Crossable rest areas in Germany
The following German Raststättes do allow traffic to cross from one side to the other. Note that most of the information was copied verbatim from Tanken & Rasten 1997, Zweites Halbjahr (the last official booklet of the Tank & Rast organisation), and no attempt was made to verify the current situation!
In Germany passing to the opposite rest area is often, but not always, possible through so-called "service roads". Using these service roads it takes quite often less than 20 minutes to go to the opposite rest area, and almost always the walk can be completed within 45 minutes.
From Rast.de you can check more details about German Raststättes (eg. if they have wifi or showers).
- Dammer Berge, the famous bridge Raststätte
- Hamburg-Stillhorn, a ~20 minute walk
- Tecklenburger Land
- Garbsen, road tunnel
- Lehrter See, pedestrian bridge
- Siegburg, pedestrian bridge
- Pfefferhöhe, Raststätte is on the Weil am Rhein-bound side
- Hannover Wülferode
- Irschenberg, Raststätte is on the Salzburg-bound side
- Fürholzen, Raststätte is on the Northbound side, southbound there is/was a small parking. (July 2014: current situation is not clear) Crossing requires a walk of about 20 minutes, partly through the fields.
- Nürnberg Feucht, car and pedestrian tunnels
- Frankenwald, the other bridge Raststätte
- Am Fichtenplan, close to the Hannover-bound side of the Raststätte there is a local bridge. Crossing to the other side takes 15-20 minutes and involves getting through fences. At both stations there is at least one "hole in the fence" at the west end of the areas (08.2014), marked here with the letters A and B.
- Michendorf, bridge on the Hannover-bound side of the Raststätte, involves a 15-20 minutes walk. When crossing from Michendorf Süd to Michendorf Nord, point A on the linked map can be reached by walking out of the Raststätte on the grassy strip. Once you reach a big fence on your left hand, on the map it leads to a bright green field, you should climb up along the fence and walk along the fence to point A.
- Vaterstetten, road tunnel, Ottendichler Straße - to get to this tunnel from Vaterstetten Ost, i.e. the Salzburg/Innsbruck bound side, it's best (Prino has done this several times) to walk a bit through the forest next to the Autobahn slip-road, as going via the "service road" will take a lot more time.