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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City Tax Berlin - Übernachtungsteuer - 5 %

  • Invoice issued to the employer to get exempted from the tax
  • City Tax Bonn - Beherbergungssteuer - 5 %

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

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

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

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

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in to get exempted from the tax.


  • City Tax Dresden - Beherbergungssteuer - 6.66 %

  • Written confirmation:

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

  • Written confirmation:

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

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

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

  • Written confirmation:

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

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in to get exempted from the tax.


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

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

  • Written confirmation:

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

  • Written confirmation:

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

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in to get exempted from the tax.
  • City Tax Kleve - Beherbergungssteuer - 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 to get exempted from the tax.
  • City Tax Köln/Cologne - Kulturförderabgabe - 5 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in to get exempted from the tax.


  • City Tax Königswinter - Beherbergungsabgabe - 5 %

  • Written confirmation:

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

  • Written confirmation:

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

  • Written confirmation:

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

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

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

  • Written confirmation:

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

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in to get exempted from the tax.


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

  • Written confirmation:

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

  • Written confirmation:

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

  • Written confirmation:

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

  • Written confirmation:

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

  • In Weimar the guests simply have to tell the hotel that they are staying for business reasons to get exempted from the tax.
  • City Tax Wismar - Übernachtungssteuer - 5 %

  • Written confirmation:

    Give the filled in documents to the hotel at check in to get exempted from the tax.