Hiking with your dog in the Austrian alps

Dog hiking in the alps

Hiking with a dog in Austria is fantastic. Take your dog buddy on a beautiful hike trip to Austria. Hiking in amazing nature is relaxing, provides energy and good long-lasting memories. Such an adventure ensures that both humans and dogs become happy.

Women on top of the alps
Women on top of the alps

Dog-friendly walks

When you hike in Austria and the Alps you often see hikers with dogs. Hiking trails go across the whole country, and almost all are suitable for dogs.

Hiking on your own

Walking on your own in Austria is suitable for most dogs who like to move.

Dog hiking with luggage

Your luggage is optionally transported to your next hotel, Gasthof or Hütte. Then you and your dog only need to carry what you need during the day. Of course, it is helpful not to have to carry packing, dog food, and other things that you have with you. Then the energy is used to enjoy the hike and the beautiful view.

Hiking in Austrian vineyard
Hiking in Austrian vineyard

Dogs in hotels

Would you rather stay in one place? Then you can make friendly day trips from your accommodation. There are many dog-friendly hotels in Austria. Most are happy to provide a nice room for you and your dog.

Dog in Hütte (cabin)

The dog can not sleep in the lodgings. However, it usually goes well in their room in the cottage. If you do not have a room of your own, you and your dog will sleep in a secluded place, sometimes in your own “Hundehütte.”

Equipment for your dog

You know your dog and understand what it needs. This may include dog food, equipment, and perhaps also protection for the paws. Does your dog carry its own backpack? Some dogs can and want to carry their own pack.

The happy and contempt walking dog

  • The dog is safe and obedient with functional social capacity.
  • The dog has the fitness required for the planned trip.
  • The dog is en experienced traveler. Sometimes, travel by public transport may be relevant. The dog must be able to handle transport by bus, train or taxi. The dog should not feel uncomfortable when traveling on curvy roads.
  • The dog must have a muzzle to avoid being rejected on buses and cabin lanes.
  • The dog with sharp hunting instinct should be kept on a leash.
  • The dog can go with a cabin track, funicular, and the like. Of course, you check before the hike if such transport is relevant.
  • The dog must be insured enough for the trip abroad; remember to check before traveling!

Rules of entry for dogs and pets

For entry into Austria by dogs (and cats), a valid veterinary medical certificate is required with a current certificate regarding rabies vaccination in German or with a certified translation. Vaccination cards/certificates must have been issued at least 30 days before the planned entry and must not be older than one year. Each animal must be marked with a visible tattoo or with a microchip. In addition, an animal pet passport (EU pet pass) is required.

Dog-friendly Austria is the dogs’ paradise

Yes, many think so. So is Austria also the dog owners’ paradise?

In restaurants, cafes, and hotels

Again, dogs are almost always welcome. Many hotels write on their websites that they are dog-friendly: Often, there are individual spaces and opportunities for dogs. If dogs are not welcome in a café or restaurant, this is usually posted at the entrance. Then you go to the next one, which is generally not far away. The extra cost of bringing your dog to hotels varies. Sometimes it’s free. Often a fee is added. Usually about 10-15 €.

In public places and on trips

They are used to dogs in Austria, and they welcome dogs in most situations. That’s why you often see dogs in public places. You can, of course, bring your dog on buses, trains and other means of transport.

The following applies to trains and buses

  • Small dogs that fit in a bag go for free.
  • Large dogs cost half the price and should have a leash and a muzzle

Always bring leash and muzzle

In Austria, there is a general duty to keep the dog leashed. Besides, each municipality and city in Austria has its own regulations for leashes and muzzles.

Usually, the following applies

In public places with many people, the dog should be leashed and have a muzzle. Outside the big cities and in the countryside, this is not usually mandatory or not applied as strictly. Here the dog can often run free and wherever it wants to go. If you are unsure, ask at the locals where you are what rules apply for the region. Note: On cable cars, your dog must have a muzzle and be leashed. Otherwise, you may be denied entry.

Dog taking a bath in the alps
Dog taking a bath in the alps

Your dog in Austria’s cities

In Vienna, there are special dog zones where dogs can move without a leash and muzzle. Most of these zones are quite small. However, there is an enormous dog zone of 250,000 m2 in Wiener Prater (Kaiser Allee – Rustenschacher Allee).

Also, there are many large green areas in Vienna where dogs can run freely.

In Vienna and you pick up after your dog. Either you bring a plastic bag for this purpose, or you use a “Gassi-Automat,” a unique small barrel with plastic bags for dog pads, which are readily available in most places.

Image credit: Austria Travels service

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