Kortney has multiple allergies and travelled to Austria for Christmas from her home in Berlin. She shares more about her experiences in the country.
Why did you travel to Austria?
I travelled to Austria with my husband and his family. We all wanted to celebrate a white Christmas and go skiing, and Austria was the best bet for snow. It was my first time skiing outside of Ontario, and man are those Alps impressive! We went to the town of Lofer.
What were your allergy concerns?
My biggest concern was staying safe while skiing. Since we would be up in the mountains all day, I was worried about having safe food and keeping my medications warm. I packed all my food and made sure my adrenaline pens were well insulated. Since we live in Germany and it is similar enough to Austria, I wasn’t too concerned about finding safe food at the supermarket.
Here is more about how I prepared for a skiing trip with food allergies.
How did you get to Austria?
Oh man, was this a journey! We flew with Lufthansa from Berlin to Munich and then took two trains and a bus! We packed lunch and picnicked on the train ride on the way there. On the way back we were lucky enough to get a drive to Munich and then flew home to Berlin.
What were my first impressions?
We got a white Christmas, so I was pleased! Foodwise, I only ate out at the hotel and one other restaurant. It did seem like allergies are uncommon where I was staying. Both places we ate at were more than accommodating and really wanted to find a safe option for me. Since we were in a more or less remote area, I did not want to take any chances and always had backup food on me.
Where did you stay?
We booked an aparthotel, which had a full kitchen and a restaurant. Having the luxury of a kitchen took off any stress that would typically be involved in travelling with 12 people plus it being Christmas time. Additionally, since I knew we had three meals at the hotel restaurant included in the price, I emailed them about my allergens in advance, and they had warned the kitchen about my dietary needs.
What was the coolest “can’t miss” experience?
The Alps. It’s just so beautiful there. You can breathe in the fresh air and take in how amazing our planet it.
Would you go there again?
I would go back to Austria. I’d like to see it in the summertime, to look at the mountains in their full green glory.
Any travel tips for visiting Austria with food allergies?
I am not sure how it would be in a big city, but allergies weren’t on many people’s radar where we were staying. They have to put the top 14 allergens on their menus, but that does not mean the restaurant knows how to cater to food allergies. Don’t make any assumptions because you see an allergy warning.