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. The A45 is a part of the E41.

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.

Hitching the A45

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Kreuz Dortmund-Nordwest * connection to the A2 -> Hannover, Gladbeck
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Kreuz Castrop-Rauxel-Ost * connection to the A42
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Dortmund-Hafen, K19
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Kreuz Dortmund-West * connection to the A40, B1
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Dortmund-Eichinghofen
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Kreuz Dortmund-Witten * connection to the A44
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Kreuz Dortmund-Süd, B54
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Westhofener Kreuz * connection to the A1
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Schwerte-Ergste
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Kreuz Hagen, A46
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Hagen-Süd
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Lüdenscheid-Nord
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Lüdenscheid-Mitte
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Sauerland West
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(good) Great service station, but sometimes traffic is a bit low.
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Sauerland Ost
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Lüdenscheid-Süd
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Meinerzhagen
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Drolshagen
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Olpe
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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)

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Kreuz Olpe-Süd * connection to the A4
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Freudenberg
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Siegerland West
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Siegerland Ost
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Siegen
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Siegen-Eisern
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Wilnsdorf
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Haiger/Burbach
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Dillenburg
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Dollenberg
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Herborn-West
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Herborn-Süd
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Katzenfurt
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Ehringhausen
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Wetzlarer Kreuz * connection to the A480
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Wetzlar-Ost
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Wetzlar-Süd
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Gießen-Lützellinden
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Gießener Südkreuz * connection to the A485
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Gambacher Kreuz * connection to the A5
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Münzenberg
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Wölfersheim
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Florstadt
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Altenstadt
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Langen-Bergheim West
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Hammersbach
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Langenselbold-West
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Langenselbolder Dreieck * connection to the A66
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Hanauer Kreuz * connection to the A66
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Alzenau-Nord
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Alzenau-Mitte
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Karlstein
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Kleinostheim
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Seligenstädter Dreieck * connection to the A3/E41 -> Köln, Würzburg

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German highways

Major highways: A1A2A3A4A5A6A7A8A9

Minor highways: A10A11A12A13A14A15A17A19A20A21A23A24A25A26A27A28A29A30A31A33A37A38A39A40A42A43A44A45A46A48A49A52A57A59A60A61A62A63A64A65A66A67A70A71A72A73A81A92A93A94A95A96A98A99