Many (myself included) will confess to being addicted to the smooth, creamy taste of chocolate and in Europe, home to some of the world's most well known brands, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge! Why not include some of Europe's top chocolate sights in your holiday itinerary? After all - you deserve it!
Lindt & Sprungli (Kilchberg, near Zurich)
Take a train alongside Lake Zurich to Kilchberg where you can visit the Lindt & Sprungli shop at the company's headquarters. Whilst factory tours are not currently operating (at the time of writing), you can stock up on the delicious Swiss brand. Read about my visit to the Lindt Factory Shop here.
Chocolate and cheese train
Ride in first class comfort from Montreux on the Swiss Riviera to Gruyeres, home of the yummy Swiss cheese, where you will visit the factory and have time to explore the village and castle. Then, after lunch, hop back on board en-route to Broc where you can enjoy a factory visit and chocolate sampling at the Nestle Chocolate Factory. Then it's back on aboard for the return journey to Montreux. The train operates weekly from June to October. Factory tours are available throughout the year.
Museo Storico della Perugina
The Perugina Historical Museum at the Stabilmento (chocolate factory) Nestlé Perugina S. Sisto in Perugia is open for tours on weekdays. English language tours are available at specific times. Admission is free.
Museo del Cioccolato (Norma, in Lazio)
Italy's first chocolate museum opened in 1995. Free admission.
Imhoff Stollwerk Chocolate Museum, Cologne
Since 1993, chocolate lovers have flocked to Cologne's Chocolate Museum. Attractions include historical exhibits, a production area, a chocolate fountain (from which you're allowed to drink), and a restaurant overlooking the Rhine. Open daily except Mondays. Visit www.chocolatemuseum-cologne.com/ for opening hours. Entry fee applies.
Pierre Hermé, 72 Rue Bonaparte, Paris
Spoil yourself with a visit to the home of one of the world's most celebrated pastry chefs and chocolatiers, Pierre Hermé. Here you'll find a huge selection of chocolate cakes, pastries and macaroons, as well as many different kinds of chocolates and confectionary.
Also in Paris, you can do a chocolate and pastry tour of the St. Germain arrondissement - and you get to try some of the goodies!
Planete Musée du Chocolat, Biarritz
Take a journey through 3000 years of chocolate from the Aztecan god, Quetzacoalt, to the modern industrial makers of chocolate. Indulge in some hot chocolate tasting and them visit the shop to purchase some tasty treats to take home. The Musuem is open daily except Sunday (daily in school holidays) from 10am. Check www.planetemuseeduchocolat.com/en for exact hours. Entry fee applies.
Cadbury World, Bourneville
Cadbury World is not just a chocolate factory, it's a chocolate theme park. As part of your entry fee, you'll receive free chocolate bars which are handed out during the tour. Opening hours vary each day - refer to www.cadburyworld.co.uk. Entry fee applies.
Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat, Brussels
The Cocoa and Chocolate Museum offers historical exhibits, videos, live demonstrations, chocolate samples, and a shop where you can buy edible souvenirs of your visit. The musuem is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm. Entry fee applies.
Salzburg is famous for being the birthplace of Mozart and to celebrate, the city produces a special chocolate named in the composer's honour. The Mozart Kugeln is a dark chocolate ball filled with dark and light praline cream surrounding a core of marzipan.
Are you a chocoholic? Have you enjoyed a special chocolate experience in Europe?
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