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'''Aachen''' is a city in [[North Rhine-Westphalia]], [[Germany]], close to the [[Netherlands]] and [[Belgium]].
 
'''Aachen''' is a city in [[North Rhine-Westphalia]], [[Germany]], close to the [[Netherlands]] and [[Belgium]].
  
Apparently - ''from what [[User:Guaka|Guaka]] has heard'' - there is a somewhat official hitchhiking spot at ''Europaplatz''.
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Cars number plates starting with letters '''AC''' are registered in this locality. License plates with '''DN''' indicate that a car is from the neighbour locality of Düren in the east. The central terminal for local and regional buses is called ''Aachen Bushof''.
  
Cars number plates starting with letters '''AC''' are registered in this locality. License plates with '''DN''' indicate that a car is from the neighbour locality of Düren in the east.
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Local inhabitants tell that during recent months there were some car robberies (summer 2014), when one person stops the car and suddenly other people appear and take the car from the person. It was said to be some immigrants from Belgium. So car drivers are very circumspect and it is harder to get a lift there.
  
 
== Hitchhiking out ==
 
== Hitchhiking out ==
  
=== West towards [[Netherlands]] {{Autobahn|4}} {{E|314}}, [[Belgium]] {{Autobahn|44}} {{E|40}}, East towards [[Cologne|Köln]] {{Autobahn|4}} ===
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=== East to Cologne {{Autobahn|4}}, north to Düsseldorf {{Autobahn|44}} ===
There is a nice [[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol station]], ''Aachener Land'', on the A4, not too far east of Aachen. It is good for heading towards Netherlands or Belgium, while the other side offers good opportunities to hitch towards almost any region in [[Germany]] via [[Cologne|Köln]].
 
  
You can either hitchhike there or take the bus. To go by bus take line 52 from the main bus terminal ''Aachen Bushof'' in direction of ''Eschweiler Bushof'' and get out at ''Röhe Wasserwerk'' (3,20 Euro in January 2012, approx. 25 min). To go in direction of [[Cologne|Köln]] just walk back 500 meters, to go to NL cross the highway bridge and turn left at the first street. Another option is to start hitchhiking from ''Europaplatz'' just where the cars enter the motorway from a [[roundabout]]. When going East (direction Köln), leave ''Aachener Land'' behind you. When going West, step out at the petrol station and do a little walk over the bridge nearby to cross the motorway.
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The ''Europaplatz'' roundabout is a popular hitchhiker spot to start to any destination within Germany. It is located in the east of Aachen directly near the on-ramp and can be reached quickly. There is an Esso petrol station where you can ask and that also offers a spot where cars can see you easily and stop. If you don't feel lucky at the Esso there is also an ARAL petrol station at the same roundabout. Cars could also stop for you at the hard shoulder right after the roundabout, but the spot is already on the autobahn so police might ask you to leave.
  
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Getting there is a 15 minute walk from ''Aachen Bushof''. Go east for the ''Peterstraße'' which later becomes the ''Jülicher Straße''. At the ''Blücherplatz'' square you will see a church to your right. Bear right following the B1 federal road and you will come to the Esso petrol station.
If heading towards the Netherlands you have several options. The first is to hitchhike to the traffic lights at the main motorway exit at Geleen from the ''Aachener Land'' service station (perfect if you are going to Maastricht). Otherwise, one can walk from the ''Ponttor'' while in Aachen for about two kilometers up the ''Roermonderstrasse'' or take the buses 27, 37, 47 or 77 from the central bus station ''Aachen Bushof'' to ''Jupp-Müller-Straße'' (2,40 Euro in January 2012). There are two petrol stations and the bus stop for thumbing where you can find a Dutch driver. If you are going to [[Maastricht]] you can also go to ''Vaalserstrasse'' or take a bus to ''Vaals''. When in Vaals, walk to the roundabout on Maastricherlaan, go for 20 meters more and you will see a bus stop. It's a perfect place to get a lift to Maastricht.
 
