A2 (Germany)

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The A2 is a major motorway in Germany. It connects the Ruhr Area with Berlin, via Hannover, Braunschweig and Magdeburg.

It crosses the A 1 (Hamburg-Cologne) near Dortmund, the A 7 (Hamburg-Frankfurt) in Hannover and the A 30 (Bad Oeynhausen - Amsterdam (it merges into the Dutch A 1 near Hengelo)) in Bad Oeynhausen.

You can almost be sure to travel very fast here. There are plenty of petrol stations, and all of them are highly frequented. It is also the most important connection between Poland and western Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. Because of the many Polish cars and trucks, it is often referred to as Warsaw Alley. So when heading to Poland, you can try to find a direct ride here.

The A2 from Bad Oeynhausen until Berlin is part of the European road E 30.

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Hitching the A2

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(1) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Oberhausen * A 3 and to the A 516
(2) AB-AS-blau.svg Oberhausen-Königshardt
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Bottrop
(3) AB-AS-blau.svg Bottrop
(3) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Bottrop * A 31
(4) AB-AS-blau.svg Gladbeck-Ellinghorst
(5) AB-AS-blau.svg Essen/Gladbeck
(6) AB-AS-blau.svg Gelsenkirchen-Buer
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Resser Mark
(7) AB-AS-blau.svg Herten
(8) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Recklinghausen * A 43
(9) AB-AS-blau.svg Recklinghausen-Süd
(10) AB-AS-blau.svg Recklinghausen-Ost
(11) AB-AS-blau.svg Henrichenburg
(12) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Dortmund-Nordwest * A 45
(12a) AB-AS-blau.svg Dortmund-Mengede
(13) AB-AS-blau.svg Dortmund-Nordost
(14) AB-AS-blau.svg Dortmund-Landstrop
(15) AB-AS-blau.svg Kamen-Bergkamen
(16) Autobahn junction.png Kamener Kreuz * A 1
near Lünen
(17) AB-AS-blau.svg Bönen
(18) AB-AS-blau.svg Hamm
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Rhynern Süd Good.png (good)
Reststation Hamm-Rhynern from the air
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Rhynern Nord Good.png (good)
(19) AB-AS-blau.svg Hamm-Uentrop
(20) AB-AS-blau.svg Beckum
(21) AB-AS-blau.svg Oelde
(22) AB-AS-blau.svg Herzebrock-Clarholz
(23) AB-AS-blau.svg Rheda-Wiedenbrück
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Gütersloh Süd Verygood.png (very good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Gütersloh Nord Verygood.png (very good)
(24) AB-AS-blau.svg Gütersloh
Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Obergassel Bad.png (bad) Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Niedergassel Bad.png (bad)
(25) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Bielefeld * A 33
Senseless.png (senseless) (26) AB-AS-blau.svg Bielefeld-Sennestadt Senseless.png (senseless)
Good.png (good) Forget it directly at the ramp, but there's a good spot some 1km before the ramp where the approach road starts. Have a look at the Bielefeld article for specific information. (27) AB-AS-blau.svg Bielefeld-Ost Good.png (good) Forget it directly at the ramp, but there's a good spot some 1km before the ramp where the approach road starts. Have a look at the Bielefeld article for specific information.
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Lipperland Süd
(28) AB-AS-blau.svg Ostwestfalen-Lippe
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Lipperland Nord
(29) AB-AS-blau.svg Herford/Bad Salzuflen
(30) AB-AS-blau.svg Herford-Ost
(31) AB-AS-blau.svg Exter
(32) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Bad Oeynhausen * A 30
Near Bad Oeynhausen
(33) AB-AS-blau.svg Porta Westfalica
(34) AB-AS-blau.svg Veltheim
Good.png (good) (35) AB-AS-blau.svg Bad Eilsen
In both directions, this ramp is quite good. Best option might be to stand down by the traffic light with a sign if going westwards, or walk up and wait just some 10 meters before the bridge if you want to hitch towards Hannover. Much traffic, cars can stop (not perfectly, but it's ok). Beautiful landscape!
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Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Auetal Süd Good.png (good)
At service area Auetal direction Dortmund
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Auetal Nord Good.png (good)
