In early September 2020, the world’s largest chocolate museum, The Lindt Home of Chocolate, opened near Zurich. Although there is no enchanting chocolate river like in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, the chocolate fountain over 9 meters tall is equally impressive.
According to Time Out, the fountain has 1,500 liters of cocoa continuously flowing from the golden whisk down the giant chocolate. Although only admissions are allowed from afar, guests will have the chance to sample some fine chocolates in the experience room at the end of the tour.
Before that, you’ll discover a state-of-the-art research factory on the museum’s premises, with a chocolate production line open to the public. In addition, there is an exhibition on the history of chocolates, revealing how the Swiss became leaders in the chocolate production and processing; journey of introduction of cocoa beans from plantations in Ghana to factories in Switzerland. In particular, visitors can find some business secrets from one of the best chocolate producers in the world.
With an investment of up to Swiss Franc 100 million (more than 109 million USD), the museum is sponsored by the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation, which aims to enhance the value of Switzerland’s confectionery heritage worldwide. Ernst Tanner, president of the organization commented: “The museum will play an important role in asserting and maintaining the position of the chocolate capital of Switzerland in the long term, as well as making great contributions to the transfer of knowledge across the chocolate industry “.
The museum is open from 10am – 6pm, from Monday to Sunday. Remember that the most crowded period is from 13:00 to 15:00 daily. Retail customers will buy entrance tickets priced from 10 – 15 Swiss Francs/person (11-17 USD). Children under 7 years old will enter completely free of charge. Guided tour costs 20 Swiss Francs (more than 22 USD). During one hour, visitors will learn how to grow cocoa trees, harvest and process fine chocolates.
The museum will reveal how the Mayan drink hit Europe and why Switzerland became the chocolate capital of the world. Visitors will tour the chocolate factory with its glass windows, to see how the top experts produce chocolates in modern methods. Guests will also have the opportunity to try a variety of chocolates to find their favorite flavor.
Address: Schokoladenplatz 1 Seestrasse 204, Kilchberg city, Switzerland
From Zurich, visitors can take a taxi to the museum about 8 km away or take the S8 or S24 train from Zurich HB Main Station to Kilchberg about 20 minutes. From the train station, visitors only need to walk about 800 meters to arrive.