Save 5 % City Tax in Cologne when travelling for business reasons

City Tax Cologne

Cologne imposed a so called “culture promotion tax” (city tax) on 1 December 2014.


  • Five percent of the gross cost of accommodation
    • Excludes breakfast
    • Excludes other services
  • Day rooms, no-show bookings, children, pets and students are also subject to the tax
  • A separate certification must be provided for each guest; group certifications (including employer certifications) are accepted very rarely
  • The certification must confirm that the stay “is strictly necessary for business reasons” (the statement should include the exact phrase “strictly necessary for business reasons”). The municipal authorities have decided that employer certifications that only include part of the phrase, e.g. “necessary for business reasons”, are not valid.

Get exempted as follows…

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Why can not we continue to offer this information for free?

Unfortunately, the previous financing via advertising and booking commission did not cover the costs incurred for operating the site. The alternative would have been to completely take the page off the net and leave you as a professional traveler. We therefore believe that the above pricing model provides a truly fair basis for access to our always-current “Library”. Depending on the booking constellation, you may have already paid for the costs after just one night.

We therefore hope for your understanding of this economically unavoidable step on our part. The above offer is for single users. Interested in a company access? Please contact us by e-mail:


Ihre Bettensteuerbefreiung auf Geschäftsreise

Bettensteuerbefreiung geht ganz einfach: Sie werden nur bei privat veranlassten Reisen fällig. Sobald Sie geschäftlich unterwegs sind, kann das Hotel von der Berechnung und Weiterleitung der örtlichen Steuer (City Tax) an die Kommune absehen.

ABER: Die Hotels sind durch die Städte angewiesen, die Steuer erst dann von der Zimmerrechnung zu nehmen, wenn eindeutig nachgewiesen ist, dass die Übernachtung beruflich bedingt ist.

Jede Stadt fordert andere Nachweise, deshalb sind Sie hier auf dieser Seite genau richtig. Sie finden hier stets aktuell alle Informationen und Vorlagen, die Sie in den einzelnen Städten steuerfrei schlafen lassen.