The Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany (also known as Schokoladenmuseum in Köln, Germany) is great family fun and something that everyone will enjoy for a day trip! It’s much more than a museum and you get to see the chocolates being made! And best of all it’s Lindt chocolate, so we’re talking about top quality chocolate as well! We have done the Ritter Sport Chocolate Museum near Stuttgart and while it was information (you don’t get to see any being made) it wasn’t as fun because I don’t like their chocolate. I do however love Lindt chocolate!
This is also easy to combine with the Köln Dom and the lock bridge that is near the Dom as well. I’ll be making another post about these soon.
Getting to the Chocolate Museum is fairly easy, it’s only a 1 hour 38 min drive from Spangdahlem. Their address doesn’t work well with GPS according to their website so it’s best to use Rheinauhafen which is also the parking garage. You can try to find street parking to use the garage. We used the garage, know that it is HUGE (so there is plenty of parking) but make sure you drive all the way down to the left to the Red area at 1.03 or 1.01 so you’ll exit close to the museum.
Once you exit you’ll have short walk (approx 2-3 mins) to the entrance of the Chocolate Museum. We got the family pass for €25 that allowed 2 adults and children up to 16 years old for the 4 of us. Don’t forget to grab your chocolate sample from by the register!
You’ll find many exhibits in the museum, most have English info by them as well.
You can even walk through a small rain forest area on the ground floor or the balcony area of it as well.
We had fun smelling the spices trying to guess what they were!
While the museum part was interesting and included much more than just how chocolate is made the BEST part was watching the chocolates being made.
You can follow the machines step by step as they make, mold, and wrap the chocolate samples you get when you enter. It was quite entertaining to watch it and the room smelled amazing!
You can also sample the chocolate from the chocolate fountain in the room as well.
And a close up to make you mouth water 😉
Upstairs you get to see hollow chocolate shapes being made, it was neat to see how the molds are used. Note if you want to buy one of the hollow items they sell here, get it now! They do not sell these in the store. Bea got an elephant which was super cute.
Our favorite mold was the Little Red Riding Hood one.
You can also watch Bon Bon’s being made, I tell you it makes you hungry for some chocolate!
You can also make your own custom candy bar for €4,50. You fill out a card with your choices (they have them in English as well) and then you have to wait 30 mins to pick it up. You watch the ladies making the custom orders too. We skipped this because we like our chocolate bars simple and just shopped the store.
You’ll even get to see ancient artifacts that relate back to chocolate from many years ago.
I also loved all the old chocolate vending machines. I’d so love one of these for my house!
The store has TONS of things to tempt you! From chocolate bars and candies to chocolate pasta, yes they seriously had chocolate pasta! Sorry I was so busy shopping for goodies that I didn’t snap a pic, guess you’ll have to go check it out for yourself.
We did not get to try out the cafe but it had some amazing looking desserts!
We all had a great time at the Chocolate Museum and it’s one I’d highly recommend doing. The adults enjoyed it as much as the kids so it was a win win for us.
Have you been to the Chocolate Museum in Cologne? What did you think?
Know Before You Go
What: Chocolate Museum – Cologne, Germany
How To Get There: It’s about 1 hour 38 mins from Spangdahlem, and 2 hours 30 mins from Ramstein. Address is Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A, 50678 Köln, Germany BUT for GPS use Rheinauhafen, which is the parking garage.
Parking: There is a ton of parking in the huge underground parking garage but make sure you go all the way down to the red area and park near 1.03 or 1.01 to exit closest to the Chocolate Museum.
Cost: €9 adults, €6,50 children (free for kids 6 and under), or €25 for a family pass that will get in 2 adults and all children up to 16 years old.
Traveling with little kids: Your best bet would be to take and use a carrier. There are some stairs and the shop is not stroller friendly. They also have a bag check at the entrance so that could help lighten the load a little.
How long: Plan on at least 1.5 hours, more if you want to eat at the yummy cafe!