Zum Hirschen, Scheidegg

Ages ago, my boyfriend and I were trying to figure out where to go on vacation when he asked me ‘isn’t there some gluten-free mecca or somewhere?’ which led me to googling just that and finding Scheidegg in Allgäu.

Scheidegg is a bit of an adventure to get to from Konstanz. You take the catamaran to Friedrichshafen, followed by a train to Lindau, then a bus that winds it’s way up into the Allgäu. Or, if you are more adventurous, take the bus or train to Bregenz, then the cable car up the side of the mountain called Pfänder, and hike your way to Scheidegg. This route is a lot more fun and the hike is almost exclusively downhill and takes just over three hours.

 

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Plus you get views like this as you’re hiking to Scheidegg from Pfänder

 

Scheidegg is fairly well known in the German gluten-free circuit, but I wanted to do a quick write-up for a few reasons. It is an absolutely great place to hike to, there are lots of other hikes in the area – not just to Pfänder. There are lots of hotels that offer gluten-free breakfast and lots of restaurants that offer gluten-free meals – I think you can try a different gluten-free schnitzel every night for a week in Scheidegg. There is also a nice cafe in an old house that offers a few gluten-free cakes, which is just as important.

I won’t detail every place that we went to, or everything that we ate. I just want to point you to the best restaurant in the entire town. Zum Hirschen.

There are cheaper places to eat in Scheidegg that also have gluten-free options labeled on their menu, but Zum Hirschen is by far the best. Coming from Konstanz, the prices aren’t too expensive, although with gluten-free beer and dessert, our meals can definitely get over 50€. Everything there is delicious though, so even if it is a bit pricey, it’s definitely worth it. Everyone working at Zum Hirschen is worth their salt and definitely understand what celiac means and what can and cannot be prepared gluten-free. Don’t be disappointed by their online menu, that is definitely not the only things that they offer gluten-free, but rather a sample of what are gluten-free.

 

Doesn’t that look incredible? Make sure that you make reservations, as it is very often packed to the rafters. We actually went to Scheidegg last summer for a small weekend getaway and then went back this year, just for Zum Hirschen. There are a collection of other places in town where you can order gluten-free, you can find them here. Don’t forget to go for a piece of cake here.

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Bischenberg – in the Black Forest, with plenty of chocolate (and cake!)

One of the things that I love about living on Lake Constance is how easy it is to get away to cute little towns in the surrounding mountains and hills – and there are a lot to discover. A little while ago, on a long weekend, we went to the Black Forest to a little tiny place called Bischenberg. I had found out about Bischenberg after doing a search for a gluten-free Christmas market, which is held in the parking lot next to the Gasthaus. We went there for the market last year and decided that we should go back for a little vacation sometime.

Bischenberg could easily be considered a part of neighbouring Sasbachwalden, which is a very pretty town with lots of Fachwerkhäuser – half timbered houses. The nearest train station is in Achern and as the bus winds its way up past farms and bed & breakfasts, to stop almost directly at your goal. The Gasthaus Bischenberg.

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The Gasthaus Bischenberg is a delight for any celiac or lactose intolerant traveler, particularly those who like sweets or for people who want more local, Black Forest cuisine. Both points were really interesting to me, as I love desserts and pastries, and a lot of the local cuisine here is wheat based and I haven’t been able to try very much.

First up was a little gift from the kitchen, which was a yummy cheese biscuit with tomato spread that was very light and very tasty. I could have had six more of them, no problem. What was extra nice is that this little starter is what everyone gets, so you feel very normal. You really don’t feel like you’re asking for anything unusual at the Bischenberg, when you’re asking for something gluten-free (or lactose-free, or vegetarian for that matter!).

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As an appetizer, we ordered the gluten-free and lactose-free Flädlesuppe. If you have no idea what a Flädle is, think of a fluffy egg-based pancake, made a bit thinner than your average pancake, then cut up into slices and served in a nice broth. It was wonderful.

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My boyfriend ordered the fish, which is raised in the stream next to the Gasthaus, while I had the Flammkuchen. I couldn’t pass up the chance to have another Flammkuchen, they’re so delicious. While my boyfriend really enjoyed his fish, we both thought that the Flammkuchen should have been done better. The base was pre-made and really wasn’t the thinness that a Flammkuchen should be. It was still really tasty but it wasn’t quite the quality that I expected.

We finished off our lunch by sharing a gluten-free apple strudel and then set off to find the nearest stop on the schnapps hiking route that wanders around Bischenberg. Originally, my idea was to hike the entire 18 kilometers but that wasn’t in the stars, so we decided to go to the nearest one. Turns out that I still get lost trying to use google maps and ended up at the top of the hill, out of breath, but at some castle ruins overlooking the countryside.

