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!
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.
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.
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.
While wandering the museum, you will be given a wafer dipped in molten chocolate at the huge fountain that overlooks the Rhine.
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.
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.
How about you, would you like to visit the chocolate museum in Köln, or have you already been?