This is a Lindt Chocolate Factory that is well worth a visit. We went at the end of November and it was heaving with Germans on a mission. Judging by the reviews on Trip Advisor and by the fact that we were the only English speakers at the factory, I don't think many people outside of Germany knows that it exists.
We drove to the factory from Aachen, passing a car park for coaches and then one for cars. While it states that the car park costs €5.00, we didn't have to pay this on the way out and seeing as I know about 10 words in German, I couldn't figure out why this was. On the opposite side of the street there was another factory shop for Bahlsen biscuits which also had a varied selection of products some that were familiar and some not normally found in the UK.
The Lindt factory is full of many varieties of chocolate, many of which I've never seen in the UK. Besides the prepacked chocolates that we're familiar with, it also has bags of imperfect chocolates that weigh 750g and cost around the €6.90 mark. There is a large variety of these bags which we bought in great quantities as they were such good value to give away as gifts for Christmas. While the bars of chocolate had no covering on them in the bags, some of the truffle chocolates had wrappers--the bottom half the bag was filled with uncovered and mixed up chocolates while the top half of the bag had wrapped varieties of the chocolates within with the Lindt logo on the top. If I'm not too lazy and add a ribbon, the bags will be pretty enough to give away as gifts. Most likely they'll all go ribbonless however. Judging by the reaction of some of the people who've tried them so far, I don't think this will be much of a problem.
There is a little booth outside of the factory selling drinks and snacks if you get hungry. The factory shop shouldn't take more than an hour to navigate as while it's big, it's not huge. The time spent there consists of elbowing your way around the crowds and trying to decide what to buy as there are so many different flavours and sizes of boxes on display. When you've paid for your goods, there are empty chocolate boxes near the tills where you can bag what you've bought. They didn't take our cards because even though we were using our debit cards, they come up as credit cards outside of the UK so make sure to bring cash. There are also no bank machines that we could see in the area. Remember too that most shops in Germany/Belgium and France are closed on a Sunday.
Aachen is right on the Belgian border and is only a three hour drive from Calais/Dunkerque. Our primary reason for going there was for the Christmas market and it was also fabulous. We shall return, most likely in the spring when we've run out of the best chocolates ever!!
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