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).
|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|
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.
In the end, you need to have a green badge. No other option.
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.
Other Green Zones Germany
- Environmental Zone Berlin
- Environmental Zone Bonn
- Environmental Zone Bremen
- Environmental Zone Cologne
- Environmental Zone Dresden and Hamburg
- Environmental Zone Düsseldorf
- Environmental Zone Erfurt
- Environmental Zone Essen
- Environmental Zone Frankfurt am Main
- Environmental Zone Hannover
- Environmental Zone Karlsruhe
- Environmental Zone Leipzig
- Environmental Zone Munich
- Environmental Zone Ruhrgebiet
- Environmental Zone Stuttgart
You can find out more information about environmental badges in the section Environmental Badge.