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|Population:||258,770 (31 Dec 2006)|
|Major roads:||A4, A44, A544|
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Apparently - from what Guaka has heard - there is a somewhat official hitchhiking spot at Europaplatz.
Cars number plates starting with letters AC are registered in this locality. License plates with DN indicate that a car is from a neighbour locality of Düren.
West towards Netherlands, Belgium, East towards Köln
There is a nice petrol station, Aachener Land, on the A4, not too far east of Aachen. It is good for heading towards Netherlands or Belgium, while the other side offers good opportunities to hitch towards almost any region in Germany. The fastest way to get there is by taking a bus #52 from the Busbahnhof. It stops close to the service area. It should be also mentioned that there are good chances of meeting ticket controllers while on that bus; in addition, you have to show your ticket to the driver when entering the bus (although generally you can show anything looking like a ticket and probably get away with it). Another option is to start hitchhiking from Europaplatz just where the cars enter the motorway from a roundabout. When going East (direction Köln), leave Aachener Land behind you. When going West, step out at the petrol station and do a little walk over the bridge nearby to cross the motorway.
<map lat='50.79269814077799' lng='6.1571502685546875' zoom='12' view='0' width='400'/> There is quite a few police controls around Aachen, so make sure you are not bringing any drugs from the Netherlands to Germany as you might get controlled, although hitchhiker Fverhart writes: "I don't like drugs and I was never checked on the border. Once in my life I had some marihuana with me, our host so kindly asked for it that I took the risk, although I did not know what kind of risk I was actually running."
If heading towards the Netherlands you have several options. The first is to hitchhike to the traffic lights at the main motorway exit at Geleen from the Achener Land service station (perfect if you are going to Maastricht). Otherwise, one can walk from the Ponttor while in Aachen for about two kilometers up the Roermonderstrasse. There are some petrol stations where you can find a Dutch driver. If you are going to Maastricht you can also go to Vaalserstrasse or take a bus to Vaals. The roundabout at the West end of Vaals, for instance, is a good place to hitchhike.
Another option to go to in the direction of Belgium, especially if you want to go to Liège or Luxembourg, is to go to the service station on the German-Belgium border at the A44. Take bus #11, #36, #55, or #SB63 from Busbahnhof or Hauptbahnhof (central station) to Oberforstbach Laschet, get out and walk back the direction you came from. You have to walk a few hundred meters until you reach a bridge after which you turn left to get to the service station after 150-200m (you can either walk through the fields or use the exit and walk along the autobahn). At the same bridge there is also the exit #2 Aachen-Lichtenbusch at the A44 which you can use to go either in the direction of Köln (or at least to the service station Aachener Land) or in the direction of Belgium.
To get to the service station or the exit you can also hitchhike from the bus station Aachen Siegel (reachable by the lines #11, #21, #36, #46, #53 and #SB63 or by foot - ask locals for directions) which is perfect if you want to hitchhike south to the Eifel in the direction of Roetgen, Monschau, Simmerath or further.