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All you need to know for your school tripUseful Information

Before you leave on your trip, there is so much to plan and to know in advance. Let us help you by preparing the following things to make this task just a little easier:

  • Group Travel Catalogue
  • Cultural Tax Exemption
  • Cancellation Terms & Saving Tips
  • House Rules and Terms


kostenlose Gruppenreisekataloge zum BestellenGroup Travel Catalogue

Since planning travel for the next school trip begins anew each year, we would be delighted to welcome you again in one of our locations in the coming years. Our standards for teachers and students are the same in each of our locations and while remaining unmistakably unique!

You can ask for a group travel catalog  to be sent to you through the mail free of charge by going to groups@aohostels.com or you can view it online here.

Cultural Tax Exemption

In some A&O cities, there is a so-called cultural tax, also called tourist tax, for tourists.

Typisches Infoblatt für die jeweilige Kulturtaxe der StadtInformation about the Cultural Tax

The capital city of Berlin has a "tourist tax" or guest tax of 5% per day and per person added to the room accommodation rate (VAT charged in addition to the rate).

  • Berlin / Hamburg / Köln / Dortmund / Dresden / Graz / Weimar

In the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, there is the cultural and tourism tax, which is paid by each guest. The tax is measured by the net cost, which is paid per person for an overnight stay.

In the cities of Cologne and Dortmund the cultural tax is 5% of the accommodation amount (VAT charged in addition to the rate

The city of Dresden calculates its tax, currently at € 1,30 per person per night. Guests under 18 are exempt. City tax is not included in our prices and will be an additional charge upon check-in.

In Graz overnight guests pay a tourism tax of 1 Euro per day. 
In Weimar a cultural tax is charged. The current rate is up to 2 Euros per person per night.

Groups traveling with an educational mission and guests with professional travel backgrounds are exempted from tax (except in Dresden).

To receive this excemption, forms can be found under Downloads at the following website (to be filled out before travelling).


Cancellation Terms & Saving Tips

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If you need to cancel your class trip or other serious reasons exist, the following cancellation terms apply:

Groups up to 10* Persons:

- Up to 4 weeks prior to arrival, no charge.
- Up to 2 weeks prior arrival, 50% of the agreed total price.
- Up to 8 days prior to arrival, 75% of the agreed total price.
- From the 7th day prior to arrival, 90% of the agreed total price.

Groups from 11 to 20 Persons:

- Up to 9 weeks prior to arrival, no charge
- Up to 4 weeks prior arrival, 50% of the agreed total price.
- Up to 8 days prior to arrival, 75% of the agreed total price.
- From the 7th day prior to arrival, 90% of the agreed total price.
* Please refer to the maximum number of persons in the booking process


* Please refer to the maximum number of persons in the booking process.

CO2-Quiz für Schüler - Rabatt auf Klassenfahrt gewinnen

Of course, A&O offers all kinds of money-saving tips with which can help you design your class trip even more economically.

1)    Book online at www.aogroups.com. You will get the best group rate by booking directly with us. Other organizations may add extra charges for your trip.

2)    All You Can Eat-Breakfast Buffet is always included for groups.

3)    Sunday nights cost 25% less than the rest of the week.

4)    The enviornmentally concious travelers should try our CO2-Quiz.  Groups can test their knowledge and earn up to a 5% discount on your next class trip! We will also be happy to prepare a vegetarian menu as well. Kostenlose Nutzung der Tagungsräume für Sie und Ihre Klasse

5)    Meeting rooms are available for short daily meetings free of charge for groups. Teachers and their companions have a Special Guest Status. See:  Exclusive benefits for school groups

6)    The low season carries particular savings. Consider whether a trip in January-February or November-December is a possibility for you. It’s worth it: Less waiting times for attractions, great winter cultural programs and more availability in the category of your choice!

HausordnungHouse Rules and Terms

Usually on the day of check-in, the students have the house rules explained to them. Naturally, we’d like to give you the opportunity to inform your students – at best when they are all together, in the bus or train on the way to the hotel.

Attached you will find the link to our GTC as PDF files: http://www.aohostels.com/en/gtc

In the House Rules, you’ll find the most important points on the following subjects:
-    Smoking
-    Quiet hours
-    Alcohol
-    Pets
-    Damage to Property
-    Harassment
-    Security