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== Hitchhiking out ==
=== North towards [[Berlin]], [[Cottbus]] ([[A13 (Germany)|A13]]) ===
Take a tram line 13 (''Strassenbahn'' in German) to the ''Friedensstraße'' stop. Continue further until the junction (you'll see a McDonald's restaurant on your right), turn right (this will be a ''Hansastrasse'', Hansa street) and walk straight ahead (underneath the railway bridge and further). After 1 km you will find a Shell petrol station. There you have 2 possibilities: to ask drivers directly while they are refilling at the petrol station, or to stand before (or right besides) this petrol station and try thumbing up the ride - there is enough space for the cars to stop on a long drive-in lane. The ''Hansastrasse'' is an access to the [[A4 (Germany)|A4]] in both directions, although it is said that most cars go North from there; however, with a right sign you might be able to catch a car to the East/South, too ([[Chemnitz]], [[Leipzig]]...). Very often there are other hitchhikers on this petrol station - if it is so, and if you don't like the place, you may walk 200m further to yet another petrol station where you can try both asking drivers directly or thumbing on the road. As of 2008, the petrol was slightly cheaper on that petrol station, which automatically attracts more drivers there. However, by choosing the second petrol station you might miss both some company cars (the drivers of these very often have special payment cards when using “Shell” petrol stations) and more snobbish'' (?)'' type of people that “Shell” customers tend to be.
Very often there are hitchhikers right behind the railway station ''Dresden-Neustadt''. Be aware that this is a common meeting point for the users of === North towards [[Berlin]] which is a car-pooling service, so if you stop a car there you might be asked to contribute to the cost of fuel, although generally it is very unlikely like anywhere else in [[Cottbus]] ([[A13 (Germany.)|A13]]) and East towards [[Poland]] ===
 ==== Option 1 ==== A great place for direction north and east is ''Hansastraße''. You can either take tram line 13 and get off at ''Friedensstraße'' or if you are in ''Neustadt'', you can also walk from Alaunpark along ''Bischofsweg'' and ''Fritz-Reuter-Straße'' in direction west and you will pass the ''Friedensstraße'' tram stop as well.Walk down ''Hansastraße'' and you will pass 2 petrol stations. Both are good for asking people or to wave a sign. The first is generally better and you may meet some other hitchers. Hitching with thumb only is not recommended as cars are going in all directions.* If you are going to Berlin, just make a sign saying ''Berlin'', you will probably get a straight lift from here or at least to Freienhufener where it's very easy to hitch to Berlin from the petrol station/truck stop there. * If you are going to Poland, make a sign saying ''Bautzen''. That's only a short ride, but just before Bautzen there's a great service area on the motorway where it's easy to find a lift to Poland. The gas stations may not be the best place to hitchhike. There is a good sized entry lane for the shell gas station but the exit has no feeder lane which means you kind of have to choose between the street traffic or just the people at the gas station. The same goes for the second gas station.  ==== Option 2 ==== Another good hitchhiking spot is very close to the motorway ramp. From Bahnhof Neustadt take the bus 81 towards ''Wilschdorf'' and get off at ''Hellerberge''. If you stand besides the bus station stop with a sign ''Berlin'', you probably won't wait for long. It also helps that there is a traffic light just before this so every so often cars have to come to a complete stop and stare at you for a minute. There is also a similar and possibly slightly better bus stop after a traffic light 500 meters up the road from the second gas station in Option one. It seemed liked this one has more time with the light being red meaning more drivers had to come to a complete stop before passing the bus stop.  ==== Option 3 ==== If you don’t have any luck with the above options, one can also simply head to the motorway ramp itself. There is enough space there for cars to stop and maybe even a truck if you are lucky.  ==== Option 4 ==== Very often there are hitchhikers right behind the railway station ''Dresden-Neustadt''. Be aware that this is a common meeting point for car-pools, so if you stop a car there you might be asked to contribute to the cost of fuel, although generally it is very unlikely as anywhere else in Germany.
=== East towards [[Görlitz]], [[Wrocław|Wroclaw]] ([[A4 (Germany)|A4]]) ===
  * '''On-ramp Hellerberge in Dresden''':  From Dresden-Neustadt DB station; take bus number 81 (WILSCHDORF) to the stop 'Hellerberge'. This should not take longer than fifteen minutes. Here you are right at 'Dresden Hellerau' interchange of B170 and A4 / A13 direction Bautzen as well as Görlitz.
