Why You Should Visit the Chocolate Museum, Köln

I know that I don’t really need to tell you why you should visit a building full of chocolate, but I’ll tell you about the Köln chocolate museum anyway.

When I went to Köln (also known as Cologne) for a few days this summer I didn’t know that there is a chocolate museum in the city. But there is. Often appearing among the Top Ten German Museums, the Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum was only opened in 1993 and, unsurprisingly, became popular quickly. Not only that, but the museum partnered with Lindt in 2006, so if you love a Lindt Easter bunny this is definitely the place for you!

Lindt Easter Bunny, Köln Chocolate Museum

Given how much I love chocolate it was pretty obvious that I would visit the museum.

Visiting the Chocolate Museum

Sitting on the bank of the Rhine, the Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum – its wonderful café overlooking the riverboats – looks somewhat like a boat itself. It costs €9 to enter, although you can visit the shop and café for free.

Once inside, you can learn about Aztec and Mayan chocolate farming culture, as well as trace the increase of chocolate’s popularity throughout the ages.

Exhibits inside the Köln Chocolate Museum

The exhibits show how chocolate went from being a valuable trading commodity to a luxury product of the elite, before becoming the well-loved worldwide treat it is today.

Victorian chocolate pot, Köln Chocolate Museum

You can watch miniature machines making the tiny Lindt pieces that are given out with each entrance ticket, and see the huge moulds that they use to make Easter bunnies, Christmas Santas, as well as a range of other chocolate animals and figurines.

Miniature chocolates at the Köln Chocolate Museum

Moulded chocolate at the Köln Chocolate Museum

While wandering the museum, you will be given a wafer dipped in molten chocolate at the huge fountain that overlooks the Rhine.

Chocolate Sample at the Köln Chocolate Museum

Once you have finished looking around the museum, you can buy from the shop or choose from an amazing selection of cakes in the restaurant.

Lindt Cafe, Köln

Of course, I did both.

As far as a day out in Germany goes this is one of the best, especially if you are a Lindt lover like me. If you want to read more about the museum see the website.

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How about you, would you like to visit the chocolate museum in Köln, or have you already been?

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Runaway Brit

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30 Comments
  1. posted by
    Nadine Maffre
    Sep 10, 2016 Reply

    Oh my goodness – this looks like such a fun place to visit! I love lindt chocolate too, especially the bunnies.

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 10, 2016 Reply

      Lindt is so good!! I spent far too long in the shop, I wanted to buy everything 😀

  2. posted by
    Lena Elzayn
    Sep 10, 2016 Reply

    Omg! This looks amazing and now I’m hungry! My aunt is from Koln so I’ll have to go!

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 10, 2016 Reply

      You definitely should! Köln is a great city, I think it would be pretty cool to live there.

  3. posted by
    Anisa
    Sep 11, 2016 Reply

    I love chocolate so would love to visit a chocolate museum. There was one in Barcelona, but we didn’t have time to go to it.

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 11, 2016 Reply

      Good to know about the one in Barcelona! I would like to go to more – for somebody who loves chocolate so much, I have only been to 3 chocolate museums!

  4. posted by
    Nicki
    Sep 11, 2016 Reply

    I missed this on my trip!!! I must go back now. I love chocolate so much

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      Another reason to go back?!!!

  5. posted by
    Jamie
    Sep 12, 2016 Reply

    This is so cool! I’ve never heard of this. The history of it sounds fascinating!

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      It is a lovely museum – I’m happy to be spreading the world. We all need more chocolate in our lives!

  6. posted by
    Chantell – Adoration 4 Adventure
    Sep 14, 2016 Reply

    Um how did I not already know about this??? Ha ha. Sounds incredible! We actually just moved to southern Germany and have plans to get to Cologne at some point. This will definitely be on the itinerary.

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      I’m pleased to hear it! Whereabouts in Germany have you moved to and for how long?

  7. posted by
    Anne
    Sep 14, 2016 Reply

    I can’t believe I missed this when I went there. How awesome! Great location too

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      Just another reason to go back!

  8. posted by
    Candy
    Sep 14, 2016 Reply

    I’m not a huge chocolate fan (I know, I’m weird!), but I would love to visit this museum. Learning the history behind it and then being able to watch the miniature machines sounds like fun 🙂

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      Honestly, sometimes I wish that I wasn’t a huge chocolate fan. My waistline would certainly look better for it!

  9. posted by
    Megan Jerrard
    Sep 14, 2016 Reply

    Sounds like a fabulous way to spend the day – you actually already had me convinced at the title lol 😀 Will be interesting now knowing the history of chocolate to continue to watch how it plays out on the world scene – I’ve heard that sadly cocoa is starting to run out. It will be a sad day!!!

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      Yeah, cocoa running out seems to be a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’. I hope that it’s not during my lifetime!!

  10. posted by
    Jen Morrow
    Sep 15, 2016 Reply

    You convinced me! I definitely need to go. I love museums. I love chocolate. It is a perfect match, and the exhibits look really cool (and delicious).

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      I do love a good chocolate museum. I am in Prague now and just noticed that there is one here too! I foresee a ‘Chocolate Museums Around the World’ post!

  11. posted by
    shayan
    Sep 15, 2016 Reply

    I am a huge chocolate fan (but only dark) so you kind of sold me with the title alone. Plus the view of the river is nice. would be a great place to spend the day, but only if I had a lot of time on hand because I’m sure there is so much to do there.

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      Yeah, Köln is a great city with plenty to see and do – if you are short on time you could call in for a slice of cake at the cafe and grab some truffles to go!

  12. posted by
    Christina
    Sep 15, 2016 Reply

    Who doesn’t love chocolate? This museum looks like a delicious spot to learn a bit about chocolate history.

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      Absolutely. God bless the Incas and Aztecs for discovering the cocoa bean!

  13. posted by
    Gina
    Sep 15, 2016 Reply

    I would definitely visit this chocolate museum! I’m a chocolate and sweet lover so everything sounds great! I love Lindt as well, so I probably would have stuffed my face with all the truffles… Leading to a stomach ache and no regrets. 😛

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      A stomach ache and no regrets is always the sign of a great culinary experience!!

  14. posted by
    Kevin Wagar
    Sep 15, 2016 Reply

    Oh man! This is a musuem I think my kids would LOVE to visit. Chocolate, art and more delicious chocolate.

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      I’m not sure you’d ever get the kids out – the mini chocolate machines are too cute!

  15. posted by
    Izzy
    Sep 16, 2016 Reply

    You had me at chocolate. Honestly, I thought Koln was all about its gothic church but clearly I was wrong! Wow, I cannot believe I missed this but then again you said it was pretty obscure. I love how they incorporate the history and feature the Aztec farming culture. I feel like the origins of chocolate are not recognized enough. Not as big of a fan of Lindt. I’m more of a Godiva girl 😛 But I love learning about food history!

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 17, 2016 Reply

      I must admit that Lindt is not really my first choice of chocolate, but I’m never going to say no to chocolate however it comes! I don’t think that the city promotes the museum as much as they should, really. We only found out about it by chance as we were passing by.

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