Dream of traveling with your beloved companion, but don’t know where to begin? We put together a list of 5 of the most dog friendly Cities in the World. Take a peek – dog culture is everywhere!
Berlin is probably one of the most dog–friendly destinations in Europe.You can explore the city’s historical sites on foot with your pooch by your side, or for a relaxing steamer cruise trip, dogs are welcome on the Stern und Kreisschiffahrt boats. There are also numerous restaurants, cafes, as well as hotels that are welcoming to your pup. Many hotels in Berlin even offer a dog bed and bowl to make your dog’s stay as comfortable as possible. Unlike most European cities, all public transport in Berlin is pet-friendly, allowing you to visit the farthest reaches of the city.
In Seattle there are twice as many dogs as there are children, making this city a mecca for dog lovers. There are 14 off-leash parks inside the city and around 10 in the surrounding areas, giving your pup numerous options for each day’s walk! Locals consider the best off-leash park in Seattle to be the nine-acre Magnuson Park. Designed with you and your pooch in mind, the park is fully fenced, has a separate area for small dogs, and provides access to a portion of beach along Lake Washington. Who could ask for more?!
The Swiss take owning a dog very seriously. In this country, owners have to pass a written and practical test before they can even think about bringing their four-legged friend home. Some might see this as strict, or over-the-top, but it’s there to protect a dog’s rights. Once you’ve passed the test, this city has no shortage of places that allow your dogs explore off-leash. So you’ll spot lots of dogs and owners enjoying the space all year round. Geneva also boasts 55 pet-friendly hotels. So accommodations for you and your pup won’t ever be an issue!
The Dutch are known to be extremely dog-friendly. Pups are generally allowed in most establishments, except museums and galleries. This means you don’t have to look for the approval of a “dogs welcome” sign. Instead, you and your pooch can stroll right in unless there is a sign stating otherwise. Dogs of all sizes, from Great Danes to Chihuahuas, are also welcome on public transport for free (except for trains which charge three euros for a doggy day pass). Amsterdam isn’t a country that’s warm all year round, however when things start to defrost in Spring, there are numerous outdoor terraces, off-leash and impeccably kept park- and even a swimming area where dogs can have a splash!
San Francisco, California
San Francisco is considered one of the world’s greatest dog cities, hosting nearly 200 dining choices for you and your four-legged friend. There are also plenty of off-leash parks and beaches for walks. Golden Gate Park has 1,000 acres of green space to explore, including four off-leash areas for playing fetch. Playing tourist with your pup is so easy in this city. Take a stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge and visit historic spots like Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower and the Embarcadero. Also, San Francisco is home to the DogFest and Pet Pride Day Festival, which are celebrations of the city’s furry residents. If you’re looking for a city that loves dogs, this is it!