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Munich: outside the breweries you can eat gluten-free

After visiting Dijon, Heidelbrergh and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, after another early morning, we arrived in Munich around 10:30 am. We went straight to the hotel to leave all the luggage in the lock room and then go to the workshop to see what happened to the car. We stopped for breakfast to eat some pate sandwiches along the way and, during the 30 minutes we were there, the car dind’t drop anything to the floor. Very strange!

From the hotel we went directly to the Toyota dealership where they were already waiting for us. We were there for almost an hour waiting. We were very nervous! If we had to leave the car there it meant that the breakdown was big and we did not want to hear that news… Finally, when the workshop manager came to us, he explained that they had fixed it. It was just a hose from the diesel pump that was not well tight. Ugh, what a relief!

Back at the apartment Adagio Apartments Munich we parked the car in the garage and, although it was raining, windy and very cold, we went for a walk around the city. It was 12 o’clock and they did not let us in until 3:00 p.m. “The apartment was not ready” they said…

We walked to the center of the city, passing by the Munich Cathedral (Dom zu Unserer Lieben Frau) to then reach the most famous square in the city: Marienplatz. Flanked by the new and old City Hall, this square is the very center of the city, from where you can get to many shopping streets full of restaurants. Unfortunately, not many gluten-free options…

When we reached the square, we saw the carillon, one of the most famous tourist attractions. By means of 43 bells and 32 automaton figures, it shows two scenes of the medieval age: the coopers dancing and distributing beer (with gluten) to celebrate the end of the plague; and a representation of the marriage between Guillermo V and Renata de Lorena. Of course, Bavaria wins! It is a sight worth seeing. It sounds every day at 11 and at 12 o’clock and, in summer, also at 5 o’clock.

In this area you will find some restaurants that offer a gluten-free menu. One of them is the Maredo Restaurant, in Frauenplatz 7 (in front of the Dom) and in the street Rindermarkt 5. Near the latter, you will also find a specialized store where they sell gluten-free products. It’s called Vitalia and it’s on Rosental Street.

If I had gone alone, I probably would have gone to Maredo, to the Berni’s Nudelbrett of Petersplatz to eat gluten-free pasta, or to the Pizzeria Bistro Pizzesco of Rosenheimer Str 12 which, although it is about 30 minutes walk from the center, is certified by Dr. Schär. Taking into account that in some German restaurants sometimes they do not control cross contamination well, when going with Isabel, we are not willing to take any risk. She is not gluten intolerant. She is allergic. After the shock we had the previous week in Alicante, we do not want to take more risks. We are talking about adrenaline injection and running to the hospital versus possible belly pain and running to the bathroom… Just in case, take the gluten-free travel card in German always with you.

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From Marienplatz we went to the Tower of San Pedro from where we could enjoy a 360º air view of the city of Munich. After climbing some stairs like those of the Asinelli Tower in Bologna or those of the Tower of the Town Hall of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, we reached the top where we were had a cold welcome by the wind and the coldness. It was not very pleasant because up there the wind and the cold were more pronounced. We were not wearing warm enough clothes to be on the street at 11 degrees… How strange that temperature was in the middle of August!

Once again in the street, there was only an hour left to get into the apartment, so we decided to go for a walk through the old streets of the historic center, behind the Old Town Hall. Finally we arrived at the Hofbräuhaus, one of the most famous breweries in the city, and I would say that of Bavaria too.

Six years ago, when I was working at Dr. Schär, I was there with some workmates. One of them spoke German and, after long conversations, they finally prepared some boiled vegetables with boiled pork for me… but this time it was not so easy. In fact, when we asked who seemed to be the responsible for the dining room, his response was very concise: “Gluten frei ?, I do not know” and he left. Fail! That’s not the way to treat customers…

Finally, time to enter the apartment arrived! We were frozen and quite tired. We brought all our stuff up to the room and prepared a great dish of pasta with cream and bacon. Afterwards, we took a well-deserved nap. Our surprise was how dirty the apartment was. All furnitures were covered with a thin layer of white fluff. Disgusting! We were already preparing the food, so we took pictures, we cleaned it a bit and we decided we would complain later. We had decided to stay at home resting the whole day to prepare things for the rest of the trip.

