Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne

Cologne Chocolate Museum

The Cologne Chocolate Museum celebrates the artistry and popularity of everyone’s favorite luxury: chocolate. The museum has been revealing the ancient roots and modern history of chocolate for almost 20 years, with the waterfront site now one of Cologne's busiest tourist attractions. Rightfully so, as there are plenty of chocolatey facts to be discovered. For example, did you know that you shouldn’t always reach for the more expensive brands? Learn why inside.

The best chocolate in Cologne

Opened in 1993, the architecturally stunning Chocolate Museum is visited by 675,000 people each year and hosts almost 5,000 guided tours for chocolate lovers. Possibly the best smelling museum in the world, you can practically taste the cocoa in the air.

Discover the 3000-year-old story of the west’s favorite luxury and how it was discovered. With exhibits displayed in both German and English, you will first be introduced to the Mayan and Aztec tradition of drinking chocolate. Then, you’ll see interactive displays explaining how the modern chocolatier works.

A sweet history

The highlights of the museum include an almost 10 foot high chocolate fountain, which you can sample with a dip of some German waffles. View the display of cacao trees from which chocolate is extracted, and see the machines used for producing today’s modern chocolate bars. You can also find an 18th-century porcelain chocolate-making pot that hails from Mesoamerica. Don’t forget to pick up a goodie bag of all your favorite treats on the way out – the shop has the best selection of chocolate and candy in the city.

The central location of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cologne is just a few tram stops from the Chocolate Museum.