Chocoholics rejoice! Cologne is home to the particularly popular & rather unusual Museum of Chocolate. Who would not be excited about visiting a chocolate factory, especially one that allows you to drink from a warm chocolate spring?
Since its opening in the early 1990s, the Cologne Chocolate Museum has been receiving thousands of chocolate lovers, who come to learn about its 3000 year old history of botany, archaeology, economics & culinary history to present day production.
Here you discover everything you ever wanted to known about chocolate, from mere cocoa bean in (the small actual rainforest cultivated there) to how Spanish conquest of Central America introduced chocolate to Europe -- where it first became the drink of kings & aristocrats -- right up to the mouth-watering truffles for sale in the museum's shop.
Remember to climb up to the top floor to discover how Rodolphe Lindt's mythical 72-hour invention of "the Conche" created melting chocolate fondue; which really ushered in chocolate for the masses.
Situated in the harbor, the building itself is of interest, having been designed in the shape of a ship's prow to honor the city's rich & important maritime past. Have a camera ready for snaps of the Rhine & Dom!
Open hours: Tues - Fri - 10:00 to 18:00; Sat & Sun. No Parking. Get there by foot, bike, bus, tram and/or tourist trolley! For more: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.362697383858200.1073741828.117592455035362&type=1&l=49001a3901