Gertwiller is the capital of gingerbread in Alsace since the 18th century. Gingerbread lovers, you are in the right place!

Two big manufacturers are still located in Gertwiller nowadays: the Maison Lips and Fortwenger. The two companies each have a small museum that you can visit. You can also have a look at their gingerbread manufacturing workshops. 

Maison Lips - Alsatian popular art and gingerbread museum


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The Gingerbread museum of the Maison Lips is a small and unique museum. On the ground floor, there is a gingerbread manufacturing workshop, where many cooking stages are still done by hand. You can even taste different types of this delicious cake. I, for one, had a chance to see the gingerbread decorations for Christmas holidays! They did a beautiful job with it!

Upstairs, there is a huge collection of Alsatian popular art: plates, furniture, ceramics... It is a jumble, but it has charm, especially as the building in itself is already very beautiful.

It is then time to visit the shop to bring back some good gingerbread, whether they are plain or with more unique tastes. My favorite one is fig gingerbread.

I liked

  • Seeing the gingerbread decoration being done. Seeing the cooking must be very interesting too!
  • Tasting different gingerbread
  • The museum is full of surprises: it's a real immersion in Alsatian culture!

I liked a little less

  • You have to queue in the shop to buy your tickets and it can be a bit long during busy times.
  • The museum is quite a jumble and a bit less pedagogical than the Palace of Gingerbread in Fortwenger

Practical information

Prices and opening times

You will find here the prices and opening times for the Alsatian popular art and gingerbread museum.

Visit of the gingerbread manufacturing workshop

It is only possible to visit the gingerbread manufacturing workshop during the week, when the production line is working (subject to exceptions).

Getting here

By car
The address is as follows: 110 rue Principale - 67140 Gertwiller. The museum is located:
  • 35km from Strasbourg (about 30 minutes drive)
  • 42km from Colmar (about 35 minutes)
  • 84km from Mulhouse (about 55 minutes)
By public transport
It is not possible. :(

Address: Pain d'épices LIPS et Musée du pain d'épices et de l'art populaire alsacien, Rue Principale, Gertwiller, France

Palace of Gingerbread in Fortwenger


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The visit of the Palace of Gingerbread in Fortwenger starts with a very pedagogical museum, where you will learn more about the history of gingerbread and about its composition. The museum decors are very well-made and the place is very lively. It's ideal for children.

You will then enter the gingerbread manufacturing workshop. You can see there the different stages of large decorated gingerbread (big hearts for example). They are entirely handmade, while others are subject to a more industrial process on a production chain. You will not see this chain, but a movie explaining it and showing it.

The visit ends with the shop, where you will find a lot of good things and nice derived products. It could be the perfect time to buy decorated gingerbread as a present! 

I liked

  • Seeing some of the gingerbread manufacturing stages
  • A pedagogical and fun museum for children
  • The tasting

I liked a little less

  • I would have liked to know more what I was eating during the tasting, because everything is in a jumble
  • Less traditional objects than in the Maison Lips

Practical information

Prices and opening times

You will find here the prices and opening times of the Palace of Gingerbread.

Visiting the gingerbread manufacturing workshop

It is only possible to visit the manufacturing workshop during the week, when the production line is working.

Getting here

By car
The address is as follows: 110 rue Principale - 67140 Gertwiller. The museum is located:
  • 35km from Strasbourg (about 30 minutes drive)
  • 42km from Colmar (about 35 minutes drive)
  • 84km from Mulhouse (about 55 minutes)
By public transport
It is unfortunately not possible. :(

Address: Pains d'Epices Fortwenger S A, Route de Strasbourg, Gertwiller, France