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There's actually a lot of places in Berlin that are Celiac friendly.
If you go to the shops mentioned in the post above yours, you should be able to easily find gluten-free prepackaged items in the freezer section and in the specialty foods sections.
It will really depend when it comes to coldcuts. You can get some gluten-free, I've found Gutfried to be a good company, but we're also avoiding pork, so that's probably why. Youghurt for us is also case-by-case not only due to gluten but gelatin (pesky pork again). Nuts are case by case. Some have wheat, some don't.
I've been told "no" before, but I break out in dermatitis and I've had horrid reactions after opening package after package to help my inlaws, and also just petting the cats. IF/When we have any pets, they will all be gluten free.
I will give you my experience. I lived above a bakery for 3 years here in Germany. It was a logistics nightmare and I kept getting sick and having sinus issues every spring-fall. Any time they got a flour delivery, I had to run and close all of our windows. By then, it was usually too late.
Smelling the breads cooking and when they'd sweep - I'd have to avoid our hallways and block the small gap under our door every night.
I react when we go to festivals here and there are kiosks that have fresh crepes and pretzels being made. I ended up crashing one year I was first here because of the exposure. I was very sick and the entire week after I was dealing with symptoms.
I know people who don't have reactions, and I know people who do have reactions. I've heard anectdotally that even those who aren't having reactions are showing that their bodies are having them when their bloodwork was processed to check on how they're adjusting to their gluten-free lifestyle. I don't remember the studies and I recently lost my laptop due to a motherboard death (killed my harddrive too). I'm sure a few searches around the internet may bring it up.
On a now defunct forum, there was a girl going through cooking school and she had to quit because even with masks, she was having reactions.
I don't know about everyone else, but I know for me - it's not a risk I'm willing to take.
I'm late to the party, but I did want to say if anyone needs anything re:Germany, feel free to ping me. I've been here for six years and gluten free the entire time. I'm in the west south of Frankfurt am Main if that helps any, but the availability of items and products are nationwide.
Hello! I'm a neighbor in Germany originally from the US.
Your best bet is to contact them at the email address provided for information in English. Things are a little different in Austria than in Germany, but you might also get some help from the DZG in English. http://dzg-online.de/ -- they've been very helpful to us these last six years.
I've heard that Vienna is quite advanced and knowledgeable about Celiac issues, through the magazine that the DZG puts out. They occasionally will highlight areas you can vacation at and Vienna is one that pops up quite a lot.
You will likely find a lot of gluten free food options (prepared foods) at some of your supermarkets in the freezer section and a specialty food section all together. Ours is located in the Asian/Mexican aisle in one store, and near the diabetic and babyfood in another supermarket. You may also find options at the Reformhaus and if there's a similar store to DrogerieMarkt (or even that chain) in Austria, you may find it there as well. They have a nice selection in our area in Germany. . . lots of bread, cereal, breakfast bars, cookies and packed items you can bake.