Navigate the world with food allergies

Germany

Germany may be a small country but it varies immensively from south to north. From a diversity in dialects to country side there is a new impression in every new city. The one thing you can be sure to find is a pretzel and someone to clink your glass with and shout “Prost!”.

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Essential Information

Official Language

German

Emergency Number

112

Currency

Euro


Labelled Allergens

Celery, Cereals containing gluten, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Lupin, Molluscs, Mustard, Nuts, Peanuts, Sesame Seeds, Soya, Sulphur Dioxide (sulphites)


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Traditional Food

German food is a lot of meat, potatoes, and bread. Much of the bread contains seeds. Pastries and cakes use a lot of tree nuts, which may not be seen at first glance.

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Cultural Understanding of Food Allergies

Even though food allergies are labelled in menus the awareness surrounding allergies is still rudimentary in places beyond big cities. Make sure to always disclose your allergens and travel with a translated chef card.

English is spoken in most big cities, however at the post office or grocery store it may be more of a challenge.


Traveling Germany with Food Allergies  

National Airlines

  • Lufthansa

  • Condor

  • Eurowings

  • Germanwings

  • TUIfly

Major Hotel Chains

  • Accor

  • Best Western

  • Motel One

  • B&B

  • NH

Major Grocery Chains

  • Edeke

  • Rewe

  • Lidl

  • Aldi

  • Alnatura


Firsthand accounts of traveling in Germany with food allergies

Hiking in Germany with Food Allergies    From Kortney, Allergy Girl Eats

Hiking in Germany with Food Allergies

From Kortney, Allergy Girl Eats

Munich with a Nut Allergy    From Richard, The Nutty Traveller

Munich with a Nut Allergy

From Richard, The Nutty Traveller

Managing Allergies in Frankfurt    From Amanda, Everyday Allergen Free

Managing Allergies in Frankfurt

From Amanda, Everyday Allergen Free