Chocolate Museum in Cologne

Germany's Willy Wonka Factory

Cologne Chocolate Museum
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Children of all ages can satisfy their sweet tooth in the Schokoladenmuseum (Chocolate Museum) in Cologne. It showcases the 5,000-year long culture of chocolate around the world and is one of the most visited museums in the city.

Founded in 1993, the museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary in October 2018. Over 14 million have been through these delicious doors. If you are lucky enough to visit the museum this year, expect light projections, one-of-a-kind chocolate creations, and special events.

This is a must-see location in the city, so read all about the Chocolate Museum in Cologne and plan a tasty visit.

Attractions in Cologne's Chocolate Museum

Exhibitions

In the museum's massive 4.000 m2 exhibition, you can learn about the history of chocolate: from the Mayan’s chocolate “drink of the gods” to favorite chocolates in Germany and beyond. There are over 100,000 objects on display.

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.

Guided Tour

More than 4,500 people take the guided tour each year. This allows chocolate fans to go through the museum gaining insider knowledge of everything chocolate.

Tours are regularly offered in English, French, Dutch and German. Guided tours cost €3.50 + entrance fee.

Besides the standard guided tours, the museum offers tours on special topics, day programs and tours for children.

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 the waterfall of delicious chocolate.

Cafe, Shop, and Market 

If that taster was not enough after all 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 and visitors can watch the masters at work. Find unique flavor profiles or make your own bar. You can also get your chocolate personalized with a message or your name. Buy chocolates to satisfy your sweet-tooth for now, an an armload to take home as gifts 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 thick it can hold up a spoon. Pair this with an assortment of cakes, coffees and snacks to bolster your energy beyond the sugar rush.

Cologne's sprawling Christmas markets also extend to in front of the museum from November to December.

Charming stands sell handmade crafts, mugs of glühwein and good cheer for free.

Visitor Information for Cologne's Chocolate Museum

  • Address: Am Schokoladenmuseum 1, 50678 Cologne
  • Website: www.chocolatemuseum-cologne.com
  • Location: The futuristic museum complex of steel and glass is located in the newly designed harbor quarter of Rheinauhafen which is walking distance to Cologne's Old Town and cathedral.
  • Transport: The closest subway stops are Severinstrasse and Heumarkt. If driving, enter Holzmarkt or Rheinauhafen into the GPS and use the underground parking at Rheinauhafen.

Chocolate Museum Admission

  • Adult: 11.50 euros (7.50 euros reduced for students; 10 euros for visitors over 65)
  • Groups from 15 persons: 10 euros
  • Family Pass (2 adults and kids up to 16 years old): 30 euros
  • Children under 6 years old receive free admission
  • Free Admission on your birthday

Opening Hours of Cologne's Chocolate Museum

  • Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday/Sunday/holidays: 11:00 - 19:00
  • Closed during Carnival celebrations, limited opening at Christmas, and from January 8th until Easter the museum is closed on Mondays.
  • 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.