After nearly two months spent in the Swiss Alps this year, I’ve got an even better understanding of dog-friendly options in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. And just in case you’re planning a Swiss Alps vacation with your fuzzy friend, here are our findings:
Camping Jungfrau Holiday Park allows dogs to camp with you (though sadly does not allow dogs in the cabins or dorms). Tent pitches start at 30 Swiss Francs per night including the 3 Franc dog fee.
The Horner Hotel—a handful of simple, clean rooms with shared hall bathrooms above the Horner Pub—also tends to be dog-friendly (though they don’t publicize it and you should always ask before booking). Rooms start at 35 Swiss Francs per night.
If you’re looking for something a little nicer (or just want your own bathroom), Hotel Schutzen is pet-friendly. Prices start at about 100 Swiss Francs per night, plus a 15 Franc dog fee. And they only have a limited number of dog-friendly rooms, so book early.
Dogs on Trains
Dogs travel free on Swiss trains as long as they’re inside a dog carrier. Walking on their own, they travel at half fare.
I also found that traveling within the valley for hiking (which isn’t conducive to carrying a carrier), they let me take Luna for free as long as she rode on my lap. So if you have a small dog and are just heading from Lauterbrunnen to Murren or Wengen or one of the other nearby towns, ask if it’s okay to just carry the dog for free.
An English-Speaking Vet
Luna had several minor vet visits during our time in the Alps. The vet office we used (we saw both vets in the office) was located in Interlaken at General Guisanstrasse 39. Their phone number is 033 822 21 41. And the practice is called Kleintierpraxis und Tierklinik.
From the Interlaken West train station, walk out of the station and make a right. Walk past the Migros and make your first left. The office is on the right side of the street and isn’t well marked, so go slowly and pay close attention. If you go more than a block, you’ve gone too far.
Restaurants + Bars
As usual (for Europe), Luna was allowed in pretty much every restaurant and bar. We spent a lot of time at the Horner Pub and Airtime Coffee Shop and saw a number of dogs come through. We also had meals at a variety of mountaintop restaurants and no one blinked an eye when Luna and I waltzed in (even though we’d been hiking all day and were both gross and muddy).
The trails are well marked and, of course, dog-friendly. Keep an eye out for leash signs. Some trails are very specific about making sure your dog is on a lead (either because the trail tends to be more crowded or because there are lots of cows and a dog approaching a cow is a recipe for disaster; those cows are not nice).
Have you been to the Lauterbrunnen Valley with your dog? Any tips for us?
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