Chocolate in Germany
Chocolate is engrained into the culture of Germany and is also part of many traditions and celebrations in the country. Nobody loves good chocolate more than the Germans, in fact, they are second in the world (just slightly behind Switzerland) when it comes to the highest annual chocolate consumption. Most British travellers will recognise German chocolate brands Milka and Kinder.
With our overnight ferries from Newcastle to Amsterdam you can wake refreshed and ready to drive the short distance to Germany. Or, with our Dover to Calais and Dunkirk, or Newhaven to Dieppe crossings, you can take a longer route and experience the delights of the other great chocolate-producing nations of France and Belgium on your way.
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Situated in the heart of Munich’s old town, this chocolaterie offers friendly German hospitality and some of the finest chocolates in the country.
With 32 flavours of their signature ‘chocolate-on-a-spoon’, rich hot chocolate and coffees to drink, and the best brownies in town – as well as homemade ice creams in the summer – the Chocolaterie Beluga is the perfect cozy destination for chocolate lovers of all ages.
Franz Kontor for Chocolate
Another charming gourmet paradise found in Munich is Franz Kontor for Chocolate. This impressive shop and chocolaterie offers exquisite chocolate creations from around Europe, as well as handmade chocolates and spirits of its own devising. Franz Kontor specializes in seasonal chocolates, combining flavours such as elderberry, lavender and apricot depending on the time of year, to provide visitors with over 100 different chocolates at any one time.
Fassbender and Rausch
Not only is Fassbender and Rausch Berlin’s oldest chocolate shop, it’s also the world’s largest. This two-storey, family run business boasts an impressive selection of fine, handmade chocolates and sweet treats, as well as a café and its famous chocolate restaurant.
Here you can sit and watch the world go by on one of Berlin’s most handsome squares, the Gendarmenmarkt, as you experience chocolates in and on food of the highest quality.
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As well as stocking a vast range of international handmade gourmet chocolates, Winterfeldt Schokoladen also doubles as a cozy café getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Berlin streets. This chocolaterie used to be a pharmacy back in the 19th century, and they still use the original oak shelving to display their impressive array of delicious chocolate stock. There’s plenty here for those seeking Kosher, raw and gluten-free chocolates too.
Located in the Eppendorf district of Hamburg, this quirky chocolaterie brings a retro style to its selection of homemade and international chocolates.
This family-run confectioners offers delectable treasures such as pralines, truffles, and will even personalise chocolates if you’re thinking of returning home with a few gifts. The owners of Schokovida also organise tasting events and workshops, so be sure to check their calendar before paying a visit.
Cologne’s Chocolate Museum, situated near the Cologne Cathedral in the Rheinau harbor, is one of the world’s greatest chocolate experiences. This independent and one-of-a-kind museum offers an unforgettable tour of the culture and history of chocolate, starting with the ancient Maya and the Aztec cultures, through the Baroque age and into the industrialization and individual refinement of the artisanal chocolate of today.
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