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'''Berlin''' is the capital of [[Germany]].
 
'''Berlin''' is the capital of [[Germany]].
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== Hitchhiking out ==
 
== Hitchhiking out ==
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=== Northwest towards [[Hamburg]], [[Rostock]] and [[Scandinavia]] {{Autobahn|24}} ===
 
=== Northwest towards [[Hamburg]], [[Rostock]] and [[Scandinavia]] {{Autobahn|24}} ===
For hitchhiking to Hamburg prepare a cardboard sign with "HH" written on it, which is the license plate sign for cars from Hamburg and understood widely. "HRO" stands for Rostock by the way.
 
  
==== Option 1 - Kurt-Schumacher-Damm ====
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==== Option 1: Kurt-Schumacher-Damm ====
This spot is nearer to Berlin than Rasthof Stolper Heide and includes much less time spent walking and on the train. To get here go with the U6 towards ''Alt-Tegel'' and get off at ''Kurt-Schumacher-Platz'' and then start walking towards the motorway. About 2 minutes away from the U-Bahn station there is a ''Jet'' petrol station. You can either ask the drivers who stop there or stand at the road right before it. (Update January 2009: Spot is open again!)
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* [[User:MaxHermens]] says: It's best to ask drivers if they are going on the motorway, and if so, if they can take you to the above mentioned Stolperheide. Then you can avoid the long walk and start hitching straight away.
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Take subway line U6 direction Alt-Tegel and get off at ''Kurt-Schumacher-Platz''. Then walk ≈500 m south along Kurt-Schumacher-Damm to the start of the Autobahn. Alternatively, about 2 minutes away from the subway station there is a ''Jet'' petrol station. You can either ask the drivers who stop there or stand at the road right before it.
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You can have a free breakfast or dinner before you start in the Sikh temple (gurdwara) that is a 10 minute walk from the petrol station at Kögelstraße 6.
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==== Option 2: Prenzlauer Promenade ====
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The street '''Prenzlauer Promenade''' is called ''Prenzlauer Allee'' in the city centre and becomes the Autobahn A114 next to the S-Bahn station ''Pankow-Heinersdorf''. From there, just walk 500 m down the bridge and you've got a traffic light as well as two petrol stations, both on the right side for the drivers going towards the Autobahn. It may be worth walking to the second petrol station as it's cheaper and more frequented. However, it might happen that the staff at this second (Shell) station tell you to leave their property and threaten to call the police.  
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There is usually a lot of traffic on this road, so you could also hitch with a sign. Coming from ''Pankow-Heinersdorf'', 50 m before the first petrol station, there is a shoulder where cars can stop and people waiting at the traffic light are able to see you.
  
==== Option 2 - Prenzlauer Promenade ====
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Much of the traffic here is local, but there is also significant traffic towards [[Hamburg]] and [[Rostock]].
The street '''Prenzlauer Promenade''' is called ''Prenzlauer Allee'' in the city centre and becomes the Autobahn A114 next to the ''S-Bahn'' station ''Pankow-Heinersdorf''. From there, just walk 500m down the bridge and you've got a traffic-light as well as two petrol stations, both on the right side for the drivers going towards the Autobahn. It may be worth walking to the second petrol station as it's cheaper and more frequented. However, it might happen that the staff at this second (Shell) station tell you to leave their property and threaten to call the police.  
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Try to get a lift to at least the first petrol station on the Autobahn ("Linumer Bruch").
  
There is usually a lot of traffic on this road, so you could also hitch with a sign. Coming from ''Pankow-Heinersdorf", 50m before the first petrol station, there is a lane where cars can stop and people waiting at the traffic light are able to see you. <br>
 
  
Much of the traffic here is local, but there is also significant traffic towards [[Hamburg]] and [[Rostock]].<br>
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==== Option 3: Raststätte Stolper Heide ====
Try to get a lift to at least the first petrol station on the motorway ("Linumer Bruch").
 
  
====Option 3 - Rasthof Stolper Heide ====
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Take S-Bahn S25 towards ''Hennigsdorf'' and get off at ''Heiligensee'' (AB/BC ticket required). Turn left from the station and walk north 300 m down Ruppiner Chaussee. Then turn right on an asphalt walking path (there's a sign saying "Berliner Mauerweg"). Follow the path for 1.2 km, crossing the bridge over the Autobahn. Then turn immediately left down a little path - you can stay close to the Autobahn in order not to lose it and quickly you will see a pathway that you can follow to this Raststätte. There is a small fence to the left of the path which you have to jump at some point before you reach the station. The easiest place is probably to the right of a green fenced enclosure about half way to the Raststätte. The walk from the bridge is about 1.5 km.
The hitchhiking-spot in Henningsdorf '''Rasthof Stolper Heide''' ([http://hitchwiki.org/maps/?place=2153 map]) is ideal in the sense that you end up starting to hitchhike directly from a petrol station in which there are a fair few people heading in direction [[Hamburg]], [[Rostock]] or [[Scandinavia]]. You are going to have to go on a 2 km walk in total.  
 
  
Get the train to S-Bahn station ''Heiligensee'' (S25 towards Henningsdorf, EUR 2.60 ticket), walk down Ruppiner Chaussee northwards (left when coming out of the station about 300 meters and turn right on an asphalt walking path (− there's a sign saying "Berliner Mauerweg"). Follow the path for 10-15 minutes. Cross the bridge over the motorway and turn immediately left down the little path - you can stay close to the motorway in order not to lose it and quickly you will see a pathway that you can follow to this Rasthof. There is a small fence to the left of the path which you have to jump at some point before you reach the station. The easiest place is probably to the right a green fenced inclosure about half way to the service station. You can easily get a direct ride to [[Hamburg]] from here, and with a little patience to Rostock. If you want to catch a certain boat in Rostock or have other basic time constraints, please note that getting to this spot from somewhere like Kreuzberg och Friedrichshain in the centre of Berlin can take two hours or even longer.  
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If you don't mind spending the extra money on a C zone ticket to save yourself most of the walking: You can catch the S25, get off at ''Hennigsdorf'', change to bus 809 (direction: ''S Hermsdorf'') and get off at ''Stolpe (OHV), Autobahnbrücke''. As this bus line only runs once an hour at the most, check [https://www.vbb.de/en VBB.de] in advance for departure times. Coming from the other direction, you can also take the same bus (direction: ''Hennigsdorf, F.-Wolf-Str.'') from station ''Hohen Neuendorf'' when taking the S1 or S8 prior.
  
A (maybe not so good) very close-by spot that saves you the 2 km walk: Get off one station earlier, ''Schulzendorf'' (S25 towards Henningsdorf, EUR 2.60 ticket). Get out from the front of the train, and out of the station, follow Ruppiner Chaussee north, and take the first right (Schulzendorfer Straße). And there you are, on the motorway access ramp, 5 min walk from the station.  However, at this spot the access ramp is quite narrow, and there is not a good place for cars to stop safely. There is also a curve in the road, and cars are traveling quickly, so this spot might be dangerous for you and the drivers.  You can take ''any'' ride. If the car doesn't go your way, he can drop you off at the petrol station "Rasthof Stolper Heide" mentioned above, some kilometers up the road.
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This Raststätte is ideal in the sense that you end up starting to hitchhike directly from a petrol station in which there are a fair few people heading in direction [[Hamburg]], [[Rostock]] or [[Scandinavia]], and you can easily get a direct ride to Hamburg from here, and with a little patience, to Rostock. If you want to catch a certain boat in Rostock or have other basic time constraints, please note that getting to this spot from somewhere like Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain in the centre of Berlin can take two hours or even longer; Option A is recommended.
  
 
==== For [[Scandinavia]] bound hitchhikers ====
 
==== For [[Scandinavia]] bound hitchhikers ====
  
The ferries that are useable by hitchhikers are Scandline's 2 ferries, the other ones charge per passenger whereas these charge per car making the ride on the ferry free for the hitchhiker. One of them, recommended by this article when hitching from [[Berlin]] leaves from a ferry terminal 10 kilometers north of [[Rostock]] to [[Gedser]] in [[Denmark]] and the other one, from [[Puttgarden]] to [[Rodby]], also in [[Denmark]], sees more traffic and runs more often. For going to [[Copenhagen]] or other places in ''Denmark'' from ''Berlin'' the ''Rostock'' ferry works rather well. It does however have the problem of only leaving every 2 hours or less. Also for any [[Sweden]] (or [[Norway]]) bound hitchhikers it has the issue that rather few people on this ferry are going to ''Sweden'' so mostly you will find yourself dropped off at a petrol station before ''Copenhagen'' from where you will have to find yourself a lift to ''Sweden''.
 
