Dull winter days and early evenings almost beg to be a bit sweeter. What can be better than a small amount of preciously made, charming chocolate? Or rather, a big amount...
Budapest's Chocolate Museum is Hungary's proud entry in the range of European museums of chocolate. Founded in 2004, it's located in a renovated palace on the peripherical Bekecs Street. At this museum, you can taste free samples (reason enough to go!), learn the history of cocoa and how chocolate is made, view historic production machines, and even learn how chocolate is packaged. Participate in a Praline tour at this very unique museum. Taste lots of chocolates and sweets.
The tour starts at the main entrance of the building at the side of the chocolate-fountain. Guests are encouraged to pick a ball of marzipan or chocolate to a stick, dip into the bubbling chocolate and taste. Tasting is followed by a walk around the square of chocolate, where portals of the chocolate stores from the turn of the 19th- 20th centuries can be admired. Own chocolate can be prepared as well: visitors pour chocolate into a waffle-plate, and decorate it with delicate, colorful sweets, chili, etc. Decoratively packaged on the spot, these can be a nice present after the tour. While the self-made chocolate congregates, visitors make their way to the film museum, and watch an old film about the history of chocolate and taste spe- cial drags. The program takes two hours.
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Make a trip to Gyula, visit the more than 600-year-old castle, be pampered and relax at the Gyula Castle Spa, and make sure you visit the 100-year-old Confectionery (Százéves Cukrászda). This confectionery opened in 1840 in a building that today is the most valuable double-storied town-house in the South Great Plain. Its wonderful salons feature original Bieder Meier furniture and wall paintings. Having a cup of coffee and a cake here is a real time travel. Take the time to walk through the building and visit the in-house confectioner’s workshop museum.