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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Travel Tip: Portobello, Edinburgh

Since I’ve been gathering pictures of most places I’ve been to, I thought I’d share information and tips about the places I’ve liked most over time.

This one is going to be about a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland called “Portobello”. I went there in summer 2015 and I very much enjoyed my time there! I remember finding Edinburgh a bit too busy and crammed with tourists, but Portobello wasn’t like that at all. Regarding Edinburgh I have to admit that we went there in July, one of the most touristic months! I enjoyed the city, still. It’s a very interesting place to go to and there is lots of things to see. Also, being a die-hard Harry Potter fan, I like the connection with J.K.Rowling.

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Portobello is full of thrift shops (I love browsing their stuff), small cafĂ©s and local people. There are many families with young children and pensioners. And of course, there is the beach. We didn’t go into the sea because of the temperatures, but it was nice to sit there and relax (also after busy days in the centre of Edinburgh!). We found out about many good places to eat via Trip Advisor. (I am starting to have a strange passion for this web page, looking up restaurants a lot. I guess, I’ve eaten in bad places a lot during travelling before!)

We went to eat at “The Espy” once because we read that it has the best burgers in town. It wasn’t the best burgers I’ve ever eaten, but they were still good. Also, it was a cosy place to sit.

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Portobello also has a history of being a well-known beach resort. Even though I haven’t seen anyone diving into the ocean, I am sure there are times when you can do so!

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We stayed at Ardgarth Guest House, close to the beach and in walking distance to the centre. It was a very nice place but unfortunately is closed now. I’m sure there are other nice B&Bs in the area, though. Buses go to the centre of Edinburgh all the time, and it’s a quick ride.

I really recommend staying there if you go see Edinburgh. If you just stay in the centre, everything is overwhelming, but with staying in Portobello it gets a bit calmer! It’s just a very nice place to stay at (and probably live in, also). Although I don’t think the Dire Straits Song “Portobello Belle” is about this Portobello. 😉

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