Low-emission zone in Recklinghausen

If you visit the city of Recklinghausen by car, you will need a German emissions sticker. On this page we tell you everything you need to know about the low-emission zone of Recklinghausen. Will you also visit other German cities, then look at this list of all low-emission zones. More about which vehicles are eligible for the emissions sticker is explained on the homepage.

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Map of the low-emission zone in Recklinghausen

map: Umweltzone in Recklinghausen

Within the orange area on the map, an emissions sticker is compulsory for most motorized vehicles. As you can see, almost the entire city center of Recklinghausen lies within this low-emission zone. The L511 forms the border of the zone north of the center. In the east it cuts through the residential areas. To the west and south, the low-emission zone continues as the larger, continuous low-emission zone of the Ruhr area. Please look at our page of the Ruhr area for a map of this entire zone.


As anywhere in Germany, you do not need an emissions sticker on the highways in Recklinghausen. If you enter and leave the low-emission zone on either the A2 or A43, an emissions sticker is not required. You will not receive a fine even if you drive a very old and polluting diesel car.

Parking outside the low-emission zone

If however, you need to be in Recklinghausen and you do not have a vehicle that is eligible for the emissions sticker, then it will be difficult to reach the city center. Unlike other large cities in the region, Recklinghausen does not have an extensive S-Bahn which you can use. You could park outside the low-emission zone and continue on foot, but depending on your destination you would have to walk very far. One slightly easier possibility is to park in Haltern, a small city about 15 km north of Recklinghausen. From here you can take a train.

Which emissions sticker do you need in Recklinghausen?

The green emissions sticker

As everywhere in the Ruhr area, you need the green emissions sticker in Recklinghausen. Most vehicles with electric engines, petrol engine and hybrid engines, as well as newer diesel engines are eligible for this green sticker.

Where can you buy the German emissions sticker?

The easiest way to buy your German emissions sticker is online. You will need to submit a copy of your vehicle registration certificate for this, of which you can see examples on our order form. Just select the country where your vehicle is registered from the menu. After you place your order, the emissions sticker will be issued within one working day and then sent to your address by mail. Payment options include most common credit cards and SEPA bank transfer.

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If you are in Germany already, you can still purchase an emissions sticker at vehicle inspection companies and many larger car dealerships. Take your vehicle registration certificate with you and ask for an Umweltplakette, as the emissions sticker is called in German. Make sure to check the opening times beforehand, especially during the weekend. The emissions sticker cannot be bought at gas stations along the highway.

What is there to see and do in Recklinghausen?


Photo of Recklinghausen by Nordenfan (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Recklinghausen has more than 100.000 inhabitants and even though it shares the industrial history of other cities in the Ruhr area, you will find a beautiful historic center with some nice architecture here. The city also offers a few interesting museums, such as the Postgeschichtliches Museum Recklinghausen about the history of the German postal service and the Ikonen-Museum Recklinghausen with Greek Orthodox art.

Order the German emissions sticker

Order your sticker

Order the official German emissions sticker, now for only €15,95 including VAT and delivery costs.

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