Guests pay visitor's tax. What for?

The tourist tax is used to promote tourist facilities and development. Lenk-Simmental Tourism (LST) and the municipality(ies) continuously invest in the tourist offer in order to maintain it at the highest possible standard. In addition to ordinary tax revenue, this offer is also financed by visitor's taxes. The tourist tax is used in accordance with the law in the interests of those paying the tourist tax. In particular, it is used to finance the following three areas:

  • Information service
  • Entertainment on site
  • Construction and operation of facilities for tourism, culture and sport

In its annual report, LST provides detailed information on the use of the funds made available to it.

Where does the visitor's tax money actually go?

Specifically, the income from visitor's taxes in the destination Lenk-Simmental is used for tasks that benefit guests directly and indirectly. Here are the most important examples: Information, entertainment and events, infrastructure and SIMMENTAL CARD guest card services. The following list is not exhaustive.


  • Brochures such as "Winter Experiences", "Hiking and Experiences on the Mountain" (summer panorama), "Guest Card Experiences"
  • Operation of the website lenk-simmental.ch
  • Tourist office in Lenk with advice at the counter, by email, telephone, Whatsapp
  • Newsletter for subscribers, (S)Immer Aktuell, social media platforms incl. image and film content creation, journalist service for online, print, radio and TV stations in Switzerland and abroad
  • Information service for service partners in the destination

Animation and events

Numerous events are supported financially or with personnel.

  • Children's program summer and autumn holidays
  • Children's program 1st August
  • Guest aperitif
  • Jazz Days Lenk
  • Simmental Beer Festival
  • Midsummer Festival
  • Openair Cinema
  • Alpine Festival
  • International Sled Dog Race
  • Snow sports show


The funds flow into the maintenance or development of the listed offers. Guests can use these facilities and offers - free of charge or at a reduced price.

  • Winter hiking trails
  • Cross-country ski trail
  • Hiking trails (e.g. renovation and staging of Wallbach Gorge)
  • Mountain bike trails (principle of coexistence with hiking, trial operation)
  • TEC (tennis, ice rink, curling)
  • AlpKultur® Lenkerseeli playground
  • Climbing hall
  • Wallbach adventure pool
  • Village beautification with flagging

Guest card

  • Free use of train and bus lines in Simmental & Saanenland
  • Discounted offers with the guest card
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