Enter a world of pure imagination at Lindt Home of Chocolate – Switzerland’s brand new chocolate museum and tour.
Lindt has opened a new Willy Wonka-style chocolate museum and tour, and rumour has it Grandpa Joe may actually hop out of bed for this one. While we can’t promise you Oompa Loompas or Mr Wonka himself, this magical museum will offer guests a unique insight into the wonderful world of chocolate. Lindt Home of Chocolate is located in Kilchberg, Switzerland and just like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, you’ll learn all about the history and production of their legendary bars, truffles and pralines. Fortunately, you won’t need a golden ticket to enter, just a regular one that you can purchase here. [Featured image: @lindthomeofchocolate]
It would seem Switzerland has beat us to it as, earlier this year, it was announced that a similar concept was launching near Amsterdam: ‘Tony‘s Chocolonely Chocolate Circus’, which is set to open in 2024. Not to worry though, that gives you plenty of time to plan a visit to Kilchberg while we wait for one to open closer to home.
Did we mention that Lindt Home of Chocolate is also home to the highest free-standing chocolate fountain in the entire world? It is a whopping 9.3 metres high and circulates 1,000 litres of liquid chocolate that flows out of a massive hovering wire whisk and into a Lindor ball directly below. It really is sight for sore eyes.
The museum is designed so that each room will teach you something new and exciting about the cocoa-based sweet treat. You’ll come across a ‘Chocolate History’ room which really does what it says on the tin. Essentially, it will inform you on how the preparation and consumption of the product has changed over the last 5,000 years, using a digitally animated 360-degree round table. If this was a module at university, Lord knows we would’ve taken it.
Subsequently, a room designed in the spitting image of a real chocolate factory will take you through the modern production process, and there are three chocolate fountains that you can dip into (for educational purposes, of course). Finally, ‘Chocolate Heaven’ is where you’ll be able to sample Lindt products – it is a heavenly experience indeed. And if you want a photo to document the wonderful day out, the large Lindt balls hanging from the ceiling actually double up as photo-booths, so it’s multitasking and efficiency at its finest.
While many visitors choose to roam freely, you will have the option of a guided tour with a chocolatier taking you through each room step by step. Or if you want to get your hands dirty, they host a very popular workshop where you can design and produce your own chocolate creation to take home with you.
The Lindt Home of Chocolate is open Monday to Sunday, between 10am and 6pm. Check their website for more information and to book your tickets.
If you’re not up for travelling right now, you can get your fix at Amsterdam’s chocolate-themed bar complete with free-flowing chocolate taps.