That is why I really like Bischenberg, you have a lot of nice walking trails in the area to work up an appetite between meals. It’s perfect if you want to just relax on the balcony, eat good food and go for some nice walks in the area. It’s even better if you like schnapps. We only made it to the one stop, but it was lovely, with nice chilled Drinks – lots homemade – and some homemade marmalade that we took home.

After our walk, we were back at Gasthaus Bischenberg for supper! Then it was time to try the schnitzel and some of the cake, which was really good, even if it took a bit of explanation. ‘Wine cake’ … how can cake be made of wine? when it’s actually chocolate cake with wine. Delicious.  Look at this lovely rhubarb meringue cake, absolutely delicious.

The next morning, breakfast was already laid out for us, with three gluten-free buns set out for me. A very nice array of cold cuts, followed by a special type of cake that was really yummy. All in all, a very nice time in Bischenberg!

 

Constance’s many gluten-free options

Despite Constance being a city of 80,000, there are quite a few options for celiacs here. I hadn’t really thought of it until I went to make the map for this, but I have been able to try a lot of different places out in the last two years. In any case, I will update this as I find new places. Go to the bottom for a map.

Meals:

Tolle Knolle is a potato themed Restaurant on the Bodanplatz near the Swiss border. This moderately priced restaurant has an allergy menu for gluten-free and lactose-free food. No reservations needed. Bodanpl. 9, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland www.tolle-knolle.de +49 7531 17575 €€

California Bar | Taco Lounge is amazing. I have written about it in my last post, but I really do love this place. 100% gluten-free with yummy tacos and delicious cheesecake. Nice patio on the Bodanplatz, perfect for relaxing with a beer. No reservations needed. Bodanpl. 12A, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland www.california-kn.de +49 7531 8027848 €€

Restaurant Papageno is an upscale Restaurant that is more than willing to cater to any allergy. Even the little ‘gift from the kitchen’ at the start of the meal was gluten-free. Not for the every day but definitely worth a visit. Reservations recommended. Hüetlinstraße 8 A, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland www.restaurant-papageno.net +49 7531 368660 €€€€

Rigg’s Burgers is probably the cheapest place to get a decent gluten-free meal in Constance, at least if you like burgers. Just tell your Server that you need to eat gluten-free and they’ll tell you what options you have. You can get the burgers on a gluten-free bun for an extra 2,50€ or you can get it on lettuce! For sides, only the regular French fries are okay for us, as they have their own dedicated fryer. No reservations needed. Bodanstraße 23, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland www.riggs-burger.com +49 7531 3638520 €€

Vida Eat Different is a little café on a side street in the downtown core that has a lot of gluten-free food. A lot of their offerings are vegan, organic, local, gluten-free, or a mix of all of them. Their wraps are delicious and are made out of buckwheat and all of the packaging is compostable. A little pricey for a Café but definitely worth it. Neugasse 20, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland  www.eatdifferent.de +49 1590 8190924 €€

Karma Restaurant + Lounge is one of Constance’s many Indian Restaurants. Thankfully, most of India’s delicious food is gluten-free and Karma is no exception. Just ask the server to double check. No reservations required. Sigismundstraße 14, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland www.karma-konstanz.de +49 7531 3698024 €€

Brasserie Ignaz is located right across the street from the train station and is a really nice place for a drink in summer. It doesn’t have a huge menu for celiacs, as they focus more on Flammkuchen, a thin pizza, but their steaks are very good and they have a huge gin list. No reservations required. Bahnhofpl. 6, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland www.brasserie-ignaz.de +49 7531 2827788 €€€

Mayura, along with it’s sister restaurant Sitara, is a lovely indian restaurant located close to the Stadtpark and the main shops. As is often the case, there’s very little gluten in this Indian kitchen,  and everything is pretty good.  I highly recommend the mango chicken. No reservations required. Fischmarkt 1, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland www.mayura-restaurant.de +49 7531 3633766 €€

Eugen’s is another organic cafe that has a lot of gluten-free dishes on it’s menu and usually a few different types of gluten-free cakes. Brunch is also an option, although I haven’t tried it. No reservations required but it often gets pretty busy, so go a bit early. Münzgasse 1, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland www.eugens.bio +49 7531 9768689 €€

Tapasbar La Bodega is an adorable little Spanish Tapas Restaurant, tucked away down a side street close to the Rhine. The boss of the place is a great woman named Maria and she knows everything. She will run through the entire list of tapas that you can order that night and will come back for dessert, make sure you save some room. If you are missing Spain, check out this place, but make sure to make a reservation. Schreibergasse 40, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland La Bodega’s Facebook Page +49 7531 27788 €€€

Sushibar Tatsumi is a small sushi bar in Wollmatingen, that is definitely the best sushi in Constance and likely the best on the entire lake. It has atmosphere, it feels authentic and according to one person on Instagram, there’s even an allergy menu and gluten-free soya Sauce. I am definitely going to have to go back and test that out. Make reservations well in advance, as there’s only about twelve tables. Wollmatinger Str. 70 b, 78467 Konstanz, Deutschland www.sushibartatsumi.de +49 174 5392200 €€€