  
In hitchhiker ''Theo's'' personal ''Berlin'' --> ''Sweden'' commuting experience it is generally faster to go from Berlin to Sweden by using the Puttgarden ferry than the Rostock ferry. The time invested in getting to the main highway going north from [[Hamburg]] and [[Lubeck]] to ''Puttgarden'' is well-rewarded seeing as getting a ride by standing with a [[Sweden]] sign in ''Puttgarden'' before the ticket booth or from one of the petrol stations before saves you time and effort by not having to hitchhike at all in [[Denmark]] by using only transit traffic. The next good place to hitchhike if you are going towards[[Stockholm]] or [[Gothenburg]] is after or before people get on/off the ferry in [[Helsingor]]/[[Helsingborg]] and getting a ride from Puttgarden to there is pretty straightforward.
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''' Direction Denmark''': The ferries leave 15 km north of Rostock at Warnemünde and from [[Puttgarden]], from Berlin generally people head for the ferry at [[Rostock]] but it leaves more seldom, and if you are offered the right ride you could go to the [[Puttgarden]] one instead, which is a good option especially if you are only transitting through [[Denmark]] to [[Sweden]] seeing as on the Rostock - Gedser ferry there is very little Sweden bound traffic.
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''' Direction  [[Puttgarden]]''': From Berlin is possible if you are offered a ride to
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''' Direction  Hamburg-Stillhorn''': If you can get a ride to this gas station you can walk under the highway and hitchhike the other direction towards [[Lübeck]] - however, only people living in the southern part of the city are likely to pass by here.
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''' Direction  Lübeck''': It is possible to accept a ride either to Lübeck or to the Neustadt gas station just north of the city (but that is more rare). In case you can get dropped off at the onramp leading out of central Lübeck in direction Neustadt, wait for a ride that will take you at least to the gas station 10 km north.
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'''Direction [[Århus]]''': You can also accept a ride towards [[Flensburg]] and some hitchhikers have even been known to accept such rides and then going to [[Copenhagen]] through Kolding and [[Odense]]. Also it is possible to reach both South western [[Norway]] with the ferries from [[Hirtshals]] (Hitchable??) and [[Göteborg]], [[Sweden]] with the ferry from [[Fredrikstad]].
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'''Direction Sweden''': You can also head for one of the direct ferries to [[Trelleborg]], leaving from either [[Rostock]] or Travemünde near [[Lübeck]]. The ferry from Sassnitz on Rügen has been discontinued.
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=== Northeast towards [[Szczecin]], [[Gdańsk|Gdansk]] (Danzig) {{Autobahn|11}} ===
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==== Option 1: Berliner Allee ====
  
Direct ferries to Sweden ([[Trelleborg]]) are also hitchable - leaving from [[Rostock]] or [[Sassnitz]] ([[Rügen]]).
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Take tram M4 from ''Alexanderplatz'' to ''Berliner Allee/Indira-Gandhi-Str.''. Then walk 150 m along ''Berliner Allee'' to the bus lay-by. Many cars at this intersection have Polish license plates and are heading northeast, some as far as Gdansk. Using a [[Szczecin]] sign will surely persuade a Polish driver to stop, though be prepared to mix your languages and refer to cities by their Polish names.
  
=== Northeast towards [[Szczecin]], [[Gdańsk|Gdansk]] (Danzig) {{Autobahn|11}} ===
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Alternatively, walk 1 km north along Berliner Allee from ''Berliner Allee/Indira-Gandhi-Str.'' to the place just before where Darßer Str. passes over ''Berliner allee''. I found this place to be much better. It's a long straight road where people don't drive too fast and where there are a couple of pockets for cars to stop. There's less local traffic and a higher concentration of relevant traffic
  
==== Berliner Allee ====
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==== Option 2: Autobahn Junction Berlin-Weißensee ====
Borough Pankow, part Weißensee: Take the tram M4 to ''Berliner Allee/Indira-Gandhi-Str.'' which can be caught at Alexanderplatz. Then walk along the ''Berliner Allee'' just around the half circle of the road and find a decent place where cars can pull over. Many cars at this intersection have Polish License and are heading North East, some as far as Gdansk. Use a sign with the city ''[[Szczecin]]'' and surely a Polish driver will stop, though be prepared to mix your languages and refer to cities by there Polish names. Check the map for the street view.
 
  
You can also continue about 1 km further ahead from the stop ''Berliner Allee/Indira-Gandhi-Str.'', to the place just before where ''Darßer Str''. passes above ''Berliner allee''. I found this place to be much better. There's a long straight road where people don't drive too fast and where there's a couple of pockets for cars to stop, there's less local traffic and a higher concentration of relevant traffic (Poles, to be blunt), and it's much nicer to stand here. I waited around 40 minutes until a truck driver stopped.
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Take S-Bahn S2 direction Bernau from Friedrichstr. and get off at "Buch". From there, catch a bus that goes to "Schwanebeck, Dorf" (ca. 10 min). Several buses will go there so check the time table there or ask the driver or someone else. Note that you will need a ticket including Zone C, as Schwanebeck is located outside of the border of Berlin. Next, you'll have to walk the main road of the village into southern direction. It's about 1.2 km to the on ramp; before that there is a petrol station where one can already ask drivers. You'll need the on ramp towards eastern direction, that means coming from Schwanebeck, you have to pass the first on ramp which leads towards western direction. There, standing behind the safety fence, you are visible to all drivers who queue up at the traffic light from both sides. It is not very easy for drivers to stop by but just before the actual on ramp cars can pull over, as they are not on full speed and a little firm area off the road allows to stop. On your sign you should write "A11" as it's not the on ramp for the A11 straight away, but rather to the "Berliner Ring" (A10); the A11 goes off the A10 about a kilometre after this on ramp. If your driver is not going to your destination but follows the A11 for a while, ask to be dropped off at Raststätte "Buckowsee", which is located some 35 km after the A11 begins. This Raststätte is the only one on the A11 and afterwards on A20 (leading towards [[Stralsund]] or [[Rügen)]] but a very busy one. From here you should try to find your final ride.
  
==== On Ramp Berlin-Weißensee ====
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=== South towards [[Leipzig]], [[Munich]] {{Autobahn|9}} and West towards [[Magdeburg]], [[Hannover]] {{Autobahn|2}} ===
First take the S-Bahn (line S2) from e.g. Friedrichstr. or Gesundbrunnen and go to "Buch" (from Friedrichstr., that will be an about 24 min train ride). From there, catch a bus that goes to "Schwanebeck, Dorf" (ca. 10 min). Several buses will go there so check the time table there or ask the driver or someone else. Note that you will need a ticket including Zone C, as Schwanebeck is located outside of the border of Berlin. Next, you'll have to walk the main road of the village into southern direction. It's about 1.2 km to the on ramp; before that there is a petrol station where one can already ask drivers. You'll need the on ramp towards eastern direction, that means coming from Schwanebeck, you have to pass the first on ramp which leads towards western direction. There, standing behind the safety fence, you are visible to all drivers who queue up at the traffic light from both sides. It is not very easy for drivers to stop by but just before the actual on ramp cars can pull over, as they are not on full speed and a little firm area off the road allows to stop. On your sign you should write "A11" as it's not the on ramp for the A11 straight away, but rather to the "Berliner Ring" (A10); the A11 goes off the A10 about a kilometer after this on ramp. If your driver is not going to your destination but follows the A11 for a while, ask to be dropped off at service station "Buckowsee", which is located some 35 km after the A11 begins. This service station is the only one on All and afterwards on A20 (leading towards Stralsund or Rügen) but a very busy one. From here you should try to find your final ride.
 
  
* Update: Due to reconstructions of the on ramp that finished in 2013 the situation looks different. There is hardly a spot for drivers to stop and the cars are going quite fast. Berliner Allee might be the easier option.
 
  
=== South towards [[Leipzig]] {{Autobahn|9}} and West towards [[Magdeburg]], [[Hannover]] {{Autobahn|2}} ===
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==== Option 1: Raststätte Grunewald ====
  
==== Rasthof Grunewald ====
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Take S-Bahn S7 direction Potsdam, or S1 direction Wannsee, and get out at ''Nikolassee''. Walk out of the train station, cross the bridge and you'll see the [[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol station]] to the right. You can talk to drivers at the petrol station or on the parking lot.
Heading South or West, the best - and most frequented - spot is probably ''Rasthof Grunewald''. Take the ''S-Bahn'' train ''S7'' towards ''Potsdam'' or ''S1'' towards ''Wannsee'' and get out at ''Nikolassee''. Walk out of the train station, cross the bridge and you'll see the [[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol station]] right of you. You can talk to drivers at the petrol station or on the parking lot
 
  
 
There are often other hitchhikers here early, and it is polite to wait until they have left. Get here early to avoid the competition.
 
There are often other hitchhikers here early, and it is polite to wait until they have left. Get here early to avoid the competition.
  
This spot is both faster & cheaper to get to than Michendorf. You will need 25 minutes from Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Main Station) on an AB-ticket (2,70€), compared to ~1hour (including the walk) on an ABC-ticket (3,30€) to Michendorf.
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This spot is both faster and cheaper to get to than option 2: Michendorf. You will need 25 minutes from Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Main Station) on an AB ticket (EUR 2.90), compared to ~1 hour (including the walk) on an ABC ticket (EUR 3.60) to Michendorf.
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There is a lot of long distance traffic heading south and west, with high chances of finding a ride for at least several hundred kilometres. However, it is ''not'' a good spot to hitch East.
  
There is a lot of long distance traffic going South and West, with high chances of finding a ride for at least several hundred km. However, it is ''not'' a good spot to hitch East. <br>
 
 
If you find nobody heading in your direction, you can also get a short lift until Michendorf and try your luck there, but this is usually not necessary.
 
If you find nobody heading in your direction, you can also get a short lift until Michendorf and try your luck there, but this is usually not necessary.
  
==== Rasthof Michendorf ====
 
* '''This one also works for South or East!'''
 
Just 30 minutes by ''Regionalbahn'' (train) south west of Berlin. You easily get hitches to the south or west as well as to the east ([[Poland]]). Take a train (e.g. RE7 to [[Dessau]], check [http://www.fahrinfo-berlin.de/Fahrinfo/bin/ fahrinfo-berlin.de] for route information) from the center (ABC 3.10 EUR). Get off at the train station ''Michendorf''. Leave the station at the left side (in direction of the train). Turn right into the Potsdamer Straße, at the bus stop, and walk for 20 minutes straight on it.
 
To go west or south ([[Magdeburg]], [[Hannover]] or [[Leipzig]], [[Munich]]) turn right into Feldstraße and follow it till you see the [[rest area|service station]]. Enter via the green emergency door.
 
Alternatively you can get here by bus 643 or 608 from [[Potsdam]] Hbf which also passes the train station in Michendorf. Get off at "Michendorf Abzweig Wildenbruch", and walk south west for the final stretch to the service station.
 
