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Dog ownership tips 15.02.2021

Vacation with dog at the lake in Germany - the top 5 places

Johann by Johann, Johann has been a dog dad since 2018 and a dog fan since 1986.

Holiday with dog at the lake in Germany - the top 5 places

What a joy it is when your own four-legged friend can play and romp frolic in the lake. Almost all dogs love water or swimming. We present you the most beautiful bathing places with dog in Germany.

Would you like a bit of lake?

Freshwater lakes are perfect for a relaxing swim with your dog. Some dogs like the mild water in inland lakes much better than the salt water on the coast.

At the lake, masters and mistresses can relax and enjoy together with their dogs. It is clear that dogs are not welcome everywhere at lakes. Nevertheless, the German lakes often offer even more opportunities for an eventful holiday with dog than the completely built-up and crowded coasts.

Here are the top 5 destinations for holidays with dogs at the lake:

1. Lake Constance

With an area of 536 km², Lake Constance is the largest lake in Germany - and one of the most popular with dog owners. Why? Well, because there are rows and rows of beautiful bathing places with dogs.

Even in the holiday strongholds of Meersburg, Überlingen and Lindau there is always a spot where dogs are allowed in the water.

The best dog beaches are generally located in the natural areas between larger towns. You will find an absolute dog hotspot just after Uhldingen-Mühlhofen in the direction of Meersburg. Here you can swim and romp to your heart's content on a natural beach several kilometres long. Holidays with dogs are very important at Lake Constance and are advertised by some landlords and hoteliers.

Lake Constance is a true paradise for dog lovers and the top tip in southern Germany.

If you like it cozy, however, you better avoid the high season months of July and August.

Two greyhounds sitting in front of a lake, longhaired Whippet Silken Windsprite dogs and a shorthaired Whippet greyhound

2nd Mecklenburg Lake District: Holiday with dog at the lake

On the approximately 117 km² large holiday area there are several great spots for relaxing with dogs at the lake.

Centre are all lakes around the Müritz (Plauer See, Fleesensee, Kölpinsee).

In the area there are some designated beaches for dogs

  • Bolter Canal dog beach
  • Waren dog beach
  • Inselsee Güstrow dog beach

But actually you can go to the water with your dog almost everywhere in the area. Where protected areas begin, signs point to leash obligation and bathing prohibitions. But this is really the exception. Also in the catering trade you are here with your four-legged friends as a rule gladly seen.

This makes the Mecklenburg Lake District the top tip for holidays with a dog at the lake in the northern part of Germany.

Here, even in the main holiday season, it is usually not quite as crowded as at other lakes.

3. bavarian lakes

At the Tegernsee there is a wonderful dog beach near Rottach-Egern ("Hundestrand Schorn"). In addition, there are plenty of restaurants and overnight accommodations in every price range for masters and mistresses.

At the Chiemsee your dog is only allowed in the water at the free bathing places in Übersee, Chieming and Bernau. Northwest of the Chiemsee, the Eggstätter-Hemhofer Seenplatte with 17 other smaller lakes invites you to splash around.

Caution is advised at Lake Starnberg. It is unfortunately considered one of the most dog-hostile lakes in Bavaria.

4. Edersee, North Hesse: Lake where dogs are allowed

The Kellerwald-Edersee National Park in Hesse offers pure romance and relaxation. In addition to the main lake, 1,000 springs and refreshing streams await you.

On the Edersee itself, the best place to swim with your dog is on the Scheid peninsula. There is an official dog beach and pure nature. The area is very well developed for tourism. From cosy campsites to posh hotels, you'll find everything your holidaymaker heart desires.

5. Schluchsee, Black Forest: Holiday with dog in Germany

The area around Schluchsee and St. Blasien in the southern Black Forest offers bathing fun and hiking pleasure. While the big brother "Titisee" is quite crowded and less comfortable for dogs, there are sections at the Schluchsee, where Bello and Wuff can undisturbed in the cool water.

Officially bathing with dog is not allowed, but away from the main streams it is not forbidden.

By the way, "cool" is here the whole year over program. Due to the high location, the lake never really gets warm even in midsummer.

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