Travelling with the dog – Travel tips for Vienna

Those who travel with their dogs are also in good hands in Vienna :-)

New places are best discovered together, which is why your four-legged friend is more than welcome in Vienna.

Sightseeing and city trips do not automatically mean that you have to leave the dog at home. From hotels to sights and bathing facilities, Vienna offers numerous places to go, leaving nothing in the way of travelling with the dog.

Hund im Wasser bei alter Donau, Donaupark in Floridsdorf
Freizeit mit Hund in Wien © bettina sampl /

Dog-friendly hotels

Some particularly dog-friendly hotels include Hotel Praterstern or Hotel Sacher. The rooms are extra designed to make your four-legged friend feel as fit as a fiddle and should you want to do something without them during your stay, dog-sitters are available on site.

Out and about with the dog in Vienna

Some especially enjoyable locations to take the dog are the numerous green areas in Vienna, which account for almost half of the city’s urban area. A 25,000m² dog area and beautiful walking paths through woods and meadows extend over the Wiener Prater. Dogs even go free on the Riesenrad – but must be wearing a muzzle and lead! For a longer walk, the Kahlenberg, Bisamberg and Vienna Woods are highly recommended.

Take a walk through the first district and you will be met with the most beautiful buildings in Vienna. Along the Ringstraße, you can breathe in a piece of Viennese history. If you then need to take a break and want to learn more about the sights, then take the Vienna Ring Tram, where man’s best friend is welcome in all seasons.

A special culinary feature is the Viennese Heurigen. Both man and beast are more than welcome in the cosy wine taverns. Stroll through the Naschmarkt and discover its unique flair. Taste your way through its variety of culinary offerings and browse through what the market has to offer.

Time-out on the Donauinsel

On summer days, the Donauinsel (Danube Island) is the perfect location for holidaymakers with a four-legged companion. There is plenty of space along the Danube for walking, cycling, skating, picnicking, and even swimming. You will find enormous dog swimming spots in the 21st district between Nordbrücke and Floridsdorfer Brücke or in the 22nd district between Stadlauer Ostbahnbrücke and Praterbrücke.
If you are also out with the kids, the Angelibad is perfect, as it borders on an extensive dog area.

Important information:

When visiting Vienna with your dog, you should bear in mind that a lead and muzzle are often required outside of the marked dog areas. This includes some sights and public transport.

At some sights, such as the Schönbrunn Palace Gardens and Zoo as well as the Vienna museums, dogs are not permitted.

When using public transport, a reduced ticket is also required for dogs. This excludes registered assistance dogs and small animals taken in appropriate carriers.

It is also important to know that the disposal of dog waste is required by law in Vienna. You can often obtain respective waste bags from the hotel.