Crossable rest areas in Germany

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The following German Raststättes do allow traffic to cross from one side to the other.

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.

Some 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!

This overview is rather complete (03.2015) for all the motorways north of the E30, the E30 (A30, A2, A10, A12) and the A1 up to the A38. For the central and southern part of Germany the overview is not complete.

From Rast.de you can check more details about German Raststättes (eg. if they have wifi or showers).

Autobahn A1

  • Neustädter Bucht, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Buddikate, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Hamburg-Stillhorn, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Ostetal, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Grundbergsee, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Wildeshausen, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Dammer Berge, the famous bridge Raststätte
  • Tecklenburger Land, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Münsterland, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Lichtendorf, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Remscheid, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Ville, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Eifel, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Hochwald, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction

Autobahn A2

  • Rhynern, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction
  • Güterslohwalk about 15 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Herford, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Garbsen, road tunnel, walk about 10 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Lehrter See, pedestrian bridge, walk about 5 minutes
  • Zweidorfer Holz, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Lappwald, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction
  • Börde (not clear, new / reconstructed service station)
  • Buckautal, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction

Autobahn A3

  • Buckautal, walk about 45 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction - complicated
  • Ohlsiger Heide, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Siegburg, pedestrian bridge
  • Heiligenroth / Montabaur, road tunnel, walk about 30 minutes, crossable between the not oppositely situated service stations
  • Limburg, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Bad Camberg, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Medenbach, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Weiskirchen, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Spessart, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on th ewestbound direction
  • Würzburg, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction
  • Haidt, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Steigerwald, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Aurach, walk about 45 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction - complicated
  • Jura, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southeastbound direction
  • Bayerischer Wald, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the southeastbound direction
  • Donautal, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northwestbound direction

Autobahn A4

  • Aachener Land, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Frechen, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction
  • Aggertal, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Eisenach, Raststätte is on the westbound side
  • Eichelborn, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction using fieldpaths - no service roads
  • Auerswalder Blick, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Dresdner Tor, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction, walk along the highway (partially service roads)
  • Oberlausitz, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction, walk along the highway (partially service roads)

Autobahn A5

  • Rimberg, Raststätte is on the southbound side
  • Pfefferhöhe, Raststätte is on the northeastbound side, situated slightly off the motorway (semi-Autohof style)
  • Reinhardshain, car tunnel, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southwestbound direction
  • Wetterau, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Gräfenhausen, walk about 45 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction - complicated
  • Hardtwald, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Bruchsal, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction using motorway exit - tunnel
  • Wetterau, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction

Autobahn A6

  • Goldene Bremm, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction
  • Am Hockenheimring, walk about 10 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Kraichau, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction
  • Hohenlohe, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction
  • Frankenhöhe, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction0
  • Kammensteiner Land, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Oberpfälzer Alb, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Wetterau, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction

Autobahn A7

  • Hüttener Berge, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Holmmoor, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Harburger Berge, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Brunautal, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Allertal, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Hannover-Wülferode, walk about 20 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Hildesheimer Börde, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Harz, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Göttingen, walk about 5 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Kassel, walk about 10 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Hasselberg, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Großenmoor, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Uttrichshausen, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Rhön, walk about 20 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Riedener Wald, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Ohrenbach, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Ellwanger Berge, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Lonetal, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Illertal, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Allgäuer Tor, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Nesselwang, walk about 10 minutes (?), crossable on the eastbound direction

Autobahn A8

  • Pforzheim, car tunnel, walk about 5 minutes, service station for both directions situated on the westbound side, on the eastbound side is a parking
  • Gruibingen, car tunnel, walk about 5 minutes, service station for both directions situated on the eastbound side, on the westbound side is a parking
  • Holzkirchen, walk about 30 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Irschenberg, Raststätte is on the eastbound side, situated slightly off the motorway (semi-Autohof style)
  • Samerberg, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Illertal, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction

Autobahn A9

  • Fläming, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Köckern, walk about 15 minutes along the highway or 30 minutes using service roads, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Osterfeld, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Hermsdorfer Kreuz, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction, pedestrian tunnel at Motel Hermsdorfer Kreuz
  • Frankenwald, the famous bridge Raststätte
  • Fränkische Schweiz/Pegnitz, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Nürnberg Feucht, car and pedestrian tunnels, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Greding, walk about 10 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Köschinger Forst, car tunnel, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Fürholzen, Raststätte is on the northbound side, southbound there is/was a small parking. (July 2014: current situation is not clear), , walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction

Autobahn A10

  • Seeberg, walk about 20 minutes, probably crossable on the southbound direction, walking along the highway
  • 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.

