This is a spillover question from How to apply for a German Schengen visa, staying in a small hotel with no registration #

I need to get a Schengen visa to stay in Germany for 6 nights in mid-Rhineland area (Koblenz and vicinity). In Schengen visa application, there is a section for "reference" (german Referenz (Angaben zu einladender Person/Institution)), where you are supposed to put your hotel name, registry name (Name des Registers der Organisation) and number the hotel has in this particular registry (Registernummer). The registries proposed in the VIDEX form are:

  1. Gewerberegister
  2. Handelsregister
  3. Partnerschaftsregister
  4. Vereinsregister 5 Genossenschaftsregister
  5. Sonstige deutsche oder ausländische Register (other register)

I contacted 5 hotels in the area that I liked with the question:

Please provide me your registration number in Gewerberegister

One of them replied:

as singleowner of a Hotel are we not registered in the Gewerberegister

the others seemed to silently ignore my question.


  1. My understanding that almost every income producing entity has to be registered in Gewerberegister. How do I find this number for a hotel that I like?
  2. How do I locate a hotel that is willing to share this number? How do I even start to search for that?
  3. Is it possible to apply and successfully receive the visa if I do not know the hotel Gewerberegister (or other registers) number?
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    I checked my last application for Germany Schengen Tourist Visa, on VIDEX, I only answered 31a, b, c questions, with info from booking.com hotel booking confirmation, just hotel name, address, phone, email. And yes, I got visa, and visited and enjoyed :)
    – DavChana
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 20:25
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    1: I don’t think you can other than calling the respective town and asking them, while somehow proving that your request is legitimate. And since we are talking German civil servants do not expect their English to be good at all. 2: I wouldn’t have the slightest of clues. Larger companies are typically requested to publish their Handelsregisternummer in a number of areas (e.g. on their company letter paper or a website’s impressum) but I have never seen anybody give out their Gewerberegisternummer. In fact, I only learnt it existed thanks to the other question.
    – Jan
    Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 15:04
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    The hotel may be unwilling to share that information until and unless you have booked accommodation. My German hotel confirmation contained the very information you're asking for but I both booked and stayed there.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 17:45
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    @mzu being German I have no idea unfortunately. I only translated that text for you. But I'm glad you figured it out and it's not complicated.
    – simbabque
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 13:16
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    @simbabque, thanks, I appreciate your help. And I am looking forward to experience the beautiful valley of Rhine in Germany for the first time.
    – mzu
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 14:22

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Official reply from German mission in the USA:

You only need to enter the address of your hotel + phone no.

This answers #3, and makes #1 and #2 moot for the purpose of the question.

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