Dog Walking Dusseldorf
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5 of the Coolest Places for Dog Walking in Düsseldorf

May 27, 2016

Claire Edmonds, owner of  Your Happy Paws (a cat and dog sitting service in Düsseldorf) has graciously offered her expert advice on where you can take your dogs (or ferrets, or cats, or how ever you roll) on a nice long walk.

When the good weather returns one thing that all dog owners love to do is take a long walk with their dogs. But where are the best places for dog walking in Düsseldorf?

As in many German cities, Düsseldorf also has a „Leinenzwang“ for dogs, which means that we have to keep our four-legged friends on a leash in public places. Düsseldorf does offer a lot of doggy play areas though within the parks. You can recognize these spaces by the sign.

Some of these doggy play areas are quite small enclosed spaces – more just for a small outing and a stretch of the legs like within in the Zoopark in Düsseltal. Some of these enclosed spaces can be quite big. I will introduce a couple of them below. There are also areas where you can let your dog run free.

Here are my top 5 spots for dog walking in Düsseldorf:


Theodor-Heuss-Brücke / Rheinwiese

This is quite a big enclosed space close to the Rhine. It’s easy to get to and even though it is fenced in, the space is quite large for a good run around.


Lantz’scher Park Lohausen (Lohauser Dorfstraße)

I really love this park. It is like a secret walled-in garden that very few people know about. It boasts a deserted manor house and a small chapel. I just really like the atmosphere of this place. Although it is not a designated dog walking area, and you are not allowed to take your dog off the leash, I do think it is worth a visit.


Grafenberger Wald

If you prefer a walk in some cool, shady woodland, then the Grafenberger Wald is for you. Here you can let your dog roam freely. There is also a dog-friendly restaurant called Walfgasthof Gut Wolfsaap with a beer garden for refreshments along the way. They allow dogs in the restaurant. 


Rheinwiesen Kaiserswerth

This is another lovely place to walk your dogs along the Rhine in the north of Düsseldorf. There is grass to run around on and a pebble beach for the dogs who like a swim. It’s easily accessible as there is large car park nearby (Niederrheinstr./ An St. Swidbert).


Rheinwiesen Oberkassel / Heerdt

This is the place to meet other dogs and dog walkers. Here you can let your dog run freely along the banks of the Rhine. An absolute doggy paradise! As it is close to the center of Düsseldorf you can take your dog here during weekdays and do not have to reserve it for a special outing at the weekend.

Any other dog walking places in Düsseldorf that you’d suggest? Do you have any questions about living #LifeInDüsseldorf? Feel free to send us an email with your questions at If you have tips you’d like to share with others, we’re also accepting guest posts which include the author’s name, bio and photo. 

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    September 12, 2018

    • The huge open area along the river at Niederkassel (huge open fields as well as beaches along the river).
    • The forests adjacent to the airport with parking/entrance along Kalkumer Schlossallee.
    • Although not in Düsseldorf, Sechs Seen Platte in Duisburg is great too.

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      Jenna Davis

      September 13, 2018

      Thank you so much for these awesome tips Lawrien! ☺️✊


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