Earth > Europe > Western Europe > Germany > Nordrhein-Westfalen > Aachen
|Population:||258,770 (31 Dec 2006)|
|Major roads:||A4, A44, A544|
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Apparently - from what Guaka heard - there is a somewhat official hitchhiking spot at Europaplatz.
Cars number plates starting with the letter AC are registered in this locality. While the Number plate noted DN are from the neighbour locality of Düren.
West towards Netherlands, Belgium, East towards Köln
There is a nice gas station, Aachener Land, on the A4, not too far east of Aachen. It's good to get into the Netherlands and Belgium, and on the other side it's probably good to go anywhere in Germany. The fastest way to get there is by taking bus #52 from the Busbahnhof. It stops close to the service area. In the bus #52 there are ticket controllers higher-than-average, and you have to show your ticket to the driver when entering the bus (but mostly you can show anything looking like a ticket). If you want to avoid this, start from Europaplatz just where the cars enter the highway from the roundabout. When going to east (direction Köln), leave Aachener Land behind you. When going to west, step out at the gas station and do a little walk over the bridge nearby to cross the highway.
There are a lot of police controls around Aachen, so be sure not to bring drugs from the Netherlands to Germany, as you will probably be controlled. <map lat='50.79269814077799' lng='6.1571502685546875' zoom='12' view='0' width='400'/>