Hot Dog-Friendly Destinations in Europe

By Perrin Carrell

Traveling in Europe can be amazing, exhilarating, and even life-changing. But it can also be… hard. And, if you’re anything like me, you think that traveling with your dog is half the fun!

You don’t want to leave your pup at home, and you don’t want to make too many sacrifices on your trek. So what do you do?

For my money, the first and most important step is to travel to cities that are just inherently dog friendly. Not only will your pooch be better-received in general, but these places typically have a lot more dog-friendly attractions that you can check out with your furry friend.

What are some awesome, dog-friendly cities in Europe? Check it out.

Paris

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Paris has a virtually world-famous dog culture. It’s common to walk down a street and see dogs lounging at cafes alongside their owners. All shops and restaurants have their own rules, of course, but many venues are totally dog-friendly.

The Parisians also make it pretty easy to get around: if you’ve got a small pup, you can take her on the Metro system if she fits in a bag, and transportation services like Taxi Dog make getting around the city easy even if you don’t want to take public transport.

Dog-friendly attractions to check out:

Amsterdam

Amsterdam as a reputation for… well… lots of things, but did you know that one of them was for being a city that absolutely adores dogs? It’s true.

It’s a super dog-friendly place, and lots of attractions have sections specifically for dog owners and non-dog owners—mostly to keep kids safe. This is especially true in parks, but it’s true for cafes and restaurants as well, where dog owners often sit outside with their pups.

Places to check out:

  • Oosterpark. This a big, municipal park located in East Amsterdam. It was built in 1855 and features some great sculptures and monuments.
  • Rederij Paping Tours. This awesome little service offers custom tours through Amsterdam and allows you take your dog on most of them.

London

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For as big and busy as London is, it’s remarkably friendly to dogs. Most notably, London is one of the few cities that allows dogs of all sizes on public transit—so whether you’ve got a Shih Tzu or a Great Dane, as long as they’re leashed, you can take them on the train.

There’s also loads of dog-friendly hotel accommodation here, and we’re not talking motels. Some of the premier hotels in London welcome dogs. (See TripAdisor’s list of pet friendly hotels)

Places to check out:

  • Marble Mill House. This is a Palladian villa built in 1724 in Twickenham. It’s a super-cool attraction with lots of history, and they allow dogs in most areas as long as they’re leashed.
  • Bushy Park. At over 1,000 acres, this massive park is home to over 300 deer, which you’ll see walking pretty much all over the place.

Berlin

Berlin is a Mecca of sorts for the entire dog species. Dogs didn’t originate in Berlin, but the Germans produced some of the world’s most famous breeds.  Most cafes in Germany are pet-tolerant, although you typically have to leash your dog outside.

While some of the city’s transportation systems aren’t ideal for big dogs, small dogs will be right at home. In particular, dogs who can fit in the basket of a bike will probably have the best experience, since biking is one of the most prominent forms of transportation in Berlin.

Places to check out:

  • The Berlin Wall. If you’re going to Germany for the history, this is a must-see, and it allows dogs as long as they’re leashed and cleaned up after.

Basically all the parks in Ireland

Ireland has a long history of dog companionship, and most places welcome well-behaved dogs. However, if you and your pup are the outdoorsy type, Ireland’s stunning national parks can soak up plenty of your vacation days.

If you’re going for a more rustic feel, there are also lots of cottage getaways that allow dogs.

Places to check out:

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  • Killarney National Park. (Above) This is a rugged park filled with mountains and lakes just southwest of Kilarney with plenty of hiking and camping.
  • Wicklow Mountains. Another wonderful, dog-friendly park with climbing, water activities, hunting and fishing.

 

Perrin Carrell is a proud dog dad and avid traveler. He, his wife, and his dog blog over at Herepup.com when they’re not jet-setting and globe-trotting

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