Save 5 % City Tax in Bremerhaven when travelling on business purpose

Tourist tax in Bremerhaven – city tax

Bremen und Bremerhaven introduced a tourist tax on 1 April 2012, which was amended on 1 January 2013.


  • 5 % of the net room rate
  • Children are exempt
  • The tax is applied for a maximum of seven consecutive nights. Further nights (consecutive and at the same hotel) are not subject to the tax.
  • A separate certification must be provided for each guest; group certifications are not accepted
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Get exempted as follows…

A separate certification has to be completed for each stay in Bremen und Bremerhaven that is necessary for business reasons, and for each guest:

  • Invoice issued to the employer or
  • Employer certification using an official template: download here (only available in German)
    • Contents must be: Name and address of the employer, name of the employee, date of stay and the reason for the stay
Freelancers, self-employed individuals and contractors:
  • Complete the self-certification using an official template –> download hier (only available in German)
    • No further documentation is required. The municipal authorities reserve the right to check the details provided.
  • The certification is always valid for one stay; if you depart on a Friday and return on a Monday, then a new certification has to be submitted to the hotel.
  • Applications for subsequent refunds must be submitted to the municipal authorities within four months of the end of the stay.

Your city tax exemption on business trips

City tax exemption is quite simple: the taxes are only due for privately arranged trips. As soon as you are traveling for business reasons, the hotel can refrain from calculating and forwarding the city tax to the municipality.

BUT: The hotels are instructed by the cities to take the tax from the room bill only if it is clearly proven that the stay is for business reasons.

Every city demands different documents, so you are exactly right here on this page. Here you will always find current information and templates that allow you to sleep tax-free in each city.