Sweet retreats: Best European Easter getaways for chocoholics

Calling all chocolate lovers! As the Easter holidays approach, you might be looking to gift yourself the ultimate sweet treat. 

… An Easter getaway filled with chocolate, chocolate, and even more chocolate. 

We’re taking a look at the best cities for chocolate, from destinations that host Easter chocolate festivals to cities that offer amazing chocolate experiences. 

There’s no better time to explore chocolate hot spots than during the Easter holidays. So, if you’re wondering what the best cities for chocolate are, then look no further!


Europe’s best cities for chocolate

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium 

When thinking about European cities that offer some of the best chocolate, it would be a sin if we didn’t mention Brussels! Belgium boasts over 2000 chocolatiers throughout the country, so you don’t have to travel very far until you bump into some cocoa. 

Aside from there being loads of places you can buy chocolate, there are also several chocolate experiences you can try out too: 

  • Check out Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat (Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate). This museum tells you about the history and development of chocolate. 
  • Take a tour of the city’s most famous chocolate shops, where guides can offer up history about chocolate in Brussels. 
  • Head to Chocolaterie Duval or Chocolaterie Jamart to witness how chocolate is made. 
  • Take part in an Easter egg hunt which happens throughout Brussels, they usually happen in parks or cultural sites, and there are often prizes for the winners. This year, check out the Red Rocks Church Brussels Easter Hunt which takes place at St. John’s International School Timbertops Garden.  

Cologne, Germany

Cologne is considered Germany’s chocolate capital. The city is home to Stollwerck chocolate company which used to be the second-largest producer of chocolate in the United States by 1900, after the company’s expansion across Europe and America. 

The company has an interactive museum that educates visitors about the history of chocolate around the world. The company still produces 100,000 tons of chocolate each year, so there’s no wonder Cologne is a centre for chocolate tourism. 

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Are you a lover of Lindt chocolate? Mmm, the very thought of it has us drooling. Well, not only is Zurich the home of the famous Lindt chocolate, but it’s also home to other well-known chocolate brands, including Teuscher, Laderach, Vollenweider and more.  

If you’re looking for a range of chocolate experiences on your Easter getaway, Zurich has plenty to enjoy: 

  • Head to Lindt Home of Chocolate by Lake Zurich for an interactive chocolate experience, a massive chocolate fountain and the world’s largest Lindt shop – sounds like heaven! 
  • Try chocolate fondue at Max Chocolatier which offers up single-origin cocoa beans from different regions around the world. Plus, you’ll have a variety of dipping options, from shortbread to homemade marshmallows.  
  • Check out Maestrani’s Chocolarium for a guided tour on how famous Swiss chocolate is made. You’ll also get to taste some as you go!  

Vienna, Austria

Now, Vienna may be considered the coffee house capital of Europe, but you can also find luxurious chocolate here too. A favourite is Demel, originally the royal confectioner, it’s now super popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Demel is a pastry shop and chocolaterie which first came about in 1786 and it still has the title of a Purveyor to the Imperial and Royal Court today. 

If you have a sweet tooth, Vienna is definitely an Easter getaway for you. Vienna is the birthplace of the sachertorte (a chocolate cake layered with apricot jam and covered in a chocolate glaze), which is famous as it’s Austria’s official dessert. But if you’re specifically looking for chocolate, it won’t be hard to find as there are loads of chocolate shops in Vienna, as well as the Viennese Museum of Chocolate which is well worth a visit. 

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Churros with melted chocolate isn’t the only chocolate experience you can get in Barcelona. In fact, the city produces other forms of chocolate. If you’re looking to try some of the sweet local delicacy, take a look at chocolate makers Petritxol Xocoa, Chacao Sampaka and Chocolates Brescó. 

For an Easter getaway you won’t want to miss out on these Easter chocolate events: 

  • A visit to Cocoa Blues & Fusion Exchange – a chocolate festival that combines the sweetness of chocolate with the sound of blues music. Unfortunately, this festival happens before the kids break up for Christmas between 14-17 March 2024, but it might be a perfect short break for those who don’t have to worry about that.  
  • Walk around Barcelona’s chocolate shops and spot the unique and impressive chocolate sculptures. They’re often inspired by popular culture, like sporting stars or cartoon characters. As well as these sculptures, you’ll find cakes will chocolate and/or cream on it called monas. These are traditionally bought by Catalan godparents who treat their godchildren on Día de la mona which happens on Easter Monday. 


Has our Easter travel guide tickled your fancy? These European city break destinations aren’t just the best cities for chocolate, but they’re also fantastic if you’d like to take a longer break to explore their history and culture.  

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