The tourist tax (kurtaxe) is usually known either as a city (stadt) or accommodation (unterkunft) tax. In Hamburg it is known as a culture and tourism tax (kulturförderabgabe) as the revenue is invested in cultural, tourism and sporting projects. Further information can be found in ETOA’s Germany tourist tax page.
VAT: 19% (reduced to 7% for hotels)
Fact sheet on VAT on international passenger transport services using buses or coaches that are not registered in Germany.
Access and Mobility
Real time road traffic information can be found via the following link: Verkehrsinformation
Information on low emissions zones in some cities can be found here.
These attractions are selected due to high demand and/or operational issues. If you think we should include others, please contact email@example.com.
Attractions located in Munich can be found here.
Attractions located in Berlin can be found here.
If you are a member attraction of ETOA and would like your attraction featured on this page, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about opening hours, current restoration work and directions can be found here and ticket information here. Tickets are sold by the Ticket center Hohenschwangau. The ticket office can be contacted on email: email@example.com.
Pre-booked tickets must be picked up only on the day of reservation minimum 1.5 hours in advance at the ticket centre. T&C here.
Guiding in Germany is not a regulated profession, so no prior declaration of certificate is needed when providing services here.
You can read more about EU guiding regulations here.
Please click on the right hand banner to read more about guiding regulations in Europe and the ETOA tour guide ID card.
Public holidays and opening hours
Germany has nine national holidays celebrated by all regions as well as up to four regional holidays, depending on each state. E.g. Berlin has recognised International Women’s day on 08 March as a public holiday and Bavaria has four regional holidays in addition to the nine national holidays. An overview of the regional holidays and variances between the states can be found here.
Germany’s shop closing law (ladenschlussgesetz) is the federal law regulating at which times retail stores are forced to be closed to the public. In general shops are not allowed to be open on Sundays and public holidays as well as on normal working days before 06:00 and after 20:00. Exceptions apply for kiosks, pharmacies and petrol stations, airports etc. and can vary depending on each state.
|1 January||Neujahrstag (New Year’s Day)|
|Variable||Karfreitag (Good Friday)|
|Variable||Ostermontag (Easter Monday)|
|1 May||Tag der Arbeit (Labour Day)|
|Variable||Christi Himmelfahrt (Ascension Day)|
|Variable||Pfingstmontag (Whit Monday)|
|3 October||Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day)|
|25 December||Weihnachtstag (Christmas day)|
|26 December||Zweiter Weihnachtsfeiertag (Boxing day)|
Events and seasonality
The German tourist board has a website dedicated to events. Some main events below:
|Munich||16/06-03/07 2020||Euro 2020 (football)|
|Leipzig||11/06-21/06 2020||Bach Festival|
|Cologne||24/02 yearly||Rose Monday Parade|
|Kreuzberg, Berlin||Yearly in June||Carnival of Cultures|
ETOA’s Senior Manager Jay Munro-Michell is focusing on developing the local membership base in Germany.
If you are experiencing operational issues in Germany or have any comments regarding the content of this page, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ETOA has a stand at ITB Berlin every year, members can co-exhibit with us for a fee. If you would like to know more about this and our presence at ITB Berlin, please click here.