  
The Aachen-Laurensberg on-ramp is a pretty good for getting a ride, into the Netherlands. There is a petrol station right after the border, but people going from Aachen to Maastricht might prefer to use the road via Vaals instead of the highway.
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=== West towards [[Maastricht]] ===
  
=== South towards [[Liège|Liege]], [[Luxembourg]] {{Autobahn|44}} {{E|40}}, [[Eifel]] ===
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It is possible to get to Maastricht via the autobahn A4 (A76 in Netherlands) or the federal road B1 (N278 in Netherlands). To take the autobahn, walk from the ''Ponttor'' while in Aachen for about two kilometers up the ''Roermonderstrasse'' or take the buses 27, 37, 47 or 77 from the central bus station ''Aachen Bushof'' to ''Jupp-Müller-Straße''. There are two petrol stations and the bus stop for thumbing where you can find a Dutch driver. If he's not passing by Maastricht you can get out at the A76 exit #2 ''Geleen'' or N281 exit ''Maastricht'' and continue from there.
To go to in the direction of Belgium, especially if you want to go to [[Liège]] or [[Luxembourg]], go to the service station ''Lichtenbusch'' on the German-Belgium border at the A44.
 
  
Option 1: Take bus #11, #36, #55, or #SB63 from ''Bushof'' (main bus terminal) or ''Hauptbahnhof'' (central train station) to ''Oberforstbach Laschet'', get out and walk back the direction you came from. You have to walk a few hundred meters until you reach a bridge after which you turn left to get to the service station after 150-200m (you can either walk through the fields or use the exit and walk along the autobahn). At the same bridge there is also the exit #2 ''Aachen-Lichtenbusch'' at the A44 which you can use to go either in the direction of Köln (or at least to the service station ''Aachener Land'') or in the direction of Belgium.  
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People going from Aachen to Maastricht might prefer to use the federal road via Vaals, the first town after the Netherlands border, instead of the autobahn. To get there, go to the B1 ''Vaalserstrasse'' or take a bus to ''Vaals''. When in Vaals, walk to the roundabout on ''Maastricherlaan'' road, go for 20 meters more and you will see a bus stop where cars going to Maastricht can stop.
  
Option 2: To get to the service station or the exit you can also hitchhike from the bus station ''Aachen Siegel'' (reachable by the lines #11, #21, #36, #46, #53 and #SB63 or by foot - ask locals for directions) which is perfect if you want to hitchhike south to the Eifel in the direction of Roetgen, Monschau, Simmerath or further.
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=== West towards [[Netherlands]] {{Autobahn|4}} {{E|314}}, [[Belgium]] {{Autobahn|44}} {{E|40}}, East towards [[Cologne|Köln]] {{Autobahn|4}} via service station ''Aachener Land'' ===
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The autobahn [[petrol station hitchhiking|service station]] ''Aachener Land'' is located 10 km east of Aachen on the A4. The north side is good for heading towards Netherlands or Belgium, while the south side offers good opportunities to hitch towards almost any region in [[Germany]] via [[Cologne|Köln]].
  