That afternoon we dedicated it to rest, book the Free Tours for the next day and play board games that we had brought from Spain. The weather did not invite to go out and Isabel’s throat hurt a little. We also took the opportunity to find some information about what to see in Prague, since it was our next destination.

At night it was still raining. From the 7th floor of our apartment, we could see people running with their umbrellas upside down due to the hard wind… so we prepared hamburgers with cheese, peas and cherry tomatoes and went to sleep.

The next day, after having breakfast and fixing the problem with the room, we went to do the gluten free shopping in Munich. In Germany, you will find a wide variety of specific products in the majority of Reformhaus (usually dietetic shops) and also in DM Droguerie. For the basic purchase, you can go to the REWE supermarkets where there is an area dedicated to gluten free in which you will also find your their private label, which is better priced. This time we went to the Lidl, although they did not have a gluten-free area, we found gluten-free products such as pasta.

We returned quickly to the apartment to prepare a Cuban rice (this is how we call it in Spain) before going to the Free Tour. It was very cold and it was still raining… we put on the warmest clothes we had and went to Marienplatz, from where the tour began. The guide was an Argentine boy who had lived in Munich for years. The first stop was at the Cathedral, where he explained his story and why it was built with bricks. After showing us the “Devil’s Footprint”, we went back to Marienplatz to see the Carillon. It was 5:00 p.m.

From there we went to Odeon Platz where, just before arriving, we stopped in an alley between Residenzstrasse and Theaterinstrasse. This alley is known as Viscardigasse. Many Germans used it to avoid having to make the Nazi salute before the flag with the golden eagle and the swastika that Hitler had placed in front of the Felderrnhalle. Sitting there, the guide explained how was the failed coup d’etat, the Putsch in Munich.

When we reached the square it was no longer raining, but it was still very cold. There they explained to us the history of the different buildings that can be seen and they let us rest for a while. We took the opportunity to eat some loin sandwiches that we had prepared before leaving.

After touching the snout of three of the four lions of the Royal Residence – the lion is the symbol of Bavaria and, according to the guide, it is lucky to touch the snout to three of the four (touching the four is greedy and does the opposite effect) while you make a wish – we went to the theater. We were arriving to the end of the tour and it started to rain again. After hearing the history of the National Theater and the king who had ordered it to be built, we went for a walk along the street Maximilian Strasse, famous for its luxury shops. The tour ended at the Hofbräu brewery in Munich.

At the end of the tour, with wind and rain getting stronger, we looked for a Decathlon Store to buy gloves and warmer clothes. We were at 11 degrees and the weather forecast for the next destinations – Hallstatt, Innsbruck and Zermatt – was even worse. In fact in Zermatt it was snowing!

Once equipped, we returned to the apartment to prepare dinner. The next day we got up early to go to see the Castle of Neuschwanstein, 125km from Munich, to the south.

You can see the pictures of the trip here.



P.S.: Please keep in mind that in this blog I share my trips, anecdotes and experiences about gluten free travel around the world. It is possible that, in any of my trips, I go to some restaurant not trained by the associations where the risk of being contaminated with gluten exists. I kindly ask you to also take into account that the list of references can change. Please, always double check before eating in the restaurants we recommend. Thank you very much!


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Me llamo Santi y actualmente vivo en la provincia de Barcelona. En 2001, me diagnosticaron de enfermedad celíaca… ¡por fin! Además, soy intolerante a la lactosa, la alergia al pescado me mata, ¡literalmente!, y también algunas frutas... Viajar sin gluten se ha convertido en mi mayor hobby y creé Gluten Free Adventures por esta razón. Desde los 8 años, he viajado y vivido en distintos países… ¡aquí comparto mis experiencias viajando para descubrir restaurantes sin gluten, pastelerías sin gluten y heladerías sin gluten por todo el mundo! ¡Espero que os gusten nuestros viajes sin gluten!