Lindt & Sprüngli will open the Lindt Home of Chocolate in Kilchberg, Switzerland to visitors this fall after three years of construction.
The Chocolate Competence Center will feature an interactive exhibition, a research facility and a 9-meter tall chocolate fountain. It will also allow visitors to take a glance over the shoulders of Master Chocolatiers.
Opening Sept. 13, the Home of Chocolate will also feature the first Lindt Café in Switzerland and the largest Lindt Chocolate boutique in the world.
With this project, the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation is providing the general public an information platform on chocolate. More than 100 million Swiss francs ($111 million) have been invested into this project at Lindt & Sprüngli’s historic headquarters in Kilchberg.
“With the construction of the Lindt Home of Chocolate, we have created a Chocolate Competence Center that is unique in Switzerland and will strengthen the innovation of our industry over the long term,” says Ernst Tanner, president of the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation’s Board.
Located about 10 km south of the heart of Zurich, the new attraction is expected to draw 350,000 national and international chocolate fans every year. It is home to world-famous Master Chocolatiers who will provide insight into their world of chocolate, their passion and expertise.
Aside from the interactive exhibition, the Lindt Home of Chocolate will also include a research facility. Occupying 1,500 square meters, the exhibition covers themes such as the cultivation of cocoa, the history of chocolate, Swiss chocolate pioneers and chocolate production.
At the end of the tour through the museum, another highlight awaits visitors: the “Chocolate Heaven” tasting room. The Lindt Home of Chocolate also offers the largest Lindt Chocolate boutique in the world and the first Lindt Café in Switzerland. In the Chocolateria, visitors will create their own chocolate masterpieces under the expert guidance of the Master Chocolatiers – making it the perfect souvenir or gift.
The Home of Chocolate’s modern design contrasts with the historic Lindt & Sprüngli factory building dating to 1899. Inside, the three-story building has a distinctive design featuring curving staircases, suspended walkways and imposing skylights in the ceiling.
Admission for the chocolate tour costs 15 francs ($16.60) for adults and 10 francs ($11.07) for children aged 8 and older.