Yes, you will pay a hotel or local tax, but it’s not something you should worry too much about.
- See also: Accommodation in Vienna
The Ortstaxe tourist tax
The city of Vienna requires hotels, B&Bs and anyone offering any kind of temporary accommodation to charge you an Ortstaxe. Even if it’s just a tent or private apartment.
This Ortstaxe is a local tourist tax used to help finance the Vienna tourist board. Only a few exceptions apply, such as if you’re staying longer than three months or attending a Viennese university.
The rate at the time of writing is 3.2% of the accommodation cost (after taking off sales tax, the cost of breakfast and an 11% Ortstaxe-free amount).
To give you an idea of how much that works out to…if a hotel has a base charge of €100 per room per night (including sales tax but without breakfast), they’d charge around €2.52 in local tax.
The relatively small amount is one reason not to worry too much about the tax.
Another is that local law requires that the Ortstaxe cost and status is made clear in displayed prices, so you should always know where you stand.
In general, quoted prices you see on accommodation websites, for example, already include this tax. So you’re unlikely to get a surprise later.
In German, the designation “inkl. Ortstaxe” after a price indicates the tax is included in the price. In English, “incl. local tax” is the common translation used.
One thing to note, though, is that this local tax is regional, not national; different rules may apply outside of Vienna. For example, the province of Tirol charges a fixed sum per person and night that varies according to which region you’re in.