Low-emission zone in Aachen

Since 1 February 2016, the city of Aachen has a low-emission zone within which an emissions sticker is necessary. On this page you can read everything you need to know about the low-emission zone of Aachen. Are you looking for other cities where an emissions sticker is needed? Then have a look at this list. If you want to know more about the emissions sticker itself, please look at the main page.

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Map of the low-emission zone in Aachen

map of the low-emission zone of Aachen

On the map above, the low-emission zone of Aachen is indicated with orange. This is the part of the city where you can only drive if your vehicle has an emissions sticker. Everything within the second ring road (L260) is part of the low-emission zone. This road is fairly easy to recognize, as it takes the names of various European capitals such as Pariser Ring, Amsterdamer Ring, Berliner Ring or Madrider Ring. The L260 itself is not part of the zone. To the north the low-emission zone extends beyond the second ring road up to the A4.


There are two exceptions within the low-emission zone of Aachen. The first is formed by the Hubert-Wiener-Straße and the Krefelder Straße, which allows you to easily drive from the A4 to the large P+R terrain next to the Tivoli stadium. On the map these two streets are indicated by the blue line. Here, as well as on the P+R terrain, an emissions sticker is not needed.

Another exception is the A544 which is a highway and is indicated on the map with a red line. Because by law highways in Germany can never be part of a low-emission zone, an emissions sticker is also not necessary on the A544. Useful this is not, because the highway ends in the middle of the city. Unless you use the roundabout at the end to return, you would need an emissions sticker as soon as you leave the highway.

Parking outside the low-emission zone

If you do not have an emissions sticker or if your vehicle is not eligible, then there are a few locations outside the low-emission zone where you can park. The first is the P+R terrain next to the Tivoli stadium (A on the map) which was mentioned above already. P+R Westfriedhof (B), P+R Waldfriedhof (C) and P+R Jülicher Straße (D) are other locations where you can park and from where you can take public transport to the city center.

Which emissions sticker do you need in Aachen?

The green emissions sticker

The green emissions sticker is needed if you want to drive within the low-emission zone of Aachen. If you do not have a sticker, or if your car has one of the older red or yellow stickers, you risk a fine of €100 and a scolding by the police.

Availability of the emissions sticker for Aachen

Just like elsewhere in Germany, it is fairly easy to buy an emission sticker in Aachen itself. It is available at vehicle inspection companies such as DEKRA and TÜV, but also at most larger car dealerships. Do keep in mind that you should buy the sticker before you enter the low-emission zone, as you are not allowed to drive within it without a sticker. It is also useful to have a look at the opening hours before you plan your trip. During the weekends, many vehicle inspection companies are only open on Saturday morning.

Order your emissions sticker

Another possibility to obtain your emissions sticker is to order it online using this form on our website. Your sticker will then be sent to your home address by mail. Depending on the country where you live, you will usually receive the sticker between two to seven days later. The advantage is that you can order the sticker before you leave and you won’t need to look for it during your trip to Germany. More information about the order process can be read in this FAQ.

Other low-emission zones in the vicinity

You will find a couple of other low-emission zones not far from Aachen. Closest is Eschweiler, about 15 kilometers to the east. If you continue your way in Germany, you will also find low-emission zones in Mönchengladbach, Neuss, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Bonn. Please keep this in mind when you also visit other cities than Aachen during your trip to Germany.

What is there to see and do in Aachen?

photo of Aachen

While Aachen is an shopping destination for people in Belgium and the Netherlands, it also is a city with quite a few tourist attractions. Most important of these is the cathedral of the city. In a past long gone this building was part of the palace of Charlemagne. Nowadays, it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the city center you will find numerous medieval buildings, such as the Rathaus, the Grashaus, the Granusturm and the Marschiertor. Other major attractions are the Karlsbrunnen and the Elisenbrunnen, thermal springs that exist since Roman times. The Carolus Termen is a large and modern mineral spa that was rebuilt in a marvelous Roman style.

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