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Munich (München in German) is the capital of Bavaria.
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North towards Nürnberg and Passau, Vienna
Take Subway 6 to Nordfriedhof. Take the north-west exit from the station (front-left if you go from the city centre). On your right you will see a two-lane road going out of a tunnel. This is the spot. You can get there crossing the bushes on its right side. Beware of the ants. The cars are fast there but can easily stop, because only one lane is open for cars, which makes the second a perfect place to stop.
Take the Subway 6 to Studentenstadt. From there walk about 300 m north on Ungererstraße until you are under a bridge. You will see signs for the motorways. This leads directly to the A9 highway, a quick and easy route to Berlin or Nürnberg. For i.e. Cologne it is best to stop at the Rasthof Nürnberg/Feucht as the freeways converge here. To continue on A93, i.e. Regensburg and Dresden you can change the car at Rasthof Fürholzen some 30km north of Munich.
The disadvantage of this option is that there is little room for cars to stop and if there's traffic behind, drivers likely hesitate to stop.
Option 3 Raststätte Fürholzen rest stop
Take the S1 to Eching. Follow the road next to the station in the same direction of travel (north-east) as the train you leave. Walk under the autobahn bridge, once you are at first the crossing over the S Bahn take the bike path, it will turn a bit. You will go over another bridge and then need to head to Fürholzen. Once in the town, walk through it until you take Günzenhauser Straße to your left. Follow the road around to the right and you will see the Autobahn. Raststätte Fürholzen is then in front of you. Be sure to study the map in advance and take note that it's a 5–6 km walk. The spot is great.
Alternative way: take the S1 to Eching. Pass under the railway to the side where the trains head back towards Munich City and walk the bike path along the railway in the direction you arrived by train until you reach the first bridge that goes over the railway around 100 m. Shortly before the bridge, turn left to reach the road coming down from the bridge Paul-Käsmeier-Straße. At this crossing you can hitchhike easily to the next town Günzenhausen and walk towards Fürholzen. This road will pass under the motorway. A few meters later you'll find a small road to the petrol station Fürholzen Ost
Southeast towards Salzburg, Vienna, Innsbruck, Italy
Option 1 Ramersdorf bus stop
The A8 highway begins inside the town. A few hundred meters before the beginning, there is a bus stop called Ramersdorf, so enough place to stop. Take a subway to Karl-Preis-Platz or just walk from the town centre along Rosenheimer Straße. Walk past both petrol stations on Rosenheimer Strasse and 10 minutes after the aral you will see a bus stop with a park next to it. If you arrive late after dark, the park is good to sleep in.This is far from an ideal spot, as it's very difficult to catch the attention of the drivers in this spot, and there is too much urban traffic and buses. If you do choose this spot, make sure you have a very visible sign. It's possible to put Rosenheim on a sign (and look for cars with the licence plate RO), which is the next city along the motorway. Close to Rosenheim, there is a huge service area Irschenberg, where you will surely get a ride to Austria.
Option 2 Rosenheimer Straße petrol stations
The easiest way to get out towards Rosenheim is to get the U-bahn/S-bahn to Ostbahnhof. From there, turn left onto Orleansstraße. Keep walking until you get to Rosenheimer Straße. Take a left when you reach it. About 500 m on the right-hand side is a Shell petrol station. There is also a bigger Aral petrol station another 300 m further on the same road. This is probably the best option for getting a hitch. There are also a good couple of places for cars to pull in before and after this petrol station so if the through-flow is bad you can always try this.
Option 3 Rosenheimer bus station
Walk straight after seeing bus station Rosenheimer Straße pass the street, pass the huge sign A92 and stay at the end of the fence and when any car stop just him to drop you at Rosenheim service station or if you want to go to Balkan make sure that you get out before A10 in Austria. Little bit further at the left, there is a petrol station, it s not a really good place as the road is turning at that place, but at least cars can stop, and it seems to me as the best place there.
Option 4 Raststätte Holzkirchen
30 min on S3 train till Holzkitchen than walk to Foching town find a Schmiedstrase turn left walk till concrete rouds end / cross. Petrol station is on the right. Around 5 km walk
Alternative way: 30 min on S3 train till Otterfing. Walk in the same direction your train was going for 200 meters then turn left over the bridge. Follow this road (Kreuzstrasse) for 2.5 km through fields and a forest until you reach the Autobahn. Turn right just before the road goes under the autobahn. Follow this road past the solar panels until the entrance of another tunnel under the autobahn, from here you should be able to see the petrol station ahead. Cut through the field to reach it (you don't need to jump any fences, to enter walk around the fence, to exit use the gap where the fence changes design). Around 5 km walk
South towards Garmisch-Partenkirchen
A really good spot to hitchkike in this direction is the petrol station near Machtlfinger Straße. Take the U3 direction Fürstenried West to Machtlfinger Straße. Get out of the station on the side towards Machtlfinger Straße where there are the escalators. Turn right on Machtlfinger straße and then left on Boschetsriederstraße. Follow it for a few hundred meters and you will see the petrol station on the right side. You can also take the bus 51 direction Moosach to Drygalski-Allee, the petrol station is 20meters behind it. A 95 is not the only direction from this station but many people will go there. The toilet is for free and even gendered.
