Entrance Fees

Entrance Fees Chocolate Museum
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* Groups from 15 pers.
* adults aged 16 years and older
* pupils up to 16 years
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*adults 12,50€ 13,50€ 12,00€ 13,00€
*school pupils / children 7,50€ 8,00€ 7,00€ 7,50€
children under 6 years free free free free
apprentices / students 9,00€ 10,00€ 8,50€ 9,50€
senior citizens from 65 years old 11,00€ 12,00€ 12,00€ 11,50€
visitors with disabilities 7,50€ 8,00€ 7,00€ 7,50€
family ticket (2 adults with own children up to 16 years) 31,50€ 34,00€ - -
* 1 teacher
* accompaniying person (B-pass)
- - frei frei

Opening hours

Open daily: 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

Getting here

The museum is located between the old town and the Rheinau harbour.

The Chocolate Museum is easy to find, conveniently located on the riverbank of Cologne’s old town. Located on a pier head at the Rheinau harbour peninsula, the river runs past us on both sides.

You can reach us the easiest on foot. Starting from the old town and the cathedral, head south along the river (upstream) and once you’ve passed the ships at the jetties we’re just a short, direct walk ahead. The museum is approximately 500 meters from the "Kölner Pegel" – a small building located near the Deutzer bridge indicating the current river level in Cologne.

The Malakoff Tower, which stands directly in front of the museum, serves as a handy point of orientation. Even at a distance, the Chocolate Museum is easily recognizable.

Directions

By car

Follow the main road along the Rhine embankment. As you approach the museum this road becomes the Holzmarkt.

Our address is “Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a”.  As many satellite navigation systems do not recognise this address, we recommend that you type in either “Holzmarkt” or “Rheinauhafen”.

Parking

Parking is available very close to the museum. Use the underground carpark “Rheinauhafen”. There are three entrances on the main road along the Rhine embankment: one in the vicinity of the “Südbrücke”, another in the building of the law firm “Luther”, which is in near the tram line crossing, and a third at Bayenturm near the harbour offices (Harry-Blum-Platz). The underground car park is very long so drive to the end of the red zone and use the final staircase, 1.01. An elevator can be found at exit 1.03.
Prices and opening hours can be found here.

Further car parks can be found in the “Maritim” hotel and beneath the Heumarkt. It is only a short walk (500m) from there along the Rhine embankment to the museum.

With the "Schokoexpress" mini railway

Even the journey to the Cologne Chocolate Museum can be a special experience – with Wolters’ “SCHOKO-Express”.

The “SCHOKO-Express” runs daily every 30 minutes from the “Burgmauer” (besides the Cologne Tourist Office) near the Cologne cathedral (Dom). The train travels through the old town, along the Rhine embankment, until it reaches the Chocolate Museum, where you can make a stop to visit us. After your visit, you can jump back onto the “Schoko-Express” and travel back through the upper old town towards the cathedral.

Schedule of the "Schoko-Express"...

With the open-top double-decker bus

Turn a sightseeing tour into an experience aboard CityTour, Cologne’s open-top double-decker bus. You can hop on and hop off at the Chocolate Museum.

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By bus and train

You can reach the Chocolate Museum from Cologne Central Station using the bus line 133.

This bus line connects the Chocolate Museum to the city’s rail network, providing connections to the stops Chlodwigplatz, Ubiering and Heumarkt. Multiple tram and underground lines can be reached from these stops.

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By taxi

The "Schokoladenmuseum" taxi stand can be found directly in front of the museum on Holzmarkt, the main road along the Rhine embankment. In the event that no taxi is available, just call one of the following Cologne taxi companies:

Taxiruf Köln 0221-2882 www.taxiruf.de or Taxi17 0221-170000 www.taxi17.de.

By rikshaw

Cologne’s first rickshaw stop is located directly in front of the Chocolate Museum by the historic swing bridge (Drehbrücke). The rickshaw drivers inform you about the notable sights you’ll encounter along the fascinating and diverse trip.

If there are no rickshaws waiting for passengers in front of the Chocolate Museum, find further information at www.perpedalo.de

By boat

Combine your visit to the Chocolate Museum with a panoramic tour aboard the Rhine’s “white fleet”, the passenger ships provided by KölnTourist.

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Tickets

Guided tours

Our tours cover a wide range of topics and can accommodate many different groups and visitors.

More information
Guided tours for school classes

The Chocolate Museum invites school groups on a specially designed programme to take an exciting and educational journey through the world of chocolate.

More information

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Chocolate Museum have a hygiene and safety concept for operation during the corona pandemic?

Yes, the management of the Chocolate Museum has drawn up a hygiene and safety concept for visiting and operating the museum under the increased hygiene and clearance rules. All employees received regular training on this.

Where can I buy tickets for the Chocolate Museum?

