A45 (Germany)

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The A45 is a motorway in Germany, connecting Dortmund in the west with Aschaffenburg in the southwest. It is colloquially known by its byname Sauerlandlinie, which derives from the Sauerland, the landscape which said autobahn is running through between the cities of Hagen and Siegen. Many people think of it as the Queen of autobahns, for it's beautiful landscape and for the fact that no autobahn runs over a greater number of bridges.

It's the main connection for traffic coming from the North (A1) towards Frankfurt, though people could also consider traveling the A3, which most likely will end in traffic jams around Cologne.

Best place to get onto the A45 from the A1 is to get a car at service station Lichtendorf, see article A1 (Germany).

Hitching the A45

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() Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Dortmund-Nordwest, A2 (Germany)
() Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Castrop-Rauxel-Ost, A42 (Germany)
() Autobahn junction.png Dortmund-Hafen, K19
() Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Dortmund-West, A40 (Germany), B1
() Ramp.png Dortmund-Eichinghofen,
() Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Dortmund-Witten, A44 (Germany)
() Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Dortmund-Süd, B54
() Autobahn junction.png Westhofener Kreuz, A1 (Germany)



  • (10) Ramp.png Schwerte-Ergste
  • (11) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Hagen
  • (12) Ramp.png Hagen-Süd
  • (13) Ramp.png Lüdenscheid-Nord
  • (14) Ramp.png Lüdenscheid-Mitte
  • Autobahn gasstation.pngAutobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Sauerland Southwards.png Good.png (good) -- Northwards.png Good.png (good)
    • Great service station, but sometimes traffic is a bit low.
  • (15) Ramp.png Lüdenscheid-Süd
  • (16) Ramp.png Meinerzhagen
  • (17) Ramp.png Drolshagen
  • (18) Ramp.png Olpe Northwards.png Good.png (good)
    • A lot of traffic going north, as well as the best hard shoulder for hitchhiking ever seen*, though it goes uphill a bit. Cars mostly to Lüdenscheid, so make sure getting off at the service station Sauerland between ramps Lüdenscheid-Süd and -Mitte. (*=at least in the perception of Platschi)
  • (19) Autobahn junction.png Olpe-Süd