The founding family
Hans Imhoff (1922-2007) was a native of Cologne and an entrepreneur who, in his own words, had a “heart of chocolate.” The Rhinelander’s dream was always to delight people with his own great passion, chocolate. On October 31, 1993, he opened – out of his own pocket and without any public funding – the Chocolate Museum on the tip of the Rheinauhafen, which is now well-known and popular in Cologne and far beyond. Hans Imhoff passed on his love of chocolate and his hometown of Cologne to his family. After his death in 2007, his wife Gerburg Klara Imhoff initially took over the management of the museum. Since 2016, their daughter Annette Imhoff and her husband Dr. Christian Unterberg-Imhoff have been running the company; her sister Susanne Imhoff has been chairwoman of the charitable Imhoff Foundation since this year, whose broad commitment benefits the citizens of the city of Cologne.