A guide to visiting Budapest with your dog

You arrive at your hotel in Budapest with your dog, but what’s next? Luckily, there are lots of things you can see and do in the city with your dog alongside you.

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Hungarian Parliament

Getting around

  • Dogs are welcome on all transit, they don’t need a ticket, they just have to be on a leash. It actually does say that they need a ticket, but no one cares. The signs say they need a muzzle but I’ve never actually seen a dog on transit with a muzzle, don’t worry about that. If you get in trouble for not following these rules don’t yell at me, in my experience they’re fine with no ticket and no muzzle.
  • Budapest Taxi is the only taxi company in the city that allows dogs, the other ones don’t. I would avoid taxis when you can, though.
  • Walk, duh.

Sightseeing

  • Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church- skip the funicular and walk up the steps
  • St. Stephen’s Basillica- walk to Fashion Street from here for some shopping, most stores allow dogs inside
  • Parliament and The Shoes on the Danube
  • Heroe’s Square and Vajdahunyad Castle
  • Citadella
  • walk through the Jewish District

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Restaurants

Most restaurants are dog friendly. Gerbaud Cafe allows your dog to sit at the table with you, and they bring you some cookies. Iguana, the Mexican restaurant allows dogs, along with Parazs Thai, the Hummus Bar, the Pointer Pub and Szimpla Kert. Don’t be afraid to take your dog in, most places will bring them water and be extremely welcoming. If they send you away, just go onto the next one.

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Things you might miss

  • thermal baths
  • museums
  • going inside the churches (St. Stephens and Matthias)
  • funicular up Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Budapest Eye
  • the Zoo
  • Central Market Hall

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Definitely bring your dog to Budapest if you’re on the fence about it. Almost everywhere, and everything is dog friendly and everyone here loves dogs.

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Vienna for a day: dog friendly things to see and do

One of the best things about European cities is that they are all dog friendly. With the exception of grocery stores and some restaurants, dogs are allowed pretty much everywhere. On Sunday, we took the train to Vienna and spent the day wandering the streets.

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Trains allow dogs; the rules seem a bit confusing because it says that you need to get permission of everyone in your car, and they need a muzzle. My puppy was okay without a muzzle but she’s also 12 weeks old and harmless, I bought tickets the night before and double checked with the lady about that. I had to pay for a ticket for her, which would have been half price if she was going to ride in a crate. Since she’s an absolute nightmare in her crate, I opted against that.

Upon arrival to Vienna, we bought metro tickets and went to Cafe Central. Dog friendly, of course. She just slept on the floor in my jacket as I drank my cappuccino and had my apple strudel. The line here will go quickly, and I thought it was worth it.

Next, we just walked around. It was a Sunday so many stores were closed but that’s okay. After looking at St. Stephen’s Cathedral and walking around the museums, we went to Schönbrunn Palace. Obviously, dogs aren’t welcome in the actual palace, but they are in the gardens. It was cold and the flowers were not in bloom but it was still pretty.

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For dinner, we just went to one of the first restaurants we could find. They brought water for the dog and didn’t mind that she was laying on the booth. She was so tired at this point that she just fell asleep.

If you’re hoping to go into a lot of museums, horse carriages, Opera, or go inside the church, maybe leave your dog in the hotel or get someone to take of them. Otherwise, there is a lot to do while bringing your dog, and everyone is very nice about it.

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