There are countless incredible hikes and experiences you can have with your dog in Switzerland. The country is very pet friendly! Here are four exceptionally beautiful places you can experience to the fullest with your fur baby.
1. The Lavaux Express, Lutry
Dogs are free of charge on the Lavaux express! This small train takes you through the UNESCO heritage site of Lutry. The area is a famous wine region dating back to the 11th century and the wineries lie along the shores of Lake Geneva. Towards the end of the 45-minute (ish) ride, you have a chance to get out of the train, grab a glass of wine, and enjoy the sweeping views.
2. Jungfrau via Grindelwald First cable car, Grindelwald
Grindelwald on its own is a great pet-friendly destination. The cable car from Grindelwald that takes you to the Top of Europe is a pricey activity but well worth it, and your pet rides for free! There are a couple of stops before the top along with many activities you can do to come back down the mountain, like bikes, karts, etc. but none of this is allowed with a dog. Something you can do is hike from one stop to another or hike the entire way down (you should be prepared – it’s a long journey). It took us about 30 minutes to hike between the top and the stop nearest to it. The seasons are a big factor here. I can't imagine there will be much hiking in the middle of winter.
Although there is no cable car involved here – the town itself is simply incredibly beautiful and is surrounded by hikes of different lengths. As far as pet friendly accommodation, Lauterbrunnen was more expensive than neighboring cities (like Grindelwald) so I would recommend making this a day trip and bringing a small backpack to spend at least half of the day hiking. Or if you don’t want to walk too much, there is a short loop that takes about an hour starting right next to the train station. There are plenty of pet friendly restaurants and cafes in the center of town to enjoy after your hike
4. Cog Wheel to Mt. Pilatus, Lucerne
Another pricey ticket but this one is truly unique. It’s actually the steepest cogwheel railway in the world. For this ride, dogs must pay for a half-cost ticket. Pro tip: If you are traveling with a Eurail pass, your ticket is 50% off! That’s a huge savings. Plan to spend about half a day on this adventure. The view from the top is unlike any other. On the day I went, it was very cloudy which made for a breathtaking experience hiking above the clouds. Clouds or no, the experience is well worth the high price.
The hardest part of traveling with another person for a long period of time is the eventuality of getting really sick of each other. Believe it or not, this can happen when you're traveling with a dog too. I feel it. I know Olive feels it.
The journey here may have been tough, but the destination was a dog haven. In Czech Republic, there has got to be at least one dog per every other household. Prague is no exception, even with streets flooding with tourists you’ll see an exceptional amount of dogs. That’s probably because they allow dogs pretty much every where.