Bundesstraße 7

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B7
Bundesstraße 7
Route information
Length: 530 km (330 mi)
Major junctions
West end: Dutch border at Venlo
East end: Rochlitz near Chemnitz
Location
States: North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Thuringia, Saxony
Highway system
  • Roads in Germany

The Bundesstraße 7 (abbreviated B 7) is a German federal highway (Bundesstraße) that stretches from the Dutch border at Venlo in the West to Rochlitz near Chemnitz in the East. It is approximately 530 km long. Because of its western origin some stretches of the B 7 are designated as "Holländische Straße" (Dutch Road), e.g., in Kassel and Calden.

History[edit]

The former Reichsstraße 7 extended from Schmölln over Meerane, Glauchau, Chemnitz and Freiberg to Dresden, where it linked with the Reichsstraße 6. The former portion between Chemnitz and Dresden is now called the Bundesstraße 173.

The segment between Wuppertal and Hagen was constructed in 1788, making it one of the oldest roads in western Germany. The stretch connecting Iserlohn and Menden was built between 1816 and 1817.

Between Eisenach and Erfurt the B 7 follows the path of the former Via Regia. The original plan marked Dresden as he eastern terminus, however this portion was completed during the Third Reich and called the Bundesstraße 173.

New Developments[edit]

In some areas the Bundesstraße 7 is replaced by Autobahns. For example, between Hagen-Hohenlimburg and the former autobahn terminus in the eastern city of Iserlohn the B 7 becomes the Bundesautobahn 46. Also, between Kassel and Eisenach the B 7 is slated to be replaced by the new Bundesautobahn 44, the first piece of which was opened at Hessisch Lichtenau was in October 2005. Environmental concerns have been raised about the project, as the autobahn is proposed to run through the national park Meißner-Kaufunger Wald.

Since August 2005 heavy transport vehicles have been banned from a 157 km stretch of the B 7. The ban applies for a year and is enforced between Kassel at the A 7 junction and Wehretal. Vehicles originating or ending in the Kassel area are exempt from the ban.

Route / Junctions[edit]

From Venlo
EU-Icon.svg (NL) border crossing
North-Rhine-Westphalia

replaced by

AB-AS-blau.svg (2) Kaldenkirchen

AB-AS-blau.svg (3) Kaldenkirchen-Süd
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Nettetal
AB-AS-blau.svg (7) Viersen
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Viersen
AB-AS-blau.svg (22) Neersen

replaced by


AB-AS-blau.svg (14) Büderich
AB-AS-gelb.svg Neuss
AB-AS-gelb.svg Düsseldorf
AB-AS-gelb.svg Düsseldorf-Oberkassel
AB-Brücke.svg Theodor-Heuss Bridge
AB-AS-gelb.svg Düsseldorf-Kennedydamm
Zeichen 310.svg
Düsseldorf-Mörsenbroich
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Düsseldorf-Düsseltal
Zeichen 310.svg
Düsseldorf-Grafenberg
AB-AS-blau.svg (18) Mettmann
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Wuppertal-Vohwinkel
AB-AS-blau.svg (11) Wuppertal-Dornap
Zeichen 310.svg
Wuppertal-Elberfeld-West
Zeichen 310.svg
Wuppertal-Elberfeld
Zeichen 310.svg
Wuppertal-Barmen
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Wuppertal-Oberbarmen
AB-AS-blau.svg (93) Wuppertal-Langerfeld
Zeichen 310.svg
Schwelm
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Ennepetal
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Gevelsberg
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Hagen
AB-AS-blau.svg (44) Hagen-Elsey

replaced by

AB-AS-blau.svg (45) Iserlohn-Letmathe
AB-AS-blau.svg (46) Iserlohn-Oestrich
AB-AS-blau.svg (48) Iserlohn-Seilersee

AB-AS-blau.svg (49) Hemer
Zeichen 310.svg
Hemer
Zeichen 310.svg
Menden (Sauerland)
Zeichen 310.svg
Wickede-Wimbern
AB-AS-blau.svg (62) Arnsberg-Neheim

replaced by


AB-AS-blau.svg (71) Bestwig
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Bestwig
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Brilon
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Marsberg
AB-AS-blau.svg (63) Marsberg
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Scherfede
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Warburg
Hesse
Zeichen 310.svg
Calden
AB-AS-gelb.svg Anschluss
AB-AS-gelb.svg Espenau
AB-AS-gelb.svg Vellmar
AB-AS-gelb.svg Nieder-Vellmar
Zeichen 310.svg
Kassel
Intersection (78) Kassel-Ost 3-way interchange
Zeichen 310.svg
Kaufungen
Zeichen 310.svg
Helsa
Zeichen 310.svg
Hessisch Lichtenau
AB-AS-blau.svg (76) Hessisch Lichtenau-Ost
AB-AS-blau.svg (77) Walburg-Ost
Zeichen 310.svg
Waldkappel
Zeichen 310.svg
Wehretal-Oetmannshausen
Zeichen 310.svg
Wichmannshausen
Zeichen 310.svg
Ringgau-Datterode
Zeichen 310.svg
Ringgau-Netra
Zeichen 310.svg
Ringgau-Rittmannshausen
Free State of Thuringia
Zeichen 310.svg
Ifta
AB-AS-gelb.svg Junction
Zeichen 310.svg
Creuzburg
Zeichen 310.svg
Krauthausen-Deubachshof
AB-AS-blau.svg (39a) Eisenach-West

Re-routed to the A4 since 2006, in 2011 the old A4 becomes the B7

AB-AS-blau.svg (39b) Eisenach-Mitte
AB-Brücke.svg Karolinen Valley Bridge 260 m
AB-AS-blau.svg (40a) Eisenach-Ost
AB-AS-blau.svg (40b) Wutha-Farnroda

Zeichen 310.svg
Wutha-Farnroda
Zeichen 310.svg
Gotha
AB-AS-blau.svg (13) Erfurt-Bindersleben
Zeichen 310.svg
Erfurt
AB-AS-gelb.svg Dittelstedt
AB-AS-gelb.svg Mönchenholzhausen
AB-AS-blau.svg (47a) Erfurt-Vieselbach
Zeichen 310.svg
Weimar
Zeichen 310.svg
Umpferstedt
Zeichen 310.svg
Jena
AB-AS-blau.svg (22) Eisenberg
Zeichen 310.svg
Eisenberg
Zeichen 310.svg
Bad Köstritz
Zeichen 310.svg
Gera-Langenberg
AB-AS-blau.svg (58) Gera
Zeichen 310.svg
Gera
AB-AS-blau.svg (60) Ronneburg
Zeichen 310.svg
Schmölln
Zeichen 310.svg
Altenburg
Free State of Saxony
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Frohburg
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Geithain
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Rochlitz

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