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Leipzig
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Information
Country:
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Germany
State:
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Saxony
Population: 512.000
Licence plate: L
Major roads: Bundesautobahn 9 number.svg Bundesautobahn 14 number.svg
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Leipzig is a city in the German Bundesland Saxony, and is famous for its alternative scene. Check out Plagwitz, Südvorstadt and Connewitz if you're there.

Hitchhiking out

North towards Berlin, South towards München Bundesautobahn 9 number.svg

First option

Take the bus #131 from the city center towards Dölzig and get out at Holländische Mühle, one stop before the Nova Eventis center. This spot is some meters before the direct ramp onto the A9. Try to find your ride here towards Berlin or Munich!

Second option

It's also possible to get to the spot described above with tram #7 in direction Böhlitz-Ehrenberg. Get out at the tram stop Georg-Schwartz-Strasse/Merseburger Strasse. From there, walk back some 10m towards the main road and walk right towards the Aral petrol station. Follow the road for 200m until you passed a Lidl supermarket, and after that some meters further you'll find a bus stop (Lindenau Friedhof). From there you can easily hitchhike a ride towards Dölzig and/or the motorway. Make sure to get out at the last traffic lights before the motorway. Just behind the traffic lights, there's a small bay where cars can stop easily. A sign might be useful. Hitchhiking ~800m further directly at the on-ramp is pretty dangerous, there's no place for cars to stop and traffic passes by pretty fast.

North towards Berlin and Magdeburg/Hamburg Bundesautobahn 14 number.svg

There is a brilliant spot to ask people for lifts at an "Aral"-petrol station which is the last one before the Autobahn 14 that also leads onto the A9 to Berlin.

Take tram 16 with or without a 2,00 Euro-Ticket in the direction of Messegelände and get off at "Hornbach Baumarkt" from here it's a 15mins walk to the station but it's worth it. Walk in the same direction as the tram and take an immediate right onto "Dübener Landstraße" along the parking lot of the big hardware store. After passing the bridge over the B2 it becomes Nathusiusstraße. Keep walking straight until you reach Ztschortauer Straße where you turn left and walk another 300 metres until you see the "Aral"-petrol station on your left.

Asking people for a lift towards Berlin on the A9 or towards Magdeburg on the A14 (which is also the way to go for Hamburg) usually works just fine here. Do keep in mind that the first rest stop going north from here will be "Köckern" on the A9 whereas it would be "Plötzetal" on the A14.'

East towards Dresden Bundesautobahn 14 number.svg Bundesautobahn 38 number.svg

Spot in Leipzig described in Option 2 for hitchhiking North or South
First option

Take the Tram #15 or #2 from the city center towards Meusdorf and get out at the last station. Go 250 Meters further to the next bus stop. This is the best spot to Dresden over A38 and A14/A4.

Please check whether the road works still go on as posted on hitchbase, section Meusdorf!

Update 2010-11-05 by jeensg 23:03, 7 November 2010 (CET): Roadworks still go on (like one year to go), but eventually still people passing by and good spot with big Bus stop and gas station afterward, where you can ask and also stand with sign!!! Driver told, that most traffic now is going via B2!


Second option

On Permoser Straße there are three gas stations, first Aral, then HEM and lateron bft, which is the closest to the motorway. Since there are not necessarily a lot of people to ask getting gas, it's recommendable to have a sign saying "A14 [Dresden]". Dizzy's waiting time: 15 minutes.

Update 2010-11-05 by jeensg 23:03, 7 November 2010 (CET): Entry to motorway is closed! Please check before!!!

In the direction of Dresden you then have a service area called "Muldental" since a lot of people turn of before Dresden so that you can use also the rather local traffic.

West towards Erfurt, Köln, Belgium Bundesautobahn 4 number.svg

When heading to Belgium highway number 4 is a decent option. The highway to Kassel doesn't have any gas stations until Kassel so it's a bit suboptimal.

You can take bus 131 from Merseburgerstrasse that will take you all the way close to the A9. At the bus stop opposite from the Aral gas station you can also hitch a ride easily.

First you have to go south on the A9, use a sign "A9 Süd", there's a gas station on the highway 30 km south from Leipzig, there you can find a ride going West - the on-ramp on the side away from Leipzig is slightly more spacious (but not spacious) and there was a little more traffic when guaka was hitching from there on Thursday around noon.

Right after getting onto the A4 there's a restaurant that's okay during the day (guaka found a long ride to almost Giessen from there). There's also a gas station before Erfurst (but after Jena).

Hitching In

  • Hitchhiking into the city can be difficult, especially if traveling along the A14. If your driver doesn't mind driving a 10 km detour, you can get off at Leipzig-Nord. Don't get off at the on-ramp, there is no way to turn around for the driver.
  • Actually it is fairly easy to get off at Leipzig Nord-Ost or Leipzig-Ost, where you have possibilities for the driver to turn around and the tram is within 1 km reach. If coming from south-east, lot of drivers go in via A38. In both cases you can use the directions given in the two optionjs for getting onto A14 direction Dresden.
  • Otherwise, options are the airport where a train is going regularly into the city.
  • If traveling the A9, you can best get off at Leipzig-West. The driver should go off to "Einkaufszentrum", then let you out at Nova Eventis. There you can easily get a car to the center just hitchhike anywhere near the exit for Leipzig at the parking with a sign "LE".

You could also take the Bus 131, but why should you?

Overnight

There are several youth hostels in Leipzig. There is one about a mile out of the city. It's easily walkable, just head out left from the train station's main entrance, and follow the road round to the right. Keep walking past a head shop, and take a left, then a right on a street that runs parallel. Keep walking to the end of the road, then turn left over the bridge over the train tracks. After you've walked over the train tracks, there's an interesting little village made up of wendy houses. Walk through this, heading to the far corner. Turn right, and walk parallel with the train tracks. You should she an old pub in the middle of an HLM type housing estate. Make a note of it, because it does fantastic food. Carry on for about another 200m, then hang a left. The youth hostel is on the left, just on a small service road.


Public transport - Riding with and without a ticket

the information below does not apply to the S-Bahn city train. See Deutsche Bahn instead

Using public transportation without a ticket is fairly easy in Leipzig.

Getting caught without a ticket:

  • fine is 40 EUR, payable by bank transfer in about 10 days
  • I don't know if there are special rules if you possess a non-German ID

Anyway...

  • Ticket machines outside trams give you unstamped tickets
  • You can validate tickets in both trams and buses, the machines beep when you do so (check if there is a ticket stamping machine in the rear of the bus)
  • Inside most trams, there's a ticket machine that gives you a stamped ticket (just hanging around there won't serve as excuse if you get busted)
  • Bus drivers also sell stamped tickets
  • You could buy a (short range, if you're on low money) ticket and keep it unstamped
  • Most transportation rules for German public transport are along the lines that you have to present a valid ticket if you're asked to do so
  • You need to get the ticket stamped before the traffic control reaches you
  • If you've got an unstamped ticket, you can argue that you didn't know about validating it - the tourist act usually works
  • After 20:00, you usually need to get in buses at the front and show your ticket to the bus driver