If not specifically indicated in our offer, the overall price of your reservation does not include a City Tax (tourist tax). For sojourns of 2 months or shorter the City of Cologne imposes a fee of 5% on the total amount for lodging (including VAT). If required verification from the City of Cologne is provided, business expenses are exempt. We refer to: Satzung zur Erhebung einer Kulturförderabgabe im Gebiet der Stadt Köln (Articles on the imposition of a City Tax (tourist tax) in the City of Cologne).
No, business travelers are exempt from Cologne City Tax if they provide the required forms (fully filled-in and signed) upon arrival. Otherwise, we must retain the Tax and forward it to the City of Cologne. You can download the necessary documents here:
(For employees only valid with proof of payment made by employer or confirmation form signed and stamped by the employer:
The City of Cologne website provides all necessary information at Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) about Tax for the Promotion and Advancement of Culture