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While chocolate may have originated in the Americas (Central and South America, actually), several European countries have incorporated chocolate into their tourism.

In Spain, a monastery has been cited as the first documented chocolate-making location.  Visitors to the Chocolate Museum at the Monasterio de Piedra, located in the Zaragoza region of Spain, can see where monks first cooked chocolate in the 16th century.  After visiting the museum and sampling some of the chocolate, visitors can take a stroll around the neighboring national park that offers a wealth of natural scenery, including waterfalls.

Travelers in Paris can take a chocolate walking tour so for those who want a break from the historic sites, a day of chocolate sampling provide the perfect mix.

BrugesBruges is called the chocolate capital of Belgium.  The city’s Old World streets contain dozens of sweet shops that can be visited on an afternoon stroll.

Chocolate lovers visiting Switzerland can climb on board the Golden Pass’ Chocolate Train that offers a day-trip excursion that departs Montreux for the Gruyere region for a combination of tour and tasting.

In Austria, at Zotter’s Chocolate Theatre, guests can see the process of bean to bar while enjoying fun attractions as drinking chocolate delivered on the world’s smallest cable car or exploring the “edible zoo.”

Kids can take an hour long chocolate making class at  Ritter Sport’s Choco Workshop in Germany.

If that isn’t enough, if you happen to be in Birmingham, England, check out Cadbury’s amusement park.   It combines 14 zones of interactive displays, staff demonstration, video presentations and other experiences to tell the history of chocolate and Cadbury’s story as a candy-making giant.

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