3.10 EUR). Get off at the train station ''Michendorf''. Leave the station at the left side (in direction of the train). Turn right into the Potsdamer Straße, at the bus stop, and walk for 20 minutes straight on it.
To go west or south ([[Magdeburg]], [[Hannover]] or [[Leipzig]], [[Munich]]) turn right into Feldstraße and follow it till you see the [[rest area|service station]]. Enter via the green emergency door.
Alternatively you can get here by bus 643 or 608 from [[Potsdam]] Hbf which also passes the train station in Michendorf. Get off at "Michendorf Abzweig Wildenbruch", and walk south west for the final stretch to the service station.
[[File:IMG 5392.JPG|thumb|250px|right|[[Tiziano]] hitching from Berlin to [[Munich]]]]
 
==== Raststätte Grunewald ====
For going South or West you can try the '''Raststätte Grunewald'''. Take the ''S-Bahn'' train ''S7'' towards ''Potsdam'' or ''S1'' towards ''Wannsee'' and get out at ''Nikolassee''. Walk out of the train station, cross the bridge and you'll see the [[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol station]] right of you. Also standing at the traffic lights before the [[on-ramp]] seems to be useful! Get a lift at least to ''Michendorf''.
 
There are often other hitchhikers here early, and it is polite to queue behind them. Get here early to avoid the competition.
 
The construction works going on in the second half of 2012 are now (April 2013) over. The onramp is open again and there is plenty of traffic toward the Berliner Ring.
==== AVUS / Messedamm access lane ====
The ramp itself is not super great as there is no sidespace, and you have to stay just at the fence, but enough width for two automobiles. Cars don't go fast as there are traffic lights before the turn. 10 minutes waiting time to get to the station can be expected. It seems like at the station there are more drivers that go in a Dresden direction, but finding people willing to take you to Poland is also possible.
It is possible (and worth checking) that there is a direct way to Seeber Seeberg West petrol station. Probably from the side of Neuenhagen town. It has been observed (2014) that the station has an open gate in a back fence that goes into greenery (trees and shrubs - no clear path but walkable).
==== [[Airport]] Berlin-Schönefeld ====
=== North towards [[Fürstenberg]], [[Neustrelitz]] and [[Neubrandenburg]] ===
For the East part of Mecklenburg - Western Pomerania the B96 could be a good option instead of A11/A20, because there's only one petrol station on A11 and no one none on the eastern part of the A20.
So first you need to go Oranienburg (S1, RE from Südkreuz - Hauptbahnhof - Gesundbrunnen, RB Lichtenberg - Hohenschönhausen). From Oranienburg go by bus to Sachsenhausen Kirche and continue walking Granseer Straße for 15minutes and you'll reach the B96. at this point the B96 still looks like a highway. but don't be confused: just a few meters before the onramp Oranienburg-Nord there's a sign saying that motorway ends. So cars are allowed to stop north of the ramp. between Oranienburg and Neubrandenburg just Neustrelitz is bad for leaving a car. If you're driver goes to Neustrelitz leave the car 2km before at the last crossroad (connection with B198 to Wesenberg, Mirow) and use the bus stop over there to go on to NB or ask if you driver can drop you off at the North end of Neustrelitz. In every other town/village on that way the B96 goes directly via the town. so you can get off and look for the next busstop on the B96.
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