Save 5 % City Tax when stay­ing in Koenig­swinter for busi­ness reasons

City Tax Königswinter

Koenig­swinter imposed a cul­ture pro­mo­tion tax on 1 July 2016. Trav­el­ling for busi­ness reas­ons is exempted.

  • Five per­cent of the gross cost of accommodation 
    • Excludes break­fast
    • Excludes oth­er services
  • Day rooms, no-show book­ings and chil­dren are also sub­ject to the tax
  • A sep­ar­ate cer­ti­fic­a­tion must be provided for each guest; but: the addi­tion­al employ­er cer­ti­fic­a­tions can be provided on one page includ­ing name, date of birth and date of arrival and depar­ture of all travellers
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Get exemp­ted as follows…


      • You must ALSO sub­mit the fol­low­ing doc­u­ment­a­tion as an “attache­ment” to the certification:


    • Stamp and sig­na­ture from the employ­er in the spe­cif­ic field of the self-certification-form


    • 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”!)
      • An employ­er cer­ti­fic­a­tion has to be com­pleted for EACH employ­ee and for EVERY stay and MUST be writ­ten in Ger­man. Koenig­swin­ters muni­cip­al author­it­ies do accept group cer­ti­fic­a­tions stat­ing every guest with name, date of birth and date of arrival and depar­tuer. (Ger­man: “Der Aufenthalt ist zwin­gend beru­f­lich erforderlich.”)


    • If the book­ing is made via a “busi­ness portal” then there is no require­ment for con­firm­a­tion from employ­er, as long as the text of the book­ing con­firms that the book­ing was made by the employ­er and that it is strictly neces­sary for busi­ness reasons


    • If the book­ing is made by the employ­er and the text says that the stay is strictly neces­sary for busi­ness reas­on, no fur­ther doc­u­ment­a­tion is required. (Must be writ­ten in Ger­man: “Der Aufenthalt ist zwin­gend beru­f­lich erforderlich.”)


    • If the book­ing is paid by the employ­er AND the invoice is issued to the name of the employ­er no fur­ther doc­u­ment­a­tion is neccesary.


  • A copy of an accred­it­a­tion doc­u­ment for a con­gress, sem­in­ar, trade fair etc. (writ­ten in German)

Freel­an­cers, self-employed indi­vidu­als and contractors:

    • Com­plete the self-cer­ti­fic­a­tion for freel­an­cers and the self-employed –>  Down­load Bes­chein­i­gung Königswinter
      • All the details on the form includ­ing tax num­ber must be com­pleted. If you do not want to provide this inform­a­tion to the hotel for data pro­tec­tion reas­ons, then you must pay the tax.
      • No fur­ther doc­u­ment­a­tion is required. Koenig­swin­ters muni­cip­al author­it­ies reserve the right to check the details provided.

Cer­ti­fic­a­tions are always val­id one stay only. If you depart fri­day and return on monday then a new cer­ti­fic­a­tion has to be giv­en to the hotel.

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.