* '''Service station Dresdner Tor near Dresden:''' from Dresden take bus 424 or 333 from main station to station Wilsdruff Markt (about 45min ride), go north to junction Nossener/Meißner/Dresdner Straße and turn east into Dresdner Straße. Follow this road for 500m eastwards. You will see a hotel on the right. After this take the left option of the Y-junction, cross the street Umgehungsstraße (S36) and follow the road K9034 (direction Hühndorf, north-east) for 1km. Right before you hit the freeway turn right and walk along the road parallel to the freeway. After another 500m you reach the service station
=== West towards [[Chemnitz]], [[Leipzig]] ([[A4 (Germany)|A4]]), ([[A14 (Germany)|A14]]) ===
  '''Option 1'''  Go to the tram stop ''Cossebauder Straße'' and walk up the big street (''Meißner Landstraße''). You can either ask people at the petrol station, stand next to the road with a sign or walk about 1,5km to the A4 ramp (see below).  '''Option 2'''
Another good spot is directly at the motorway A4 ramp. There is quite a good place for the cars to stop; in addition, drivers can notice you in advance when waiting at the traffic lights. To get to this spot, take a bus 94 towards either ''Cossebaude'' or ''Niederwartha'' and get off at the ''Zschonergrundstraße'' stop; you can also get there by local trains RB/RE going to ''Elsterwerda-Biela'' or ''Hoyerswerda'' (get off at ''Dresden-Kemnitz''). Both for the train and/or the bus you can use one-fare-zone ticket, so it is relatively cheap.
Comment by Johannes: It is possible to get a ride from here, but the spot is not as ideal as it may sound. Lots of traffic from two sides, but narrow. Drivers from the left side have literally no time to notice you, and those from the right won't be comfortable because they are in a curve and have cars behind them. Still possible (got a ride from here twice) but be patient and I'd recommend going without a sign, and when someone stops who is not going your direction have them drop you off at 'Dresdner Tor' service area (6km from that spot)
'''Option 3'''
From Dresden-Neustadt DB station; take bus number 81 (WILSCHDORF) to the stop 'Am Olter'. This should not take longer than fifteen minutes. Here you are right at 'Dresden Hellerau' interchange of B170 and A4 / A13 direction Leipzig as well as Chemnitz. You can try to directly hitchhike there or to use 'Rastanlage Dresdner Tor' (10 minutes/12 kilometers from here) as a relais.
'''Option 4'''
For a good service station to ask drivers directly, go to ''Dresden Hauptbahnhopf'', buy a ticket to Warthenau (2€ as of July 2013). From Warthenau, take the exit and walk right, descending a semi-gravel road. Turn right under the viaduct, and then turn right again. Here you will see an old German inn called Gasthof Warthenau. Walk to the Gasthof, then cross the street facing the Elbe river: here you will see several bus stops. From the bus stop without a shelter, take bus 331 to ''Huhndorf'', only two stops. '''Note''': this bus only runs three or four times a day, so figure out what train you should take in order to avoid an hour wait; you can figure this out to go to the information desk at the ''Hauptbahnhof'' in Dresden. When you arrive in Huhndorf, walk in the direction the bus just came for approx. 10 metres, then turn right to ''Am Rasthof'' (which means "at the service station") – yes, that really is the name of the street. Walk down the road to the service station (approx. a 10-minute walk), take the second left, turn right at the house (a cheap hotel) you will find yourself on an excellent service station with restaurants, a giant truck resting area and westbound drivers stopping for petrol. If you want to head to Holland, first try to hitch to Leipzig and then Magdeburg-Hannover, this way you avoid hitching through the [[Ruhr]] area, which is a pain.
=== South towards [[Prague]] ([[A17 (Germany)|A17]]) ===
Note: as of 22  ====Option 1 Parkplatz Am Nöthnitzgrund==== Try to get to the Parkplatz Am Nöthnitzgrund its first parking lot right after getting on the A17.01Nearly everyone leaving Dresden in this direction is going to Pirna and will pass this park place.12 There is not very much traffic at this stop, but surely everybody is going across the google satelite photos for this region are badly out of dateborder to the first petrol station in Czech Republic.   To get there use bus 351,252, 360 to stop Bannewitz Nöthnitz and walk Gostritzer street until autoban and than turn right (see Google maps). Street view Walking from centre is good.8 km to get there   ====Option 12.==== 
There are a few places near bus stop ''Südhöhe'' (Bus lines 72, 76 & 360) at the overpass intersection of Bergstraße, Südhöhe, Kohlenstaße. <br>
A. the onramp to Bergstraße (Highway 170) going south towards A17 and Prag. You can get a driver while they are stopped at the light waiting to take a right onto the highway. See other options for next steps as you are unlikely to get a long distance ride from here. <br>{I tried this option for 1h and didn't work at all. Cars haven't place to stop and usually they have other cars behind so it's really hard to find one that would wait at the green traffic light until you get in the car... march 2017} B. There is a petrol station ("Aral") but it is located on the opposite side of the road. It's the last petrol station before the motorway though. {found a car after 1h, really luckily, almost all cars go in the opposite direction... march 2017} <br>  ====Option 3.====
====Option 2.====
Try to stop cars on various bus stops or near traffic lights on ''Bergstraße'' between city center and ''Südhöhe''. However, it is difficult for the drivers to stop on this road and taking a bus to ''Südhöhe'' is recommended. Haltestelle ''Mommsenstraße'' is probably the best as you can easily stand close to the bridge and ask people at the traffic light. It is not advisable to walk along highway 170 past Südhöhe.
 ====Option 34.==== 
B170, A17 / E55 autobahn interchange ([ map]). There is a traffic light at entry ramp to A17 east towards Prag with a blue sign, a wide shoulder, and just after the corner to the entry ramp is a small slab of asphalt were drivers can stop. Try to get a ride to the next rest stop, about 5 minutes away driving. <br>
To get here: <br>
A. * Get a ride to the A17 west onramp from one of the other options and walk across the bridge. The They will be dropping you off on the side of the highway so be careful. <br>B. From * Take bus 360 from Dresden DB main station take bus number 66 (MOCKRITZ) to the stop 'Altkaitz' and walk over 'Possendorfer Straße' and the fields in southward direction uphill to the interchange. This should not take longer than twenty minutes but might be much faster than waiting somewhere else. <br>C.Take bus 360 towards A17 (direction ''Dippoldiswalde''). Press the stop button directly after you pass the onramp to A17 towards PragPrague. The bus will stop 200m later so walk back to the onramp. (bus stop "Nöthnitz, Bannewitz") <br>: ===Option 5 === Having tried a few of the above options, we headed to the Technical University ('Technische Universtät') and got a ride in about 20 minutes. It'2012, 20th January: This seems like s along the best way highway to get here but Prague and I was not able figured it might have a younger population driving past (being based around a uni).  From Haubtbahnhof, take the 66 bus (heading south) to figure it out after I got on stop 'Technische Universtät.' This will place you along the 360 at Südhöhe 170 highway that passes North-South through Dresden and it started going later connects with the wrong directionA17 highway towards Prague. Someone clarify pleaseTry hitching a ride from the bus stop. It allows plenty of space for cars to stop, and the buses come every 20 mins -lex'so they shouldn't be too much of an issue for stopping cars. Make yourself a clear and legible sign so passing drivers can see where you want to go. UPDATE 22/10/2017 :''2011, 13th August: We (two hitchhikers) waited at that place the universitat (option 5 minute wait!''MF ) for more than 2 hours without getting any ride. The spot is good but people were not driving outside of the city so not so good. Then we walked (20 min) to the petrol station (option 1B) and his grilfriend got there we get a ride with the first car to the centre of Prague after first rest area when you are on the highway. It was a small rest area and not many car were stopping there and more than the half an hourwere driving to Pirna or Dresden. We waited there 2 more hours before getting a ride.   === South by train, hitchhiking in Czech Republic (MF[[Děčín]], [[Ústí nad Labem]])===:If you got some time and money, and prefer seeing some landscape of the Elbe/Labe valley as well as of the Saxonian and Bohemian "Switzerland" mountains, you can take the train ''2012'S1''' from Dresden (from main station, 20th January: about half an hour Dresden-Neustadt and I got a ride others; direction '''Schöna''') to the next park placeCzech border. The ticket is 17 Euro (as of 2015 october) -lexget it at the ticket machines and validate it before entering the train! You can either leave the train at '''Schmilka-Hirschmühle':''August 2012: Leg two on (the ferry there is included in the way to India. Waited about an hour ticket price) or at '''Schöna''' (and pay the on-ramp hereferry extra). Decent little space for drivers to pull intoAfter crossing the river by ferry, walk over the border and through '''Hřensko'''. Didn't get There is a ride all bus stop at the end of the way to Praguetown and a large space behind it. If there are too many cars parked, but hitch at a service station just over the border we literally waited about bus stop directly. There is not much traffic, so prepare to wait a minutewhile. Good spotEverybody goes to [[Děčín]] from here. --If you're lucky, you will find a direct hike to [[User:Looking for Stu|Looking for StuÚstí nad Labem]] 01:24, 18 August 2012 (CEST).
