Tourists have to pay higher taxes in Amsterdam than in other European cities. Now a bed tax is added in the city of the canals.
Already, Amsterdam visitors have to pay a tourist tax of seven percent of the hotel bill. But the short trip to the popular Dutch metropolis will now be more expensive by another levy. The city administration introduces a bed tax: Overnight guests have to pay three euros per night per guest.
Of this, Amsterdam expects annual additional revenue of around 100 million euros. Among other things, these should be invested in preserving the historical cityscape. The city plans to invest 289 million euros in the upkeep of countless bridges, canals, parks and streets over the next few years.
Amsterdam already has the highest tourist tax compared to other European tourist centers, lamented the Dutch Hotel and Restaurant Association. The tax should not be at the expense of hospitality, while many providers of accommodation through Airbnb, the accommodation broker, did not pay the tourist tax, which was also due to them.
No new hotels
Dutch cities have doubled their tourist taxes on average over the past ten years, the association said, suggesting that it would often simply squeeze the city treasury.
However, there are also other measures against overtourism – such as legal restrictions on new hotels or the rental of accommodation. In Amsterdam, for example, apartments can only be rented to tourists for a maximum of 30 days a year. In addition, no new hotels are being built in the city center.
Amsterdam has been groaning for a long time under a large rush of visitors. Last year, around 25 tourists came to one inhabitant. These include the canals and the red light district of De Wallen, which attract millions of visitors each year. For 2025, the Dutch capital expects 30 million guests.
Amsterdam is not alone with the problem. Even cities like Venice and Barcelona are struggling with mass tourism. How Europe’s cities fight against overcrowding, you will learn in this article.