B54 (Germany)

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The B54 is a German Bundesstrasse (one step smaller than the Autobahn, but still forbidden to hitch on) between Gronau and Wiesbaden.

It is the main connection coming from Enschede or in general from the Netherlands going to Münster and/or if the traveler wants to continue onto the A1 towards Dortmund or Hamburg, though in direction Hamburg the A30 could be also considered, but it's still a pain in the ass to hitch northwards from the A30 onto the A1.

<map lat='52.10' lng='7.304' zoom='10' view='3' country='Germany' width='800' height='400' />

Hitching the B54

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border crossing Gronau * connection to the A35 (Netherlands)
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Into Germany traffic is extremely low on this on-ramp, for obvious reasons, you will see if you get stranded there :) But still there's traffic and it's possible.
16px Gronau-West
Traffic islands on both sides are sufficient for stopping cars directly when they turn onto the ramp. No hard-shoulder.
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Towards Enschede enough traffic to get at least onto the on-ramp Enschede-Zuid of the A35.
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In direction East it's the worst construction ever, nearly impossible for cars to stop and traffic lights also don't really help.
16px Gronau-Epe Good.png (good)
In direction Netherlands pretty good, just make sure you walk up about 20 meter. No hard shoulder, but enough green to stand on. Don't stop lorries here, but cars can pick you up easily.
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Low traffic, mostly lorries, dangerous to stop them.
16px Gronau-Ost Traffic island in direction west. No hard shoulder.
Autobahn junction.png A31
Do not get out here unless you want to get picked up by border police to pay a huge fine.
16px Ochtrup/Heek Average.png (average)
Average traffic, traffic island to stand on, cars see you ages ago and have place to stop, though no hard shoulder.
16px Ochtrup Good.png (good)
Low traffic, out of the way-ramp, but you can flag down cars going up, mostly good experiences here.
16px Metelen
16px Steinfurt-Burgsteinfurt West
16px Steinfurt-Burgsteinfurt Nord Average.png (average)
Low traffic, but huge hard shoulder to stop cars.
16px Steinfurt
16px Steinfurt-Borghorst
16px Nordwalde
16px Altenberge-West
16px Altenberge-Süd
16px Münster-Nienberge
Autobahn junction.png A1
16px Münster-Steinfurter Straße
16px Münster-Eissporthalle Good.png (good)

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The Bundesstraße goes further to Dortmund, Hagen, Lüdenscheid, Olpe, Siegen, Limburg an der Lahn, Bad Schwalbach and Wiesbaden, but these parts are not important for hitchhiking.