Bundesautobahn 26

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Bundesautobahn 26
Route information
Length50 km (30 mi)
StatesLower Saxony, Hamburg
Highway system
A 25A 27

Bundesautobahn 26 (translates from German as Federal Motorway 26, short form Autobahn 26, abbreviated as BAB 26 or A 26) is an autobahn in northwestern Germany. Construction of a first, 12 kilometres long section started 2002 and was opened on 23 October 2008.[1]

Opened section[edit]

The first section between Stade and Horneburg started construction in 2002. It was opened gradually between 5 August and 23 October 2008.

Part of the second section connecting Horneburg with Jork was finished mid 2014 but open only to west bound motor bikes and passenger cars since 28 November 2014 and east bound since 17 July 2015.


The remaining stretch of the second section is under construction and will further connect Jork with Buxtehude and cross the river Este. It is planned to open with the third section.

The third section will connect Buxtehude with Neu Wulmstorf/Rübke. First construction started 5 September 2013. It is planned to open by 2020. Due to the missing connection of the A26 towards A7 and Hamburg north bound on ramp and off ramp traffic is expected to harm Rübke and thus the ramp will not open until the connection is finished.

Planning phase[edit]

The fourth section is planned to connect Neu Wulmstorf with the A7 at a new interlink 'Hamburg-Süderelbe'. Start of construction is unknown.

A fifth section is planned to connect Stade with Drochtersen and the planned extension of the A20 across the river Elbe.

The so-called 'Hafenquerspange' is planned as an east–west connection south of the Elbe between A7, A253 and A1. It will involve a new bridge to replace the aging Köhlbrand Bridge.

Exit list[edit]

Intersection 3-way interchange Drochtersen (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg Drochtersen (planned)
Zeichen 365-58 - Toilette (600x600), StVO 2017.svg Kehdinger Land (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg Stade-Nord (planned)

AB-AS-blau.svg (2) Stade-Süd
AB-AS-blau.svg (3) Stade-Ost
AB-AS-blau.svg (4) Dollern
AB-Fluss.svg Lühe 176 m
AB-AS-blau.svg (5) Horneburg
AB-AS-blau.svg (6) Jork
AB-Brücke.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Este
AB-AS-blau.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Buxtehude (under construction)
AB-AS-blau.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Neu Wulmstorf (under construction)

AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Kreuz Hamburg-Süderelbe (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg Hamburg-Hafen-Süd (planned)
AB-Brücke.svg Süderlbebrücke 400 m (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg Hamburg-Hohe Schaar (planned)
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Kreuz Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg-Süd (planned)
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Kornweide 900 m (planned)
Intersection 3-way interchange Hamburg-Stillhorn (planned)


  1. ^ A 26-Abschnitt wird eingeweiht (in German), Hamburger Abendblatt, 2008-10-04, archived from the original on 2011-04-02, retrieved 2009-08-23

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