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Out & about - the best places for dogs in the biggest European capitals
You like to travel, but every time before you book a plane ticket, you have to think twice about how to make that trip happen with your beloved four-legged friend? For you to worry less about how to travel with your dog and focus more on making the best use of your time on the trip, we bring you useful tips on how to enjoy the largest European capitals without having to leave your pet in a hotel or in day care.
Whether you travel by plane, train, or car, nowadays you can go almost anywhere you want with your dog. And it doesn't have to be a bitter experience of you only worrying about whether you can take your pet with you. Instead, you get to create new, shared memories with ease. Because dogs deserve classy treatment, just like us!
London, a city of countless colors, diversity, and a rich history, is one of the most pet-friendly destinations. The city has hundreds of pet stores and more than 150 options for dog day care and grooming. Fascinating, isn't it? It is therefore not surprising that dog owners often choose London as their travel destination. Moreover, you and your pet can get by using public transport, since the London Underground has been declared the most dog-friendly and the best public transport system in the world.
London is also known for its many beautiful parks, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk with your dog. Some of them are Hyde Park, Primrose Hill, Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park, and Brockwell Park. This city pampers dogs: they are even allowed to on tourist attraction tours, enjoy events specially designed for dogs, visit a dog cinema, or play dog bingo. And after a whole day of running around the city, you can rest together in the sophisticated Rosewood Hotel, where dogs are welcome, regardless of size and breed. What's more, bowls, food, and water will be ready to welcome you!
The French just love dogs so much. That's why you will easily see dogs following their owners along the Champs-Élysées, sitting in the best restaurants or on the wonderful terrace of the Café de la Paix, right next to their feet. What's best, it's quite common to walk into a taxi, metro or bus with your dog, and no one will judge you. They are almost considered equal to us humans. However, none of this means that there are no rules of behavior that apply to animals in the orderly French system, but Parisians simply - ignore them.
If you are traveling to the city of love, be sure to book accommodation at the Le Meurice hotel. The workers constructing the hotel way back in 1907 adopted a local stray and ever since its opening, the hotel has been a place suitable for dogs. So, when you arrive to your room, you will be greeted by a basket with dog treats and even a dog menu. And if you want to stay longer in bed, the friendly staff will take your dog for a walk in the nearby Tuileries Garden.
The only place in the world with so many canals and leaning houses is Amsterdam. In addition to being a destination with a rich history and beautiful architecture, the city also welcomes all small and large paws. Amsterdam is a strong advocate for animal rights and fights against animal abuse and abandonment. Dogs are everywhere, on the streets, in bicycle baskets, restaurants and bars, they are even not an unusual sight on boats that travel along famous canals. Dogs will love its parks and green landscapes: Sarphatipark, Flevopark, and Beatrixpark, to name a few.
The bohemian narrow streets of the De Pijp district hide numerous restaurants, all of them pet-friendly. Many hotels welcome pets: the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Pulitzer Amsterdam, and Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht are some that definitely stand out. In these hotels dogs are not only welcome, but there they can enjoy the royal treatment they deserve. In addition, there are many options for morning and evening walks near the hotel.
Ah, Barcelona... Who wouldn't love it? Well, you can share your love for the largest city in the Mediterranean with your dog, because dogs are more than welcome in Barcelona. The city offers an incredible number of possibilities for people and dogs, and is ideal for long walks, art viewing, discovering architecture, but also for feasting on food and drink.
Dogs are allowed in numerous parks, even in Parc Güell, composed of gardens and architectural elements, located on Carmel Hill. On the Llevant beach there are dog toilets, water fountains and showers, as well as comfortable sunbeds. In addition, the city has dog bakeries and pet stores with real treats, such as flavored biscuits and cakes. And as for hotels - Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I, Hotel Arts, and El Palauet Living Barcelona are excellent choices.
Germans love their dogs and without a doubt treat them as equal family members. Perhaps this is precisely the reason why Berlin stands out as a city where your four-legged pet will have a good time roaming the streets.
If you have a sweet tooth, you must try the famous cheesecake at Five Elephant, which also offers a dog version of the cake, so you can exchange your impressions. Berlin is great for walking because it is full of parks and green areas scattered all over the city. But don't forget to pick up after your dog! And if you've had enough of walking, public transport is a great way for getting around the city quickly, with your dog, of course. As for accommodation, you will certainly not go wrong if you choose the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin in the central Berlin district right next to the Brandenburg Gate.