Jun 27, 2015 - 11:22 PM
in reply to Juliek
My husband is gluten-intolerant and we have been very successful both dining out and cooking in during our visits to Wengen (18 times). However, he is not coeliac and does not have issues with cross-contamination. Being coeliac, you may find things a bit more challenging.None of the restaurant kitchens has separate work/prep areas for gluten and gluten-free. However there are many wonderful things to eat in restaurants that likely have not come into contact with any work surfaces or utensils contaminated with gluten. There are lots of cheeses (of course!), airdried meats that are out of this world, wurst (sausages - think lean and heavenly), fruits, vegetables, potatoes, meats & fish, eggs, salads, and soon. We have had good experience with chefs preparing sauced protein entrees using cornstarch instead of flour, making the dish now gluten-free. Unless something has changed since I was last in Wengen (August 2014), you will not find gluten free pasta, cereals, or breads in restaurants.When traveling I find it very important to carry cards describing your dietary situation in the local language (in this case, German).That way, if the wait-staff doesn't understand your request they can take the card to the chef who can then let you know what is possible. Here is a link to a card in German; I suggest you print out multiple copies and carry them with you. www.celiactravel.com/c ards/german/ And the English translation is here www.celiactravel.com/c ards/english/ As for cooking in, as long as you prepare the types of foods I mentioned that restaurants carry you will of course be fine. I did not see any gluten-free pastas, prepared foods, mixes (such as for cakes or breads),breads, or crackers in either grocery market in Wengen during our last visit. However we did find gluten-free muesli for breakfast which was quite nice with yogurt, fruits, and meats. And there is a good chance that the selection of items has grown since then. I see that Coop(the large chain) has on their ‘shop at home’ website a fairly good selection of gluten-free pastas, prepared foods, crackers and such. I would not expect many of these to have found their way to Wengen yet but it is likely that some are now carried at the Coop in Interlaken, directly across from Interlaken Ost station.
And, in case you haven't seen it yet, you may find this series of PDFs helpful as you plan your trip to the area www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim