Fun things to do with your dog
Make "dog days" a thing of the past, as there is plenty to do with your four-legged friend in Luxembourg and the surrounding region. You can pamper yourself and your pooch, take a cruise, organise a doggie playdate or do a bit of sightseeing. Here are some ideas to give you "paws" for thought.
Organised walks and park playdates
The Escher dog club (in the Esch-sur-Alzette area) organises regular events including dog walks, dog days (with demonstrations) and dog training.
You can find more events, share tips, ask advice or swap details for dog playdates via the Luxembourg Dogs page and the Pet owners of Luxembourg page. You can also meet like-minded dog lovers on Who is your doggie Luxembourg.
Walferdange commune has two dog parks designed to allow dogs to meet, exercise and move freely, one in Bereldange and the other in Helmsange near the tennis club car park. Both are equipped with benches, dog waste bags and bins, and are accessed via a corridor to prevent dogs from being able to escape.
There's also a dog enclosure in Hesperange at 35 Rue Jules Fischer, and one beside Merl Park at Rue de Bragance.
The Ville de Luxembourg highlights canine friendly zones with grassy areas. Dog owners are reminded to clear up after their pets, and parks have free distribution points holding dog waste bags. You can find a map with dog spots including enclosed areas for dogs here.
Dog training and behaviour
You can also get more support with training and bonding with your dog here, and help with behavioural therapy from Nice Dogs in Dahlem, which also runs a puppy school. Gasperich also has a dog club and training school. There's a two-day dog training workshop in mid-August run by the French Bulldogs Luxembourg group.
If Fido is well-trained and in need of something more challenging, you could consider training with and joining the dog-rescue group in Perl, where dogs will be trained to search through forests and rubble to find people.
Check out local dog training places as they often run weekend events, such as the Jump and Run at Diekirch dog training.
Dog friendly restaurants
Quite a few eateries in Luxembourg will accommodate your pooch, but on the bringfido website, dog owners recommend Da Vincenzo near Hesperange park, for its Italian food and welcoming attitude to dogs.
Le Grand Café – Redbeef on the Place d’Armes gets the thumbs up for its treatment of dogs, as does Um Plateau, Nirvana Café, the JFK Bar & Kitchen and Happ.
You can find a host of dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in the Belgian Luxembourg region here.
Places to visit in the region
Dogs can travel for free in Luxembourg (you are meant to pay for dogs on the bus, but owners say they are never asked to). Bigger dogs must sit on the floor and be kept on a leash.
Bourscheid Castle, one of the oldest castles in Luxembourg and perched above the River Sûre, can be visited from April to mid-October 09:30 to 18:00 and in the winter months from 11:00 to 16:00. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
MuppenLux in Echternach organise dog hikes in the Mullerthal region, including 5-7km ones (lasting about 3-4 hours) to help dogs who have difficulty concentrating in the presence of other dogs. On the walk owners and pets will participate in mindfulness and meditation. MuppenLux also organise social walks and ones to help owners and pooches built their rapport and communication, and can provide advice on dog health.
The Medieval Flemish city of Bruges is also a canine haven, with plenty of great riverside walks. The Doghouse in the east of the city dates back to the 1750s and provides a bed and breakfast setting and a private courtyard for your pooch. You can also rent bikes with dog baskets.
Dogs are free to roam the market squares and most cafés are amenable to four-legged friends on a leash. For a bit of canine celebrity, head to the Côté Canal Bed and Breakfast which was once home to Fidel, a Golden Labrador, who featured in the film In Bruges.
Paris is surprisingly a good city for dog-lovers. Your dog can enjoy lunch at Bistro Ernest in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. The metro system does not allow for larger dogs, but if you travel off peak, it is unlikely you’ll be stopped (according to doggy tourist boards).
Le Meurice is a fairly sumptuous dog-friendly hotel, and your pet (cat or dog) will be treated to a basket filled with toys and gourmet pet food.
Dogs are still not allowed into many parks in Paris but they can go into part of the Tuileries (which is near Le Meurice), and the Luxembourg Gardens (at the southeast corner). If you are prepared to travel a bit further, than the Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne have areas where dogs can be free of the leash.
In the Provence region, you can visit the Roman viaduct Pont du Gard and explore the Roman remains with your dog (not the museum or inside the café).
Other dog-friendly ruins in the region include the Triumphal Arch in Orange, and the amphitheatre in Nimes.
Germany & The Netherlands
Head to Amsterdam, considered a great place for pooches, with numerous city parks, and the thumbs up for doggie travel on the metro.
For lunch, visit a Drover’s Dog restaurant, for a slice of Australian hospitality. Note that dogs are not allowed in museums or galleries in this city.
Beatrixpark in the Zuider Amstel neighbourhood has beautiful gardens and a canal that dogs can take a dip in. The Dog Meadow is a dedicated area where dogs can be let off their leash.
For windmills and waterways visit the UNESCO listed Kinderdijk. The water bus and walkways welcome dogs on a leash (not the museum).
Fancy a Rhine River cruise with your dog? Join the 1AVista Reisen cruise, aboard various ships, which sail in Germany and The Netherlands, and have dog-friendly cruises on the Baltic Sea. Dogs are permitted to stay with you in your cabin and join you for dining, plus the all-inclusive option gives your canine unlimited access to dog treats, a dog bed and bowl. You’ll find a poop deck section on the sun deck, covered in grass and plants.
Spa with your dog
If you fancy a spa, then head to Hotel de la Sure, where dogs are welcome, and where there are plenty of walking routes plus accommodation especially adapted for dogs.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for somewhere to take the family and your pet, then the 4-star Hotel Pfalzblick at Dahn in the Palatinate region (about a one hour's drive from Luxembourg), has family rooms and can accommodate pets with advance notice. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa, beauty and fitness centre, a restaurant and a large play park for children.
Elsewhere in Germany, Victor’s Seehotel on Lake Bostal offers spa facilities and can accommodate four-legged guests for an additional fee.