WOOF, are you interested in traveling to Prague, Czech Republic with a dog? Let me first bark that the capital city of Czech Republic is an uber fun destination for you and your furry friend. Sniff out everything you need to know about traveling to Prague, Czech Republic with a dog NOW:
Last Updated 5/29/22
WOOF, wanna travel to Prague, the Czech Republic with a dog? Let me first bark that the capital city of the Czech Republic is an uber fun destination for you and your furry friend. As the world traveling Yorkie, I can bark with an upright tail that Prague is one of my favorite dog-friendly destinations that I’ve ever marked up. ARF-ter spending too much time markin’ up Western Europe, I wagged my tail as my four paws hit the grounds of this much cheaper Central European city with an alluring medieval past. Prague is the ultimate Castletown, and ARF, it’s supaw pawbulous. I only spent many weeks here slurping up knedliky (bread dumplings) and bramborak (potato pancake) while leaving my alpha marks on the picture-pawfect Charles Bridge.
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HOW TO TRAVEL TO PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC WITH A DOG:
If you and your dog are flying from the United States, you will be entering the Czech Republic as you would in any country in the E.U. (European Union). For dog import requirements, you’ll need a visit to an accredited veterinarian for the following:
E.U. Health Certificate
Rabies vaccination (or proof of vaccination if your dog already has one)
ISO-compliant 15-digit Microchip (rabies vaccination must be administered after your dog is microchipped, NOT before)
Besides acquiring the required paperwork for dog travel, it’s also imperative that your dog gets a thorough examination from the vet to ensure that he/she is healthy enough to fly. If you have a senior dog like me, be sure to sniff out 25 Tips on Flying with Your Senior Dog.
Once you’ve obtained the E.U. Health Certificate from the veterinarian, you must then get the paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services Office. Before you book the flight for your dog with a pet-friendly airline (prepare to pay a fee, usually around $125-200 USD one way depending on the airline), sniff out my 6 MUST-KNOW Tips for international dog travel.
HOW TO RETURN TO THE U.S. WITH A DOG:
Typically, to return to the U.S., your dog must appear healthy and present a valid rabies vaccination certificate. However, there may be additional requirements based on the state you’re flying into, which may be stricter than federal regulations. Always check the APHIS website for the latest info.
Once you and your dog arrive in Prague (or anywhere in the E.U.), you can take your dog to an accredited veterinarian to exchange your existing E.U. Health Certificate for an E.U. Pet Passport. The E.U. Pet Passport is a golden ticket in the world of dog travel and comes in especially handy if you plan on returning to the E.U. with your dog in the future.
HOW I TRAVELED TO PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC:
As for me, I was already traveling in Europe at the time; in the Spring, I took a train from Bratislava, Slovakia (also part of the E.U.) to Prague, Czech Republic, which took a little over 4 hours. As with most trains in the E.U., the train to Prague was dog-friendly and accepted my furriness with open paws! WOOF-HOO! Without being charged a dog ticket, I happily snoozed in my carrier throughout the journey (well, most of the time). ARF, I did sneak out other times to get a breather and look out the window. It was no pawblem! I even tried to sniff at the greenery outside through the window – my little black wet nose is robust ARF-ter all!
RESTAURANTS/BARS IN PRAGUE:
When it comes to dog travel, it’s very impawtant to know when dogs are allowed to wine and dine with their humans. AWOOOO, so this is what makes Prague a TOP DOG destination – most (if not, all) of the restaurants here are dog-friendly or dog-tolerant. PAWSOME news – I’ve never been rejected by any restaurant or bar in Prague! Whether indoor or outdoor, most (if not, all) food and drink establishments allow dogs INSIDE without giving nasty glares or making a fuss over your furry diner. After several visits to Prague over the years, I wagged my tail when indoor smoking at restaurants was finally banned, making dog travel safer and more worthwhile. As we all know, second-hand smoke generates detrimental effects in both humans and dogs. Nevertheless, I am hopeful that the ban will extend to bars in the future. Sniff out how to avoid second-hand smoke in Europe!
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WITHIN PRAGUE:
Generally barking, trains, trams, and buses in Prague and the Czech Republic are dog-friendly! Small dogs are welcome to board as long as they remain inside a carrier or travel bag (dimensions are maxed at 50 × 60 × 80 cm). In the case of bigger dogs, they must be leashed and muzzled (although enforcement can be a hit or miss). As a small dog, I like to reap the benefits by riding for FREE inside a carrier. Larger dogs, on the other hand, will likely need a ticket on certain trains, depending on the region. Dogs can usually travel for FREE unless they are on a non-metro train (which would be a small fee at CZK 20).
