I have traveled gluten free and with allergies around Switzerland many, many times and even worked in Geneva for 6 weeks. Each time I am fascinated with the scenery, views and people. I would like to share some recommendations with you to help make your gluten free and food allergy travels easier when enjoying this beautiful country including language travel cards, food products, restaurants and hotels.
First, from a language perspective, English, French, German and Italian are all spoken in this country depending upon where you are located. For that reason, I would recommend that you download the appropriate gluten free and/or food allergy translation cards and our language phrase guides to help you communicate your special dietary needs.
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Second, from a products standpoint, check out the Free From Supermarket. This online shop, in both the English and German language, specializes in a wide variety of organic free from products. These include gluten free foods as well as products free from the top 12 allergens as identified by European Union labeling laws. There is also a search filter that lets you select multiple allergens depending upon your food concerns.
Third, here are some gluten free and allergy-friendly restaurants, thanks to Heddi from the Dairy-Free Switzerland blog. She has provided a list of restaurants in over 10 cities that have experience serving clients with allergies and other dietary restrictions from Bern, Interlaken and Lausanne to Lucerne and Zurich. In addition, arm yourself with ethnic restaurant advice for eating in various restaurants including French and Italian cuisines.
Also, Heddi has identified gluten and allergy-friendly accommodations in over 30 cities that have allergy-friendly restaurants and/or kitchens for preparing your own meals. Also refer to 5 different gluten free and food allergy organizations based in Switzerland for more information.
I hope that these tips and our other resources help you safely
eat and travel throughout Switzerland!