====Option 4.====Try to get to As well the first parking lot right after getting on the A17. Nearly everyone leaving Dresden in this direction is going to Pirna and will pass this park place. There is not very much traffic at this stop, but surely everybody is going across the border to the first gas station in [[Czech Republic]]. <br>To get here: <br>A. Get a train ride from one of as the previous options <br>B. Walk there. It is ca. 600m east road from the Highway 170 onramp and it Hřensko have really nice nature which is not necessary to walk on the Autobahnbest experienced in good weather. <br>:''2012, 20th January: about half an hour and I got a ride directly to Prague -lex''
<small>(There might be better spots == Hitchhiking in ==If you driver is passing Dresden in east-west direction, it's a good idea to have him drop you at the exit ''Dresden Prohlis-Neustadt'' - does anyone have any information on this?)</small>. It's very easy for then driver to get back onto the motorway and there's a tram station from where you can get into the city centre easily.
== Passing through Dresden (North->South or South->North) ==
Then, you have several ways to get further (in any of these ways you will have similar problems and solutions):
* you might want to get dropped off way before Dresden, at the gasstation Freienhufener Eck West, approximately 20-50 60 kilometers before getting into the city; <small>(exact information needed!)</small>
* get a ride going west onto A4 at Dresden, so that you can be dropped off at Dresdner-Tor Nord. Then walk west for about 800 meters to a local road, walk through the tunnel and walk back east at the other side of the motorway for 800 meters to get back on Dresdner-Tor Sud.
* you find a nice driver willing to do a loop for you meaning that he must drive off the motorway after that "Aral" petrol station, make a U-turn, take the motorway in the opposite direction and drop you off at the petrol station, and only then he can either enter Dresden or make another U-turn if he is heading West;
* If you fail to show your ticket to an inspector you will most likely get a fine of 40 EUR which needs to be paid by bank transfer within about 10 days. Rumors are that even if you are a foreigner but living within the European Union an announcement to pay will be send even to your country.
* Ticket inspectors in Dresden (DVB AG) are dressed in civil clothes.
* They are usually neither very friendly to foreigners nor able to speak English very well. Make sure to have a valid(!) ticket.
* Ticket inspectors are difficult but possible to spot: They do '''not''' look like students which mostly carry a laptop case and/or wear a white or light blue shirt with a collar. They do '''not''' look like businessmen which would wear suit and tie. The are mostly '''not''' older than 50 to 55 years. They are mostly '''not''' younger than 20 years. They do '''not''' carry any (large) case, (heavy or completely filled) backpack or plastic (shopping) bag with them. They do '''not''' use mp3 player or walkmen with any sort of earphones. They mostly appear in smaller groups of two or three men in an average dress (sloppy T-shirt or pullover, jeans, a fisherman vest, cheaper non-brand shoes). They are mostly standing (or sitting) together but are '''not''' talking (or arguing) to/at each other in public.
* Ticket inspectors mostly carry a very small waist backpack or normal (but almost empty) backpack underneath a vest/shirt where their DVB AG computer devices or official papers are in.
* Ticket inspections are '''not''' conducted (as in some other European cities) '''on''' bus or tram platforms or '''on''' open bus or tram doors but '''only''' when vehicles are moving between two stops.
* After 20:00 you need to get into the bus through the first door where the driver sits. Drivers are supposed to check tickets but usually do not give them a closer look. You might be lucky when you quickly show an older (and now invalid) DVB AG ticket.
* At night, ticket inspectors in trams are accompanied by security personnel.
* Most DVB AG ticket inspections are conducted from around 09:00 to around 13:00.
* '''All in all: Do not blackride in Dresden. It doesn't work. Don't do it.'''
== Sleeping ==
In summer you can sleep at the river. The police are never looking for sleeping people or anything. A good place is [ this]. Sometimes people camp with tents at the river [ here].
Do not put your tent in the parks, especially Großer Garten and Alaunpark. It is strictly forbidden and Großer Garten is patroulled by its own security personnel while Alaunpark could be checked by the police multiple times during the night.
== Souvenirs ==
You can buy expensive stuff at the touristical touristic shops but every Saturday there is a second hand market until 2pm 14:00 @ [ here] where people sell ancient things - e.g. from the time of the socialism - very cheap.
Moreover you can bring or get clothes for free at the free shop [ here]. Check the [ opening hours].
== Eat and drink ==
Nearly every day there is warm food for a low price in a different alternative house. Check the [ calendar] for the words "Essen" or "VoküKüfa". == Nomadwiki & Trashwiki == {{nomadwiki}}
== External Links ==
* [ Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG] - <small>Use ''Verbindungsauskunft'' for detailed connection information </small>
* [[Germany]]