The Kempinski Hotel in Charlottenburg, close to the Ku'Damm, still retains some of the Cold War chic that made it Berlins most luxurious post war hotel. Hence spies mixed with diplomats and politicians with Generals and the feeling is still very much the same. It is close to the shops on the Ku'Damm, next door is Mario's one of the best Italian restaurants in the city and close to U-bahn and S-bahn stations.
Rooms start at 139 Euros and dogs are welcome.
A good way to get around Berlin is to use the U-bahn, especially for dogs. The step up is pretty easy and it takes you wherever you want. For a dog with short legs, this is an important part of life in the city.
We had an apartment in Berlin so this was the first place we took her. Our kids were in college so we could go for a few months. In those days we had to change planes in Frankfurt due to the Berlin wall. It was a long trip, 10 hours. We fed her well the day before and as she was small she was at our feet in her carrier on the plane. I snuck her out a few times for love and water and she was perfectly fine. We found some out of the way places at the Frankfurt airport for her to take a pee. It is a short flight from there to Berlin so we were home free once we arrived. Of course in those days there were soldiers with machine guns all over the airport in Berlin.
Europeans travel with their dogs more than the US and though I will give you many great places to stay with your pet ,there are accommodations for all price points all over Europe. In the US it's either the lowest of the low places along the road or a few great hotels in big cities. There are some exceptions but this is the rule. More later.
After having many Labs in our family, Michael wanted a dachshund which was the dog he had as a little boy so we got one. He answered an ad. He went up to visit. The people approved and they delivered this little puppy to our house three months later. I have to admit that I thought she looked like a little rat. I named her Trixie after an artist's wife I knew.Trixie Lupertz. Michael was so happy to have this dog. He loved her and taught her and fed her. I started loving her too. After just a few short months she was close to me too. We never wanted to leave her so we traveled everywhere we could with her. This is a blog about those travels for all of you who don't want to be away from your puppy too.