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Zermatt: eating gluten-free in one of the most famous peaks in Switzerland

The trip was about to end… what a pity! We had been traveling Europe for 15 days! We had driven more than 3,600km through 5 countries. After visiting Dijon, Heidelberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Munich, Neuschwanstein, Prague, Hallstatt and Gosau, Innsbruck and Schwyz, Lucerne, Zurich and Brunnen, we arrived at our second last stop: Zermatt!

At 7 o’clock in the morning we left Schwyz to go to Zermatt. The weather was awful and the forecast was rain during the whole trip. Before leaving, we prepared some ham sandwiches to eat them for lunch up in Gornergrat.

Going towards Zermatt, we drove through some amazing roads and saw some beautiful landscapes. We passed by a mountain pass that took us to a panoramic view in which there was a mandatory stop. In the distance, the snowy peaks indicated that we were getting closer and closer to Zermatt. Although it took us almost 5 hours to arrive, it was worth seeing all those landscapes.

We parked the car in the parking of the Täsch station, we took everything we needed and went to find the rack train that would take us direct to Zermatt. It took us about 20 minutes to arrive, as it stopped in other towns to which traffic is restricted.

Arriving at the station, we went directly to Hotel Residence Patricia, where we had booked a small apartment with views of the Matterhorn. As it was early, we left the suitcases in the cloakroom, took the sandwiches and went to buy the tickets to go up the Gornergrat.

They warned us that the weather was bad and the Matterhorn was covered. The weather forecast was bad for the next two days, so we decided to take a chance, buy the 90€ ticket for each and go up to see if the wind took the clouds elsewhere.

As you can see in the photo below, the wind did the opposite, taking all the clouds to the mountain… at least it left the glacier and the observatory with clear sky, so we could enjoy other views that were also very spectacular.

When we reached the top, we sat down to see the mountain with the covered peak and, while we waited for the clouds to leave, we ate the ham sandwiches that we had prepared.

We went up with our warmer clothes, but the wind did not stop punishing us. When we could not take it anymore, we went to see an exhibition of products related to that place. In fact, all of us who have eaten a Toblerone, we have seen this mountain, since it is in the logo.

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After seeing the exhibition, we went to take refuge in the observatory store. There you will also find free baths and, a little further up, the hotel restaurant with spectacular views of the Matterhorn (when it is clear of course). To spend a night here is on our check list!

Before leaving again to see the glacier and the mountains that are on the opposite side of the Matterhorn, we could not avoid taking a picture on the 3100 poster. We had never been so high! Although it does not have much merit because we had climbed by train, we were equally excited.

Seeing that the weather was only getting worse, we decided to go back down to the village. When we got down, we take the opportunity to settle into the apartment and rest a bit. After so much time up, we were really cold.

When we left for a walk, we went to see stores. Going to the main street, we stopped at the Denner supermarket, next to the station, on the main street, to see if they had gluten-free products.

Although it took us a while to find it, most of the cold cuts indicating “gluten free” in the list of ingredients and, in the area of the pasta, there was a “large” sign on the edge of the shelf, along with gluten-free products.

Apart from the Denner supermarket, you can also buy gluten-free products in Zermatt in Dropa Drogerie (Hofmattstrasse).

If you are looking for gluten-free restaurants in Zermatt, you can eat at:

  • The Pipe Cafe Bistro (Hofmattstrasse 7).
  • Pizzeria Ristorante Molino Seilerhaus (Bahnhofstrasse 52).
  • Old Zermatt (Kirchstrasse 15).
  • McDonalds (Bahnhofstrasse).

Apart from those indicated by the application, we also saw that one called Grampis (Bahnhofstrasse 70) had a sign indicating that they served gluten-free food.

Regarding McDonalds, we were hungry and did not have cookies with us, so we went in to order a hamburger but they could not serve us because they had run out of gluten-free bread… it had never happened to us! So, keep in mind that you can eat there, but they may not have bread for coeliacs…

The cold took a short time to arrive, since the sun hide back the mountains a long time ago… we did not want to continue suffering so we returned home to prepare dinner.

We already had little food left and we prepared some peas sautéed with ham and some precooked meatballs that we had bought… they were disgusting! After dinner stayed in the apartment.

The next day, we got up with a radiant sun. The sky was clear! From the balcony of the apartment we could see the Matterhorn without any clouds next to it. We did not have the budget to go the two of us up again, but since I had been there years ago, when I went to Switzerland before moving to Finland, I told Isabel to go up while I was preparing the bags and checking out. We had the check-out at 11 o’clock in the morning, so we would meet in front of the train station around 11.30-12h to go to Lyon (France).

What a change with the previous day! The sky was blue, without any cloud and Isabel could see the entire panorama and take pictures in conditions. In addition, she also made some stops along the way, at the other stations where the train stopped, to make other photographs of lakes and mountains that were on the other side of the track. Wonderful!

When she got downstairs, I was already waiting for her at the station. We took the rack train back to Täsch to catch the car and head to Lyon.

We arrived in Lyon (our last stop) around 4pm, starving and exhausted. In theory we had to arrive at 12 o’clock in the morning, but at that time we left Zermatt, so we did not do anything else that day, just eat and rest.

The next day, the last day of trip, it took almost 12h to get to Barcelona due to an accident on the highway that forced us to detour through Clermont-Ferrand. Returning from my road trip to Scotland (soon we will share it) I went back through this route, so we stopped to eat the last pack of tenderloin at the service station of the Viaduct of Millau, until very recently the highest in the world with 342m.

After 17 days, we returned to Barcelona, having traveled 4.846,60km and visited 14 cities in 5 different countries. Everything good have an end! But we could not finish it any other way: when we arrived in Barcelona, we went to have some Bacon & Cheese Fries and some Chicken Pops at Foster’s Hollywood.

And here ends the story of our summer trip to Europe. Soon we will publish Vienna, Budapest, Croatia, Chicago and many other destinations.

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!