Off into the water

// Off to the water - swimming possibilities for your dog

Your dog is a real water rat, but you haven’t found the right swimming spot where he is really welcome? We have looked around Austria for the most beautiful beaches for dogs and discovered a few great insider tips for you!

Whether your dog is a water rat or cautiously watches the other dogs romp in the water from the shore: Hot temperatures are best spent together by the water! But dogs are not allowed on many lakes in Austria, not to mention outdoor pools. So where to take your four-legged darling? Pack a towel, a LimuZZ muzzle for safety, a leash and treats and off you go to our swimming hotspots – or better yet, dogspots!

Hundestand an der Donau
Traunauen Ebelsberg

Upper Austria

  • Danube beaches: Dogs can cool off in the Danube at the Danube beaches in Ottensheim or Wilhering, for example.
  • Gusen: In the dog play area in St. Georgen, the four-legged friends can plunge into the Gusen – without any leash or muzzle requirement!
  • Hallstättersee: Between Obertraun and Hallstatt at the so-called Landbettler there is a nice dog bathing place where you can go swimming together.
  • Mondsee: At the Mondsee between the villages Plomberg and Scharfling there is a free lake access with four-legged friends!
  • Traunauen near Ebelsberg: Just a short walk, one kilometer from the Ebelsberg Traun bridge, are beautiful gravel banks that invite you to linger.
  • Traunsee: There is also a place on the Traunsee where you can splash around together with your dog: right next to the regular swimming beach and the Altmünster sailing club.
  • Unterhimmler Au: In the nature reserve in Steyr there are many gravel banks and shady paths along the river – ideal for a walk with cooling down!
  • Weikerlsee/Mitterwasser: The Great Weikerlsee is a nature reserve where bathing is absolutely prohibited. But nothing speaks against a nice round around the lake – because by the surrounding Au and the nearby Mitterwasser, a cooling (at least for the dog) is also possible here.


  • Old Danube: In Vienna, too, nothing stands in the way of bathing fun with your dog. Next to the Angelibad near the U6 station “Neue Donau” is the dog bathing zone Ferdinand-Kaufmann-Platz.
  • Danube Island: On the Danube Island there are two beautiful bays (Dog Beach North and Dog Beach South) with lots of sand and shade. The places are easily accessible by public (don’t forget your muzzle!), but there is also a parking lot nearby.
  • Heustadlwasser: The almost two-kilometer-long area that runs through the Vienna Prater is quiet and offers many small bays. It is located near the Ernst Happel Stadium.
  • Hirschstetten: The bathing pond Hirschstetten is easy to reach by bus (line 85A or line 26) and you can comfortably go into the water together with your dogs!
  • Mühlwasser: Very idyllic, at the edge of the Lobau, you can spend the day in a bay at the Mühlwasser. The best way to get there by public transport is to take lines 92A, 93A, 95A or 96A.
  • Süßenbrunn bathing pond: This bathing pond belongs to the dogs – at least three quarters of it! At many small bays you can ideally go into the water, but there is also a large sunbathing area, a cottage with catering and a parking lot.

Lower Austria

  • Ebersdorfer See: At the Ebersdorfer See in Ober-Grafendorf leash is compulsory, but there is a separate dog zone.
  • Danube beach in Spitz on the Danube: Here there is a public stand where dogs are allowed.
  • Gmünd lido: In the natural bathing pond with sandy beach may be splashed with the four-legged friend without hesitation!
  • Weißenkirchen: Gently sloping sandy bays promise animal fun at the lido Weißenkirchen!
  • Pioneer Island near Klosterneuburg: Without exaggeration, the Pioneer Island is the South Sea near Vienna! There is a large beach on the Danube, sand and stones, lots of woodland – and lots of dogs! It is ideal to go into the water and there is parking on the street. Wow – simply gorgeous! PHOTO


  • Bathing lake Reßnig: In front of the impressive panorama of the Karawanken you can spend the day here comfortably. Away from the lido, there is a dog bathing zone on the western shore of the bathing lake. Lake Wörth between Pörtschach and Velden.
  • Lake Ossiach: The Messer lido on Lake Ossiach also has a separate dog bathing beach with lake access.
  • Forstsee: The circular route around Forstsee is somewhat adventurous – but at many bays you are completely alone and can enjoy the silence. Together with the dog you can swim and splash here. The Forstsee is located in the municipality of Techelsberg on Lake Wörth between Pörtschach and Velden. PHOTO
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  • Mattsee: Dogs are allowed outside the public bathing areas and lidos.
  • Wallersee: The same applies to Wallersee. At Seehotel Winkler in Neumarkt, dogs are also allowed at the hotel’s own swimming area on the Wallersee, even if the owners do not spend their vacation there.
  • Zeller See: Here, too, dogs are allowed in the freely accessible areas, but not in the lidos.


  • Altsee: There is no public lido at the Altsee near Reutte, so you can swim anywhere with your dog!
  • Blindsee: Turquoise water, fantastic mountain panorama: what more could you want? In the Blindsee at the Fernpass you are also allowed to swim together with your dog. But you have to pay for the toll road that leads to the lake.
  • Durlaßboden reservoir: In the mountain lake on the Gerloßpass, nothing stands in the way of bathing fun with your dog. Good to know for the surfer dogs: There is also a rental shop here with standup paddling equipment.
  • Seefeld: Dogs are very welcome above the Zirler Berg and especially at the “Strandperle” restaurant.
  • Lake Uri: Clear, blue water and free and permitted bathing for people and dogs – Lake Uri is simply fantastic!


  • Biotop Heiligenbrunn: Dogs are also allowed here!
  • Tauchenbach in Schlaining: Dogs can cool off in this river.


  • Lake Constance: Between Bregenz and Lochau there is a beach on Lake Constance where four-legged friends are also allowed.


  • Altausseer See: Dogs are allowed, but out of consideration for the other bathers, it is desired, but the public bathing areas with larger crowds to avoid.
  • Großlobming: Near Knittelfeld at the campsite there is a separate dog bathing area.
  • Grundlsee: In principle, you can take your dog with you to Grundlsee, but there are a few exceptions where the four-legged friends are not allowed: in the open-air swimming pool, in the leisure center, in the park and at the public bathing areas.
  • Murfeld: On the dog meadow Auwiese near Graz there is a bathing pond, where also the dogs may cool down.