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.