  
If you want to go east towards [[Poland]] or [[Dresden]] keep walking straight ahead (south) on Potsdamer Straße until it ends (it bends right and is called An der Autobahn then). At the end keep walking straight ahead on a footpath and cross the tunnel under the A10. After the tunnel turn right on a sandy path through the forest. Follow the track until you are at the hamburger restaurant at the [[rest area]]. The petrol station is after the restaurant and seems to be better for getting rides.
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==== Option 2: Raststätte Michendorf ====
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Regional train (e.g. RE7 direction [[Dessau]], check [http://www.fahrinfo-berlin.de/Fahrinfo/bin/ fahrinfo-berlin.de] for route information) from the centre and get off at ''Michendorf'' (zones ABC, EUR 3.30). Leave the station at the left side (in direction of the train). Turn right into the Potsdamer Straße and walk south 1.3 km. Turn right into Feldstraße and follow it till you see the [[rest area|Raststätte]]. Enter via the green emergency door.
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Alternative: Bus 643 or 608 from [[Potsdam]] Hbf which also passes the train station at Michendorf. Get off at ''Michendorf Luckenwalder Straße''. Walk 100 m south along Potsdamer Straße and then turn right into Feldstraße, following it for ≈800 m until the Raststätte.
  
 
There is a map on [[Crossable_rest_areas_in_Germany#Autobahn_A10|crossable rest areas in Germany]] that tells you exactly how to get from one side of Michendorf to the other.
 
There is a map on [[Crossable_rest_areas_in_Germany#Autobahn_A10|crossable rest areas in Germany]] that tells you exactly how to get from one side of Michendorf to the other.
Line 80: Line 92:
 
[[File:IMG 5392.JPG|thumb|250px|right|[[Tiziano]] hitching from Berlin to [[Munich]]]]
 
[[File:IMG 5392.JPG|thumb|250px|right|[[Tiziano]] hitching from Berlin to [[Munich]]]]
  
==== AVUS / Messedamm access lane ====
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==== Option 3: AVUS / Messedamm access lane ====
A good spot to stand with a sign is at the access lane onto the A115 (AVUS) from Messedamm. The access lane is a part of the Funkturm junction which connects the A115 and A100. The exact place to stand is at the acceleration lane of the road connecting the Messedam with the A115 in a U-turn around a quiet parking area at the Messedamm. From S-bahnhof Westkreutz walk north along the Halenseestrasse, and at the big crossing cross the road onto the Messedam. After 100 meters on the Messedam there is the quiet parking at your left hand side. Walk across the parking. To reach the place to stand, climb the traffic barrier between the parking and the acceleration lane. [http://goo.gl/maps/NlquZ This] is the exact location . Hitchhiking is prohibited here as the location is behind the motorway sign, but the risk is worth it. From S-bahnhof Messe Nord it is slightly further, but easier to find. Walk to the Messedamm, follow it south and at the next crossing turn right, then you find the quiet parking after 100 meters on your left hand side.
 
  
==== Trampstelle [[Potsdam]] ====
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A good spot to stand with a sign is at the access lane onto the A115 (AVUS) from Messedamm. The access lane is a part of the Funkturm junction which connects the A115 and A100. The exact place to stand is at the acceleration lane of the road connecting the Messedam with the A115 in a U-turn around a quiet parking area at the Messedamm. From S-bahnhof Westkreutz walk north along the Halenseestrasse, and at the big crossing cross the road onto the Messedam. After 100 meters on the Messedam there is the quiet parking at your left hand side. Walk across the parking. To reach the place to stand, climb the traffic barrier between the parking and the acceleration lane. [http://goo.gl/maps/NlquZ This] is the exact location . Hitchhiking is prohibited here as the location is behind the Autobahn sign, but the risk is worth it. From S-bahnhof Messe Nord it is slightly further, but easier to find. Walk to the Messedamm, follow it south and at the next crossing turn right, then you find the quiet parking after 100 meters on your left hand side.
There is a local campaign for an official hitchhiking spot in Potsdam, they made a petition and won it :)
 
The hitchhiking spot is planned now and will be established soon.
 
  
==== Aral at Kaiserdamm ====
 
Another option is the ''Aral'' petrol station at '''Kaiserdamm''' near the central bus station. Take U2 to ''Kaiserdamm'' (if you come from direction ''Zoo'') and go out in the driving direction. Leave the station on the left exit. After 50m there's the petrol station. It depends on the day, sometimes it's very easy to get away there, sometimes it's harder.
 
  
=== South towards [[Dresden]] {{Autobahn|13}} and East towards [[Frankfurt an der Oder|Frankfurt (Oder)]], [[Poland]] {{Autobahn|12}} ===
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=== South towards [[Dresden]] and [[Cottbus]]  {{Autobahn|13}} ===
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==== Option 1: B96a Altglienicke ====
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Take S-Bahn S9 or S45 to ''Altglienicke''. When getting off, you'll see there is a road that runs parallel on your left-hand side to the S-Bahn line (if you are facing south), and a red light. To get there, leave the platform by using the footbridge and turning right at the staircase (walk over the road running parallel). On the right side, There will be a pathway that goes down to the road - it's a little windy path that will eventually take you there. You will come to the road that runs parallel to the S-Bahn track (over which you just walked) and on that road is the red light that does not seem to have any shoulder space. But do not be confused. This is the BEST PLACE to stand and get an immediate ride. Cross the road to stand at the red light on the SBahn Track side. You can ask cars every time they stop for the red light. The red light is 100 m before the right hand onramp of the Autobahn going to Cottbus or Dresden.
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Update 08/2020 : Construction ongoing, a bit different, the highway ramp to the right is closed but many cars continue towards the south a different way. Comfortably walk against them (eastwards) for about 500 m, on a small bridge there is a tight lane to stop but long enough for a truck (52.4127747N, 13.5658911E). The cars are passing at 30 kmh.
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==== Option 2: A100 Autobahn junction Tempelhof ====
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Take U-Bahn U6 or S-Bahn S41, S42, S45, S46, or S47 to Tempelhof. Turn right (south) along Tempelhofer Damm for 200 m to the A100 junction.
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==== Option 3: B96a Schöneweide ====
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[[File:Berlin-schoeneweide.jpg|thumb|right|230px|Hitchhikers next to the Raststätte in Schöneweide.]]
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Take S-Bahn S8, S9, S41, S42, S45, S4, S47, or S85 to ''Schöneweide''. Then walk east out of the station, turn right onto Michael-Brückner-Straße and after 300 m, you'll find two petrol stations. Most people stops on second.
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==== Option 4: A100 Auffahrt Siemensdamm ====
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Directly in front of the junction "Siemensdamm" (at least towards south) there is a crossing of the streets "Siemensdamm" and "Nikolaus-Groß-Weg" with traffic lights. Moving away from the motorway there is a long line of parking spots, perfect to getting picked up. I've made the experience that directly at the traffic lights it's hard but a bit further it can work.
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Very close is the station "U Siemensdamm".
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Of course it is probably a great spot towards AVUS and north as well.
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=== East towards [[Frankfurt an der Oder|Frankfurt (Oder)]], [[Poland]] {{Autobahn|10}} {{E|30}} ===
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''If you are hitching in the direction of [[Wroclaw]], [[Katowice]] or [[Krakow]], you might find the route-page from [[:Category:Route_Berlin_-_Kraków|Berlin to Kraków]] useful.''
 
''If you are hitching in the direction of [[Wroclaw]], [[Katowice]] or [[Krakow]], you might find the route-page from [[:Category:Route_Berlin_-_Kraków|Berlin to Kraków]] useful.''
  
If you are going further than Dresden (e.g. [[Czech Republic]]) on the A13, also take a look on the [[Dresden]] page.
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''Once you get a ride in Germany direction to Poland  you can hitchhike before or after places where people pay for higway (polish name bramki). One side will have a parking place and its free to hitchike there.''
'''You may also try [[Berlin#Rasthof Michendorf|Rasthof Michendorf]]''' for getting lifts east or southeast.
 
  
''There are  few  ways of entering the upper mentioned motorways:
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==== Option 1: Raststätte Michendorf / least walking ====
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====Grenzallee====
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Take a regional train (e.g. RE7 direction Dessau, check fahrinfo-berlin.de for route information) from the centre and get off at Michendorf (requires BC/ABC ticket). Leave the station at the left side (in direction of the train). Turn right into the Potsdamer Straße and walk south ≈1.7 km on Potsdamer Straße until it ends (it bends right and is called An der Autobahn then). Keep walking straight ahead on a footpath and cross the tunnel under the Autobahn A10. After the tunnel, turn right on a sandy path through the forest. Follow the track until you are at the Mcdonalds at the [rest area. The petrol station is after the restaurant and seems to be better for getting rides.
  
There is a great hitchhiking spot right next to U7 station Grenzallee. There are two exits from the subway station. If you get out at the Northern exit, immediately turn right and cross the street, but only half way. Turn right and walk towards the traffic lights, and you're on the hitch spot.
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Alternative: Take bus 643 from ''Potsdam Hbf'', direction Busendorf, and get off at ''Michendorf, Bergheide''. Walk back 40 m in the direction the bus came from to the junction. There will be a small road going to the left, through the forest. Follow this road for ≈1 km to the Mcdonalds/Raststätte.
If you get out at the Southern exit, walk in the opposite direction of the metro exit stairs, towards the traffic lights. You can start hitching from there.
 
  
==== E30 highroad ====
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==== Option 2: Raststätte Am Fichtenplan ====
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'''S-Bahn + 1 stop with train + 5 km walking'''
  
 
[[File:Berlinout.jpg|thumb|alt=E30  ''[[E30]]''.]]
 
[[File:Berlinout.jpg|thumb|alt=E30  ''[[E30]]''.]]
  
Take the metro to Blankenfelde-Mahlow and from there train to next station Dahlewitz. At the station there is Netto shop, take a look what is in the rubbish behind the shop. Walk 4km along the road L40 till autobahn E30 cross the bridge go downstairs to the autobahn and go 1km in Poland direction till big Aral petrol station. In petrol station there are many cars and trucks, it’s in both sides of the road. Together you need to walk 5km, but the place is very good!
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Take S-bahn S2 to the end station ''Blankenfelde''. From there, take any regional train one stop to ''Dahlewitz''. Turn right from the station and walk southeast ≈4 km along Bahnhofstrasse/L40 until you cross over the Autobahn A10/E30 bridge. Head down to the Autobahn and walk 1 km east to the big Aral petrol station. Walking on the Autobahn is illegal, so if you want to avoid the risk of getting caught, continue walking straight on the L40 after crossing the bridge for 1.6 km. There will be a small road on the left heading to the Autobahn. Walk north 850 m along this road until the start of the bridge over the Autobahn. Climb down to the field and walk east 300 m, parallel with the Autobahn, until you reach the Raststätte. (There is a fence to with holes in it before/next to Raststätte). See the map on the right.
  
