Travel with dogs
Dogs can be taken on the city transportation routes operated by the Innsbrucker Verkesbetriebe and also on public buses outside of Innsbruck for free (muzzled and on a leash). On trains operated by the OEBB Austrian Federal Railways, dog owners are required to pay 10% of the full price for their four-legged friend (= standard ticket) or a minimum rate of € 2, whichever is greater. The only exception is for registered assistance dogs who are allowed to travel for free (no muzzle required).
Boarding kennels and dogsitters
Even if you take your dog with you wherever you go, there are some cases when this is simply not an option: it's time to find a dogsitter! If you want to enjoy a day at the museum or a longer excursion, for example, the boarding kennels in Innsbruck are the ideal solution for you!
Romeo & Julia on Innstraße is a very centrally located boarding kennel that is only a short walk away from hotels in the city centre. This facility can provide your dog with an excellent home away from home on an hourly basis or all day long. It is even located next door to a dog parlour where your four-legged friend can be groomed to its heart's content.
The Hundepension Kranebitten dog kennels can also look after dogs overnight. The facility offers plenty of space for dogs to run around, a pond, a play area and dog bedrooms. You can even book a dog wash as a special treat. These luxury breaks for pets enable dog owners to enjoy time on their own with a clear conscience.
Dogs in the city and countryside
- Dogs must be kept on a leash in built-up areas and in the city.
- Dogs must be kept on a short leash in public buildings, parks, playgrounds and at markets.
- Dogs are not allowed on the grass or planted areas.
- Free bags are available to take care of the dog's business from "Sackerlspender" (bag dispensers) located throughout the entire area. Please dispose of the bags in the assigned bins.
- From spring to autumn, dogs must be kept on a leash in agricultural fields and on farmland.
Swimming with your dog
Dogs are unfortunately not allowed at the swimming lakes in the Innsbruck region. The region does, however, offer a number of other options for helping your four-legged friends cool off. If you walk along the River Inn from Baggersee lake, heading in the direction of Hall (to the east), for example, you will find a number of small bays. These are ideal for splashing around when the river is low – at your own risk, of course. You can also find some great spots along the River Inn behind the airport or make the most of the streams and cold mountain lakes awaiting you on a mountain hike.
Dogs on lifts and cable cars
The lifts and cable cars in and around Innsbruck are the quickest way to reach a destination high up in the Alps, where you can enjoy stunning views, fresh air and plenty of space to explore. Dogs are also allowed to travel in some of these lifts. Below you can find a summary of the rules that apply to the various lifts and cable cars:
|Lifts and cable cars||Dogs allowed||Dogs travel for free||Information|
|Nordkettenbahn||yes||yes||Dogs must be on a leash and wear a muzzle, Dogs are not allowed at the Alpine Zoo!|
|Patscherkofelbahn lift||yes||-||Dogs must wear a muzzle.|
|Stubaier Gletscher||yes||yes||Dogs are not allowed in the ice grotto.|
Guided hikes with dogs
Hiking fans are sure to love our free mountain hiking programme with qualified mountain guides. Dogs are unfortunately not allowed to accompany you on these tours out of consideration for other participants and in order to prevent problematic encounters with grazing animals. However, there is another option for dog-lovers who are looking for like-minded people: The company Joy and Co organise paid hiking tours for dog owners. Your four-legged friends are more than welcome to join you on these tours, which are run by a dog trainer and biologist who shares lots of interesting information about the flora and fauna that you discover on your hike. Alongside hikes, Joy and Co also offers individual training sessions to help dogs and their owners live together in perfect harmony.
FRESH WATER FOR THIRSTY DOGS
In Innsbruck, crystal clear water flows straight down from the mountains and directly into the city's water supply. If you're out and about in Innsbruck, you can take advantage of the multitude of free drinking fountains to quench your thirst. Find out where these fountains are located on our interactive map. You can, of course, also use the fountains to fill up your dog's bowl when exploring the city.