Like a ship made of glass and metal, the chocolate museum is located in the Rheinau harbour, directly in front of the old town, near the Cologne Cathedral. In medieval times in Cologne, the anchor and terminal were located here by the Rhine boatmen. Today the old swing bridge has been renovated to the new designed harbour quarter of the "Rheinauhafen".
The tour of the nine exhibition areas is a fantastic and unforgettable journey through the 4000 square metre of the culture and history of chocolate, starting at the old American cultures such as the Maya and the Aztecs, through the Baroque age and the industrialization up to the individual refinement of the noble chocolate of today.
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.
Get an exciting insight into the five-thousand-year history of cocoa, covering the mystical ceremonies of Central America and the luxury drink of the European aristocracy through to instantly available treat that it has become today.