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Population: 1.773.218 (28 February 2008)
Licence plate: HH
Major roads: A1, A7, A23, A24, A25
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Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and is located in the north.

Hitching Out

Hitching Spot at ramp Hamburg-Schnelsen

South, Netherlands, Lueneburg

If you want to go south or towards Lüneburg you should start at Raststätte Stillhorn. It is easy to get there. Just take S3 or S31 to Wilhelmsburg and then a bus to Kirchdorf-Süd. You get off at the last stop. Just follow the road and then you will hear the highway A1. After crossing a little bridge you're already on the parking lot of the service station. Walking distance is about 3 minutes.

If you are going towards the Netherlands, get a ride south to Dammer Berge (just before Osnabrück), where the A1 joins the A30 in the direction of Rheine and Amsterdam.

North or South towards Lübeck, Denmark, Bremen

  • There is also a service station you can go to on the A1. To get to it take a S-Bahn train of line S3 or S31 to Wilhelmsburg, then you take the bus 351 (direction Moorwerder, Kinderheim) and get off at Stillhorner weg. The ticket cost 2,70€ (as of feb. 2009). maybe ask the bus driver to tell you where it is as its confusing where to get off.. from what i remember its that you get off beside a big bank of grass just after you cross nearby the motorway you should be able to see a hotel across a field , walk down a small path about 200m and the service station Stilhorn is there.
  • For going north to mainland Denmark (direction Flensburg, Kiel, Kolding) take the metro U2 towards Niendorf-Markt. From there get out and ask people for the bus station (Busbahnhof). There take bus #191 until stop Sellhopsweg. Get out there, walk some 200m back to the traffic light. You'll see that the road going left follows the way to the highway. There's no footpath, so you have to walk along the green space next to the road. Might be tricky in winter, easy in summer. Just take care when trucks and cars coming from behind! After some 300m you're at the ramp. There's enough space for you to stand on, and it's easy for cars to recognize you and to stop. Have a look at the picture for this spot. Oh, someone mentioned that this spot might be illegal to stand on, but can you find an Autobahn sign in the picture ? ;-)

East towards Berlin and North East towards Copenhagen, Scandinavia

Hitching on Horner Kreise

If you're planing to hitchhike towards Berlin on the A24, there's a big roundabout in the southeast of the city where it's possible to catch a ride directly to Berlin or at least part of the way. From the nearest U-Bahn and S-Bahn stop it's about a 1 km / 13 min. walk. The easiest way is from the S1, S11 and U1 stop Wandsbeker Chaussee. From there you have just to walk straight on Hammer Straße. When you reach the roundabout it is difficult to get a ride standing in the middle of it, as the cars have no opportunity to stop. But on one side, in Sievekingsalle, there is a busstop. This works fine.

This spot is called the Horner Kreisel and is a popular hitchhiking spot for many hitchhikers in Germany.

Some hithchhikers claim that hitching on the roundabout turnof direction Berlin is easier, as here you have much more traffic going your way. The recommended place to stand here is immediately after the roundabout, in the grass before the blue highway sign. Right after the highway sign there's place to stop for the cars. This place is also used by many hitchhikers and it's not uncommon to find a direct right to Berlin in 5 minutes.

You probably want to go to Puttgarden for going into Scandinavia. You can hitch to the ferry at Puttgarden, and get a ride straight to Copenhagen. If you ask the people after they paid the ticket you can cross for free (and save 7 Euros).



Free refills, pick up a cup and get high on fizzy drinks. At:

  • Mundsburg(U2) in McDonalds
  • Billwerder-Moorfleet(S21) in IKEA

Internet access

At Hauptbahnhof in McDonalds for free.


Public transport

Blackriding is possible, albeit risky. Controllers are very frequent and often wear civil clothes, so they cannot be noticed before the doors are closed. And since they do not receive hourly wage but salary depending on how many people they catch, playing the "dumb tourist" will have no effect on them; they want you in their record. The good news is that even if they ask you to pay the fine on the spot (40 euros), you can say you don't have the money and then you have two weeks to pay it. Or, give them a false address and just never pay it. For routs of public transport check or