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There are a lot of cars and trucks. Altogether you need to walk 5 to 6 km, but the place is very good! You won't have to wait too long to hitch a ride almost anywhere in Eastern Europe.
  
==== Hönow / Seeberg West ====
 
[This place might require more testing].
 
Go with U5 to the station Hönow, than you have about 3km west to walk to A10 (used for going around Berlin when heading west).
 
On your way you have McD and lots of space for nice camping (also lakes) - this is not Berlin, it's Brandenburg. [;)]
 
At the ramp you can ask people that will stop, for a ride to a petrol station which is 500m further down on a motorway.
 
  
The ramp itself is not super great as there is no sidespace, and you have to stay just at the fence, but enough width for two automobiles. Cars don't go fast as there are traffic lights before the turn. 10 minutes waiting time to get to the station can be expected. It seems like at the station there are more drivers that go in a Dresden direction, but finding people willing to take you to Poland is also possible.
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'''S-Bahn + 2 stops with train + 5 km walking'''
  
It is possible (and worth checking) that there is a direct way to Seeberg West petrol station. Probably from the side of Neuenhagen town. It has been observed (2014) that the station has an open gate in a back fence that goes into greenery (trees and shrubs - no clear path but walkable).
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Take S-bahn S2 to the end station ''Blankenfelde''. From there, take any regional train 2 stops to ''Rangsdorf''. Walk the Kienitzer Str until the crossing with L40 road. Continue walking 500 metres and turn left on the gravel road. You will hear the highway and see a rest area through the bushes.
  
==== [[Airport]] Berlin-Schönefeld ====
 
It's possible to hitchhike at the on-ramp next to the airport ''(Flughafen) Berlin-Schönefeld''. You can reach the airport with S-Bahn S9 and some [[Deutsche Bahn|DB]] trains. You can not only find lifts mostly towards Dresden or Poland. It's probably the best spot within reach by S and U-Bahn to hitchhike to Poland. Stand right before the ramp with a 'PL' sign. The ramp is pretty small, but you can walk up some 15-20m behind the ''Autobahn'' sign so people can stop along the side of the road safely. Watch the speed of cars coming from the right hidden corner onto the ramp, it's a tricky on-ramp, can be dangerous so hitch carefully here.
 
  
:One hitchhiker waited here for 6 hours without success. Have a look at the [[Talk:Berlin|discussion page]].
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Can someone confirm that Kienitzer Dorfstrase almost all lenght have bicycle path next to it??????
  
==== Tempelhof ====
 
(Update June 2015: A busy Friday afternoon, got a lift after 15 minutes all the way to Dresden so was very happy with this spot. It is possible to walk along the row of cars in the left-turning lane during a red light, but there isn't much space between these cars and the lane of traffic coming beside it in the opposite direction, so try to get back to the small pedestrian area at the traffic light before it changes. - grae)
 
  
(Update: At a busy traveling time, e.g. Friday afternoon, the left turn to enter the Autobahn A100 from B96 Tempelhofer Damm near S-Bahnhof Tempelhof under the S-Bahn bridge (googlemaps: 52.469536,13.385558) is highly recommended. You will stand with a Dresden or A13 sign on the pedestrian space where you can speak with some of the left-bound drivers directly. They could even stop before the Autobahn begins, but it's better to get in immediately. Wait for DD number plates, CB (Cottbus) come less often, but might also be useful. Not a thing to do in the night. One of ten DD cars would probably take you. Waiting time: one hour, but then you have a functioning ride.)
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'''Train + bus with one C zone ticket'''  
  
Maybe Tempelhof used to be a good place to hitch hike in the past but now it seems impossible to catch a ride there - there is simply no space for a car to stop (or we failed to find a spot which I doubt because we searched the whole neighbourhood). If you still want to test it yourself here is how to get there:
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[[File:Hitch_ber_pl_fichtenplan_2020.png|200px|thumb|right|How to walk from bus stop Am Weidendamm to Raststätte Am Fichtenplan]]
  
The [[airport]] is easy to reach with S-Bahn and U-Bahn. Once there simply follow the sign towards Dresden (A100). There are two red lights, for people coming from north and south, so they have time to see you. You should ask for A113 or A13, or simply if they are going in the way to Ikea, and get dropped on the petrol station before the big mall (before Waltersdorf, check map also). Bus #263 from S-Bahn station Grünau also goes to/near this petrol station. '''Please read the discussion page'''!
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Option 1
  
From the 96a road (not that much in use after opening the A113):''
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From train stop ''S Blankenfelde'' catch bus 792, check [https://www.vbb.de/en VBB.de] in advance to find out about the departure times. If you’ve bought a ticket including tariff zone C to get to ''Blankenfelde'', it’ll also cover the bus fare. When looking for the bus at ''Blankenfelde'' station, the displayed direction doesn’t matter as this is the initial/final stop of this line.
  
==== Schöneweide ====
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Once you’re on the bus, get off at ''Am Weidendamm'', the surrounding area being a business park. Walk towards the Northeast, there’s a crane business on the right hand side that you’ll spot from afar. The main road makes a left turn here, and a dead end road branches off: The latter is the one you have to take, the crane business coming closer and closer. A dirt road starts at the concrete square at the end of this road, and passes the crane business site, the fence of it being on your right.
[[File:Berlin-schoeneweide.jpg|thumb|right|230px|Hitchhikers next to the service station in Schöneweide.]]
 
Take a train to the S-Bahn station ''Schöneweide'', get out there and walk out of the station East, turn right on Michael-Brückner Straße and after 300 meter you'll find two big [[rest area|service stations]] − although the is far away these are mostly the last possibilities for cars to get petrol. The place was once crowded with hitchhikers but is normally empty now and works fine! Locals tend to stop at the second petrol station because it's usually cheaper. Also, behind this petrol station is a Burger King "Restaurant". If you choose your spot well, you can show a sign both to cars on the street who could stop at the Burger King entrance (but often drive too fast though) and to people leaving the second petrol station or entering Burger King.
 
  
===== Opinions: =====
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Now proceed to the field, pass the trench and turn left. If you’ve got the right shoes/boots, you may also head across the field diagonally to your left from where you crossed the trench. If you haven’t seen it from the trench, you’ll soon notice a low causeway ahead of you (if you walked across the field) or on your left (if you followed the field’s edge). You’ll want to be on the causeway, which in fact had a railway line on it many decades ago.
* However the attendants at the service station will ask you to look for your ride elsewhere and may even call the police. The road leading to the is a no stopping zone, so the best solution is to stand near the Burger King, where a driver can pull in.  There is no better spot further up the road toward the .
 
* 2008-08-24: I used this petrol stations quite often and never had problems. What the hell did you do? -[[User:atopia|Ben]]
 
* I tried both the petrol station and by using a sign to stop cars from the street. First of all most people weren't traveling to Dresden and even if they were they were very hesitant to give you a ride if you ask them. For all the time I spent there, two other hitchhikers came and they also had no luck. I eventually gave up and had to pay for the bus. I'm not sure if that's a good spot.
 
* as of August 2010 I consider this the best spot for hitching to Dresden. Living in Dresden and going to Berlin for weekend-trips quite often it worked fine for me as well as for others visiting from Berlin. The catch might be it was almost always Sunday afternoons though. So if you take that into account you should be fine getting a lift to Dresden from Schöneweide, given the number of people returning to Dresden for the start of the week. Both standing by the side of the road with a sign as well as asking people at the petrol station turned out well for me.
 
* We hitch hiked at the petrol station by asking people. (the second, the first was rather empty). Most of the people who get fuel over there stay local or are kind of rude. Using a sign we got a hitch after 20 minutes to Dresden.
 
* Sept 2011 - we got a ride after about 30 minutes by standing at the exit to the second petrol station. There was another hitch hiker standing at the entrance and we got picked up before him. Recommended to stay at the exit with a sign and smile.
 
* July 2012.  Monday morning and I'm standing a little after both petrol stations just outside the Burger King.  Traffic from the road, both stations and sometimes coming out of the 'restaurant'.  I was picked up in half an hour with a ride all the way to Dresden.  A Romanian guy heading to Poland caught a ride just before me.  Great place to hitch. LookingforStu
 
* As of 2015 (last time I tried) this spot is no longer convenient for hitching, since the place that cars could once stop is now just another lane of traffic. You can still try asking at petrol stations, but this is a shame as in my experience it was the only easily accessible and convenient place for hitchhiking towards Dresden.
 
  
==== Altglienicke ====
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Once on the causeway, turn right (South) and simply follow it. You’ll soon be on a forest road near the motorway, and likely also see a bridge as well as the Raststätte already. Cross the bridge, turn immediately left and enter the rest area.
This is a much better place to hitch towards Dresden/Prague than Schöneweide in my opinion! In Schöneweide I waited one hour and more, in Altglienicke max. 15 minutes! Some drivers also told me they say hitchhikers in Schöneweide but didn't take them because it was difficult for them to stop there. In Altglienicke it's easy.
 
Go to the S-Bahn station ''Altglienicke''. When getting off, you ll see there is a road in parallel to the S-Bahn line, and a red light. To get there, leave the platform by using "the bridge" and then cross the road to stand at the red light. You can ask cars every time they stop for the red light. The red light is 100 m before the onramp of the motorway going to Cottbus or Dresden.
 
