Low-emission zone in Oberhausen

On 1 October 2008, Oberhausen was one of the first German cities to introduce a low-emission zone. In 2012, this zone was merged with the much larger low-emission zone of the Ruhr area. On this page, you can read all you need to know about the situation in Oberhausen. If you want to read more about the required emissions sticker, head over to the homepage. Will you also visit other cities during your trip to Germany? Then look at our list of all low-emission zones.

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Map of the low-emission zone in Oberhausen

map: Umweltzone in Oberhausen

The part of the low-emission zone of the Ruhr area that covers Oberhausen is shown on the map with orange. As you can see, the entire city center lies within the zone, as well as most suburbs and industrial areas. Neighboring cities such as Duisburg, Mülheim, Essen and Bottrop also lie in this zone. If you want to see a map of the entire zone, please have a look at our page about the Ruhr area.

Movie Park Germany, which is an important tourist attraction in Oberhausen, lies about 25 kilometer north of the city and is not shown on the map. To visit Movie Park Germany, an emissions sticker is not required.


An emissions sticker is also not required on German highways, as long as you do not leave them within the low-emission zone. Highways around Oberhausen are the A2, the A42 and the A516. If you use the B223 to get from the A42 to the A516 or the other way around, you also won’t need a sticker. Note that this exception is only valid for the small stretch of the B223 between these highways. On the map it is indicated with a blue line. If you continue on the B223, then an emissions sticker is required.

Parking outside the low-emission zone

Because Oberhausen lies in the middle of the low-emission zone of the Ruhr area, it is difficult to park outside the zone and then still reach the city center. You could park as close as you can get to Sterkrade (A on the map) and then take a tram, but you would still have to walk for about 30 minutes which is not ideal. Your best option is to simply buy an emissions sticker.

Which emissions sticker do you need in Oberhausen?

The green emissions sticker

You need the green emissions sticker in Oberhausen, which is the same color that you need everywhere else in the Ruhr area. Apart from older diesels, most vehicles that are on the road these days are eligible for the green sticker.

Where can you buy the German emissions sticker?

The quickest way to get your emissions sticker is to buy it online. Use our order form to place your order and upload the necessary copy of your vehicle registration certificate. Your sticker will then be issued within one working day, after which you will receive it by postal mail. Payment options include several credit cards and SEPA bank transfer.

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If you do not have time left to order your sticker online, you can still bring your vehicle registration certificate to companies such as DEKRA and TÜV. These are located all over Germany and can also issue the emissions sticker for you. Do check the opening times before you leave. During the weekends, many branches will only be open on Saturday morning. In German, the emissions sticker is called Umweltplakette.

What is there to see and do in Oberhausen?


CentrO and Sea Life in Oberhausen by Tuxyso (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Oberhausen is a large city in the Ruhr area with more than 200.000 inhabitants. Most important destinations for visitors from other countries are Moviepark Germany (outside the low-emission zone) and CentrO (inside the low-emission zone). CentrO is a large shopping mall close to the 117 meters high Gasometer, which is a former gas holder that now serves as an exhibition hall. Other attractions are Sea Life Center and the Rheinisches Industriemuseum.

Order the German emissions sticker

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