Green Zones Germany

What German cities are you required to have an environmental badge?

What type of an environmental badge is needed in order to enter the particular city? Please read below.

You can learn more information about types of environmental badges in the section Types of Environmental Badges.

The obligation to mark your vehicle with an environmental badge was established in the following German cities (the list also states a date from which the obligation came into force in the particular city).

Green Zones Germany - Map

1 January 2008 Berlin, Hannover, Cologne
12 January 2008 Dortmund
1 March 2008 Ilsfeld, Leonberg, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Stuttgart, Tübingen
1 January 2008 Pleidelsheim
1 October 2008 Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Gelsenkirchen, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Munich, Oberhausen, Recklinghausen
1 January 2009 Bremen, Heilbronn, Herrenberg, Karlsruhe, Mühlacker, Pforzheim, Ulm
15 February 2009 Düsseldorf, Wuppertal
1 July 2009 Augsburg
1 November 2009 Neu-Ulm
1 January 2010 Bonn, Freiburg im Breisgau, Heidelberg, Münster, Pfinztal
4 January 2010 Osnabrück
15 February 2010 Neuss
1 January 2011 Krefeld
1 March 2011 Leipzig
1 July 2011 Markgrönningen, Dinslaken
1 January 2011 Magdeburg, Halle/Saale
1 January 2012 Freiberg am Neckar, Urbach, Heidenheim
1 January 2012 Ruhrgebiet: Bochum, Bottrop, Castrop-Rauxel, Dortmund, Duisberg, Gelsenkirchen, Gladbeck, Herne, Herten, Mülheim/Ruhr, Oberhausen, Recklinghausen
1 October 2012 Erfurt
1 January 2013 Landkreis Ludwigsburg (Asperg, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Freiberg am Neckar, Großingersheim, Kornwestheim, Ludwigsburg, Markgröningen, Möglingen, Pleidelsheim, Tamm), Langenfeld, Mönchengladbach, Remscheid
1 February 2013 Wiesbaden, Mainz
2 April 2013 Wendlingen
1 July 2013 Schramberg
2 December 2013 Leonberg/Hemmingen und Umgebung (Leonberg, Hemmingen, Ditzingen, Gerlingen, Korntal-Münchingen, Schwierberdingen)
1 January 2015 Offenbach, Siegen
2015 Darmstadt

 

Generally, most cities require a green badge. On our website you can find detailed information about two most visited German cities, Berlin and Munich.

Berlin Green Zone

Berlin introduced an obligation to acquire an environmental badge for your vehicle on 1st January 2008. From this date only vehicles marked with a green, yellow or red badge are allowed to enter the environmental zone established in Berlin. A year later, on 1st January 2009, only vehicles marked with a green or yellow badge could enter the city and from 1st January 2010 all vehicles must acquire a green badge prior to entering this environmental zone. The exception applies only to German vehicles which were allowed to enter with a yellow badge until 31st December 2014.

Munich Green Zone

Munich, similarly to Berlin, first introduced the obligation to mark a vehicle with a green, yellow or red badge prior to entering the environmental zone which was established on 1st October 2008. Two years later, on 1st October 2010, all vehicles passing through this city had to be marked with only a green or yellow badge and from 10th January 2012, only vehicles with a green badge are allowed to enter.

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