There are no strict rules for starting a hotel business in Germany. Anyone can be a hotelier even without vocational training or a proper degree. However, owning a hotel in Germany is not so simple, there are certain requirements that must be met.
In this article of Wise Business Group (WBG), we will explain the hotel business in Germany, its licenses, and its requirements.
The German Tourism Association defines a hotel as a type of accommodation facility with the following characteristics:
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Although there is no specific requirement for hotel management in Germany, it is highly recommended to have enough work experience in the tourism industry before starting your business.
In the hotel and catering industry in Germany, in addition to previous knowledge and experience, it is necessary to comply with some important legal regulations as follows:
Hotel rooms should also have certain minimum conditions and facilities. Besides, you may need a restaurant license.
One of the facilities that the hotel can offer to its guests or passers-by is a restaurant or a place to serve food and drinks.
According to the second section of the catering Act in Germany, a restaurant license is required for all hotels. Although, this rule only applies if you use alcohol in your hotel restaurant.
Otherwise, you can offer food and drink to your guests and you do not need to apply for a restaurant license, only business registration suffices.
If you want to apply for a restaurant license, you must provide additional documents along with your application to register a business in Germany:
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According to the law, following hygiene regulations is essential in a hotel, especially in rooms, kitchens, and public areas. Required hygiene measures in a hotel in Germany are:
In addition, your hotel staff must be trained in hygiene rules and regulations. Appropriate training courses for hotel and catering employees in Germany are usually offered by health officials.
Depending on the considered hotel to start your business, the following points may be helpful:
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