City Taxes in Germany

Increasing numbers of German municipalities are following the example of cities around the world by imposing an accommodation tax on visitors who stay in the city for personal reasons. The courts have repeatedly ruled that accommodation for business purposes is completely exempt from such taxes.

That means business travellers can save up to 7.5 percent on the cost of accommodation – depending on the city. As a business traveller you can secure an exemption from such taxes - sometimes just by issueing the invoice to your employer, sometimes an official document has to be filled in.

This website will help you achieve an exemption with a secure legal basis. It offers short explanations and current templates of the necessary documents to verify that your stay is for business reasons.

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Berlin - Übernachtungsteuer - City Tax - 5 %

  • Invoice issued to the employer
  • Bonn - Beherbergungssteuer - City Tax - 5 %

  • Invoice issued to the employer
  • Bremen - Tourismusabgabe - City Tax - 1 to 3 € per guest and night

  • Invoice issued to the employer
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    Bremerhaven - Tourismusabgabe - City Tax - 1 to 3 € per guest and night

  • Invoice issued to the employer
  • Dahlem - Übernachtungsabgabe - City Tax - 1 € per guest and night

  • Booking made by the employer
  • Damp - Übernachtungsteuer - City Tax - 1 to 2 € per guest and night

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.


  • Dresden - Beherbergungssteuer - City Tax - 6.66 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Dortmund - Beherbergungsabgabe - City Tax - 7.5 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Eisenach - Tourismusförderabgabe - City Tax - 1 to 2 € per guest and night

  • Written confirmation: Download Formular Tourismusförderabgabe Eisenach
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    Erfurt - Kulturförderabgabe - City Tax - 5 %

  • Written confirmation: Download Formular Kulturförderabgabe Erfurt
  • Flensburg - Flensburg - City Tax - 1.50 € to 4 € per guest and night

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Freiburg - Übernachtungssteuer - City Tax - 5 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.


  • Gera - Übernachtungssteuer - City Tax - 1 to 2 € per guest and night

  • Invoice issued to the employer
  • Hamburg - Kultur- und Tourismustaxe - City Tax - 1 € per room costs of 50 €

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Hürtgenwald - Übernachtungssteuer - City Tax - 1 € per room costs of 20 €

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
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    Kirchheim (Hessen) - Übernachtungssteuer - City Tax - 1 € to 1.50 € per guest and night

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Kleve - Beherbergungssteuer - City Tax - 5 %

  • Written self-confirmation for freelancers: Download Formular Kleve
  • Written self-confirmation for employees: Download Formular Kleve
  • PLUS
  • Attachment:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Köln/Cologne - Kulturförderabgabe - City Tax - 5 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.


  • Königswinter - Beherbergungsabgabe - City Tax - 5 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Lautertal (Hessen) - Tourismusfördersteuer - City Tax - 1 € to 3 € per guest and night

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Lüneburg - Beherbergungssteuer - City Tax - 4 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in. In case you are an employee the employer has to fill in the document.
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    Münster - Beherbergungsteuer - City Tax - 4.5 %

  • Written self-confirmation: Download Formular Münster
  • PLUS (for employees):
  • Attachment:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Nideggen - Übernachtungssteuer - City Tax - 5 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Potsdam - Übernachtungssteuer - City Tax - 5 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.


  • Rheinhausen (Breisgau) - Übernachtungsteuer - City Tax - 5 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Saalburg-Ebersdorf - Kulturförderabgabe - City Tax - 1 € per guest and night

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Schwerin - Übernachtungssteuer - City Tax - 5 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
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    Überlingen - Kurtaxe - City Tax - 1.10 € to 2 € per guest and night

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.
  • Weimar - Kulturförderabgabe - City Tax - 0.75 € to 2 € per guest and night

  • In Weimar the guest simply has to tell the hotel whether they are staying for business or personal reasons.
  • Wismar - Übernachtungssteuer - City Tax - 5 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in.