You can also start your hitchhike is on Fürstenrieder Straße. There is a bus stop 200 metres after the crossways Würmtalstraße-Fürstenriederstraße. Cars can easily stop there. Use a sign (A 95, or Garmisch). In the evenings you can try to get a lift at the traffic light at the crossways.
Southwest towards Landsberg, Memmingen, Lindau, Switzerland, Austria (Vorarlberg), Italy
First service station on the A96 is the Rasthof Lechwiesen close to Landsberg, you can change cars here to go further.
If you want to travel to any city on the Lake Constance (Bodensee), look out for Swiss and Austrian cars as they all have to pass Lindau where they can come off the highway to drop you off and get back on it again easily - and this only takes them 2 minutes out of their way. Ask to be dropped off at the last exit (Exit 2, Lindau) before the border to Austria, there is a roundabout close to a petrol station and McD that works well in any direction.
The A96 begins inside of Munich. Close to the on-ramps of the motorway there is a petrol station Aral on Garmischer Straße that is frequented by many people before they go onto the motorway. From Heimeranplatz bus line 63, direction Forstenrieder Allee. Exit at stop Garmischer strasse and walk for few minutes..
Take the S-Bahn number 8 (S8) to Neugilching, and walk on the main road Landsberger Straße in the same direction where the train is going, in 800 meter you will see a petrol station to your right and Make Death (MC), there you can ask people for a lift for your direction or just for the petrol station in Landsberg, where are more cars stopping. Also you can hitch from the ramp to the direction of Lindau, I waited there few minutes.
West towards Augsburg, Ulm, Stuttgart E 52
From the central railway station Hauptbahnhof, take tram S2 towards Petershausen. Get out at Obermenzing. There along the street you can either walk the 2-3 km towards the motorway, or take bus #143 4 stops to Blutenburg stop.
The bus #143 stop is across the road from the S2 exit. If the bus is not leaving for a while, you can easily hitchhike at the traffic lights nearby. I would advise putting Augsburg on the sign. There is a service station, Rasthof Augsburg, just before this town.
This stop is located directly in front of a roundabout, and KFC where the A8 highway for direction west starts. There's enough place for cars to stop in front of the roundabout. Expect high traffic. For the petrol-station-lover, some meters before a small petrol station is located, so if you're bored, go asking people there. Make sure to carry a sign where you want to go as the motorway will split after 2 km towards different directions.
This is also a great way to get to Frankfurt as you can hitch to Ulm, north to Würzburg and then west to Frankfurt.
North and South
The A99 is the Munich ring road (http://www.autobahnatlas-online.de/A99.htm). While not as accurate as other south south/north bound jumping off points, the service station Rasthof Vaterstetten Ost is a good point if seeking to get lifts from long-distance lorry drivers, many of whom stay overnight here. This service station is located at the A99 in Feldkirchen. It is located only 2 km from the S-Bahn station Vaterstetten and requires walking through the small village to the back of the service station. 1,000 trucks or more park here here every night with many more passing through, heading north and south. While I would not like to sleep here (with a 1,000 plus lonely men), its a excellent place when heading both north and south. Make sure to carry a sign indicating what motorway who are hoping to take. For example, the A8 to the the South and East or the A94 to Passau. If you come at night or sunday (or any other time, if you're a daredevil), then you could check out the container of a bio supermarket which is on the way.
Sleeping & Eating
Maybe not the most comfortable place to sleep, but always open and not busy at night is the airport Franz-Josef-Strauss at A92 (from Regensburg). Hitchhiking away from there late in the evening is a pain, but if you end up there, you can count on a dry and warm night. There is no waiting hall (there are no flights at night) but enough restaurants where you can pick your bench and toilets are open any time.
Main Train Station
Located in the center and always open is the Munich main train station. If you get stuck in the city, this is probably a better solution than the airport which unfortunately is pretty far outside of Munich, but don't expect it to be more comfortable. There is a small waiting hall on the mezzanine level and a few benches on the platforms. It is common to find some people resting on the first floor of the main entrance hall (right next to Burger King) and tolerated by the Deutsche Bahn security guards as long as you don't intend to crash there for more than a single night. If asked, just tell them you wait for a train that leaves early in the morning and they usually leave you alone. You can sneak into the toilets of the two Burger King restaurants around (free, but closed from about 3:30am), or use the toilets of the main train station (50ct minimum). Another advantage over the airport is that it's quite easy to get back to any hitchhiking spot from here.
If you want to meet loads of students and really cheap drinks - rare in Munich - come to Studentenstadt (Subway U6 north of the city centre). It's the largest student accomodation in Munich. You might find somebody to host you - without any guarantee. There is a perfect place for camping, about 5 mins from Studentenstadt station - in the English Gardens. Try to pitch your tent at night time, after all you are in Bavaria.
It's a wagenburg (place where people live in their campervans). Usually they are open for travellers and they have guest van for sleeping, but come to this place not so late and firstly meet with a people. They also have a lot of place where you can put a tent. You can find there freeshop with books and clothes. The collective of this place organise some meetings, shows, etc. "Stattpark OLGA", Boschetsrieder Straße 109
If you arrive on Friday you can get really good, cheap and vegan dinner in the Kafe Marat, Thalkirchener Straße 102 (maybe also on wednesdays?). It's a self-organized, more left wing place. Drinks are also really cheap there. Food normally is ready at around 20:30.