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Esslingen am Neckar is a city in the Stuttgart region of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany, capital of the District of Esslingen as well as the largest city in the district.

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Population: 91,869 (31 Dec 2010)
Licence plate: ES
Major roads: A 8
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Hitching Out

It's recommended to take a train to Stuttgart and use one of the hitchhiking spots there because it's pretty close (about 15km to the center, 20 minutes by train) and a lot of easier to catch a ride from there. Nevertheless, if you are low on money (public transport is quite expensive here) or want to try it anyways, check out the following spots.

File:DE Bundesstrasse.jpg10 Stuttgart

→ Direction west to the motorways to Karlsruhe, Heilbronn, or Singen.


Motorcar road on-ramp "Esslingen-Zentrum" – Text

File:DE Bundesstrasse.jpg10 Ulm

→ Direction east to the motorway to München.


Motorcar road on-ramp "Esslingen-Zentrum" – Text

  Karlsruhe, München

Motorway on-ramp "Esslingen"

From Esslingen ZOB (central bus station), you can take the bus 120 (Neuhausen) and exit at the stop Zabergäustr. Just walk straight on Plieninger Straße and follow the roadsigns to the motorway.

You can try and thumb directly on the on-ramps, but cars are not allowed to stop there and the ramp is quite short. Better use a sign and wait on the green strip at the verge of the road about 150m before the on-ramps.

Stuttgart Airport

From Esslingen ZOB (central bus station), you can take the bus 122 (Flughafen) that operates between Esslingen and Stuttgart Aiport. It leaves every 30 minutes and takes about 35 minutes to the airport. The fare is 3.40 Euro (3 zones).

Direction Karlsruhe


Direction München


Service Station "Denkendorf" (Direction Karlsruhe only)

From Esslingen ZOB (central bus station), you can take the bus 119 (Denkendorf) and exit at the stop Weingartstraße. Walk straight on to the crossing and turn right into Schlossergasse, left into Pfarrgasse, and right into Hintere Gasse. Follow the street along the river Körsch to your left until the bridge to cross it. Turn right after the bridge and take the stairs up the footpath to Hoher Rain on the left. At the end of the path, you turn right and left into Klosteracker.