Low-emission zone in Heidelberg

Heidelberg is one of the cities in Germany with a low-emission zone where an emissions sticker is required for most motorized vehicles. The low-emission zone was introduced on 1 January 2010. Below you can read all you need to know about the situation in Heidelberg. If you also will travel to other German cities, please look at this list of all low-emission zones in Germany. On this page you can read more about the emissions sticker and which vehicles are eligible.

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Map of the low-emission zone in Heidelberg

map: Umweltzone in Heidelberg

The low-emission zone of Heidelberg is indicated with orange on the map above. This is the part of the city that you can only enter with an emissions sticker. The low-emission zone includes the historical city center, most residential areas to the south and a large part of Heidelberg that lies north of the Neckar. Eppelheim, the large industrial area next to it and the campus of the university of Heidelberg lie outside the low-emission zone.


The low-emission zone of Heidelberg has a few important exceptions. First of all, a sticker is never required on the roads that follow the banks of the river. On the southern bank this is the B37 to Mannheim and on the northern bank this street is called Uferstraße. A third exception is the Berliner Straße which turns into the B3 north of the city. All these streets are shown with blue lines on the map.

Parking outside the low-emission zone

Heidelberg is one of the few Germany cities where they kept tourists in mind when they introduced the low-emission zone. Along the river, there are several large parking terrains that can be reached from the either the B37 or the Uferstraße, which means that you do not need an emissions sticker. From there you can simply walk into the historical city center. The castle of Heidelberg just east of the city center has its own parking terrain which also lies outside of the low-emission zone. On the map, these parking terrains are indicated with the letter P. If you just follow the river, they are impossible to miss.

Which emissions sticker do you need in Heidelberg?

The green emissions sticker

As in most German cities nowadays, it is the green emissions sticker that is compulsory. Without this sticker or with one of the older yellow or red stickers, you risk a fine of €100 if you drive within the low-emission zone.

Availability of the emissions sticker for Heidelberg

The emissions sticker can be bought all over Germany at vehicle inspection companies as well as at most larger car dealerships. Ask for an Umweltplakette and take your vehicle registration certificate with you. Also, make sure you buy your emissions sticker before and not after you drive into the low-emission zone of Heidelberg. The sticker is generally not available at gas stations along the highway, unless there is an inspection station attached to it.

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Alternatively, it is possible to order your emissions sticker online. For this a copy of your registration certificate is required too, which can be uploaded on the order form. The sticker will then be sent to your postal address, so do take into account that it may take several days before it arrives. Payment options include most common credit cards, SEPA bank transfer and Apple Pay.

What is there to see and do in Heidelberg?


Heidelberg is a major tourist destination in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The ruins of the Heidelberger Schloß on a hill 80 meters above the historical city center are the main reason for this. Once this was one of the largest and most famous castles of Europe. Another attraction is the university of Heidelberg, which was founded in 1386 and is the oldest university in Germany. Several buildings of the university have been opened to the public. In the historical city center you can see numerous baroque buildings, old church towers, narrow alleys and well preserved city gates.

Order the German emissions sticker

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