The Cologne Chocolate Museum Is One of the Most Visited Cologne Museums:
As one of the ten most visited museums in Cologne, it seems that visitors to Cologne find the Cologne Chocolate Museum irrisistable. At this Cologne museum, chocoholics can learn all about the world of chocolate and also get to taste fresh chocolate from their famous chocolate fountain.
Founded in 1993, the Cologne Chocolate Museum (Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum) presents the history of cocoa and chocolate production on three levels of the Museum, starting from the time of the Olmecs, the Mayas and Aztecs and up to the present.
Chocolate Museum Attractions
Some of the more valuable exhibits include precious 18th and 19th century porcelain from the times when chocolate was a luxury andvessels for drinking chocolate from pre-Columbian central America.
Then there are vending machines, chocolate moulds and historical chocolate advertising – in the Chocolate Cinema you can watch chocolate commercials from 1926 up to the present.
There is a small conservatory where visitors can see live cacao plants being grown.
Much of one floor of the Museum is taken up by miniature versions of machines for the production of chocolate. Visitors can see the process of making the sample mini-chocolate bars which are given out at the entrance.
And the Chocolate Museum’s special attraction is the 3-metre high chocolate fountain which holds 200 kilos of warm, liquid chocolate. Chocolate Museum employees dip wafers into the liquid chocolate for visitors to taste.In 2006, the Lindt chocolate company became a partner and most of the products in the Museum gift shop are Lindt chocolates. Some 400 kilos of chocolate are produced here every day.
Tues to Fri – 10:00 – 18:00
Sat, Sun, holidays – 11:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Where is the Chocolate Museum
The Chocolate Museum building sits on the tip of the Rheinauhafen peninsula. Built of glass and metal it looks like a ship moored in the Rhine river. It is about 15 minutes walk south from Cologne Cathedral.
Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A
50678 Cologne, Germany
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