  
I'd suggest to go some hundred meters down the road. A normal lane changes into a parking lane, where cars can easily stop. Actually I saw cars from anywhere in Germany (Dresden, Hannover, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Offenburg, Leipzig) [[User:Redjo27|Redjo27]]
 
  
If you go to Prague, make sure that drivers who stop in Dresden bring you to the service area "Dresdner Tor Süd". "Dresdner Tor Nord" is also possible, but then you have to walk approx. 1,5 kilometers through a field to go to the other side.
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==== Grünbergallee ====
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From eastern Berlin, go to ''S Königs Wusterhausen'', catch bus 730 to ''Brusendorf, Kreuzung'' (15 min ride with same C zone ticket) and walk Wilhelm-Pieck-Strase 100 metres and turn left on gravel road. You will see rest stop from there
You can also take the S-Bahn one station further to ''S Grünbergallee''. You'll find a big road and a big hardware-store (called ''Hornbach''). There is a right-going lane at the big road. Just show a sign saying ''Dresden'' at the beginning of this lane. Sometimes you can ask drivers at the parking lot of the hardware-store if they can take you to the first petrol station on the Autobahn (this is just a  minutes ride). From there you can be lucky, too.
 
  
==== Car pooling====
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==== Option 3: Raststätte Seeberg West====
As there's not really a great spot to hitch out, sometimes worth to consider trying something else. True, agreeing in advance and paying for a ride is totally not hitching, but you can save painful hours of waiting. Normally there are lots of offers on [http://www.bessermitfahren.de/], till the first petrol station it shouldn't be more than EUR 5.
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[[File:Hitch_ber pl seeberg west.png|200px|thumb|right|How to walk from Hönow station to Seeberg West]]
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The cheapest, though probably not fastest option to reach ''Raststätte Seeberg West'', is to take subway line U5 to its eastern terminus ''Hönow'' (Berlin AB/BC ticket). Once out of the station, cross ''Mahlsdorfer Straße'' (the road right in front of the station), turn left, and then turn right into the first road that branches off, called ''Am Barschsee/Am Weiher''. Follow ''Am Weiher'' and keep heading straight; the road continues as ''Am Grünzug'' after crossing ''Hoppegartener Straße'' and eventually as ''Wernergraben''. Once you can see the REWE supermarket, turn right into ''Stöbberstraße'' and follow it until its very end (it becomes ''An der alten Gärtnerei'' past the kindergarten). Turn left into ''Bamberger Straße'' and walk until the main road ''Neuenhagener Chaussee''.
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Carefully cross ''Neuenhagener Chaussee'' – it’s a busy road with cars going pretty fast – and start walking on the dirt road straight ahead. At some point the road turns right and you have to enter the forested area; the road crosses a stream called ''Zochegraben'' here. The road will now continue to the left whereas on the right you’ll see a small path. Turn left and keep following the dirt road. A few minutes later, after walking besides a field (on your right), there will be two paths to a small natural pool (which, depending on the time of the year, might not have any water in it; you’ll recognise the place though, having some wooden installations as well as a small “sand beach”. There, you’ll also see a wire fence that follows the direction of the pool if you were to look at it from the dirt road.
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Walk past the pool on the right hand side – there’s something like a path for a few metres – until you encounter high grass or the overgrown area respectively. From here, the easiest way to continue is to look where the least shrub is and head towards the wire fence. Chances are you’ll be doing some bush-bashing (again dependent on season), so don’t wear your fanciest clothes. Once besides the wire fence, the grass is not too high and walking becomes easier; keep following the fence, which will make a 90° right turn soon, when a huge field opens in front of you.
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From there, you’ll already see a big power line. Your destination is a wooden gate near the power pole on the field. Walk along its edge or simply across the field if conditions are favourable, no farmer is around and you’re wearing boots or something similar. Approximately 20 to 30 metres before the power pole, you’ll see the open gate (with nothing but an overgrown area behind it) on the edge of the field.
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Enter the gate and immediately turn right; walk about ten metres, then turn slightly left (approx. 45°) and keep walking. The shrub is pretty dense in places so again it’s some bush bashing, but a few metres further you’ll already encounter the fence of the Raststätte. If you followed these directions, chances are you’ll already see the gate in the fence to enter the rest area. When [[User:Raureif|Raureif]] arrived here in October 2019, there was no padlock on the gate so it could simply be opened from either side of the fence.
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Altogether, the walk is a little bit over 5 km and should take 90 minutes at the most. To skip walking the suburban part in the beginning, you can also take bus 943 (direction: ''S Hoppegarten'') from ''Hönow'' station and get off at ''Thälmannstr.'', with this bus stop being very close to where the dirt road is starting at ''Neuenhagener Chaussee''. However, the bus only runs once per hour during weekdays and operates in tariff zone C, meaning you'll likely need an additional ticket.
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At the Raststätte, trucks heading for Poland abound, as well as a fair number of private cars with Polish number plates.
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=== East towards [[Kostrzyn]] Poland and [[Frankfurt an der Oder|Frankfurt (Oder)]] ===
  
=== East towards [[Kostrzyn]] and [[Frankfurt an der Oder|Frankfurt (Oder)]] ===
 
 
If you are going to Frankfurt/Oder or somewhere else close by, you can try to hitch along the national road B5/B1 instead of taking the highway A12.  
 
If you are going to Frankfurt/Oder or somewhere else close by, you can try to hitch along the national road B5/B1 instead of taking the highway A12.  
  
Take the S5 to Mahlsdorf and follow Hönewer Straße to the South until the big intersection with the street Alt-Mahlsdorf. After the traffic light there is [http://maps.google.de/maps?q=Mahlsdorf+Berlin&hl=de&ll=52.504777,13.613766&spn=0.001753,0.004823&sll=51.151786,10.415039&sspn=14.819685,39.506836&geocode=FeckIQMdQMLPAA&hnear=Mahlsdorf,+Berlin&t=m&z=18&layer=c&cbll=52.504771,13.613946&panoid=HBi4_bXjladKpgEY_Ak41g&cbp=12,120.68,,0,7.31 enough place to stop]. Cars go quite fast, but often slow down due according to the changing traffic lights. There is still a lot of city traffic though (verified 2014-09-03).
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Take the S5 to Mahlsdorf and follow Hönewer Straße to the South until the big intersection with the street Alt-Mahlsdorf. After the traffic light there is [https://goo.gl/maps/45v4qR1Np822 enough place to stop]. Cars go quite fast, but often slow down due according to the changing traffic lights. There is still a lot of city traffic though. Small walk away also is a Star Tankstelle petrol station (adress Alt-Mahlsdorf 117)
  
Directly before the entrance to the Berlin ringway there is a bus stop suitable for hitching further. About 10km after the highway the B1/B5 changes from a fast two lane road to a smaller national road.
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Directly before the entrance to the Berlin ringway there is a bus stop & Shell Tankstelle suitable for hitching further. About 10 km after the highway the B1/B5 changes from a fast two lane road to a smaller national road.
  
 
=== North towards [[Fürstenberg]], [[Neustrelitz]] and [[Neubrandenburg]]  ===
 
=== North towards [[Fürstenberg]], [[Neustrelitz]] and [[Neubrandenburg]]  ===
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For the East part of Mecklenburg - Western Pomerania the B96 could be a good option instead of A11/A20, because there's only one petrol station on A11 and none on the eastern part of the A20.
 
For the East part of Mecklenburg - Western Pomerania the B96 could be a good option instead of A11/A20, because there's only one petrol station on A11 and none on the eastern part of the A20.
  
So first you need to go Oranienburg (S1, RE from Südkreuz - Hauptbahnhof - Gesundbrunnen, RB Lichtenberg - Hohenschönhausen). From Oranienburg go by bus to Sachsenhausen Kirche and continue walking Granseer Straße for 15minutes and you'll reach the B96. at this point the B96 still looks like a highway. but don't be confused: just a few meters before the onramp Oranienburg-Nord there's a sign saying that motorway ends. So cars are allowed to stop north of the ramp. between Oranienburg and Neubrandenburg just Neustrelitz is bad for leaving a car. If you're driver goes to Neustrelitz leave the car 2km before at the last crossroad (connection with B198 to Wesenberg, Mirow) and use the bus stop over there to go on to NB or ask if you driver can drop you off at the North end of Neustrelitz. In every other town/village on that way the B96 goes directly via the town. so you can get off and look for the next busstop on the B96.
 
  
If you're doing this on weekend or holidays it might be that there's nearly no bus via Sachsenhausen, Kirche. then you can go by train to Sachsenhausen and walk 30minutes to the spot. Check before on vbb-Homepage!  
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Go to S Oranienburg (S1, RE from Südkreuz - Hauptbahnhof - Gesundbrunnen, RB Lichtenberg - Hohenschönhausen). From Oranienburg go by bus or walk to Sachsenhausen, Kirche bus stop and continue walking Granseer Straße for 15 minutes and you'll reach the B96. At this point the B96 still looks like a highway. But don't be confused: just a few meters before the onramp Oranienburg-Nord there's a sign saying that Autobahn ends. So cars are allowed to stop north of the ramp. Between Oranienburg and Neubrandenburg just Neustrelitz is bad for leaving a car. If you're driver goes to Neustrelitz leave the car 2 km before at the last crossroad (connection with B198 to Wesenberg, Mirow) and use the bus stop over there to go on to NB or ask if you driver can drop you off at the North end of Neustrelitz. In every other town/village on that way the B96 goes directly via the town. So you can get off and look for the next busstop on the B96.
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Weekend or holidays it might be that there's nearly no bus via Sachsenhausen, Kirche then you can go by train to Sachsenhausen (Nordb) and walk 1 km to the spot. Check before on Vbb-Homepage!
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'''Option 2''' Raststätte Stolper Heide highway rest stop<br/>
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Go by bus 8O9 till stop Stolpe (OHV), Autobahnbrücke than 1OO metres back and right side 1 km walk away is Raststätte Stolper Heide highway rest stop on road 111. The road serves just as access to rest stop and starts opposite side from road 111 upramp
  
All in all it will take quite long time to get there, but if you need this direction it's easier, because it's outside the Berlin-Ringroad and you just have traffic in this direction. Waiting time between 1 and 40minutes... average 15...20minutes.
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Or you can walk 4 km from S Bahnhof Hohen Neuendorf starting from Stolper Street than its changes to Hohen Neuendorfer Weg street and all the way to bus stop above. There is a bicycle road next to street
  
 
== Hitching In ==
 
== Hitching In ==
A word about getting into Berlin since the ring is so big and maybe you are on a ride that's only passing by.
 