You can buy your ticket on our website at www.schokoladenmuseum.de or at the box office of the Chocolate Museum.

Is there a limit to the number of visitors to the Chocolate Museum?

Yes, currently a maximum of 40 guests get access to the exhibition rooms every 15 minutes. So there may be short waiting times. Please purchase our e-ticket at www.schokoladenmuseum.de and select your preferred day there or purchase your ticket at the museum box office.

When is the Chocolate Museum open?

The Chocolate Museum is currently open from Tuesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission 5 p.m.). On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the Chocolate Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last admission 5:00 p.m.). If necessary, we will extend the opening hours. Please always find out about the current opening times shortly before your visit.

Is there a mask requirement in the Chocolate Museum?

Yes, wearing a mouth-nose mask is mandatory. This does not apply to children up to school age and people who cannot wear a mouth-to-nose cover for medical reasons. Please bring your own mouth-nose mask. If you accidentally do not have your mask with you, you can purchase a mask from us at the checkout. The masks are only sold to visitors to the Chocolate Museum with a valid ticket. One mask can be purchased for each museum guest.

Are there disinfectant dispensers in the museum?

Yes, there are disinfectant dispensers both in the exhibition and in front of the toilets.

Are all areas in the Chocolate Museum open?

Yes, all areas of the Chocolate Museum can be visited. Only the walk through the tropical house is blocked. The flora can be seen through the glass panes. The chocolate fountain can be visited. But the delivery of the delicious Lindt chocolate is currently not possible due to hygienic reasons and due to the mask requirement. All visitors receive delicious Lindt chocolate at the entrance, which you can enjoy during your visit (or better afterwards).

Is the shop in the Chocolate Museum open?

Yes, the CHOCOLAT shop opens 45 minutes after the museum opens. Here too, the maximum number of customers is limited and there is a requirement to wear a mask. Please pay attention to the instructions at the shop.

Is the CHOCOLAT Grand Café open?

You can buy takeaway food and beverages at our gourmet counter (for example, delicious cakes, coffee and cocoa specialties and cold drinks). The counter opens 45 minutes after the opening of the museum. The CHOCOLAT GRAND Café and the terrace will be open again from May 12, 2020!

Who is the owner of the Chocolate Museum?

The chocolate museum is privately owned by the founding Imhoff family. The museum is self-supporting and can earn its running costs independently - an exception in the museum world.

What ist the appropriate age for a visit to the Chocolate Museum?

We are a family-friendly museum and of course welcome all chocolate fans of all ages in our museum. Please note the age details for the family tours. These start at preschool age.

Are accompanying persons for children required?

For children aged under 12 a visit to the Chocolate Museum is only allowed with an adult accompanying person.

Is the Chocolate Museum accessible to disabled people?

All of the museum’s exhibition rooms, including the CHOCOLAT Grand Café and the CHOCOLAT Shop, have barrier-free access. Step-free pathways to the building, ramps, and three elevators enable visitors with disabilities to experience everything the museum has to offer.

Day trip to Cologne - How long can I stay at the Chocolate Museum?

You can spend several hours in the chocolate museum. It is also a wonderful destination in Cologne and is ideal for family outings in rain and bad weather. You can complement your visit with a guided tour, a course or a tasting.

Is there catering at the Chocolate Museum?

Sweet dreams come true at the CHOCOLAT Grand Café! Let us spoil you in the café with delicious cake and chocolate specialities. Hot drinking chocolates, chocolate cakes, fondants au chocolat, fresh waffles, chocolate fondues, various sweet and savoury crêpes, salads - no wishes remain unfulfilled here. If the weather is fine, enjoy the view of the Rhine from the terrace.

Which methods of payment are there?

We accept EC cards and all major credit cards. Tickets, courses, guided tours and tastings can also be conveniently purchased in advance via our online booking system.

When is the final admission to the museum?

Final admission is one hour before closing! The production facilities close approximately 30 minutes before the museum closing time.

Are dogs permitted to the museum?

The Chocolate Museum is a food production facility. Therefore Dogs are not permitted inside the museum.

Are there lockers?

There are no lockers at the cloak room. Therefore we cannot assume any liability for stored bags and suitcases.

Are there parking lots?

Parking is available very close to the museum. Use the underground carpark “Rheinauhafen”. There are three entrances on the main road along the Rhine embankment: one in the vicinity of the “Südbrücke”, another in the building of the law firm “Luther”, which is in near the tram line crossing, and a third at Bayenturm near the harbour offices. The underground car park is very long so drive to the end of the red zone and use the final staircase, 1.01. An elevator can be found at exit 1.03. Find opening hours and parking tariff here

Further car parks can be found in the “Maritim” hotel and beneath the Heumarkt. It is only a short walk (500m) from there along the Rhine embankment to the museum.