Travelling in Germany with allergies/intolerances

It’s time to breathe in that seaside or mountain air. Completely immerse yourself and relax in the thermal waters of traditional spa towns. Eat out in high-class restaurants without a care in the world. Germany's establishments will be happy to cater to any allergies or food intolerances.

Services for visitors with allergies/food intolerances

Whether you fancy traditional German cooking or fine dining, people with dietary restrictions won’t have any difficulties eating out. Lots of people who work in the catering industry have had specific training on this topic. Substances that could trigger an allergic reaction are openly listed on menus, so that you can choose exactly what you like and that won’t cause you any upset.

Germans are also mindful of those with pollen and dust allergies. Many accommodation facilities have special bedding, and use pollen filters in their air conditioning systems and vacuum cleaners. The German Weather Service provides reliable information about the current pollen count on its website.

See the German Weather Service’s current pollen count

Many places also make the effort to use fragrance-free cleaning products and laundry detergents.

German hospitality providers are becoming increasingly aware of the issues. But one thing is clear: allergies and intolerances come in all shapes and forms. To make sure that your needs are met, you should communicate them clearly.

Holiday ideas for visitors with allergies/intolerances

Germany has so much to offer, and you can enjoy any kind of holiday you could possibly imagine here, from hiking high up into the mountains to enjoying a beach break on the North or Baltic coasts. The German islands are particularly popular among those who suffer from pollen allergies. Aah, nice clear air! The salty air is also beneficial for people with skin conditions.

“Allergy-friendly communities” are especially considerate of the needs of visitors with allergies or intolerances. This distinction is awarded by the German Spas Association (DHV). You can take a break from your allergy at any of the accredited holiday spots.

See the DHV’s allergy-friendly communities

Germany’s therapeutic baths and spas are also good places for a relaxing holiday, with clean air and health-giving waters. In addition, our partners in Germany’s cities and regions will be happy to provide you with further suggestions for relaxing breaks for those with allergies or intolerances. Such information is often provided under the umbrella term of 'accessibility'. Read more at Accessible travel destinations.

Certified options under “Tourism for All” for people with allergies/intolerances

In certain federal states, “Tourism for All”, the nationwide information system for accessible tourism options in Germany, also gathers extensive information on behalf of visitors with allergies/intolerances.

When searching, you can set specific filters for features in our database in order to find establishments that meet your needs exactly. You can also search for offerings in a specific federal state or city/region.

Browse through what’s on offer here: „Tourism for All“

For more information about “Tourism for All”, see the operator’s website www.reisen-fuer-alle.de.

Please note that not all entries in the database include information for visitors with allergies/intolerances. In some cases, e.g. Brandenburg, our partners in the federal states collect their own information.

Go to information for people with allergies/intolerances in Brandenburg