[[File:DSCF0460.JPG |200px|thumb|left|got stuck]] [[File:DSCF0467.JPG|200px|thumb|left|behind the fence of autobahn/motorway A2/E30]]
 
  
=== The Ruhr area ===
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Getting into Berlin since the ring is big and maybe you are on a ride that's only passing by. Good option is to get out at...
When hitch hiking towards Berlin from Belgium, avoid passing the Ruhr area (Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg). Once you get in, it's difficult to get out. Service stations are rare and passing traffic avoids this region. We tried on several places and had to take the train to pass this area (lost 5 hours). There are sufficient work arounds to avoid this area. See also the hitchwiki page of the [[Ruhr Area]].  
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===  Highway 10 (Poland > Amsterdam) - Rasthof Michendorf ===
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The best to hitchhike is to get off at ''Rasthof Michendorf'' (after all the ring interchanges). There is a bridge over the Autobahn nearby so if you are coming from [[Poland]] you can jump over and easily find someone going into the city.
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Alternatively, you can walk into Michendorf itself, which takes about 30 min. Just head north from the petrol stations (you can go under the Autobahn from the southern petrol station '''Update!'''-> As of January 2020, there is a construction going on there and I didn't find any possible way to cross from the Nord station to the other side of the motorway where the Sud Station is). From Michendorf, you can take a train for EUR 3.30 to the centre of Berlin (the ABC ticket, which is valid for 2 hours, so you can also use metro, bus etc. when in Berlin). The last train everyday is at 00:21. So don't leave the petrol station if you get there after 00:00. Also, if you end up having to sleep over there, that train station is definitely not really suitable for sleeping; however, near the petrol station there's a 24 hours restaurant called "Restaurant Michendorf Nord", you can charge your phone there and probably sleep in the downstairs toilet for disabled people.
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If you want to go '''Reach Berlin most efficiently''' with public transports the best is to get of at "Königs Wusterhausen"/"Wildau". The exit is one exit after the "Schönefelder Kreuz" on the A10 direction Poland. I consider it as the quickest to get in Berlin from the South! Maybe your driver can drop you in the village at the S-Bahn otherwise here is the independent version:
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If you want to get off in Königs Wusterhausen, the best opportunity is a bit a freestyle one. Ca. 2 km after the exit for "Königs Wusterhausen"  there is 150 m long bridge called Wildauer Brücke. If your driver is ready to stop there he can drop you directly after the bridge on the hard shoulder. If you pay antention you will find a small door in the noise barrier. Open the door, go down the stairs, you will find the road for Königswusterhausen. Walk 20 min and you will be at the S-Bahn station. The last S-Bahn for Berlin is at 00:41!
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Like [https://goo.gl/maps/grprFELW7rM2 that].
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Alternatively you can take the same road in the [https://goo.gl/maps/XhvjZqX9rks other direction] and go to the S-Bahn station of Wildau.
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=== A115 - Spanische Allee ===
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You can get off at the exit ''Spanische Allee'' if your driver takes the [[A115_(Germany)|A115]] passing by Potsdam to get into the city which most people do that are coming from the West. From the station ''Nikolassee'' right next to it you can take the S-Bahn to ''Zoologischer Garten'', ''Friedrichstraße'' or ''Warschauer Straße'' from where you can go anywhere. It is usually faster to do so unless your driver really goes directly into your neighbourhood, because you need more or less the same time by public transport to go anywhere in Berlin from this spot as with the car. Also your driver can easily go off the highway and back onto it.
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== The Ruhr area warning ==
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When hitch hiking towards Berlin from Belgium, avoid passing the Ruhr area (Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg). Once you get in, it's difficult to get out. Raststättes are rare and passing traffic avoids this region. We tried on several places and had to take the train to pass this area (lost 5 hours. There are sufficient work arounds to avoid this area. See also the hitchwiki page of the [[Ruhr Area]].
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'' I have experienced yesterday: Do not take a hitchhike in direction of Osnabruck/Bremen/Hamburg, be a little bit more patient and wait for a ride in direction Hannover! I have stepped off at the tankstation 10 km before Osnabruck at the A1 and have waited there for 4 hours, all cars go up north. I was coming from Essen.--[[User:Hapiel|Hapiel]] 02:25, 27 July 2012 (CEST) ''
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=== East and West ===
 
The best is to get off at ''Rasthof Michendorf'' (after all the ring interchanges). There is a bridge over the Autobahn nearby so if you are coming from [[Poland]] you can jump over and easily find someone going into the city.
 
* Alternatively, you can walk into Michendorf itself, which takes about 20min. Just head north from the petrol stations (you can go under the motorway from the southern petrol station). From Michendorf, you can take a train for EUR 3.10 to the centre of Berlin (the ABC ticket, which is valid for 2hrs, so you can also use metro, bus etc. when in Berlin). The last train everyday is at 22:30. So don't leave the petrol station if you get there after 22:00.
 
  
Alternatively, when coming from the east about 2 km before the interchange "Berlin Zentrum" (it's really not a good idea to get off at interchanges on the autobahn), there is an exit for ''[[Königs Wusterhausen]]''. There will be a lot of commercial shopping buildings you will see just before you need to exit and as you are exiting will see the McD's. Then, if you can't find a ride going into Berlin (which could be rare actually) walk about 1 km into the nearest town. There is a bus going to Berlin for 1 EUR.
 
 
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Population: 3,405,483 (31 Juli 2007)
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Major roads: A2, A9, A10, A11, A12, A13, A24
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Berlin is the capital of Germany.


Hitchhiking out

Northwest towards Hamburg, Rostock and Scandinavia Bundesautobahn 24 number.svg

Option 1: Kurt-Schumacher-Damm

Take subway line U6 direction Alt-Tegel and get off at Kurt-Schumacher-Platz. Then walk ≈500 m south along Kurt-Schumacher-Damm to the start of the Autobahn. Alternatively, about 2 minutes away from the subway station there is a Jet petrol station. You can either ask the drivers who stop there or stand at the road right before it.

You can have a free breakfast or dinner before you start in the Sikh temple (gurdwara) that is a 10 minute walk from the petrol station at Kögelstraße 6.

Option 2: Prenzlauer Promenade

The street Prenzlauer Promenade is called Prenzlauer Allee in the city centre and becomes the Autobahn A114 next to the S-Bahn station Pankow-Heinersdorf. From there, just walk 500 m down the bridge and you've got a traffic light as well as two petrol stations, both on the right side for the drivers going towards the Autobahn. It may be worth walking to the second petrol station as it's cheaper and more frequented. However, it might happen that the staff at this second (Shell) station tell you to leave their property and threaten to call the police.

There is usually a lot of traffic on this road, so you could also hitch with a sign. Coming from Pankow-Heinersdorf, 50 m before the first petrol station, there is a shoulder where cars can stop and people waiting at the traffic light are able to see you.

Much of the traffic here is local, but there is also significant traffic towards Hamburg and Rostock. Try to get a lift to at least the first petrol station on the Autobahn ("Linumer Bruch").


Option 3: Raststätte Stolper Heide

Take S-Bahn S25 towards Hennigsdorf and get off at Heiligensee (AB/BC ticket required). Turn left from the station and walk north 300 m down Ruppiner Chaussee. Then turn right on an asphalt walking path (there's a sign saying "Berliner Mauerweg"). Follow the path for 1.2 km, crossing the bridge over the Autobahn. Then turn immediately left down a little path - you can stay close to the Autobahn in order not to lose it and quickly you will see a pathway that you can follow to this Raststätte. There is a small fence to the left of the path which you have to jump at some point before you reach the station. The easiest place is probably to the right of a green fenced enclosure about half way to the Raststätte. The walk from the bridge is about 1.5 km.

If you don't mind spending the extra money on a C zone ticket to save yourself most of the walking: You can catch the S25, get off at Hennigsdorf, change to bus 809 (direction: S Hermsdorf) and get off at Stolpe (OHV), Autobahnbrücke. As this bus line only runs once an hour at the most, check VBB.de in advance for departure times. Coming from the other direction, you can also take the same bus (direction: Hennigsdorf, F.-Wolf-Str.) from station Hohen Neuendorf when taking the S1 or S8 prior.

This Raststätte is ideal in the sense that you end up starting to hitchhike directly from a petrol station in which there are a fair few people heading in direction Hamburg, Rostock or Scandinavia, and you can easily get a direct ride to Hamburg from here, and with a little patience, to Rostock. If you want to catch a certain boat in Rostock or have other basic time constraints, please note that getting to this spot from somewhere like Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain in the centre of Berlin can take two hours or even longer; Option A is recommended.

For Scandinavia bound hitchhikers

Direction Denmark: The ferries leave 15 km north of Rostock at Warnemünde and from Puttgarden, from Berlin generally people head for the ferry at Rostock but it leaves more seldom, and if you are offered the right ride you could go to the Puttgarden one instead, which is a good option especially if you are only transitting through Denmark to Sweden seeing as on the Rostock - Gedser ferry there is very little Sweden bound traffic. Direction Puttgarden: From Berlin is possible if you are offered a ride to Direction Hamburg-Stillhorn: If you can get a ride to this gas station you can walk under the highway and hitchhike the other direction towards Lübeck - however, only people living in the southern part of the city are likely to pass by here. Direction Lübeck: It is possible to accept a ride either to Lübeck or to the Neustadt gas station just north of the city (but that is more rare). In case you can get dropped off at the onramp leading out of central Lübeck in direction Neustadt, wait for a ride that will take you at least to the gas station 10 km north. Direction Århus: You can also accept a ride towards Flensburg and some hitchhikers have even been known to accept such rides and then going to Copenhagen through Kolding and Odense. Also it is possible to reach both South western Norway with the ferries from Hirtshals (Hitchable??) and Göteborg, Sweden with the ferry from Fredrikstad. Direction Sweden: You can also head for one of the direct ferries to Trelleborg, leaving from either Rostock or Travemünde near Lübeck. The ferry from Sassnitz on Rügen has been discontinued.

