As officially recognised seaside bathing resorts, Ahlbeck, Heringsdorf and Bansin are authorised to levy a resort tax. Of course, this begs the question: What’s it for?
The proceeds of the resort tax may only be used for the maintenance of the resort activities, so the proceeds retroactively benefit visitors. Among other things, it is used to finance the free resort concerts, events and children’s programmes on the beach, in the concert pavilions, in the Haus des Gastes (Visitor Centre) in Bansin, in the Hans Werner Richter Haus, in the Villa Irmgard, in the Kaiserbädersaal (events auditorium), in the Art Pavilion and in the Chapeau Rouge theatre tent. In addition, the levy finances cleaning of the beach and the public toilets, upkeep of the promenade and the lifeguard service.
From 1 August 2018, the resort spa card will also be used on a trial basis as the KaiserbäderCard and thus as a ticket for the entire bus route network of the Usedomer Bäderbahn (UBB).
The travel card is valid both on the island of Usedom itself as well as in the municipal area of Wolgast and between Wolgast and Lubmin. It is therefore very practical for visitors wishing to travel between the “Kaiser resorts”. And it can also be used for longer excursions to see the many beautiful highlights of the island, such as on the tour on the Achterwasser (body of water separating the island from the mainland) on the trail of the sea eagle, or a tour of the Stettiner Haff calling in at picturesque fishing villages like Kamminke. The test phase of the KaiserbäderCard will run until 31 October 2018, with the permanent launch planned for 1 January 2019. Overnight guests will receive the card on payment of the resort tax to their host, day visitors from the tourist information offices in Heringsdorf, Bansin or Ahlbeck or from ticket machines on the promenade. Permanent residents use their annual resort card.
More information is available from the staff of the Tourist Information Offices.
This project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Operational Programme 2014-2020 – Investing in Growth and Employment
1 April to 31 October
1 November to 31 March
* Exemptions and concessions
(1) Children are exempted from the resort tax until the age of 10 (until their 10th birthday) subject to proof of their age.
(2) A concessionary rate of the resort tax is granted to children from the age of 11 (from the 1st day after their 10th birthday) until the age of 16 (until their 16th birthday) subject to proof of the age of the child.
Please note! From 01/02/2018, the conditions for exemption and concessionary rates will change.