Health Resort Tax

Concerts, lecture series, beach gymnastics, children’s entertainment: the list of services funded with these revenues is long.

One for all and all for one.

A health resort tax? Yes, please!

Since 1900, a health resort tax – called Kurtaxe in those early days – has enabled Sylt’s visitors to benefit from a wide range of cultural, health and sports events at a reduced rate, in many cases even for free.
Concerts, lecture series, beach gymnastics, children’s entertainment: the list of services funded with these revenues is long.

Plus, the island needs many helping hands to keep the 25 miles of beaches clean and tidy, and certain stretches of beach are watched over by lifeguards trained to provide first aid when required. The costs of these services are also covered by the health resort tax.

The daily rate charged varies depending on the municipality’s statutes and is calculated according to the number of visitors, their age, and the duration and period of their stay. All visitors receive a visitor’s card, permitting you to make use of the services offered within the resort and admitting you to all of the island’s beaches.

You’ll find further information in your accommodation or at your resort’s tourist authority.

Tip:
Many of Sylt’s hotels and guesthouses offer an especially convenient service to their guests by issuing the visitor’s card themselves. This saves you precious time, which you can spend taking a walk on the beach instead!