Option 3: One may also thumb at the on-ramp at the highway exit Aachen Brand. To get there take bus lines 25, 45, 55 or 68 from the main bus station ''Aachen Bushof'' until ''Königsberger Straße'' (2,40 Euro as of January 2012). Walk 500 m along the road and either thumb down the cars coming from Aachen center turning left or the cars going straight onto the highway from the industrial area. Beware that there is local traffic that will exit the highway on the next exit.
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You can either hitchhike there or take the bus. Hitchhike from ''Europaplatz'' roundabout as explained in going east. To go further east towards Germany, stay on this side; cross the autobahn to continue towards Belgium or Netherlands.
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Bus line 52 from ''Aachen Bushof'' in direction of ''Eschweiler Bushof'' will take you to the station ''Röhe Wasserwerk'' in about 25 minutes. (3,20 Euro in January 2012). To continue in direction of [[Cologne|Köln]] just walk back 500 meters, to go to the Netherlands or Belgium cross the bridge over the autobahn and turn left at the first street.
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[[File:AachenerLand2013.jpeg|200px|thumb|left|Approaching Aachener Land from town Eschweiler]]
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=== West towards [[Liège]] (B), south towards [[Luxembourg]] {{Autobahn|44}} {{E|40}}===
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To go to in the direction of Belgium, especially if you want to go to [[Liège]] or [[Luxembourg]], go to the service station ''Lichtenbusch'' on the German-Belgium border at the A44. There's not too much traffic, and most of it seems to go via [[Liege]] and [[Namur]] to France.
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==== Option 1 ====
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Take bus 11, 36, 55 or SB63 from the centre to ''Kohlhof''. Walk westwards on the little street parallel to the motorway and you will find the service area on the right. There's a pedestrian bridge connecting both sides.
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==== Option 2 ====
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To get to the service station or the exit you can also hitchhike from the bus station ''Aachen Siegel''. It can be reached by bus lines #11, #21, #36, #46, #53 and #SB63 or by a 45 minute walk from the city centre to the south. Cars can easily see you and stop.
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==== Option 3 ====
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One may also thumb at the on-ramp at the Autobahn exit ''Aachen Brand'' on the A44. To get there take bus lines 25, 45, 55 or 68 from the main bus station ''Aachen Bushof'' until ''Königsberger Straße'' (2,55 Euro as of May 2013). Walk 500 m along the road and either thumb down the cars coming from Aachen centre turning right or the cars going straight onto the highway from the industrial area. Beware that there is local traffic that will leave the Autobahn on the next exit.
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=== South towards [[Eifel]] region ===
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To get into the region south of Aachen hitchhike from the bus station ''Aachen Siegel''. It can be reached by bus lines #11, #21, #36, #46, #53 and #SB63 or by a 45 minute walk from the city centre to the south. The spot is perfect if you want to hitchhike south to the Eifel in the direction of Roetgen, Monschau, Simmerath or further. Cars can easily see you and stop.
  
 
== Hitchhiking In ==
 
== Hitchhiking In ==
  
If you are with people that are going directly to Aachen being dropped of at the central bus terminal ''Aachen Bushof'' is a good idea. Most buses come through there, but this is not the main train station.
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If you are with people that are going directly to Aachen being dropped of at the central bus terminal ''Aachen Bushof'' is a good idea. Most buses come through there, but this is not the main train station. Otherwise, if your driver is only passing by the city your best option to get off depends on the direction.
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=== A4 from/to west (Netherlands) ===
  
When your driver is passing by on the A4 it is a good idea to get out at the service station ''Aachener Land'' and take the bus 52 to the center (see [[Aachen#Hitchhiking Out|Hitchhiking Out]]). Buses to Aachen go weekdays every half hour between 5:00 and 20:30 and hourly until 23:30. Saturday service is from 5:30 until 23:30 and sunday service is between 8:30 and 23:30. Else, if you are on the A44 from/to Belgium, try to get dropped off at the exit ''Aachen Brand''. You can use the frequent bus service at any time from there to the center and your driver can get back on the highway easily.
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Ask your driver to drop you off at the exit #3 ''Aachen Zentrum''. From there you can take various buses to the central bus terminal ''Aachen Bushof''. If you're coming from the Netherlands, your driver can turn around when going straight after the exit. Otherwise, going towards the Netherlands he should turn right and then left to be able to drop you off and make a U-turn.
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Don't drop yourself at the Dutch petrol station (Shell) near borderpoint Vetschau. It was very difficult to find a ride just to Aachen and I stucked there for 3 hours in Feb 2018. There is also NO train-station in the next village Bochholtz (like in some maps), but at least some bus-services to Aachen.
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=== A4 from/to east (Cologne) ===
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When your driver is passing by on the A4 it is a good idea to get out at the autobahn service station ''Aachener Land'' and take the bus 52 to the center (see [[Aachen#Hitchhiking Out|Hitchhiking Out]]). Buses to Aachen go weekdays every half hour between 5:00 and 20:30 and hourly until 23:30. Saturday service is from 5:30 until 23:30 and sunday service is between 8:30 and 23:30.
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=== A44 from/to south (Belgium) ===
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On the A44 from/to Belgium, get dropped off at the exit #3 ''Aachen Brand''. You can use the frequent bus service at any time from there to the center (2,40 Euro as of January 2012) or try to hitchhike. Your driver can get back on the highway easily.
  
 
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== Other useful info ==
 
== Other useful info ==
There are quite a few [[police]] controls around Aachen, so make sure you are not bringing any drugs from the Netherlands to Germany as you might get controlled.
 
