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Hitchhiking out
== Hitchhiking out ==
 
=== North towards [[Berlin]], [[Cottbus]] ([[A13 (Germany)|A13]]) and East towards [[Poland]] ===
 
 
==== Option 1 ====
 
A great place for direction north and east is ''Hansastraße''. You can either take tram line 13 and get off at ''Friedensstraße'' or if you are in ''Neustadt'', you can also walk from Alaunpark along ''Bischofsweg'' and ''Fritz-Reuter-Straße'' in direction west and you will pass the ''Friedensstraße'' tram stop as well.
Walk down ''Hansastraße'' and you will pass 2 petrol stations. Both are good for asking people or to wave a sign. The first is generally better and you may meet some other hitchers. Hitching with thumb only is not recommended as cars are going in all directions.
The gas stations may not be the best place to hitchhike. There is a good sized entry lane for the shell gas station but the exit has no feeder lane which means you kind of have to choose between the street traffic or just the people at the gas station. The same goes for the second 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 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]]) ===
  * '''On-ramp Hellerberge in Dresden''':  From Dresden-Neustadt DB station; take bus number 81 (WILSCHDORF) to the stop 'Hellerberge'. This should not take longer than fifteen minutes. Here you are right at 'Dresden Hellerau' interchange of B170 and A4 / A13 direction Bautzen as well as Görlitz.
* '''Service station Dresdner Tor near Dresden:''' from Dresden take bus 424 or 333 from main station to station Wilsdruff Markt (about 45min ride), go north to junction Nossener/Meißner/Dresdner Straße and turn east into Dresdner Straße. Follow this road for 500m eastwards. You will see a hotel on the right. After this take the left option of the Y-junction, cross the street Umgehungsstraße (S36) and follow the road K9034 (direction Hühndorf, north-east) for 1km. Right before you hit the freeway turn right and walk along the road parallel to the freeway. After another 500m you reach the service station
=== West towards [[Chemnitz]], [[Leipzig]] ([[A4 (Germany)|A4]]), ([[A14 (Germany)|A14]]) ===
'''Option 1''' 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).
'''Option 1'''  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).  '''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 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]]) ===
  ====Option 1Parkplatz Am Nöthnitzgrund==== Try to get to the Parkplatz Am Nöthnitzgrund its first parking lot right after getting on the 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 this stop, but surely everybody is going across the border to the first petrol station in Czech Republic.   To get there use bus 351,252, 360 to stop Bannewitz Nöthnitz and walk Gostritzer street until autoban and than turn right (see Google maps). Walking from centre is 8 km to get there   ====Option 2.==== 
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 23.==== 
Try to stop cars on various bus stops or near traffic lights on ''Bergstraße'' between city center and ''Südhöhe''. However, it is difficult for the drivers to stop on this road and taking a bus to ''Südhöhe'' is recommended. Haltestelle ''Mommsenstraße'' is probably the best as you can easily stand close to the bridge and ask people at the traffic light. It is not advisable to walk along highway 170 past Südhöhe.
 ====Option 34.==== 
B170, A17 / E55 autobahn interchange ([http://hitchwiki.org/maps/?place=4650 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>
* Take bus 360 from Dresden main station towards A17 (direction ''Dippoldiswalde''). Press the stop button directly after you pass the onramp to A17 towards Prague. The bus will stop 200m later so walk back to the onramp. (bus stop "Nöthnitz, Bannewitz") <br>
====Option 4 Parkplatz Am Nöthnitzgrund====
Try to get to the Parkplatz Am Nöthnitzgrund its first parking lot right after getting on the 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 this stop, but surely everybody is going across the border to the first petrol station in Czech Republic.
===Option 5 ===
To get there use bus 351,252, 360 to stop Bannewitz Nöthnitz and walk Gostritzer street until autoban and than turn right (see Google maps). Walking from centre is 8 km to get there
 
===Option 5 ===
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 Prague and I figured it might have a younger population driving past (being based around a uni).
UPDATE 22/10/2017
We (two hitchhikers) waited at the universitat (option 5) for more than 2 hours without getting any ride. The spot is good but people were not 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 first car to the first 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]], [[Ústí nad Labem]]) ===
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