Travel Tip: Riegersburg and Zotter Chocolate Factory (Austria)

Our trip to Riegersburg and Zotter Chocolate Factory was about a year ago, in November 2015 and we had beautiful weather. I really recommend going there in autumn because of the colours, it just looks amazing.

Both, Riegersburg and the chocolate factory, are in the same area, easily reached from Graz. Graz is located in Styria, South of Austria.

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First, we went to Riegersburg and had Pizza at the restaurant (“Seehaus”) at the lake. The lake looked so nice, it must be fun to swim there in summer. Then we drove to the castle Riegersburg, parked in the town and walked up. We had to pay a fee at the entrance. I remember we couldn’t go inside the castle because it was too late in the year, but we enjoyed the place and the views anyway! Please check their website before visiting because opening times can change.

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Funny dude watching us

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Afterwards, we drove to Zotter chocolate factory and did the tour (we had booked it before by calling). These are the prices.

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You get to see a short film about the history of Zotter Factory and then the tour begins. Ours was with audio guides and the best part is that you get to taste tons of different kinds of chocolate! Even hot chocolate and really weird ones with Tequila for example. I especially remember the Tequila one being pretty good, so I bought some in the shop later to take it home. Also their Soja white chocolate, it’s very tasty!

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Last, we went to the zoo (price is included in admission) and looked at some animals. Unfortunately, it has gotten dark, so we couldn’t see some animals anymore. There were bunnies, pigs, horses, goat, …

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I really recommend visiting the area! There also are many different walks you can do and it’s especially beautiful in autumn. Maybe go a bit earlier than we did, to still see the inside of the castle Riegersburg! Also, there are many more things to see and do in the area, so we might even go there again some time!

Links

Riegersburg (Their homepage had some troubles loading fully in my browser, but if it works in yours, you can click on “Deutsch” and change the language this way!)

Seehaus Riegersburg

Zotter

If you like ham, Vulcano Schinken is close and easily reached by car.

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A Walk In The National Park Gesäuse, Austria

Hello readers!

Two days ago we went on a trip to see the (Stift) Admont Library in Styria, Austria and afterwards the national park Gesäuse, which is pretty close to Admont. The national park was beautiful, even though it was cloudy. The mountains looked amazing, the tops covered with snow in combination with the colourful trees.

First, we parked at Stift Admont and went to see the library and museums. This is their website. We paid the student entrance fee (5,80 euros), the regular entrance fee is 10 euros. We also paid for one photography ticket (5 euros), so we would be able to take photos of the library. I asked and they told me that I can’t publish those photos online (or anywhere else). The library is great to see, still. Here is a link with official photos.

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Admont, church next to the monastery

After eating in Admont, at Gasthaus Kamper (Kamper restaurant), which offers warm food even after lunch time (we went there at like 3pm), we went off to the national park!

The following pictures are from our stop at the Eisenbahnbrücke, where I assume the rafting starts in summer!

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There we only walked around a bit, since we were both recovering from having a cold! I’d like to go there another time, to hike properly. The map we got at the information centre in Admont showed many great trails!

We parked at the junction where you can take a right to Johnsbach (coming from Admont). There is also a rafting centre (something I’d really like to try in the area!).

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We walked at the river to take photos and then went on the ‘Leierweg’, which offers benches and games (I’d recommend going there with children, they would clearly enjoy that!). It is also accessible with a wheelchair, as the sign said. It is going upwards for a longer time, though.

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One of the games, we couldn’t get the ring on the poles, just from very close!

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A place to relax in the woods

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Colourful trees!

It ends at a very nice viewpoint and you can get water from a well on the way.

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Viewpoint with hut

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View from inside the hut

Then we drove to see the campsite (‘Campingplatz Forstgarten Gstatterboden’) and I decided to maybe go there some time with a group of friends and then hike in the area. In summer, of course. You can also rent a hut there, but on Friday everything was empty. The season is over, with the cold coming.

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The empty campsite (it even has a beach volleyball court – on the right!)

I have to say I enjoyed being in the national park a lot. It’s very beautiful and it was a calm day, without many visitors!

Link

National park Gesäuse

Travel Memories – Botanical Garden, Montreal

This post is going to be about my trip to the botanical garden in Montreal (“Jardin Botanique”). I went there twice in October 2014, the day pictures are from my first, the night pictures from the second time. I think the botanical garden is very beautiful and I’d recommend everyone to go there when visiting the city. I found out online that “Gardens of Light” takes place in 2016, too: Link

If you are in or close to Montreal, you should check it out!

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In the Japanese Garden

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In the Chinese Garden

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Exhibition about insects, also very interesting to see!

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At night it even looked more amazing!

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I would definitely go again if I visit Montreal once more. Judging from this link I haven’t seen all of it anyway!