Local taxes in Germany

What do I need to know?

Some cities and municipalities in Germany levy a local tax ("City Tax") on overnight stays. The name of the city taxes varies from city to city.

 

Other designations:

  • Übernachtungsteuer
  • Beherbergungsteuer
  • Tourismusbeitrag
  • Kultur- und Tourismustaxe
  • Kulturförderabgabe
  • Infrastrukturförderabgabe
  • Kurbeitrag

As a hotel operator, we are obliged by the cities to collect city tax from the guests and to pay it in full to the respective city.

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What does this mean for me?

If you stay in one of our hotels in the respective city for leisure purposes, city tax will be charged and must be paid by you. We show the city tax separately on our invoice.

 

In some cities there are exceptions (exemptions/reductions) for business travellers and/or minors. There are also exceptions for people with severe disabilities in some places.

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How do I prove that my stay is for business/professional reasons?

In many cities, you can be exempted from paying the city tax if you can prove that you are staying for business/ professional reasons. The proof requirements for this vary depending on the city. Please refer to the table below to find out in advance what proof is required and download the appropriate form, if necessary. Please be so kind and present the completed and signed form at check-in.

 

Berlin

Braunschweig

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Cologne

Darmstadt

  • City tax is payable by all travellers.

Dresden

  • City tax is payable by all travellers.

Dusseldorf

  • City tax is payable by all travellers.

Essen

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Frankfurt

  • No specific form required
  • During check-in, you must state whether your stay is for professional/business reasons. You must also provide your business address.

Freiburg

  • City tax is payable by all travellers.

Hamburg

  • City tax is payable by all travellers.

Hannover

  • City tax is payable by all travellers.

Heidelberg

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Heilbronn

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Karlsruhe

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Leipzig

  • City tax is payable by all travellers.

Lindau

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Luebeck

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Mannheim

  • From 01.03.2024, the city tax will be due for all travellers.

Munich

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Nuremberg

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Passau

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Regensburg

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Saarbruecken

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Stuttgart

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Wiesbaden

  • From 01.02.2024, the city tax will be due for all travellers.
  • During check-in, you must state whether your stay is for professional/ business reasons. You must also provide your business address.

Wolfsburg

  • Currently no city tax for guests.

Wuppertal

  • City tax is payable by all travellers.
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