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Population: 120,000
Licence plate: PF
Major roads: A 8
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Pforzheim is smaller big city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany on the northern edge of the Black Forest between Stuttgart and Karlsruhe on the traffic connections between those bigger cities. The risk of traffic jams on this piece of the near motorway 8 (“Autobahn 8”, A 8) is among the highest of whole Germany. To relax this situation there is road constructions taking place and adding to the problem at the moment.

Hitching out

For longer distances it is advisable to take the motorway. The motorway 8 bends around the north and east of the city to Stuttgart (east) and Karlsruhe (west).


To travel eastwards (Stuttgart, Munich) take the on-ramp “Pforzheim Ost” or “Pforzheim Süd” or go to the service area Pforzheim that is located near the on-ramp “Pforzheim Ost” or rather the crossroads with national road 10 (“B 10”) before Niefern. Those places are some kilometres away from the town centre and it may be worth to hitchhike (the B 10) or take a bus. Busses of route 1 of the city bus service in direction Eutingen go that direction.


For westbound travels (towards Karlsruhe, France, Luxemburg, Belgium) take the motorway entrance “Pforzheim West”. It is located on the Wilferdinger Höhe, a big industrial area in the northwest of the city. Busses of route 6 in direction “Lange Grund” go up there. The national road 10 (“B 10”, that also goes to Karlsruhe in the end) runs all the way through the length of the Wilferdinger Höhe; shortly after the towns end in the west to the right there is the on-ramp. Shortly before there is a fuel station (“Jet”) and a fast food restaurant (“Burger King”). There you can stand next to the street with a sign or with your thumb out or ask drivers at the fuel station or restaurant. Normally it's no problem to get a ride to Karlsruhe; a big part of the traffic to Karlsruhe takes that route.

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