Germany’s seemingly endless amount of national parks and atmospheric forests make it an idyllic destination for travellers who don’t like to leave their pets at home. Spend your days exploring and then retire for the evening to one of country’s many pet-friendly chalets, mansion, apartments and hotels.*
Hofgut Holzmühle in Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate
Breakfast outside at Hofgut Holzmühle
Hofgut Holzmühle spent over 500 years as a family-run mill, although recent years have seen the interior shift from the industrial to the indulgent. Bedrooms are stylishly outfitted with dark wooden furniture and memory foam mattresses, which help guarantee a good night’s sleep. In the morning, wake up to views of the lavish gardens and a delicious, locally-sourced breakfast on the terrace while your pets play in the sunshine.
Weingut Leininger Ferienwohnungen in Eibelstadt, Bavaria
Sample some local wines at Weingut Leininger Ferienwohnungen
The tiny town of Eibelstadt is an ideal base for travellers hoping to explore the region's vineyards and wineries. The owners of Weingut Leininger Ferienwohnungen host regular wine tastings and are happy to act as tour guides for their guests. Decorated in a neutral yet playful palette – white walls, sleek facilities, and coral and forest green furniture – this self-catered apartment is best suited for smaller pets, as older animals may struggle with the stairs.
Haus Schluchseeblick in Feldberg, Baden-Württemberg
Enjoy views of Schluchsee Lake at Haus Schluchseeblick
If you’re looking for dog-friendly accommodation in beautiful surroundings it’s hard to beat Haus Schluchseeblick – a large wooden and stone chalet with views of Schluchsee Lake. Free parking, large bedrooms and extensive gardens make it a great spot for big dogs with plenty of energy, or small dogs with big dog aspirations. Take them down to the beach (only a 7-minute walk) and watch sailboats bob gently out on the lake.
Pension Haus am Wald in Braunlage, Lower-Saxony
Take to the slopes at Pension Haus am Wald
The mountainside Pension Haus am Wald is perfectly situated for four-legged travellers and their humans. This traditional Saxony B&B is surrounded by hiking, cycling trails, as well as wide ski slopes, and is a short walk from the evergreen Harz National Park. Spend your days exploring the area on foot or by bike, and while away the evenings in one of the town’s many pet-friendly bars and restaurants.
Haus Hilda Fechtig in Ühlingen-Birkendorf, Baden-Württemberg
Hunt out the perfect stick at Haus Hilda Fechtig
An Alpine-style chalet on the southern slopes of the Black Forest, you’ll struggle to find more picturesque surroundings than the wildflower meadows around Haus Hilda Fechtig. Guests often enjoy breakfast in the gardens, admiring the forest views or the flowering wooden balconies. And while pets don’t tend to be as fond of the scenery, they do enjoy being able to run around to their heart’s content.
Hotel Villa Elben in Markgräflerland, Baden-Württemberg
Relax in the garden at Hotel Villa Elben
The art-deco Hotel Villa Elben manages to be both elegant and cosy, and the views of Lörrach from the hotel’s sundeck are impressive. Once you manage to drag yourself away from both the views and the generous breakfast spread, Hotel Villa Elben’s location on the Swiss and French borders gives easy access to Basel and St Louis. And because Germany loves dogs country, all small and medium-sized dogs travel for free (though you’ll need a ticket for that Great Dane).
Hotel & Café KleinerGrünauer in Bad Salzuflen, North Rhine-Westphalia
A special guest checks out the menu at Hotel & Café KleinerGrünauer
The historical spa town of Bad Salzuflen has been a popular health resort for centuries and while pets don’t have their own doggy spa (yet), there are plenty of hiking paths and forest adventures to keep them entertained. Replenish your energy with a homemade cake on the terrace at Hotel & Café KleinerGrünauer, and then set off to explore the manicured gardens and maze at the town’s Hortus Vitalis gardens.
Hotel Fiori in Bad Soden-Salmünster, Hessen
Treat yourself to a stay at Hotel Fiori
The low, forested slopes of the Spessart hills attract cyclists and hikers from all over (according to our data, this is one of German travellers’ favourite domestic destinations), so having your pet beside you as you amble through these atmospheric woods will only add to your enjoyment. And once you’re done, drop your fluffy companion back at Hotel Fiori and treat yourself to a dip in the Spessart-Therme thermal springs, less than 2-minutes walk away.
*These accommodations were the most highly-rated by Booking.com customers as 'pet friendly' in Germany.