Freiburg im Breisgau

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Freiburg im Breisgau
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Population: 217,548 (31 Dec 2006)
Licence plate: FR
Major roads: A5
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Freiburg im Breisgau is a student-city in the South of Germany. It is very close to the French border, and not far away from Switzerland as well. (It's the biggest Freiburg in Germany, there is also Freiburg/Elbe and Freiburg im Üechtland in Switzerland.)

Freiburg might be a good stopover for a longer trip in Europe because its quite central and easy to exit and to leave. Another advantage is that it's easy to find free accomodation via hospitality exchange networks in Freiburg.

Freiburg is a nice student town with around 220.000 inhabitants – 40.000 of them are students. So you definitely gonna find someone to drink a beer with.

In September 2007, the German hitchhiking club abgefahren e.V. hold his first gathering near Freiburg and also published the first (un)official German hitchhiking-spot in Freiburg.

Hitching Out

Direction East Donaueschingen, Engen, Konstanz, Singen, Ravensburg

Get to the south east of the city where the Leo-Wohleb-Straße and Schwarzwaldstraße meet each other (B31). Somewhere there is a strip of grass right in front of a side road. As this is a busy road leading out of the town waiting time is not very long. You should walk until the road goes into a tunnel. Some 50 meters before the entrance are some nice spots to get a ride.

Alternative for holders of Regio Karten (Monthly Tickets for the Public Transportation in the RVF) or Semester Tickets:

You can take a train to Löffingen (switch trains in Neustadt, trains depart every hour), for free if you have a Semsterticket/Regio Karte and from there you can walk through the town to the B31. In Löffingen is a petrol station where it s quite easy to get rides to the A81 (Singen - Stuttgart).

North, South towards A5, France, Basel (Switzerland), Karlsruhe

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Take a tram till "Holzmarkt". Line 2,3 or 5 are heading there. Walk from the stop outside of the city towards direction of the river Dreisam. There you are turning right and at the traffic light you can ask the cars for your destination.

  • For heading north the next petrol station is "Mahlberg" right before Offenburg. For heading south there is no petrol station before the motorway leads to France (Muhlhouse, Besancon, Lyon) but there is one before Basel (Switzerland).
  • If you want to go to France it might be better to get to the ramp Freiburg Nord. You can get there with tram line 2 towards Zähringen, get out at the last station. From there it's a 400 meters walking to the spot. Try to get a ride from there to the A5 direction south. This way you pass by the service station Schauinsland which is the last one before France.
  • Another option to get to the service station Schauinsland is to take Bus No. 36 towards Hochdorf, exit Bus station Högestraße. From there its just a few minutes walk to the service station. (see map)

You can as well wait after the crossroad with a sign. (I don't recommend that, but if you don t speak German make sign "A5 -> KA (Karlsruhe) or BS (Basel".)

Hitching In

It's not recommended, if you are coming from north to get off at "Schauninsland" petrol station. But if you get stuck there you can walk in the next village (Hochdorf) and take the bus 25 or 36 to Freiburg will take about 40 min to center. Try to find someone in Mahlberg, Baden Baden or Bruchsal who is going straight there. The motorway doesn't go directly through the city so driver are unlikely to go 15 km extra just to drop you off in the city if they want to continue their trip. If you are coming from the south you can get off at the "Breisgau" service station. There shouldn't be a problem with finding someone who is going into town.

Another, though not the best solution, is to get off at exit 61 "Freiburg Nord" on the A5. The driver can make U-Turn and get back on the motorway (well, if it's not a truck). There's no really much room to stop, so you'll have to ask people stopping on the red light, most of them will be going to the city. Better don't go there if you're not alone, as you'll have to hop in very quickly.