Imhoff-Schokoladen museum or Imhoff Chocolate Museum was opened in 1993 in the month of October. The exhibit is likely to make you drool all over the place as it shows the journey of chocolate on how it started, its initial brands and much more. The museum operates on its own and does not receive or take any form of subsidy. Almost 500 guided tours are conducted in the museum with 675.000 visitors each year. You can get many things to do at Chocolate Museum.
Imhoff-Schokoladen Museum Tours
1. Cocoa Plantation
In the Chocolate Museum you will find Cocoa Plantation. You begin at a large model cocoa tree and then pass through a 10-metre-high tropical greenhouse as you follow the journey of cocoa from its harvest, through the stock exchanges of world markets, to its transport into the chocolate factory. The museum produces its own chocolate and the chocolate fountain, constantly replenished with fresh Lindt chocolate, is not the only enticing highlight.
The confectionery is located in the premises of the Chocolate Studio. Here many things to do at Confiserie, the Maître chocolatiers immerse themselves into the world of chocolate and can choose from various courses for adults and children. Adults embark on the traces of the great masters of chocolate art and create their own handmade delicacies. The world of Chocolatier is open also for children from the age of 8 years. In addition to chocolates, younger visitors can make delicacies such as their own chocolate bars or hollow figures which involves lots of imagination.
3. Chocolate Atelier
There is another things to do at Chocolate Studio. Here the guests can be produce their own individual favourite chocolate. In order to do this, one needs to choose between the three types of chocolate milk, dark or white and the topping can be selected from the plates of 40 other ingredients. This is the best things to do, you can get more experience!
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be purchased at the museum ticket office or online. If you by the ticket online you should print at home before you going to the museum.
How To Get Around?
It will easy when you get around by foot. You can see the historical, how to make the chocolate and also to taste the delicious chocolate at the museum. The best tours you will have before.
What Should I Wear?
There is no specific dress code. You have to pair your clothes as comfortable as the place that you visited. If you come in winter time to the zoo you can use comfortable warm clothes.
Best Time to Visit
The museum is open daily year-around, although it is closed on Mondays throughout November. As one of the city's most popular attractions, it can get busy, especially during July and August, when an early morning visit offers the best chance to avoid the crowds. December is an atmospheric time to visit, when the square in front of the museum hosts a lively Christmas market.
Will I Need a Guide?
At the museum there is a wide guided tours, which are cut to very different groups and visitors. During this tours, children have the opportunity to learn in a special way about the history, with even among other things to do, to touch or try the cacao fruit and cocoa beans. Even for adults the tours are made interesting, with the topic Tour and Tasting.
How To Get There?
The Chocolate Museum is just opposite Malakoff Tower in central Cologne. It's an easy walk from the Old Town and a 15 to 20 minutes walk from Cologne Cathedral. By public transit, take bus 133 to the museum, the tram to Heumkarkt, or the U-Bahn to Seberinstrasse. The most scenic way to arrive is riding the Schoko-Express, a tourist train that runs from the train station to the museum, stopping at sights such as the cathedral, the opera house, and Cologne Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten Köln) along the way.
You can explore the Schokoladenmuseum 1-2 hours. Visitors are required to pass security checks to enter the museum and large bags and suitcases are prohibited in your tour. If you ride a car you should paid tickets car parking is available at the Rheinaugafen underground garage, just a few minutes' walk from the museum. The Chocolate Museum is fully wheelchair accessible and discounted entrance is available for visitors with disabilities.