  
Hitchhiker [[User:Fverhart|Fverhart]] writes: ''"I don't like drugs and I was never checked on the border. Once in my life I had some marihuana with me, our host so kindly asked for it that I took the risk, although I did not know what kind of risk I was actually running."'' [[User:Kriechstrom|Kriechstrom]] thinks otherwise: ''"There are police controls for sure for buses, cars and even bicycles. Bus lines from the NL are being controlled, especially the line 50 from Maastricht if you get out at the main train station. Cars are more likely to be controlled if they have registration plates from other cities than Aachen."''
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There are quite a few [[police]] controls around Aachen, so make sure you are not bringing any drugs from the Netherlands to Germany as you might get controlled. Controls are for sure for buses, cars and even bicycles. Bus lines from the NL are being controlled, especially the line 50 from Maastricht if you get out at the main train station. Cars are more likely to be controlled if they have registration plates from other cities than Aachen.
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Aachen
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Country:
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Germany
State:
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North Rhine-Westphalia
Population: 258,770 (31 Dec 2006)
Licence plate: AC
Major roads: A4, A44, A544
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Aachen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, close to the Netherlands and Belgium.

Cars number plates starting with letters AC are registered in this locality. License plates with DN indicate that a car is from the neighbour locality of Düren in the east. The central terminal for local and regional buses is called Aachen Bushof.

Local inhabitants tell that during recent months there were some car robberies (summer 2014), when one person stops the car and suddenly other people appear and take the car from the person. It was said to be some immigrants from Belgium. So car drivers are very circumspect and it is harder to get a lift there.

Hitchhiking out

East to Cologne Bundesautobahn 4 number.svg, north to Düsseldorf Bundesautobahn 44 number.svg

The Europaplatz roundabout is a popular hitchhiker spot to start to any destination within Germany. It is located in the east of Aachen directly near the on-ramp and can be reached quickly. There is an Esso petrol station where you can ask and that also offers a spot where cars can see you easily and stop. If you don't feel lucky at the Esso there is also an ARAL petrol station at the same roundabout. Cars could also stop for you at the hard shoulder right after the roundabout, but the spot is already on the autobahn so police might ask you to leave.

Getting there is a 15 minute walk from Aachen Bushof. Go east for the Peterstraße which later becomes the Jülicher Straße. At the Blücherplatz square you will see a church to your right. Bear right following the B1 federal road and you will come to the Esso petrol station.

West towards Maastricht

It is possible to get to Maastricht via the autobahn A4 (A76 in Netherlands) or the federal road B1 (N278 in Netherlands). To take the autobahn, walk from the Ponttor while in Aachen for about two kilometers up the Roermonderstrasse or take the buses 27, 37, 47 or 77 from the central bus station Aachen Bushof to Jupp-Müller-Straße. There are two petrol stations and the bus stop for thumbing where you can find a Dutch driver. If he's not passing by Maastricht you can get out at the A76 exit #2 Geleen or N281 exit Maastricht and continue from there.

People going from Aachen to Maastricht might prefer to use the federal road via Vaals, the first town after the Netherlands border, instead of the autobahn. To get there, go to the B1 Vaalserstrasse or take a bus to Vaals. When in Vaals, walk to the roundabout on Maastricherlaan road, go for 20 meters more and you will see a bus stop where cars going to Maastricht can stop.

West towards Netherlands Bundesautobahn 4 number.svg E 314, Belgium Bundesautobahn 44 number.svg E 40, East towards Köln Bundesautobahn 4 number.svg via service station Aachener Land

<map lat='50.80' lng='6.1571502685546875' zoom='12' view='0' width='400' height='220' float='right'/> The autobahn service station Aachener Land is located 10 km east of Aachen on the A4. The north side is good for heading towards Netherlands or Belgium, while the south side offers good opportunities to hitch towards almost any region in Germany via Köln.

You can either hitchhike there or take the bus. Hitchhike from Europaplatz roundabout as explained in going east. To go further east towards Germany, stay on this side; cross the autobahn to continue towards Belgium or Netherlands.

