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.
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.
Afterwards, we drove to Zotter chocolate factory and did the tour (we had booked it before by calling). These are the prices.
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!
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, …
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!
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!)
If you like ham, Vulcano Schinken is close and easily reached by car.