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Ever hitchhiked out of Chemnitz? Tell us how!

Chemnitz is a city in Saxony called "Die Moderne Stadt" (eng.:"The modern city). It is mainly industrial heritage that makes this town special. Same as Dresden, Chemnitz was in 1945 heavily bombarded - which is still visible today as many blocks miss one, two or even more houses in the inner city. There is a handfull of interesting expressionist buildings in Chemnitz so far; mainly from the 1920's as well as 1930's, the times of GDR with it's typical prefabricated socialist highrises, office buildings as well as a concrete hotel tower and conference center (1952-1989), postmodern structures from the 1990's as well as the year 2000.

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Population: 247,237 (31 Dec 2018)
Licence plate: C
Major roads: A4, A72
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Streets, squares or even quarters with an old German flair (medieval, renaissance or baroque) such as in Eisenach, Gotha or Weimar do not exist in Chemnitz.


Hitchhiking out - Eastwards and Westwards

There are two possible places to get out of Chemnitz onto the A4 in eastward (Dresden) and westward (Jena, Weimar, Erfurt, Kassel, Frankfurt) direction.

From Chemnitz 'Zentralhaltestelle', take bus number 21 (CHEMNITZ CENTER) (Note: this is a shopping mall - not the city centre!) to 'Heidelberger Straße'. On the B95, there are two petrol stations (Aral and JET) where you will easily find drivers that go to Dresden or Leipzig. There is also a McD restaurant before the bridge over autobahn A4 (E 40) and a Burger King restaurant behind the bridge of A4. To reach those place from the city-center it should not take longer than 10 to 15 minutes.

Another good spot is 'Rastanlage Auerswalder Blick' to go east or west on A4 / E 40. From the city center of Chemnitz ('Zentralhaltestelle'), take bus number 22 to the final stop GLÖSA and change there to bus number 63 (EBERSDORF). Get off at busstop 'Corinthstraße'. Continue walking behind the bus on 'Schmidt-Rottluff-Straße' and 'Chemnitzer Landstraße' in eastward direction for about 20 minutes to reach the southern (eastward) Rastanlage (Auerswalder Blick Süd). To reach the other side, change after 10 minutes walking on 'Schmidt-Rottluff-Straße' on 'Liebemannstraße' (north) and the tunnel underneath A4 / E40 to reach the northern (westward) Rastanlage (Auerswalder Blick Nord). To reach both places it should not take longer than 45 minutes from the center of Chemnitz.

Hitchhiking Out - Southwards (A72 - Hof, Nürnberg)

Take bus number 23 from Zentralhaltestelle to Neefepark. Get out at the bus stop "Pasteurstraße". You can stand with a sign next to the bus stop where drivers can easily stop. I would suggest to have a sign with the next city "Plauen" on it. I have the impression that it is more likely that people take you there. Just before Plauen there is a Petrol station and "Raststätte" where you can find drivers who go further south.

Personal experience 2019 AnnieK hitchhiked from here a lot towards A9 or A93 at any time of the day. I never used a sign, many drivers stop (~ every 15min) but most go towards Leipzigor don't go as far as Plauen. If someone goes even only as far as Stollberg, take the ride if you're desperate! There is a parking lot with free toilets on the Autobahn where you might find people going a bit further.

Hitchhiking Out - Northwards (A72 - Leipzig)

Use the same advice as in going South (busstop Pasteurstraße) since the A72 is going in both directions, north and south. Usually more people stop at the busstop who go towards Leipzig.

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