UBER IN PRAGUE:
My robust wet nose is proud to report that I did NOT run into any issues with Uber in Prague! I sat on my human’s lap throughout the ride from the train station to our hotel in New Town. 🙂 Unlike other parts of the world where my human felt the need to hide me inside the carrier to avoid potential pawblems with the driver, my rideshare experience here has been pleasant, to bark the least! With dogs generally allowed inside restaurants here, it’s no surprise that riding Uber with your dog is hardly an issue (although it ultimately still depends on the individual driver).
ACCOMMODATIONS IN PRAGUE:
WOOF-HOO! Dog-friendly accommodations are easy to find. However, my humans had to pay an extra daily fee for me (under 10 euros daily at the time, which wasn’t bad). In general, sniffing out accommodations that accept dogs was no pawblem. Sniff out my expert tips on finding and saving money on dog-friendly accommodations HERE.
PEOPLE IN PRAGUE:
AWOOOO, I’m dropping my jaws down for an open mouth smiley face just thinking about the dog-lovin’ Czechs! My stylish rat tail is wagging as I found that the Czech people are supaw dog-loving. During a long outing, my human accidentally spilled the entire bottled water that she had packed for my water breaks. Seeing that I was thirsty at the time, she panicked and hurried into a nearby convenience store/souvenir shop to buy new water for me. Although she didn’t have any cash on her at the time because we were departing the next day (and unfortunately, the store didn’t take credit cards), the store owner gave her FREE bottled water as soon as she mentioned that it was for her thirsty dog a.k.a. ME! The sweet store owner quickly motioned, “Just take it!” No questions asked. He didn’t even verify that she had a dog because I was outside with my other human. Now, that’s some real compassion for animals!
PARKS IN PRAGUE:
WOOF, there are over 100 green parks in the city, and most of them are dog-friendly (which makes traveling to Prague with a dog worthwhile)! 🙂 Be sure to keep your dog on leash unless you’re in a designated off-leash zone. Don’t forget to pick up after your dog – be a respectful visitor (and dog traveler)! While dog-friendly parks are virtually everywhere, Petřín Hill, Kampa Island, Letna Park, and Stromovka Park are very pawpular green spaces to take your dog for a stroll.
Now…for 10 of my Favorite Dog-Friendly Activities in Prague, Czech Republic:
#1 Explore the grounds of Prague Castle
WOOF! This MUST-VISIT landmark is ARF-mazing! Although dogs are not allowed inside the castle, I’ve seen plenty of my canine friends stroll and sniff around these impressive grounds.
TOP DOG barks: Built in the 9th century, the Prague Castle is considered the largest ancient castle in the WORLD. Heck, it only covers an area of a whoppin’ 750,000 square feet (at 1,870 feet in length and 430 feet in width). This Baroque-style castle with a medieval past attracts over 1.8 million visitors annually. ARF yeah, it’s also the official office of the President of the Czech Republic.
#2 Sniff out Old Town
We quickly became regulars at Old Town Square, especially during LATE NIGHT when the square is still relatively lively with locals (without most of the tourists).
TOP DOG barks: In the Czech language, Old Town is called Staré Mesto. Like any Old Town in Europe, the roads are cobblestoned, making long walks tough on my paws. So it’s best to explore Old Town and walk along the city walls slowly without all the foot traffic. The medieval architecture here is incredible and takes me back to fairytale times of me being a brave Yorkie knight. I made sure I left an alpha mark near the Astronomical Clock (3rd oldest in the world) located at Old Town Square.
#3 Chill at Charles Square
One of the largest squares in the world, Charles Square in New Town is, PAWS DOWN, my favorite square in Prague. This square emerged once New Town was founded back in the 14th century. Heck, it was also the largest town square in medieval Europe. I love posting up with my humans while keeping my eyes and nose alert for those cute furry Czech ladies. HAH, I’m always ready to do the chase! Two of the most impawtant buildings here are the New Town Hall and the Church of Saint Ignatius.
#4 Try traditional Czech food
Mmm mmm, this is how traditional Czech food looks like! I can only promise you that it smells and tastes even better. Since most restaurants in Prague are dog-friendly, I’ve always had the option of sitting my furry butt outside OR inside. Again, i never got a single nasty look from the wait staff. WOOF-HOO!
Be try to lick your chops to some of my favorite Czech goodies::
Guláš – A pawpular dish throughout Central Europe (originating in Hungary), the goulash is a thick stew made with succulent beef, onions, and spices. YUM!
