Save the city tax in Ham­burg when trav­el­ling on busi­ness purpose

City Tax Hamburg

Ham­burg imposed a cul­ture and tour­ism tax in the form of a loc­ally applic­able expendit­ure tax on 1 Janu­ary 2013. Trav­el­ling for busi­ness reas­ons is exempt.

  • The tax is billed per guest and night, depend­ing on the net nightly cost of the accom­mod­a­tion (exclud­ing break­fast and oth­er services): 
    • Net nightly cost of accom­mod­a­tion of up to €10.00: €0.00
    • Net nightly cost of accom­mod­a­tion of up to €25.00: €0.50
    • Net nightly cost of accom­mod­a­tion of up to €50.00: €1.00
    • Net nightly cost of accom­mod­a­tion of up to €100.00: €2.00
    • Net nightly cost of accom­mod­a­tion of up to €150.00: €3.00
    • The tax increases in incre­ments of €1.00 for each €50.00 increase in the net nightly cost of accommodation
  • Chil­dren and stu­dents, and stays in hotels that bill by the hour, are also sub­ject to the tax at the rates lis­ted above
  • A sep­ar­ate cer­ti­fic­a­tion must be provided for each guest; group cer­ti­fic­a­tions are not accepted
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Befreiungs­mög­lich­keiten zur Übernachtungssteuer…


  • Invoice issued to AND pay­ment by the employ­er or
  • Book­ing by a rep­res­ent­at­ive of the employ­er or
  • Inform­al employ­er cer­ti­fic­a­tion con­firm­ing that the stay “is strictly neces­sary for busi­ness reas­ons” (the state­ment should include the exact phrase “strictly neces­sary for busi­ness reas­ons”) or
  • Employ­er cer­ti­fic­a­tion using the offi­cial tem­plate: down­load –> here

Freel­an­cers, self-employed indi­vidu­als and contractors::

  • Com­plete the self-cer­ti­fic­a­tion using the offi­cial tem­plate –> down­load here
    • 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.
The statue does not allow for sub­sequent refunds to the guest. If the guest refuses to inform the hotel about the reas­on for their stay for data pro­tec­tion reas­ons, then they must pay the tax.

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.