Children of all ages can satisfy their sweet tooth in the Schokoladenmuseum (Chocolate Museum) in Cologne. It showcases the 3,000-year long culture of chocolate around the world and is one of the most visited museums in the city.
Founded in 1993, the futuristic museum complex is made of steel and glass. It is situated right on the banks of the Rhine River in the newly designed harbor quarter of Rheinauhafen, walking distance to Cologne's Old Town and cathedral.
Attractions in Cologne's Chocolate Museum
In its exhibition, you can learn about the history of chocolate, from the Mayan’s chocolate “drink of the gods” to today's best chocolate. The Chocolate Cinema provides showings of occasionally awkward, often hilarious, chocolate commercials from 1926 to present. Gaze at the precious 18th and 19th century porcelain that was both a vessel for chocolate and a piece of art depicting its importance.
Stroll through the museum's greenhouse with its live cocoa trees and find out how the cocoa bean becomes a chocolate bar from start to finish in the museum's mini-production unit upstairs. The interactive displays are accessible for all ages and the exhibition texts are, helpfully, in English and German.
More than 4,500 people take the guided tour each year. They go through the museum in detail with insider knowledge of chocolate and the museum.
Besides the standard guided tours, the museum offers tours on special topics, day programs and tours for children. Tours can be arranged in English, French and Dutch.
The Fountain of Chocolate
A highlight for kids - oh, who are we kidding? The highlight for everyone is the massive 10-foot (3-metre) tall chocolate fountain.
Coming at the end of the exhibit, visitors are given a wafer freshly dipped from this waterfall of delicious chocolate.
Cafe, Shop, and Market
If that taster was not enough after the mouth-watering exhibits, there is also a shop where you can buy an array of German and Swiss chocolate, like those from famed Lindt & Sprüngli, partners in the facility. Around 400 kilos of chocolate are produced here every day. Buy some to satisfy your sweet-tooth for now, an an armload to take home for your friends and family.
There is also the CHOCOLAT Grand Café with panoramic views of the Rhine River. Hot chocolate appears at its finest, so think it can hold up a spoon. Pair this with an assortment of cakes, coffees and snacks to bolster your energy beyond the sugar rush.
Visitor Information for Cologne's Chocolate Museum
- Address: Am Schokoladenmuseum 1, 50678 Cologne
- Website: www.chocolatemuseum-cologne.com
- Transport: Closest subway stops are Severinstrasse or Heumarkt. The Chocolate Museum is a 20 minute walk away from the Cologne Cathedral and Cologne's main train station in the center of the city. If driving, enter Holzmarkt or Rheinauhafen into the GPS and use the underground parking at Rheinauhafen.
Chocolate Museum Admission
- Adult: 9 Euros (6. 50 Euros reduced for students, elderly, etc.)
- Groups from 15 persons: 8.50 Euros
- Family Pass (2 adults and kids up to 16 years old): 25 Euro
- Children under 6 years old receive free admission
- Free Admission on your birthday
Opening Hours of Cologne's Chocolate Museum
- Tuesday to Friday (closed Monday): 10:00 - 18:00
- Saturday/Sunday/holidays: 11:00 - 19:00
- Closed during Carnival celebrations (Thursday - Wednesday) and special hours around Christmas (closed December 24 and 25; limited hours December 26, December 31, January 1,
- Note that the production facilities close 30 minutes earlier than the Chocolate Museum and entrance ends an hour before closing time.
- If you are looking for other sensory experiences in Cologne, try the Fragrance Museum or the impressive view from the Cologne Cathedral.