Knedliky – Czech dumplings are a staple food for the Czechs. Made with flour, yeast, egg, salt, and milk, “knedliky” is usually served on the side of traditional dishes, including Vepřo knedlo zelo, which consists of Czech roast pork, dumplings, and sauerkraut.
Česnečka – Garlic soup is the TOP DOG prevention against illness, according to the Czechs! It’s also called the Hangover Soup. 🙂 Perhaps, the best remedy after a long night of Pilsners!
Řízek – ARF-my-DOG, the Czechs have their own version of schnitzel! The Czech schnitzel is a ½ inch slice of tenderized pork coated in flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs that is then deep-fried.
#5 Grab Vietnamese food
ARF, Vietnamese food in Prague? You betcha! As a Native Californian, I can sniff out authentic Vietnamese food with my robust wet nose from miles away! So, trust me when I bark that I know my Vietnamese food like the back of my paw. Much to our surprise, Prague boasts some of the best pho (beef noodle soup) and bun (vermicelli) that I have ever licked our chops to. That’s right, it’s time to lick those noodle soup bowls clean! Our go-to spot is Pho Vietnam in Praha 2 (15, Anglická 529), where you can order at the counter and devour a big bowl of delectable authentic pho in a matter of minutes.
#6 Cross the Charles Bridge
Crossing the Charles Bridge is one of those MUST-TRY touristy things to do in Prague. ARF-ter all, it connects Prague Castle to the city’s Old Town. It is the oldest standing bridge over the Vltava river and the second oldest bridge in the country. AWOOOO, I can howl and bark with an upright tail that this spectacular bridge is NOT overhyped! With such unforgettable views across the Vltava river, head-tiltin medieval architecture, and fascinating statues, this historic arch stone bridge built in 1357 is one cool place to explore by the paw and get some wet nose investigative action. Despite the short distance of the bridge, my humans and I took our time to take in its magnificence, stopping our noses at each statue. Arf yeah, you can best avoid heavy pedestrian traffic for your dog’s sake by going early in the morning or later in the evening.
#7 Roam around Nové Město a.k.a. New Town
The newest and largest of the five independent towns of Prague, New Town was founded back in 1348 by Charles IV. Although it’s outside the city walls, New Town is a buttload of FUN! There are plenty of spots to sniff out, including gothic and baroque churches and Wenceslas Square, a long boulevard with many retail shops and the neoclassical National Museum building. Known as Prague’s main commercial district, New Town is where I rested my furry paws at night. WOOF, my pawsome home away from home has numerous barkworthy restaurants, bars, museums, theaters, and historical buildings.
#8 People and dog-watch at Wenceslas Square
As barked earlier, Wenceslas Square is one happenin’ place! All I can bark is that this square is one cool SPOT. Located in New Town, Wenceslas Square is one of the central squares in the city. With many community events held at Wenceslas (including protests and demonstrations), I’ve spent many afternoons sniffing it out and taking in the exuberant Prague “scene.” In addition, it is the site of seasonal markets, like the annual Christmas and Easter markets. And, even without any event going on, Wenceslas Square always has a few food stands selling tasty authentic Czech food. The top part of the square is dominated by the neoclassical National Museum building, while fashion stores and brand names dominate the lower part.
#9 Relax at Malá Strana (Lesser Town)
Even though New Town is my hood, I’d have to bark that Malá Strana has a very special place in my little Yorkie heart. This gorgeous hillside neighborhood is where I set my paws to slow things down and relax. Malá Strana is not only less touristy compared to Old Town, but it also offers splendid views across the Vltava river to Old Town. I love taking water breaks along the river and giving my alpha paws a rest from a long day of roaming (and marking).
#10 Admire Powder Tower (Gate) + Municipal House
It’s Selfie Time at Powder Tower! Dating back to 1475, Powder Tower is one of the original city gates, separating Old Town from New Town. Back in medieval times, it was one of the 13 gates for the people of Prague to enter Old Town. With such mesmerizing medieval architecture, it’s hard not to look up, tilt your head, and be amazed by this gigantic Gothic monument (after you cross the Charles Bridge to enter Old Town). Historically, the coronation processions of Czech kings entered Old Town through the Powder Tower, which is part of the “Royal Way” to the Prague Castle. The pawbulous Municipal House is right next to the tower. Don’t forget to take some extra IG-worthy photos here.
Hope you enjoy traveling to Prague with your dog! Sniff out other dog-friendly places I’ve conquered with my alpha paws.
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Markin’ it up,
Roger Wellington a.k.a. The Doob
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