Bus line 52 from Aachen Bushof in direction of Eschweiler Bushof will take you to the station Röhe Wasserwerk in about 25 minutes. (3,20 Euro in January 2012). To continue in direction of Köln just walk back 500 meters, to go to the Netherlands or Belgium cross the bridge over the autobahn and turn left at the first street.

Approaching Aachener Land from town Eschweiler

West towards Liège (B), south towards Luxembourg Bundesautobahn 44 number.svg E 40

To go to in the direction of Belgium, especially if you want to go to Liège or Luxembourg, go to the service station Lichtenbusch on the German-Belgium border at the A44. There's not too much traffic, and most of it seems to go via Liege and Namur to France.

Option 1

Take bus 11, 36, 55 or SB63 from the centre to Kohlhof. Walk westwards on the little street parallel to the motorway and you will find the service area on the right. There's a pedestrian bridge connecting both sides.

Option 2

To get to the service station or the exit you can also hitchhike from the bus station Aachen Siegel. It can be reached by bus lines #11, #21, #36, #46, #53 and #SB63 or by a 45 minute walk from the city centre to the south. Cars can easily see you and stop.

Option 3

One may also thumb at the on-ramp at the Autobahn exit Aachen Brand on the A44. To get there take bus lines 25, 45, 55 or 68 from the main bus station Aachen Bushof until Königsberger Straße (2,55 Euro as of May 2013). Walk 500 m along the road and either thumb down the cars coming from Aachen centre turning right or the cars going straight onto the highway from the industrial area. Beware that there is local traffic that will leave the Autobahn on the next exit.

South towards Eifel region

To get into the region south of Aachen hitchhike from the bus station Aachen Siegel. It can be reached by bus lines #11, #21, #36, #46, #53 and #SB63 or by a 45 minute walk from the city centre to the south. The spot is perfect if you want to hitchhike south to the Eifel in the direction of Roetgen, Monschau, Simmerath or further. Cars can easily see you and stop.

Hitchhiking In

If you are with people that are going directly to Aachen being dropped of at the central bus terminal Aachen Bushof is a good idea. Most buses come through there, but this is not the main train station. Otherwise, if your driver is only passing by the city your best option to get off depends on the direction.

A4 from/to west (Netherlands)

Ask your driver to drop you off at the exit #3 Aachen Zentrum. From there you can take various buses to the central bus terminal Aachen Bushof. If you're coming from the Netherlands, your driver can turn around when going straight after the exit. Otherwise, going towards the Netherlands he should turn right and then left to be able to drop you off and make a U-turn.

Don't drop yourself at the Dutch petrol station (Shell) near borderpoint Vetschau. It was very difficult to find a ride just to Aachen and I stucked there for 3 hours in Feb 2018. There is also NO train-station in the next village Bochholtz (like in some maps), but at least some bus-services to Aachen.

A4 from/to east (Cologne)

When your driver is passing by on the A4 it is a good idea to get out at the autobahn service station Aachener Land and take the bus 52 to the center (see Hitchhiking Out). Buses to Aachen go weekdays every half hour between 5:00 and 20:30 and hourly until 23:30. Saturday service is from 5:30 until 23:30 and sunday service is between 8:30 and 23:30.

A44 from/to south (Belgium)

On the A44 from/to Belgium, get dropped off at the exit #3 Aachen Brand. You can use the frequent bus service at any time from there to the center (2,40 Euro as of January 2012) or try to hitchhike. Your driver can get back on the highway easily.

Public transportation

Check the website of the local bus operator ASEAG for bus informations. There is no english page but you can just input your request on the top right. Input the start city (e.g. Aachen) and station (e.g. Bushof, the main bus terminal) and the same for the destination in the second row. The results are understandable without knowing German.

People with monthly tickets and job tickets can take you along for free in buses and regional RE trains on weekdays from 19:00 until 3:00 and on the whole weekend within the area of their validity. Feel free to ask around.

Other useful info

There are quite a few police controls around Aachen, so make sure you are not bringing any drugs from the Netherlands to Germany as you might get controlled. Controls are for sure for buses, cars and even bicycles. Bus lines from the NL are being controlled, especially the line 50 from Maastricht if you get out at the main train station. Cars are more likely to be controlled if they have registration plates from other cities than Aachen.

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