Cologne’s Imhoff Chocolate Museum (Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum) is located in the Rheinauhafen (Rheinau harbor) district and is made in the form of a ship to remind of the history of the place. Privately owned by the founding family Imhoff, the museum has nine exhibition areas located on the 4000 square meters to give you an insight into the history and the production of chocolate.
The museum tells the story of chocolate making in Cologne then moves on to tell how chocolate is made and where the ingredients come from. The first part of the exhibition is not interactive and involves a lot of reading. But here is where you find a lot of informative displays about how chocolate is made, how it is harvested and then sent to various countries for processing and distribution.
As you progress through the museum, it becomes more interesting. You will see displays of old-style packaging and vending machines. Then you get to see examples of machinery from the Lindt production line in action. The upstairs is actually a little Lind chocolate factory with chocolate being made right before your eyes. And yes, there are small samples of the freshly made chocolate at the end to taste.
Interesting parts of the museum
Admission prices can be found on the Schokoladen Museum’s website.