Rendez-vous at the Gingerbread Museum in Gertwiller
The attic of an antique barn in Gertwiller houses some 7,000 artifacts related to bread, gingerbread, cookie, and chocolate making.
Explore Alsatian folk art and the country life of yesteryear, while learning about gingerbread, which has been baked in Gertwiller for over two hundred years.
Originally, Crusaders brought back spices from the Eastern Mediterranean. The delicately spiced cake was only baked in monasteries and abbeys, between the 11th and the 16th centuries. Gingerbread making was eventually recognized as a profession in the 16th century, and the gingerbread bakers organized into exclusive guilds in the 16th and 17th centuries. There were as many as 9 gingerbread bakers in Gertwiller at the turn of the 20th century!
Two still pratice their trade, including Lips, owned by Michel Habsiger. Mr. Habsiger has been a collector since he was 15, and he set up the Gingerbread Museum in 1998. His collection includes all the implements associated with life in the country (agriculture, family life, cooking, religious life, old trades), Alsatian folk art, and everything involved with gingerbread, candy, cookie and chocolate making.
Open from March to November :
- Monday and Sunday: 2 - 6 pm
- Tuesday-Saturday: 9am - 12pm, and 2 - 6pm
Open everyday in December (except on 25th): 9am - 12pm, and 2 - 6pm
Entry: 2.70€, children 13 and younger are free
Musée du Pain d'épices et de l'art populaire alsacien
110 Rue Principale
03 88 08 93 52