Autobahn A11

  • Buckowsee, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction

Autobahn A12

  • Biegener Hellen, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction

Autobahn A13

  • Am Kahlberg, walk about 45 minutes, no petrol station in southbound direction, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Freienhufener Eck, walk about 20 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations walking through the fields along the highway

Autobahn A14

  • Plötzetal, theoretically crossable in 10 minutes on the northwestbound side, but that may prove difficult as there are no service roads and perhaps fences
  • Muldental, theoretically crossable in 20 minutes on the northwestbound side, but that may prove difficult as there are no service roads and perhaps fences

Autobahn A19

  • Recknitz-Niederung, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction

Autobahn A20

  • Schönberger Land, no petrol stations, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction

Autobahn A21

  • Schackendorf, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction

Autobahn A24

  • Gudow, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Stolpe, walk about 40 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Prignitz, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Linumer Bruch, walk about 40 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction

Autobahn A27

  • Langwedel-Daverden, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction

Autobahn A28

  • Hasbruch, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction

Autobahn A30

  • Bentheimer Wald, no petrol stations, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction
  • Brockbachtal, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Grönegau, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction

Autobahn A31

  • Aschendorf, no petrol stations, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Ems-Vechte, walk about 60 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction

Autobahn A38

  • Eichsfeld, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction, service station under construction
  • Rohnetal, theoretically crossable in 10 minutes on the eastbound side, but that may prove difficult as there are no service roads and perhaps fences

Autobahn A39

  • Rüningen, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction

Autobahn A40

  • Tankstelle Dückerweg / Ruhrschnellweg, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction, however, the fence / sound wall around the westbound service station may be impassable
  • Beverbach / Rheinlanddamm, walk about 10 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations

Autobahn A43

  • Hohe Mark, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction

Autobahn A44

  • Lichtenbusch, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction (through Belgium)
  • Am Haarstrang, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Soester Börde, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Am Biggenkopf, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the eastside direction
  • Bühleck, walk about 30 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations

Autobahn A45

  • Sauerland, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on southbound direction
  • Siegerland, walk about 10 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Langen-Bergheim, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction through fields or 20 minutes, southbound along service roads

Autobahn A46

  • Vierwinden, walk about 20 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations

Autobahn A48

  • Elztal, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction

Autobahn A49

  • Holzhausen, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction

Autobahn A52

  • Cloerbruch, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction

Autobahn A57

  • Kalbecker Forst, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction
  • Geismühle, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Nievenheim, walk about 45 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction - complicated

Autobahn A59

  • Schloß Röttgen, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction

Autobahn A60

  • Heidenfahrt, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction

Autobahn A61

  • Bedburger Land, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northbound direction
  • Brohltal, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Neufeld, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Hunsrück, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Wonnegau, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction
  • Dannstadt, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction

Autobahn A65

  • Pfälzer Weinstraße, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction

Autobahn A66

  • Erbenheim, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction, but probably the obstacles are way too big: at the westbound station noise walls, the southbound station has to be reached on the fields between the highway and adjacent railway line.
  • Weilbach, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the northeastbound direction

Autobahn A67

  • Pfungstadt, walk about 45 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction - complicated
  • Lorsch, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the southbound direction

Autobahn A71

  • Mellrichstädter Höhe, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction

Autobahn A93

  • Inntal, crossable by a tunnel on the southside of the service area, follow the service roads.

Autobahn A99

  • 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.

Autobahn A111

  • Stolper Heide, service station for both directions situated on the northbound side