Go on a delicious journey through the history of chocolate at the Chocolate Museum in Cologne. With its ship-like design, the glass and metal structure that hosts the museum is located at the Rheinau harbour, near the Cologne Cathedral. In medieval times, the anchor and terminal for the Rhine boatmen were located here. Today, the old swing bridge has been renovated in this newly designed harbour quarter. Founded in 1993, over 14 million people have been through the doors of this appetizing museum since.
If you are lucky enough to visit the museum, expect light projections, unique chocolate creations, and special events. Take a tour through the nine exhibition areas, which cover 4,000 square meters, for a fantastic and unforgettable journey through the culture and history of chocolate, starting at the old American cultures such as the Maya and the Aztecs, right through to the modern refinement of the chocolate we know today. There are over 100,000 objects on display in this comprehensive collection. The Chocolate Cinema provides showings of chocolate commercials from 1926 to present, which are highly interesting and sometimes strange. Admire the precious 18th and 19th century porcelain that was both a vessel for chocolate and a piece of art depicting its importance. Explore the museum's greenhouse with its cocoa trees and find out about the process of how the cocoa bean becomes a chocolate bar in the museum's mini-production unit upstairs. The interactive displays are accessible for all ages and the exhibition texts are in English as well as German.
A taste of history
The museum offers guide tours in many languages for a small extra fee, which allow chocolate fans to get more insider knowledge. Perhaps the highlight of the museum, for young and old, is the 10-foot tall chocolate fountain. Right at the end of the exhibit, visitors are given a wafer freshly dipped from the waterfall of delicious chocolate to taste and enjoy. Naturally, you'll have the chance to buy a whole selection of mouthwatering.
German and Swiss chocolate from their museum shop
Around 400 kilos of chocolate are produced here every day and you can watch as it's made. Design your own bar or personalize your chocolate with a name or message and load up on gifts for friends and family. If that's not enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, then head for the CHOCOLAT Grand Café, which offers panoramic views of the Rhine River and naturally serves fantastic hot chocolate, cakes, coffees and other, non-sugary, snacks. During Christmas, markets also appear outside the museum, selling handmade crafts and mugs of glühwein. A trip to the chocolate museum in Cologne is sure to leave happy memories for visitors to the city.