Our Hands On Experience At Chocoversum, Hamburg

child tasting chocolate

It was pretty grey and damp when we arrived in Hamburg, so I was really pleased that the first activity we had planned was a visit to Chocoversum in the heart of the city’s historic centre.  If you are looking for things to do when it’s raining in Hamburg, Chocoversum is a great place to put at the top of your list as it’s inside AND it’s all about chocolate.  Everyone loves chocolate now, don’t they?

My 3 year old daughter and I joined an English speaking tour at Chocoversum which was due to last around 90 minutes.  I hadn’t really thought about whether it would be suitable for her before we arrived as I figured her love for chocolate would get us through, no matter what.

chocolate fountain chocoversum

We gathered with our tour group and the first stop was the Chocoholic Checkpoint.  Well, my eyes nearly popped out of my head let alone Brook’s as we waited for our turn to load up our wafer biscuits with the most amazing liquid chocolate from the fountain.  The tour was definitely getting off on the right foot as far as I was concerned.  Brook seemed pretty happy too!

We went on to the next stage of the tour which was talking about growing cocoa beans in the forest and the origins of chocolate.  Brook did become a little bit fidgety at this point, but mainly because she needed the toilet and we hadn’t had time to visit before we joined the tour.  Pretty big Mummy fail right there I think. Fortunately the toilets are really accessible even while you are on the tour so we quickly solved this issue and she settled back down again fairly quickly.

child decorating chocolate bar

The next part of the tour was a big hit for both of us.  Everyone on the tour got the opportunity to create their own chocolate bar and this was so much fun.  There were lots of things to decorate the chocolate bars with and it was definitely one of our favourite parts of the experience.  Our chocolate bars were popped in the fridge so they could set and we would be reunited with them at the end of the tour.

Chocolate is pretty important in Hamburg with an average of 120 bars being consumed per person.  The cocoa beans mainly arrive via Hamburg port before being transformed into the chocolate that we all know and love.  One of the reasons that chocolate is so popular is because the Germans believe eating chocolate makes you happy.  I think most of us would second that wouldn’t we?

chocolate tour guide chocoversum

As we progressed through the Chocoversum experience we learned about the processing of the cocoa bean, how chocolate can really vary in quality and why fine chocolate tastes so good.  We also got to learn how chocolate is made and we were able to taste the chocolate at the various stages of production.  I would say that we got to taste chocolate in one form or another every 20 minutes or so.

If you are wondering whether it was worth taking a child to Chocoversum I would have to say yes.  Brook was probably a little bit young to understand every aspect of the experience but she really enjoyed making her own chocolate bar and getting to taste lots of chocolate over the 90 minute tour.  She loved watching the machinery working and she seemed to enjoy listening to our guide, who was lovely by the way and very funny.  She also learned that he was the giver of chocolate so it was worth staying on his good side.

child tasting chocolate

Children under 5 years old are able to go to Chocoversum for free, which I think is great and reflects the fact that the talking aspects of tour will be better received by older children.  If you want your child to be able to make their own chocolate bar during the tour, you just need to buy a ticket on arrival for that part of the experience for 4.50 Euros.

Overall, we both really enjoyed the experience at Chocoversum.  The tour length is a good and there is lots of interesting information for anyone interested in the making of chocolate.  The quality of the chocolate you get to taste and make at Chocoversum is pretty exceptional and you will definitely feel like you have had your chocolate fix before you leave.

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Useful Information

If you would like to book a visit to Chocoversum, they provide both German, English and Danish speaking tours so check the timetables for which would be most appropriate for you.

Ticket Prices

Adults 15 Euros

Children (6-17) 11 Euros

5 and under are free to enter

Family ticket 41 Euros

Meßberg 1 • 20095 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 – 41 91 230-0

Open Daily between 10am and 6pm (check the website for public holidays and closures)

If you are looking for a family friendly hotel in Hamburg, then you’ll enjoy reading about our experience at Holiday Inn Hamburg.

We were provided with complimentary entry to Chocoversum in exchange for this review but all thoughts and opinions are our own.  This post was written in support of the Come to Hamburg project.  

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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15 Discussion to this post

  1. Sidrah Ahmed says:

    Wonderful place my family love chocolate and this would be a great place to visit

  2. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Making me feel happy just reading this
    Such a delight
    Might make it myself one day

  3. Kayleigh Watkins says:

    This is my idea of heaven, I would have spent my whole holiday in there, I love chocolate xxx

  4. Emma says:

    Hamburg is a really great place to visit with little ones. I’ll have to keep this place in mind if we go back again.

  5. Oh wow this looks like the most amazing activity! I love chocolate and I bet it was so special to do this in Hamburg!
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  6. Anosa says:

    Ohh, I guess I need to let my sister know about this. She will be in awe to see and experience this. Let’s see if my schedule permits me so we can go before the holidays.
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  7. Sonia Cave says:

    Oh my goodness this looks like my idea of heaven!! It looks really interesting too
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  8. Nadia says:

    Hamburg is a beautiful city and this place obviously makes it even better. Going there in February on my way to Lubeck.

  9. Claire says:

    What a lovely place to visit Zena. I would love to visit here. I love my sweet things 🙂
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  10. Cathy Glynn says:

    Oh Zena this sounds amazing and such a gorgeous place to visit. All that chocolate, Grace would have a field day x
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  11. Kira says:

    Oh wow .. yes please!! My girls would absoulately love this experience! And I of course would have to taste test first to make sure they are ok *wink wink* 🙂
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  12. Steph says:

    Heaven! This looks such a lovely place to visit
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  13. Lorna says:

    I would love to do something like this with Isla, she wouldn’t know what to do with herself, she’d be so excited!
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  14. I could spend a week in there! $15 for adults is pretty thrifty too, look to have been money well spent!
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  15. Nigel William says:

    Hi, Zena! This is an amazing article! Chocoversum sounds so fun and educational. I`m sure your experience will be inspirational enough for more people to go and visit this magic land themselves. I was wondering, did you have any expectations when you went there and were they pleased?

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