(36) AB-AS-blau.svg Rehren
(37) AB-AS-blau.svg Lauenau
(38) AB-AS-blau.svg Bad Nenndorf
(39) AB-AS-blau.svg Wunstorf-Kolenfeld
(40) AB-AS-blau.svg Wunstorf-Luthe
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Garbsen Süd Verygood.png (very good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Garbsen Nord Verygood.png (very good)
(41) AB-AS-blau.svg Garbsen
(42) AB-AS-blau.svg Hannover-Herrenhausen
Get off here, when heading to Hannover. A tram station is very close.
(43) Dreieck Hannover-West * A 352
Bad.png (bad) (44) AB-AS-blau.svg Hannover/Langenhagen
You can get off here if you want to visit Hannover. There's a tram station at the Hannover side of the ramp, and drivers can go back to the motorway easily.
Senseless.png (senseless)
(45) AB-AS-blau.svg Hannover-Bothfeld
(46) AB-AS-blau.svg Hannover-Lahe
(47) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Hannover-Buchholz * A 37
(48) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Hannover-Ost * A 7
(49) AB-AS-blau.svg Lehrte
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Lehrter See Nord Good.png (good), going south Senseless.png (senseless), going north Average.png (average)
(50) AB-AS-blau.svg Lehrte-Ost
(51) AB-AS-blau.svg Hämelerwald
(52) AB-AS-blau.svg Peine
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Zweidorfer Holz Süd Good.png (good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Zweidorfer Holz Nord Good.png (good)
(53) AB-AS-blau.svg Braunschweig-Watenbüttel
Senseless.png (senseless) (54) AB-AS-blau.svg Braunschweig-Hafen Good.png (good)
(55) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Braunschweig-Nord * A 391
Bad.png (bad) (56) AB-AS-blau.svg Braunschweig-Flughafen
low traffic and almost no traffic during evenings and weekends
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Average.png (average) from Braunschweig-Center take tram line to Volkmarode, then it is a 7km walk (or hitchhiking) to this ramp. There is a caravan whorehouse here, local people know this and don't want to pick up punters. Waiting times 45-60 minutes to Berlin. (57) AB-AS-blau.svg Braunschweig-Ost
(58) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Wolfsburg/Königslutter * A 39
(59) AB-AS-blau.svg Königslutter
(60) AB-AS-blau.svg Rennau
(61) AB-AS-blau.svg Helmstedt-West
(62) AB-AS-blau.svg Helmstedt-Zentrum
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Helmstedt Good.png (good) This is the first of two service station's within 5 kilometers. Better try it here than the next service station some kilometer further.
(63) AB-AS-blau.svg Helmstedt-Ost/Marienborn
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Lappwald Verygood.png (very good)
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Marienborn Average.png (average)
(64) AB-AS-blau.svg Alleringersleben
(65) AB-AS-blau.svg Eilsleben
(66) AB-AS-blau.svg Bornstedt
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Börde Süd Verygood.png (very good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Börde Nord Verygood.png (very good)
(67) AB-AS-blau.svg Irxleben
(68) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Magdeburg * A 14
(69) AB-AS-blau.svg Magdeburg-Kannenstieg Average.png (average) |
Senseless.png (senseless) better you go the ARAL station 1.5 km south and ask drivers there Verygood.png (very good), see Magdeburg (70) AB-AS-blau.svg Magdeburg-Zentrum Senseless.png (senseless) better you go the ARAL station 1.5 km south and ask drivers there Verygood.png (very good), see Magdeburg
(71) AB-AS-blau.svg Magdeburg-Rothensee
(72) AB-AS-blau.svg Lostau/Hohenwarthe
(73) AB-AS-blau.svg Burg-Zentrum
(74) AB-AS-blau.svg Burg-Ost
(75) AB-AS-blau.svg Theeßen
(76) AB-AS-blau.svg Ziesar
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Buckautal Süd Good.png (good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Buckautal Nord Good.png (good)
(77) AB-AS-blau.svg Wollin
(78) AB-AS-blau.svg Brandenburg an der Havel
(79) AB-AS-blau.svg Netzen
(80) AB-AS-blau.svg Lehnin
(81) Autobahn junction.png Dreieck Werder * A 10

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German highways

Major highways: A1A2A3A4A5A6A7A8A9

Minor highways: A10A11A12A13A14A15A17A19A20A21A23A24A25A26A27A28A29A30A31A33A37A38A39A40A42A43A44A45A46A48A49A52A57A59A60A61A62A63A64A65A66A67A70A71A72A73A81A92A93A94A95A96A98A99