Do you not have any plans for the weekend, but you definitely want to spend it with your canine friend? We have the answer for you! Berlin is a perfect place to visit! Located at the heart of Germany, Berlin is a city everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. The capital has something for everyone, be it authentic German culture, legendary millenia-old history, cutting edge modern technology or just a nice stroll through tourist landmarks and locations.The best part about it is that you can experience the overwhelmingly vast majority of the locations with your pet, as most of them are located outdoors. So what are you waiting for? Grab your bags, put on your best sneakers and be prepared to create unparalleled memories while you journey through Berlin (with your four legged friend)!
Things to Note for Dog Owners
If you are planning on using any public transportation in Berlin or visit areas with a large concentration of people, make sure you have your pet on a leash, while bigger dogs should also be muzzled.
If you are buying a one-stop ticket for the bus or the metro, you have to buy a ticket for your dog as well, however, if you have a pass that lasts the whole day or month, your pet can travel with you at no cost.
Landmarks of Berlin to visit with your dog Reichstag
We will begin our journey from one of the most world-famous locations of Berlin - the Reichstag. Initially constructed in 1894 and renovated after the war in 1961-1971, it is currently being used as the House of Parliament. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed within the actual building, but that does not take away from the majesty of this historical structure. The building is located on the grounds of a large park that is completely open to the public, and is a great place to let loose and play fetch with your pup.
Part of the massive Berlin Customs Wall that surrounded the city during the middle 18th century, the Brandenburg Gate is just one of the 18 gates that allowed visitors to and from. Although this is the only gate still standing, over time it became a national symbol and gained notoriety and popularity amongst tourists. The Brandenburg Gate is located on the Pariser Platz (Paris Square), a busy and atmospheric location full of street performers, musicians and artists. The square is most beautiful at night, when hundreds of lights liven up the surroundings and emphasize the grandiosity of the Brandenburg Gate. Once you have taken in everything the Pariser Platz has to offer, we recommend taking a stroll through the Unter den Linden boulevard.
Unter den Linden Boulevard
Directly translating as “under the linen trees”, Unter den Linden stretches for almost two kilometers and is the primary (and most beautiful) pathway to the Museum Island. Perhaps you may not be interested in visiting the museums on your first day, fear not, the boulevard is well worth the visit! First thing you may notice while walking down the Unter den Linden is the ample growth of linen trees, planted along the length of the whole street, making a prime location for beautiful photos. The boulevard is also home to some of the most authentic German architecture, along with theaters, museums, foreign embassies, hotels and restaurants. We are sure you and your pet will enjoy a walk down Unter den Linden.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is one of the most unique monuments in the world. Located in the city center, not too far from the other famous landmarks, the memorial resembles a field covered with a colossal amount of concrete blocks of varying size and height. Constructed after the end of World War 2, this monument was erected to remind the whole world about the atrocities and deaths that were committed by the Nazi Party and its many despicable members. On the first glance, this monument may seem simple and uncreative, it is nothing but a maze of concrete blocks. But this place does not require elaborate sculptures or writing to portray and transmit the sentiment and its main function; everyone who visits the Holocaust Memorial is overwhelmed with morose emotions and mournful energy.
During all of your travels through Berlin, make sure you do not forget about the Alexanderplatz! This main city square is located in the heart of the capital, holding the famous Neptunebrunnen (Fountain of Neptune) and is surrounded by many shops, the tallest building in the city - the Fernsehturm Berlin (Berlin Television Tower) and the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall). Being surrounded by this volume of historic landmarks will surely lift not only your spirits, but that of your canine friend too.
This landmark reminds visitors of the dark and sad part of German history. After the fall of Nazi Germany at the end of World War 2, Germany and Berlin were split into two sections, the eastern section belonging to the Soviet Union and the western to the allied powers. Berlin was separated in two by a wall with a length of nearly 100 kilometers. At the time of writing this, most of the sections of the wall have been either demolished or repurposed, but some sections still stand, covered with colorful graffiti and surrounded by a myriad of tourists taking pictures with this historic landmark.The Berlin wall is the most important historical location in the capital and one that everyone should visit and appreciate with their own eyes. Don’t miss your opportunity to behold history!
Dog-Friendly Hotels in Berlin
The H2 Hotel in Berlin is one of many hotels of the “H2-Hotels” chain, which have a policy of allowing pets to live with you for the duration of your stay. The H2 Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz is located in the city center, not too far from the famous Alexnaderplatz, as the name may imply. If you decide to stay here, rest assured that you will be able to get to taking in the famous landmarks right away! Tourists, in particular, like this hotel for its convenient location, affordable rates and a charming disposition of the staff towards pets. All suites come with pet water and food bowls, and if your pet is particularly charming (aren’t they all), he will be given treats.
If you do decide to stay at the H2 Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz with your four-legged friend, there will be an additional fee of €10 per night.
A&O Berlin Hauptbahnhof (✪✪✪)
For tourists traveling on a budget, the A&O Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the perfect hostel to rest after a weary day of walking. This bright and cozy hostel is located in close proximity to the Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Central Station) and features a restaurant/bar, a recreation area, a bike rental service, and all suites come with free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is self-served at a buffet for an additional cost. A&O policy allows you to bring two small to medium dogs, not allowing the largest of the canines to stay here. The hostel administration recommends you to book two-person suites if you are planning on staying with your dog, so as not to bother the other guests.
If you do decide to stay at the H2 Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz with your pet, there will be an additional fee of €10 per night.
Hilton Berlin (✪✪✪✪)
For a more luxurious and glamorous experience, you may want to try the Hilton Berlin. Located on the Gendarmenmarkt, the hotel is surrounded by a large variety of landmarks and tourist attractions. The hotels of the Hilton chain have a dizzying array of features and amenities, and this one is no different, featuring a fitness center, swimming pool, sauna and private parking. All suites are extraordinarily comfortable and sport a TV, a bathroom, a mini-bar and breakfast sets. If all of these is not enough for you, the Hilton Berlin’s windows are facing the Berlin Cathedral, making it worth the stay here on its own.
If you do decide to stay at the Hilton Berlin with your canine, there will be an additional fee of €40, and the weight of your pet may not exceed 10 kilograms.