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“Death by chocolate”
Review of Chocolate Museum

Chocolate Museum
Ranked #35 of 285 things to do in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The past and present global story of cocoa and chocolate is portrayed in detail over more than 4,000 m² of floorspace. The diversity of 5,000-years of cocoa's cultural history is shown as well as modern chocolate production from the cocoa bean through to praline chocolate confectionery. Awaiting visitors is a walk-through palm house, information on the natural history of cocoa, exhibits on the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America, a major collection of baroque porcelain and silver and a multitude of historical machines from the period of industrialisation. In the glass-walled production facility and chocolate workshop, visitors can experience how chocolate products are crafted in both mechanised and manual processes. The guided tours tours cover a wide range of topics and can accommodate many different groups and visitors. All of the museum’s exhibition rooms, including the CHOCOLAT Grand Cafe and the CHOCOLAT Shop, have barrier-free access
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

Who does not love the brown delight. A great museum coving chocolate the history in Europe.
A great visit worth the visit.

1  Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed February 3, 2015

Spend an hour finding out about the making of chocolate and then try out the resturant for a hot drink on a cold december shopping day.

1  Thank LongfordGlobeTrotter
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Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

This was the most serious place we visited in our time in Cologne. I expected a dash of Willy Wonka on the place but it was basically an encyclopedia of chocolate spread across several floors.

nowt wrong with that... but it's a chocolate museum jeez man you'd expect it to be a little bit fun.

The manufacturing part with working machines was interesting, as was the fake tropical rainforest and is worth a look.

We were most interested in the advertised "make your own chocolate bar" however it's more like order your own chocolate bar, and there was a previously unmentioned 45 minute wait, and it was right at the end of the tour. Oops

Long story short, interesting, but boring.

2  Thank Tom M
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Reviewed February 1, 2015

The chocolate museum is nicely located along the river and easy to find. Entry is a bit steep for what you get we though (€9) it is not over expensive, but as travellers going round the whole of Europe, we have had better experiences in other museums for half the price.
The museum itself contains a lot of information regarding the production of chocolate, and the history, which is good.
The production is alive with all the moving components, but in no way interactive, you just get to look, at other chocolate museums we had visited in the past you get involved.
The 'chocolate fountain' does look cool, but the waffle/cookies that were described that you get to dip in the fountain are merely cheap wafer type biscuits.....?
The upstairs of the museum is more for kids, with a few games etc, and some old chocolate memorabilia. But after that we swiftly moved on as it was getting less interesting.

For some I can Imagine this would be a great place to visit, unfortunately not for us. Better things to visit in Cologne.

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Reviewed February 1, 2015

The musesum is great for any chocolate lover, regardless of the age! What is so nice about it is that it is not actually a factory, but still shows you how the chocolate is being made. At the same time there is a lot of information about the chocolate, where and how it originates and all processes until it ends up to the chocolate that we know. In the history part there are specially designed reading texts for children so they do not get tired and bored! Of course, the chocolate fountatin is great, but what made me the most significant impression is that on few times it was undelrined to what extent child labour is being used to produce chocolate!! This is why at the chocolate shop at the exit there is a great variety of different chocolate offered only by organizations that do not use child labour - make sure you do not miss it!

Thank Martina B
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