Bundesstraße 6

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B6
Bundesstraße 6
Route information
Length: 550 km (340 mi)
Major junctions
 
Location
States: Lower Saxony, Bremen, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony
Highway system
  • Roads in Germany

The Bundesstraße 6 (abbr. B6) runs from the North Sea coast in a southeasterly direction through the states of Lower Saxony, Bremen, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony to the Polish border.

History[edit]

1989: Human chain along the Fernverkehrsstraße 6 in Dresden-Bühlau.

The former Reichsstraße 6 ran from Görlitz via Hirschberg and Schweidnitz to Breslau and from there via Oelsas far as the old Polish border near Groß Wartenberg.

Between Leipzig and Görlitz the B6 largely follows the historic course of the Via Regia (apart from the ring roads around Meißen, Dresden and Bischofswerda).

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.

The B6 in Garbsen
The B6 in Garbsen

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