Gluten Free In Germany
Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:42 PM
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I would also suggest writing down/saying to restaurants the advice from this website: http://dzg-online.de...chef.157.0.html
Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:50 PM
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:47 AM
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:53 PM
Thanks so much for all these tips! I am traveling to Frankfurt and Heidelberg next week and will definitely need access to safe gluten-free snacks since I'm pregnant and can't take the chance of contamination.
Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:17 PM
Grafenwoehr is now a training facility, from what I understand from my son-in-law. I remember most of the Cold War, the bomb drills and such. I'm sure it's very different now. It seems like the Army bends over backwards to help people transition from the US to Germany.
I did not have to eat gluten free when I was in Germany, but your mention of Grafenwoehr brought back a whole host of memories, Mindy, since that was a first-line-of-defense town on the border of east and west in the cold war days I worked in the psychiatric clinic of a USAH and many's the time a young private would be brought in having cracked under the stress of the tensions back in that time. Sad to say, I still think of all the wonderful breads (and wurst, of course) when I think of Bavaria. I am sure that things in Grafenwoehr are very different now from what they were then
Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:03 AM
We spent a month in Germany near Munich. It seemed really hard to eat out as everything is breaded and waiters. The other thing to watch out for was wheat syrup that they have in a lot of things we can normally eat here that are made with corn syrup like candy and yogurt. We cooked a lot. Train stations were especially hard as they were filled with baked goods and not much else.
Posted 17 May 2013 - 06:55 PM
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.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 10:46 AM
i am late too but maybe more people with Celiac Disease from the US want to travel to germany so i want to give you some more information. My Wife got her dignosis in 2008 and for now 5 years we are very familiar with celiac Disease.
As stated before meanwhile there are many shops, so called "supermarkets" which sell glutenfree Products:
The biggest and nationwide are:
You get packed bread and cake for Travelling. Some products have to be baked before you can eat it.
Even in so called Discounters you get packed products with the gluten free sign (Gluten Frei) or the Text on it. (Mostly on the back of the product)
Just look for these Shops:
Even the restaurants get more celiac friendly in germany.
On the Site www.glutenfreeroads.com you may search on Shops and Restaurants which had a officially certificate. But always please ask what meals are glutenfree.
Besides this officially tested there are a lot more Restaurants spread over Germany.
We have founded a Facebook Group "ZĂ¶liakie Austuasch" with up to now 1100 people in it who share Tipps for Traveling and Eating Outside. Although this group is mainly german we answer english questions too.
Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:22 PM
So glad to see this post. I am teaching in Berlin for 5 weeks this summer. Unfortunately, we are staying in a hotel and I will only have access to a refrigerator- no microwave or stove for cooking my own food. The prospect of essentially eating every meal out is starting to weigh heavily on me. Unfortunately, I expect to be glutened often. I have found a English blog about being gluten free in Berlin that has a guide on where to find gluten-free shops and restaurants, but I am wondering about the "safe" foods I can normally purchase in the US by checking labels. I'm glad to be warned about the wheat syrup- seezee. Is there translated word I can look for on the package? Are cold cuts in Germany generally safe or are only certain brands? I'm thinking yogurt, nuts, cold cuts, and cheese are going to be my staples along with whatever gluten-free products (crackers, bread, etc) I can round up at the specialty stores.
Mindy- the Berlin blog may be helpful to you as well because it reviews products sold there and he lists a couple of chain restaurants that label what foods are gluten-free naturally. Maybe those chains would also be in the town you are staying in. http://glutenfreiber...wordpress.com/
Posted 22 May 2013 - 03:06 PM
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.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:16 PM
Thank you- I will write down the brands you mentioned and check everything else. Thank you for the warning about the nuts as well!
Posted 06 June 2013 - 04:46 AM
Any advice on Heidelberg? I may be going to a conference in November and need to find safe food for just a few days, within walking distance of the convention center. The conference registration asked about dietary restrictions, but who knows whether they can accomodate gluten-free.
I never liked bread anyway.....
Posted 06 June 2013 - 06:07 AM
Thanks for all the advice! Daughter has been scoping out stores as well, and we are probably going to ship some food over before our visit. I will definitely use the web sites because I hope we can do a lot of sight-seeing. Especially to Leipzig, because as an organist, I'm a huge Bach fan!
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