Maharani is another Indian restaurant in Constance and definitely the cheapest in downtown. Everyone at the restaurant knows about celiac disease and will tell you that practically everything is fine, except for the samosas of course. Dishes are huge and cheap and tasty, a good combintion. Reservations aren’t really necessary unless the city is full for a festival. Konradigasse 1, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland www.maharani-konstanz.de +49 7531 20290

Singapore Restaurant Meera is a great restaurant, hidden away in Königsbau, with lots of Indian dishes and other asian dishes that you might not get a chance to have otherwise. Almost everything is gluten-free and they have wonderful mojitos. Reservations are a good idea on weekends. Friedrichstraße 32, 78464 Konstanz, Deutschland meera-restaurant-konstanz.de +49 7531 3692786

Snacks, Light Meals, Desserts:

Merci is located in the Lago and often has gluten-free cake, as well as a nice gin list. Bodanstraße 1, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland merci-konstanz.de +49 7531 9911122 €€€

Onar Crêpe is ran by two greek women, who have created their own gluten-free and lactose-free batter. It’s literally a window that is open onto the street, but the women are very friendly and banana-nutella Crêpes are wonderful. There’s an additional 1,40€ for the gluten-free Crêpe and there is a chance of contamination. Neugasse 8-10, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland +49 177 3190929

Voglhaus is a nice coffee shop in the pedestrian part of the old City. They usually have a few goodies that are gluten-free, and their orange cake is amazingly light and fluffy. Served in glasses, so they are definitely free of contamination. Also good coffee. Wessenbergstraße 8, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland www.das-voglhaus.de +49 7531 9189520

Shamrock is a pub right in the downtown, next door to Ignaz, only a few steps away from the train station. They don’t have a huge menu but they do have an allergy menu. Bahnhofstraße 4, 78462 Konstanz, Deutschland www.shamrock-konstanz.de +49 7531 24622

 

Restaurant Review: Krone in Donaueschingen-Grüningen

I love pizza. I think this has only become really obvious after realizing that I’m a celiac and that normal pizza was now on the Verboten list. In the last few years, I’ve been willing to travel quite a distance for gluten-free food. I just like seeing how other people are making pizza or pasta or schnitzel. Many times, restaurants and bakeries offering gluten-free/wheat-free food are based in large cities but sometimes… they are pretty hard to get to.

Today we went to Grüningen, which is technically a suburb of Donaueschingen and has all of 750 people living there. It is actually six kilometers from the Donaueschingen train station to the Grüningen station, through forest and fields, so I’m not quite sure how it is classified as a suburb.

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There are the hourly train that connects Grüningen with either Villingen to the north or Donaueschingen to the south, but we figured that walking would work up a good appetite. I am very glad that we walked, despite the blisters on my heels. I ordered the calzone, which at 8€ was an absolute steal. Take a look at this, it’s massive.

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It’s covered in cheese, there’s more cheese and salami and ham and mushrooms baked inside of it and it was amazing. I hate to admit it, but I have never had a calzone. I didn’t know what they were for ages but now I think I’m a new convert. This was delicious and very filling. It definitely made the walk worth it. Also, even with the 1€ gluten-free surcharge, this was only 8,60e. Nothing is very expensive at Krone, it’s all very reasonably priced. It’s right next to the little train station and has ample parking. A lot of the family are celiacs, so they know very well about cross-contamination. I don’t know if lactose-free is possible as I don’t have much of a problem with lactose but gluten-free/wheat-free is definitely easy. The pizza dough they make themselves and it’s so yummy. Take a look at the gluten-free ham and salami pizza that my guy got.

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My guy is not a celiac, but he’s of the opinion that this is one of the best gluten-free pizzas that he’s had and we’ve had quite a few by this point. The dough is fluffy, not brittle like some thin crust pizzas. We figure the main ingredient is corn but it likely has some other ingredients as well because it holds together very well.

As far as vegetarian options, they definitely have a few choices with pizzas like the gorgonzola-broccoli pizza. I am wishing that I photographed the entire menu, as they don’t have an online presence. It’s mostly pizza and pasta, with ice cream for dessert. It’s got to be the only place in the Black Forest where you can get a banana split, although I have yet to try it. This was our second trip to Krone and both times, I end up completely stuffed.

Highly recommend Krone, without a doubt. It is best if you call ahead of time and say that you are coming so they know that they need to prepare the dough. Both times, we just called the day before and that worked out a treat.

Don’t just take my word for it, there’s a few reviews here too.

 

 

Ristorante Krone

Dorfstraße 1

Donaueschingen-Grüningen

Phone: 0771/2117

Languages spoken: German and Italian