|Length:||550 km (340 mi)|
|States:||Lower Saxony, Bremen, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony|
In the days of East Germany the section on GDR territory was known as the F6 (Fernverkehrsstraße 6 or "trunk road"). In this road lay inside the town area of Dresden the headquarters of VEB Tabakkontor Dresden, a tobacco firm, nowadays known as Yenidze. This led to the urban myth that the road had given its name to the cigarette brand, f6.
As a result of the opening of the A 27 motorway between Cuxhaven and Bremen-Nord (formerly Bremen-Burglesum) in the mid- to late-1970s the B6 was replaced by the A 27. Until that point the B6 had linked the two cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven in the state of Bremen and also connected them to Cuxhaven.
The old route in Cuxhaven from the start (Poststraße/Deichstraße crossroads), apart from the Rohdestraße as far as the branch to the motorway slip road at Altenwalde junction ws renamed the B73. The rest of the route to Bremen, with the exception of a short section in Bremerhaven, was downgraded to Landesstraße 135.
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