February 27, 2015

I love The Netherlands - with its canal towns, café culture and warm weather, what's not to love?! It's also the perfect place to visit with your pet, as dogs are allowed pretty much anywhere. Amsterdam particularly is packed with pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars - it's one of my top places to visit with my pup, as there's so much to see and do.

You'll be spoilt for choice when looking for dog-friendly parks, with Vondelpark, Flevopark, Westerpark and Oosterpark all near Amsterdam's city centre. Flevopark is my (and my dog's!) personal favourite and it even has a swimming area for dogs in the summer!

Getting around the city with your furry friend is a doddle - dogs of any size are allowed on trams, buses and the metro and it's free for them to travel. So, it will be easy for you to get about and tick off all the top sites on your hit list. 

One of my favourite things to do in Amsterdam is marvel at the architecture. From the modern urban architecture in the Eastern Dockyards area to the narrowest house in Amsterdam (it's just 8ft wide!), there are plenty of architectural gems in the city. You and your dog can join many of the walking excursions that take you on a tour of Amsterdam's most famous buildings. If you'd rather soak up your surroundings from the comfort of a boat then book onto the Marc Paping tour, one of the city's only pet-friendly canal rides!

You'll have plenty of options when it comes to eating out, as most of the restaurants here are dog-friendly. One of my top five places to dine is Café Restaurant Toom in Vondelpark. This laid back restaurant serves up top food at great prices. The staff here are lovely too and they're known for bringing doggy diners fresh water and biscuits to feast on while you enjoy your meal.  

After all of that walking and dining out you'll want a cosy abode to retreat to. The Art Gallery Hotel Amsterdam is a great stay – it has lovely views of the canals and serves up a great breakfast. Every room is adorned with Dutch artwork, so you'll sleep under your very own masterpiece when you stay in this cultural chamber!

Now you can see why I love coming to Amsterdam with my pooch. Remember, when you travel with us your pet gets to stay with you for the entire journey – book now to enjoy some quality time with your four-legged best friend!

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