Northeast towards Szczecin, Gdansk (Danzig) Bundesautobahn 11 number.svg

Option 1: Berliner Allee

Take tram M4 from Alexanderplatz to Berliner Allee/Indira-Gandhi-Str.. Then walk 150 m along Berliner Allee to the bus lay-by. Many cars at this intersection have Polish license plates and are heading northeast, some as far as Gdansk. Using a Szczecin sign will surely persuade a Polish driver to stop, though be prepared to mix your languages and refer to cities by their Polish names.

Alternatively, walk 1 km north along Berliner Allee from Berliner Allee/Indira-Gandhi-Str. to the place just before where Darßer Str. passes over Berliner allee. I found this place to be much better. It's a long straight road where people don't drive too fast and where there are a couple of pockets for cars to stop. There's less local traffic and a higher concentration of relevant traffic

Option 2: Autobahn Junction Berlin-Weißensee

Take S-Bahn S2 direction Bernau from Friedrichstr. and get off at "Buch". From there, catch a bus that goes to "Schwanebeck, Dorf" (ca. 10 min). Several buses will go there so check the time table there or ask the driver or someone else. Note that you will need a ticket including Zone C, as Schwanebeck is located outside of the border of Berlin. Next, you'll have to walk the main road of the village into southern direction. It's about 1.2 km to the on ramp; before that there is a petrol station where one can already ask drivers. You'll need the on ramp towards eastern direction, that means coming from Schwanebeck, you have to pass the first on ramp which leads towards western direction. There, standing behind the safety fence, you are visible to all drivers who queue up at the traffic light from both sides. It is not very easy for drivers to stop by but just before the actual on ramp cars can pull over, as they are not on full speed and a little firm area off the road allows to stop. On your sign you should write "A11" as it's not the on ramp for the A11 straight away, but rather to the "Berliner Ring" (A10); the A11 goes off the A10 about a kilometre after this on ramp. If your driver is not going to your destination but follows the A11 for a while, ask to be dropped off at Raststätte "Buckowsee", which is located some 35 km after the A11 begins. This Raststätte is the only one on the A11 and afterwards on A20 (leading towards Stralsund or Rügen) but a very busy one. From here you should try to find your final ride.

South towards Leipzig, Munich Bundesautobahn 9 number.svg and West towards Magdeburg, Hannover Bundesautobahn 2 number.svg

Option 1: Raststätte Grunewald

Take S-Bahn S7 direction Potsdam, or S1 direction Wannsee, and get out at Nikolassee. Walk out of the train station, cross the bridge and you'll see the petrol station to the right. You can talk to drivers at the petrol station or on the parking lot.

There are often other hitchhikers here early, and it is polite to wait until they have left. Get here early to avoid the competition.

This spot is both faster and cheaper to get to than option 2: Michendorf. You will need 25 minutes from Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Main Station) on an AB ticket (EUR 2.90), compared to ~1 hour (including the walk) on an ABC ticket (EUR 3.60) to Michendorf.

There is a lot of long distance traffic heading south and west, with high chances of finding a ride for at least several hundred kilometres. However, it is not a good spot to hitch East.

If you find nobody heading in your direction, you can also get a short lift until Michendorf and try your luck there, but this is usually not necessary.


Option 2: Raststätte Michendorf

Regional train (e.g. RE7 direction Dessau, check fahrinfo-berlin.de for route information) from the centre and get off at Michendorf (zones ABC, EUR 3.30). Leave the station at the left side (in direction of the train). Turn right into the Potsdamer Straße and walk south 1.3 km. Turn right into Feldstraße and follow it till you see the Raststätte. Enter via the green emergency door.


Alternative: Bus 643 or 608 from Potsdam Hbf which also passes the train station at Michendorf. Get off at Michendorf Luckenwalder Straße. Walk 100 m south along Potsdamer Straße and then turn right into Feldstraße, following it for ≈800 m until the Raststätte.

There is a map on crossable rest areas in Germany that tells you exactly how to get from one side of Michendorf to the other.

Tiziano hitching from Berlin to Munich

Option 3: AVUS / Messedamm access lane

A good spot to stand with a sign is at the access lane onto the A115 (AVUS) from Messedamm. The access lane is a part of the Funkturm junction which connects the A115 and A100. The exact place to stand is at the acceleration lane of the road connecting the Messedam with the A115 in a U-turn around a quiet parking area at the Messedamm. From S-bahnhof Westkreutz walk north along the Halenseestrasse, and at the big crossing cross the road onto the Messedam. After 100 meters on the Messedam there is the quiet parking at your left hand side. Walk across the parking. To reach the place to stand, climb the traffic barrier between the parking and the acceleration lane. This is the exact location . Hitchhiking is prohibited here as the location is behind the Autobahn sign, but the risk is worth it. From S-bahnhof Messe Nord it is slightly further, but easier to find. Walk to the Messedamm, follow it south and at the next crossing turn right, then you find the quiet parking after 100 meters on your left hand side.


South towards Dresden and Cottbus Bundesautobahn 13 number.svg

Option 1: B96a Altglienicke

Take S-Bahn S9 or S45 to Altglienicke. When getting off, you'll see there is a road that runs parallel on your left-hand side to the S-Bahn line (if you are facing south), and a red light. To get there, leave the platform by using the footbridge and turning right at the staircase (walk over the road running parallel). On the right side, There will be a pathway that goes down to the road - it's a little windy path that will eventually take you there. You will come to the road that runs parallel to the S-Bahn track (over which you just walked) and on that road is the red light that does not seem to have any shoulder space. But do not be confused. This is the BEST PLACE to stand and get an immediate ride. Cross the road to stand at the red light on the SBahn Track side. You can ask cars every time they stop for the red light. The red light is 100 m before the right hand onramp of the Autobahn going to Cottbus or Dresden.


Update 08/2020 : Construction ongoing, a bit different, the highway ramp to the right is closed but many cars continue towards the south a different way. Comfortably walk against them (eastwards) for about 500 m, on a small bridge there is a tight lane to stop but long enough for a truck (52.4127747N, 13.5658911E). The cars are passing at 30 kmh.

Option 2: A100 Autobahn junction Tempelhof

Take U-Bahn U6 or S-Bahn S41, S42, S45, S46, or S47 to Tempelhof. Turn right (south) along Tempelhofer Damm for 200 m to the A100 junction.

Option 3: B96a Schöneweide

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Hitchhikers next to the Raststätte in Schöneweide.

Take S-Bahn S8, S9, S41, S42, S45, S4, S47, or S85 to Schöneweide. Then walk east out of the station, turn right onto Michael-Brückner-Straße and after 300 m, you'll find two petrol stations. Most people stops on second.

Option 4: A100 Auffahrt Siemensdamm

Directly in front of the junction "Siemensdamm" (at least towards south) there is a crossing of the streets "Siemensdamm" and "Nikolaus-Groß-Weg" with traffic lights. Moving away from the motorway there is a long line of parking spots, perfect to getting picked up. I've made the experience that directly at the traffic lights it's hard but a bit further it can work.

Very close is the station "U Siemensdamm". Of course it is probably a great spot towards AVUS and north as well.

East towards Frankfurt (Oder), Poland Bundesautobahn 10 number.svg E 30

If you are hitching in the direction of Wroclaw, Katowice or Krakow, you might find the route-page from Berlin to Kraków useful.

Once you get a ride in Germany direction to Poland you can hitchhike before or after places where people pay for higway (polish name bramki). One side will have a parking place and its free to hitchike there.

Option 1: Raststätte Michendorf / least walking

Take a regional train (e.g. RE7 direction Dessau, check fahrinfo-berlin.de for route information) from the centre and get off at Michendorf (requires BC/ABC ticket). Leave the station at the left side (in direction of the train). Turn right into the Potsdamer Straße and walk south ≈1.7 km on Potsdamer Straße until it ends (it bends right and is called An der Autobahn then). Keep walking straight ahead on a footpath and cross the tunnel under the Autobahn A10. After the tunnel, turn right on a sandy path through the forest. Follow the track until you are at the Mcdonalds at the [rest area. The petrol station is after the restaurant and seems to be better for getting rides.

Alternative: Take bus 643 from Potsdam Hbf, direction Busendorf, and get off at Michendorf, Bergheide. Walk back 40 m in the direction the bus came from to the junction. There will be a small road going to the left, through the forest. Follow this road for ≈1 km to the Mcdonalds/Raststätte.

Option 2: Raststätte Am Fichtenplan

S-Bahn + 1 stop with train + 5 km walking

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Take S-bahn S2 to the end station Blankenfelde. From there, take any regional train one stop to Dahlewitz. Turn right from the station and walk southeast ≈4 km along Bahnhofstrasse/L40 until you cross over the Autobahn A10/E30 bridge. Head down to the Autobahn and walk 1 km east to the big Aral petrol station. Walking on the Autobahn is illegal, so if you want to avoid the risk of getting caught, continue walking straight on the L40 after crossing the bridge for 1.6 km. There will be a small road on the left heading to the Autobahn. Walk north 850 m along this road until the start of the bridge over the Autobahn. Climb down to the field and walk east 300 m, parallel with the Autobahn, until you reach the Raststätte. (There is a fence to with holes in it before/next to Raststätte). See the map on the right.

There are a lot of cars and trucks. Altogether you need to walk 5 to 6 km, but the place is very good! You won't have to wait too long to hitch a ride almost anywhere in Eastern Europe.


S-Bahn + 2 stops with train + 5 km walking

Take S-bahn S2 to the end station Blankenfelde. From there, take any regional train 2 stops to Rangsdorf. Walk the Kienitzer Str until the crossing with L40 road. Continue walking 500 metres and turn left on the gravel road. You will hear the highway and see a rest area through the bushes.


Can someone confirm that Kienitzer Dorfstrase almost all lenght have bicycle path next to it??????


Train + bus with one C zone ticket

How to walk from bus stop Am Weidendamm to Raststätte Am Fichtenplan

Option 1

From train stop S Blankenfelde catch bus 792, check VBB.de in advance to find out about the departure times. If you’ve bought a ticket including tariff zone C to get to Blankenfelde, it’ll also cover the bus fare. When looking for the bus at Blankenfelde station, the displayed direction doesn’t matter as this is the initial/final stop of this line.

