Gluten-free in Germany

Curious about our travel experiences and eating gluten-free in Germany? Then read our gluten-free restaurant city guides!

Restaurant guides

While a lot of people in Germany speak English, I would absolutely recommend travelling with a German Gluten Free Restaurant Card to make gluten free travel easier. Down below you can also find some German basics. The German Coeliac Society is called Deutsche Zöliakiegesellschaft – DZG.

Gluten-free in Germany: supermarkets & co.

There are several places to buy gluten-free ingredients, from local supermarkets to bigger chain stores and organic shops. Several stores have their own “free from” products in a dedicated gluten free product section.

  • Edeka – supermarket
  • Rewe – supermarket
  • Spar – supermarket
  • Kaufland – supermarket
  • Lidl – discount supermarket
  • Aldi – discount supermarket
  • Real – hypermarket
  • DM Drogerie – drugstore chain
  • Reformhaus – general word for a health (food) store
  • Bioladen/ Biomarkt – organic store / organic (super)market

German phrasebook

  • Gluten = Gluten
  • Kann Spuren von Gluten enthalten = May contain traces of gluten
  • Weizen / Weizenstärke = Wheat / wheat flour
  • Weizeneiweiß = Wheat protein
  • Weizenkleber = Wheat glue
  • Roggen = Rye
  • Hafer = Oats
  • Gerste / Gerstenmalz / Gerstenmalzextrakt = Barley / barley malt / barley malt extract
  • Dinkel = Spelt
  • Grünkern = Unripe spelt grain
  • Bulgur = Bulgur
  • Einkorn = Einkorn
  • Kamut = Kamut
  • Couscous = Couscous
  • Grieß = Semolina
  • Nudeln = Pasta
  • Paniermehl = Breadcrumbs

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