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Length: 520 km
Bundesländer: Saxonymarker

Direction: South-North
The Bundesstraße 96 (B 96) is a federal highway in Germany. It begins in Zittaumarker in the Saxonymarker, close to the border triangle between Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republicmarker, heads north through Berlinmarker and ends in Sassnitzmarker on the island of Rügenmarker in the Baltic Seamarker. Part of B 96 forms part of the European route E22.


Before the formation of the GDRmarker the highway was known as Reichstrasse 96.

The former F 96 was the longest road in the GDR and a major route in north-south direction. When the Berlin Wallmarker was built in 1961 the route of the F 96 was altered so that it went through Mahlowmarker just south East Berlin and Birkenwerdermarker just north of East Berlin. This section is now called B 96a. South of Berlin was the B 96 different from today's route at Klausdorfmarker Mellensee (both now at the municipality Mellensee) because of a diversion around Wünsdorf and Zossenmarker the site of the headquarters of the Supreme Command of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. In the 1960s and 1970s additions were made to the route between Greifswaldmarker and Stralsundmarker to bypass narrow cobblestone village streets and a new parallel route to the west was built to transport tourists to the island of Ruegenmarker.


In Berlin, the road runs in the north-south direction through the German capital. This is the route was completed on 26 March 2006 with the opening of the Tiergarten tunnel under the city district at Potsdamer Platzmarker and the government district.

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