I have no issue paying the tourist tax in Switzerland, the tourism industry & infrastructure there is fantastic so its money well spent and not a rip off at all. I’ll be returning to Switzerland later this year and more than happy to pay the tax, the best and most beautiful country in the world.
Edited: 11 January 2014, 10:46
i agree with Canswiss, Engadiner and JT14 – this is not a “rip off”. And when you book your hotel and get confirmation from them of the nightly rate the tax is clearly specified as “not included” in the rate. I am Swiss. I pay the tax when I go to stay in the Engadine… and when I lived in a resort I had to pay a global tourist tax on an annual basis to cover all the house guests I had in any year. As noted it helps develop and maintain infrastructure which all tourists use. so what is wrong with that?
FYI the USA now charges ALL citizens of the so-called “Visa Waiver countries” an upfront tourist tax when they get their ESTAs – so what is different from the tourist tax here?
I also don’t find the tourist tax unreasonable at all! You normally get some kind of pay-back in return, for instance in Montreux the Riviera Card. With the Riviera Card, you can use the local busses all day, and I normally use them 2 or 3 times a day, either from Territet to Vevey or from Villeneuve to Montreux, etc. A typical bus fare is 2,80, and the tourist tax, for instance at the 3-stay Hotel Masson, is 3 chf. You also get half off every ferry ride on the lake and half fare entrance at Chillon castle. It’s a bargain.
The Swiss tax rip-off. Anyone else fed up with it?