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- For going South or West you can try the Raststätte Grunewald. Take the S-Bahn train to Wannsee and get out at Nikolasee. Walk out of the train station, cross the bridge and you'll see the petrol station next to you. Usually you will encounter some other hitchhikers ( "I stood there with 14 other Hitchhikers on a sunny Monday morning, 9 o`clock. Maybe Grunewald is a HH place, that is too well known!" --Bocia), but normally you get a car at the petrol station within a few minutes - at least to Michendorf! Also standing at the traffic lights before the ramp seems to be useful!
- Another option is the Aral gas 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 gas station. It depends on the day, sometimes it's very easy to get away there, sometimes it's harder.
- Trampstelle Potsdam
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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.
- Rasthof Michendorf—Just 30 minutes by 'Regionalbahn' (train) south west of Berlin. You easily get hitches to the south, west as well as to the east (Poland). Take a train (e.g. RE3 to Dessau, check fahrinfo-berlin.de for route information.) from the center (2.60 EUR). Get off at train station Michendorf. Leave the station at the left side (in direction of the train). Turn right into the Potsdamer Straße and walk for some minutes straight on it. To go west or south (Munich, Hannover, Magdeburg) turn right into the Feldstraße and follow it till you see the service station. Enter it via the green emergency door. If you want to go east towards Poland or Dresden just follow the Potsdamer Straße some more meters and turn right after the tunnel (it's a small sandy road). Follow the road until you are at the restaurant of the rest stop.
North towards Rostock (Baltic Sea)
- Go to the S-Bahn station Pankow-Heinersdorf - there Prenzlauer Allee is becoming the Autobahn A114 - just walk 200m down the bridge and you've got a traffic-light as well as two gas stations, both on the right side for the drivers going towards the Autobahn. It may be worth walking to the second gas station as it's cheaper and more frequented.
At Rasthof Stolper Heide (see Hamburg) you can also get a lift towards Rostock.
- If you want to hitchhike towards Hamburg or Schwerin on the A24 it is the best to go with the U6 towards Alt-Tegel and get off at Kurt-Schumacher-Platz and then start walking towards the highway. About 2 minutes away from the U-Bahn station there is a Jet gas station. You can either ask the drivers who stop there or stand at the road right before it.
At the moment this spot doesn't work, because of a construction site at the "Tegel Tunnel" (Jan 2007) Update Aug 2008: this spot is still closed.
From the "Rostock" spot S Pankow-Heinersdorf you also have a good chance to get a ride to Hamburg.
The hh-spot in Henningsdorf (on the map as well): Rasthof Stolper Heide is a bit hard to reach, be ready to walk about 3km. S-bahn station Heiligensee, walk down Ruppiner Chaussee northwards about 200 m and turn right on an asphalt walking path (There's a sign saying "Berliner Wandweg" or smthng). Cross the bridge over the highway and turn left after that. The asphalt path turns into a sandy road and is parallel to the motorway. At some point you have to get to the other side of the fence (when I was there, there was a spot where the fence had fallen down) and VOILA, you're at the service station!
- Take a train to the S-Bahn station Schöneweide, get out there and walk out of the station, turn right and after 300 meter you'll find two big service stations - although the Autobahn is far away-these are mostly the last possibilities for cars to get petrol - was once crowded with hitchhikers but is normally empty now and works fine!
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 Autobahn 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 Autobahn.
- Alternatively go to S-Bahn station Alt Glienicke. Leave the platform illegally at the east end, then hike over the rails, which will bring you to the B96. The road is also named Am Seegraben. There is a wide emergency lane and a speed limit of 50 kmh. Use a sign to get a lift to Dresden (DD), Braunschweig (BS), Hannover (H), Michendorf or Frankfurt an der Oder (FF) / Poland Poznan. It is not allowed to hitchhike on that spot, though very likely that you will obtain a good lift in short time. Remember: Running over the rails can cost you something around 25 Euro if they catch you.
- Another possibility is to go to Tempelhof S or U Bahnhof (see map), which is easy to reach. Then 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 gas station before the big mall (before Waltersdorf, check map also). Bus #263 from S-Bahn station Grünau also goes to/near this gas station. Please read the discussion page!
WARNING: If you are going further than Dresden (e.g. Czech Republic), take a look on Dresden hitchwiki page.
The Rasthof Finkenplan is hard to reach, so the best is to start from Michendorf!!