Once you’re on the bus, get off at Am Weidendamm, the surrounding area being a business park. Walk towards the Northeast, there’s a crane business on the right hand side that you’ll spot from afar. The main road makes a left turn here, and a dead end road branches off: The latter is the one you have to take, the crane business coming closer and closer. A dirt road starts at the concrete square at the end of this road, and passes the crane business site, the fence of it being on your right.

Now proceed to the field, pass the trench and turn left. If you’ve got the right shoes/boots, you may also head across the field diagonally to your left from where you crossed the trench. If you haven’t seen it from the trench, you’ll soon notice a low causeway ahead of you (if you walked across the field) or on your left (if you followed the field’s edge). You’ll want to be on the causeway, which in fact had a railway line on it many decades ago.

Once on the causeway, turn right (South) and simply follow it. You’ll soon be on a forest road near the motorway, and likely also see a bridge as well as the Raststätte already. Cross the bridge, turn immediately left and enter the rest area.


Option 2

From eastern Berlin, go to S Königs Wusterhausen, catch bus 730 to Brusendorf, Kreuzung (15 min ride with same C zone ticket) and walk Wilhelm-Pieck-Strase 100 metres and turn left on gravel road. You will see rest stop from there

Option 3: Raststätte Seeberg West

How to walk from Hönow station to Seeberg West

The cheapest, though probably not fastest option to reach Raststätte Seeberg West, is to take subway line U5 to its eastern terminus Hönow (Berlin AB/BC ticket). Once out of the station, cross Mahlsdorfer Straße (the road right in front of the station), turn left, and then turn right into the first road that branches off, called Am Barschsee/Am Weiher. Follow Am Weiher and keep heading straight; the road continues as Am Grünzug after crossing Hoppegartener Straße and eventually as Wernergraben. Once you can see the REWE supermarket, turn right into Stöbberstraße and follow it until its very end (it becomes An der alten Gärtnerei past the kindergarten). Turn left into Bamberger Straße and walk until the main road Neuenhagener Chaussee.

Carefully cross Neuenhagener Chaussee – it’s a busy road with cars going pretty fast – and start walking on the dirt road straight ahead. At some point the road turns right and you have to enter the forested area; the road crosses a stream called Zochegraben here. The road will now continue to the left whereas on the right you’ll see a small path. Turn left and keep following the dirt road. A few minutes later, after walking besides a field (on your right), there will be two paths to a small natural pool (which, depending on the time of the year, might not have any water in it; you’ll recognise the place though, having some wooden installations as well as a small “sand beach”. There, you’ll also see a wire fence that follows the direction of the pool if you were to look at it from the dirt road.

Walk past the pool on the right hand side – there’s something like a path for a few metres – until you encounter high grass or the overgrown area respectively. From here, the easiest way to continue is to look where the least shrub is and head towards the wire fence. Chances are you’ll be doing some bush-bashing (again dependent on season), so don’t wear your fanciest clothes. Once besides the wire fence, the grass is not too high and walking becomes easier; keep following the fence, which will make a 90° right turn soon, when a huge field opens in front of you.

From there, you’ll already see a big power line. Your destination is a wooden gate near the power pole on the field. Walk along its edge or simply across the field if conditions are favourable, no farmer is around and you’re wearing boots or something similar. Approximately 20 to 30 metres before the power pole, you’ll see the open gate (with nothing but an overgrown area behind it) on the edge of the field.

Enter the gate and immediately turn right; walk about ten metres, then turn slightly left (approx. 45°) and keep walking. The shrub is pretty dense in places so again it’s some bush bashing, but a few metres further you’ll already encounter the fence of the Raststätte. If you followed these directions, chances are you’ll already see the gate in the fence to enter the rest area. When Raureif arrived here in October 2019, there was no padlock on the gate so it could simply be opened from either side of the fence.

Altogether, the walk is a little bit over 5 km and should take 90 minutes at the most. To skip walking the suburban part in the beginning, you can also take bus 943 (direction: S Hoppegarten) from Hönow station and get off at Thälmannstr., with this bus stop being very close to where the dirt road is starting at Neuenhagener Chaussee. However, the bus only runs once per hour during weekdays and operates in tariff zone C, meaning you'll likely need an additional ticket.

At the Raststätte, trucks heading for Poland abound, as well as a fair number of private cars with Polish number plates.


East towards Kostrzyn Poland and Frankfurt (Oder)

If you are going to Frankfurt/Oder or somewhere else close by, you can try to hitch along the national road B5/B1 instead of taking the highway A12.

Take the S5 to Mahlsdorf and follow Hönewer Straße to the South until the big intersection with the street Alt-Mahlsdorf. After the traffic light there is enough place to stop. Cars go quite fast, but often slow down due according to the changing traffic lights. There is still a lot of city traffic though. Small walk away also is a Star Tankstelle petrol station (adress Alt-Mahlsdorf 117)

Directly before the entrance to the Berlin ringway there is a bus stop & Shell Tankstelle suitable for hitching further. About 10 km after the highway the B1/B5 changes from a fast two lane road to a smaller national road.

North towards Fürstenberg, Neustrelitz and Neubrandenburg

For the East part of Mecklenburg - Western Pomerania the B96 could be a good option instead of A11/A20, because there's only one petrol station on A11 and none on the eastern part of the A20.


Option 1

Go to S Oranienburg (S1, RE from Südkreuz - Hauptbahnhof - Gesundbrunnen, RB Lichtenberg - Hohenschönhausen). From Oranienburg go by bus or walk to Sachsenhausen, Kirche bus stop and continue walking Granseer Straße for 15 minutes and you'll reach the B96. At this point the B96 still looks like a highway. But don't be confused: just a few meters before the onramp Oranienburg-Nord there's a sign saying that Autobahn ends. So cars are allowed to stop north of the ramp. Between Oranienburg and Neubrandenburg just Neustrelitz is bad for leaving a car. If you're driver goes to Neustrelitz leave the car 2 km before at the last crossroad (connection with B198 to Wesenberg, Mirow) and use the bus stop over there to go on to NB or ask if you driver can drop you off at the North end of Neustrelitz. In every other town/village on that way the B96 goes directly via the town. So you can get off and look for the next busstop on the B96.

Weekend or holidays it might be that there's nearly no bus via Sachsenhausen, Kirche then you can go by train to Sachsenhausen (Nordb) and walk 1 km to the spot. Check before on Vbb-Homepage!


Option 2 Raststätte Stolper Heide highway rest stop

Go by bus 8O9 till stop Stolpe (OHV), Autobahnbrücke than 1OO metres back and right side 1 km walk away is Raststätte Stolper Heide highway rest stop on road 111. The road serves just as access to rest stop and starts opposite side from road 111 upramp

Or you can walk 4 km from S Bahnhof Hohen Neuendorf starting from Stolper Street than its changes to Hohen Neuendorfer Weg street and all the way to bus stop above. There is a bicycle road next to street

Hitching In

Getting into Berlin since the ring is big and maybe you are on a ride that's only passing by. Good option is to get out at...

Highway 10 (Poland > Amsterdam) - Rasthof Michendorf

The best to hitchhike is to get off at Rasthof Michendorf (after all the ring interchanges). There is a bridge over the Autobahn nearby so if you are coming from Poland you can jump over and easily find someone going into the city.

Alternatively, you can walk into Michendorf itself, which takes about 30 min. Just head north from the petrol stations (you can go under the Autobahn from the southern petrol station Update!-> As of January 2020, there is a construction going on there and I didn't find any possible way to cross from the Nord station to the other side of the motorway where the Sud Station is). From Michendorf, you can take a train for EUR 3.30 to the centre of Berlin (the ABC ticket, which is valid for 2 hours, so you can also use metro, bus etc. when in Berlin). The last train everyday is at 00:21. So don't leave the petrol station if you get there after 00:00. Also, if you end up having to sleep over there, that train station is definitely not really suitable for sleeping; however, near the petrol station there's a 24 hours restaurant called "Restaurant Michendorf Nord", you can charge your phone there and probably sleep in the downstairs toilet for disabled people.

If you want to go Reach Berlin most efficiently with public transports the best is to get of at "Königs Wusterhausen"/"Wildau". The exit is one exit after the "Schönefelder Kreuz" on the A10 direction Poland. I consider it as the quickest to get in Berlin from the South! Maybe your driver can drop you in the village at the S-Bahn otherwise here is the independent version:

If you want to get off in Königs Wusterhausen, the best opportunity is a bit a freestyle one. Ca. 2 km after the exit for "Königs Wusterhausen" there is 150 m long bridge called Wildauer Brücke. If your driver is ready to stop there he can drop you directly after the bridge on the hard shoulder. If you pay antention you will find a small door in the noise barrier. Open the door, go down the stairs, you will find the road for Königswusterhausen. Walk 20 min and you will be at the S-Bahn station. The last S-Bahn for Berlin is at 00:41!

Like that.

Alternatively you can take the same road in the other direction and go to the S-Bahn station of Wildau.

A115 - Spanische Allee

You can get off at the exit Spanische Allee if your driver takes the A115 passing by Potsdam to get into the city which most people do that are coming from the West. From the station Nikolassee right next to it you can take the S-Bahn to Zoologischer Garten, Friedrichstraße or Warschauer Straße from where you can go anywhere. It is usually faster to do so unless your driver really goes directly into your neighbourhood, because you need more or less the same time by public transport to go anywhere in Berlin from this spot as with the car. Also your driver can easily go off the highway and back onto it.


The Ruhr area warning

When hitch hiking towards Berlin from Belgium, avoid passing the Ruhr area (Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg). Once you get in, it's difficult to get out. Raststättes are rare and passing traffic avoids this region. We tried on several places and had to take the train to pass this area (lost 5 hours. There are sufficient work arounds to avoid this area. See also the hitchwiki page of the Ruhr Area.

Nomadwiki & Trashwiki

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