For those of you that are chocolate lovers like myself, I would recommend visiting the Lindt Chocolate factory in Switzerland. It is no secret that Switzerland chocolate is one of the best-tasting, high-quality chocolates made! Lindt is one of the most well-known Switzerland Chocolate factories and prides itself on high-quality ingredients. This Switzerland chocolate factory is nestled on the outskirts of Zurich Switzerland and is relatively new opening up in 2020.
An experience for the senses
Entering through the lobby of the Lindt Chocolate Factory and museum we were immediately greeted by a large chocolate fountain reaching over 9 meters in height. The chocolate is constantly being circulated, and weighs well over 1.5 tons. The glorious smell of chocolate wafts in the air. Saturday afternoon was fairly busy. In the lobby, you can see the cafe which offers a variety of Lindt ice cream, brownies, and Lindt cookies. Just across is the Lindt gift shop, which is the largest in the world.
- We missed out on both the gift shop and the cafe, it was devastating! We made it to the lobby after finishing our chocolate truffle class at 6:08 pm. The gift shop closes at 6:00 pm over the weekend but stays open a little later during the week. I didn’t see the hours of the cafe, but it was also closed when we made it to the lobby. Plan ahead if you will be taking a tour towards the end of the day.
I would recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time. We had been trying to plan the truffle-making for quite some time, so be aware that the tours may be booked out. This site also provides information and ticket availability for the various Lindt Zurich chocolate tours. It was a bit chaotic when we arrived, keep that in mind when visiting- especially during the weekends. Buy tickets here.
The Lindt Home of Chocolate is about 20 minutes from Zurich. From Zurich, you can easily take the train or bus.
- Train: S8 or S24 to Kilchberg Zh. It is then about a 10 minute walk
- Bus: From Burkliplatz: line 165, Lindt and Sprungli bus stop
Lindt Zurich chocolate factory tours
Self tour with audio
I saw many people utilizing this tour. There are headpieces provided that allow you to listen to the tour in different languages. It was self-paced, which may be ideal if you have kiddos with you.
There were many stations to try out samples of chocolate!
Choco deluxe tour with guide
The price was around CHF30 (30.00 Francs) per person for 90 minutes.
It was a small group of close to 10 people.
The tour met in the lobby right at the front desk. Headsets were passed out which allowed you to hear the guide with ease.
The tour started with the Cocoa: how it is grown and produced, the history of cocoa and chocolate, and the different chocolate and chocolate factories in Switzerland. It goes into so much detail regarding the different Switzerland chocolate factories.
This tour offered a few additional samples than the walk-up audio tours.
It was a bit crowded, but I felt that the tour guide did an excellent job of managing the group. Overall it was a well-rounded tour, and if you’re a chocolate lover, I would recommend it!
This course was so much fun! The course started on time, so be sure to arrive a little early. It was CHF70 per person (70 Francs).
It started with the bakers handing out aprons and hats for everyone to wear. Afterward, we were escorted into the truffle kitchen. Esthetically, it was beautiful. It almost felt as if it were on a set of some baking competition show.
There were several stations, and the guides grouped us by language. There were 6-8 people per station, thus providing these small groups individual attention if needed.
The chocolate truffle shells had already been prepared, and set into plastic trays. The Champagne truffle filling was already set, and ready for us to fill. We had the option of using Dark or Milk Chocolate. Lastly, we finished by coating the truffles in chocolate and powdered sugar.
It is such a hands-on class! If you love the Lindt Chocolate truffles, I would recommend registering for this class! It was so much fun, and you leave with several truffles that YOU created! They are then sealed in a beautiful box.
There are also kids’ classes available, where they make something other than truffles. This could be an option if you are traveling with kids. Keep in mind, to my knowledge, the class is only set up to make one type of chocolate per class.
My recommendation of the Lindt Switzerland Chocolate Factory
As I mentioned earlier, I was so disappointed that I missed out on the cafe and the gift shop. Honestly, I was quite sad. That was the biggest complaint from my Lindt Switzerland chocolate factory experience.
Although the chocolate factory was fairly crowded, I felt that the guides managed the tours pretty well. Before heading into your Zurich chocolate tour, be sure to take advantage of the lockers. They are located on the main floor next to the bathrooms- and best of all, they were free of charge! As I previously mentioned, the tours start on time, so arrive at least 15 minutes early. And most importantly, make sure you plan time for the gift shops! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.
It can be an easy day trip if you’re out visiting Switzerland, and If you are a chocolate lover- it may be an experience that you don’t want to miss out. Additionally, I considered this trip a little bit of selfcare for myself. Treat yourself to that delicious Switzerland chocolate!
Have you been to the Lind House of Chocolate? How was your experience? Can you compare it to another Switzerland Chocolate factory? I would love to hear from you!