Dog Friendly City Guide: Amsterdam, Netherlands

A dog friendly guide to Amsterdam with details on where to find dog friendly green spaces, water access, bars, restaurants, activities and hotels.

Flowers in full bloom at Keukenhof Park 

Welcome to Amsterdam, one of the most vibrant and picturesque cities in Europe. This capital city, renowned for its artistic heritage, extensive canal system, and slender houses, offers a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for our four-legged friends. Amsterdam has a lot to offer, from dog-friendly parks and public spaces to cafes and accommodations where your furry friend is more than welcome. Let's explore all the dog-friendly aspects of Amsterdam together.

Dog Friendly Water Access in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, famously known as "Venice of the North", boasts an impressive network of canals that your pooch will love to explore. One dog-friendly location is Gaasperplas Park, a gorgeous area with a lake where dogs are allowed to swim off-leash year-round. You and your dog will adore the tranquil atmosphere here. Be mindful of the dog-free zones marked by signs.

A bit outside the city, the Twiske Recreation Area is a vast park with numerous lakes, canals, and pools where dogs can splash around, especially in the Twiske South. It's an ideal spot for a sunny day excursion with your four-legged friend.

Dog Friendly Parks in Amsterdam

When it comes to green spaces, Amsterdam doesn’t disappoint. Vondelpark, the largest city park, allows dogs off-leash in designated areas, perfect for a good run and play. In contrast, the Amsterdamse Bos is three times the size of New York's Central Park, offering ample room for long walks and stimulating smells for your furry friend. This park even has a Dog Wash facility for a quick rinse after a day of muddy fun. Don't miss the flowers in full bloom at Keukenhof Park when its the right season.

Also, don’t miss Rembrandtpark, another fantastic green area in Amsterdam where dogs can run freely in certain sections. The park’s diverse fauna and flora make for an enjoyable walk or picnic for both humans and canines.

Dog Friendly Bars & Restaurants in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is full of pet-friendly dining spots. At Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam, you'll find a relaxed atmosphere where dogs are welcomed. The Fuzzy Rock is another dog-friendly eatery where your pooch can relax while you enjoy a refreshing drink. You could also head over to Brouwerij 't IJ, a brewery set in a windmill where dogs are welcome on the terrace.

Dog Friendly Activities in Amsterdam

One of the unique dog-friendly activities in Amsterdam is a canal cruise. Most companies allow dogs on board, making it a fantastic way to see the city from a new perspective. Artis Zoo also welcomes dogs, giving your furry friend the chance to see other animals up close! Remember to keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times during these activities for everyone's safety and enjoyment.

Dog Friendly Transport in Amsterdam

Traveling in Amsterdam with your dog is relatively straightforward. Dogs are allowed on public transportation, including trams, buses, and metros, for a small fee. Small dogs that can be carried and guide dogs travel for free. Just be sure your dog is well-behaved and on a leash.

Dog Friendly Hotels & Accommodations in Amsterdam

When it comes to dog-friendly accommodations, Amsterdam offers a wide array of options. You can find numerous dog-friendly hotels listed in the Roch Directory, the world's largest directory of dog-friendly hotels, campsites, bed and breakfasts, and villas. You can find a range of options from budget-friendly rooms to luxury suites that cater to every need of your furry friend.

Amsterdam is truly a haven for dog owners and their furry friends. With its plethora of dog-friendly parks, eateries, and accommodations, you and your pooch will never run out of things to do. We invite you to share your experiences and tips in the comments below. And remember, if you become a member of the Roch Society, you can request a custom city guide for any place we have not yet covered, be the first to know about exclusive discounts in the city, and access our comprehensive dog friendly hotel directory. Should we have missed anywhere or anything, do let us know, and we'll update the article accordingly. Amsterdam awaits you and your dog for an unforgettable trip!

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