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“"This place is Awesome"”

Zotter Chocolate Factory
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Riegersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Once upon the time around 1990 there was a master confectioner who thought that all the existing chocolate creations on the market are simply a little bit too boring. So after business hours he started to explore in the quietness of his company’s back room...
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed June 2, 2013

I have to leave it to the junior reviewer of the family, Mr 8. Half-way through the visit, his face covered in chocolate, he turned to me and with a huge grin said: "this place is AWESOME."
I can't say that he took in much of the movie about choosing the best cacao beans for the fair trade label, spoon in hand, he was simply too excited to start what was, for him the main event - the many different stages of tasting.
Beginning with cacao beans - passing to the unsweetened cocoamass and visiting all Mr Zotter's wonderful inventions from couverture with different cacao content, for cooking, to balls of flavour explosion and drinking chocolate - you are in chocolate heaven for the entire adventure. You can taste many of the samples more than once, but a word to the wise, stick with what you know you will like, the greedier of us left feeling more than a little queasy.

We were glad to have left visiting the "edible zoo" until after our tour, it gave us a chance to wander around this beautiful pastureland and gardens and feel a bit more normal after the excitement of the chocolate factory. The kids were also thrilled to enjoy some of the activities there - including the giant slide and the balancing wires. The music coming up from the valley was also a lovely touch, especially sitting in the evening sun, to the smell of the old-fashioned roses.

The introduction is in German as is the introductory film, but you can ask the presenter for headphones in other languages including English, Czech and French. The audioguides also come in many different languages. Although the other guests were largely German-speaking. most of the staff speak English, one lovely guy speaks French (among other languages!).

We booked tickets for a specific time in the afternoon, but were running very late. This was not a problem, we were simply put on the tour available when we arrived.
Wear comfortable shoes as you are on your feet a lot. Parking could be a little tricky, too. I would have liked to come away with my tasting spoon at the end of the tour, it's not cheap, so a memento would have been good but otherwise, a truly perfect day.

Thank lakanga
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

a very very nice factory and shop with lots to see and taste. great ideas, interesting art and concepts. unfortunately the people working there can be really snooty. Furthermore the restaurant and the "wurstelstand" overpriced and the staff again totally confused, slow, wrong order etc etc..... too bad considering the rest was so well set up.

Thank judy7298
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

How chocolate is created? What do freshly roasted cocoa beans in chocolate or cheese taste like? The Choco Shop Theatre offers an exciting tasting expedition for everyone who hungers for chocolate.
The inventor Josef Zotter has Investa Constantly in his products. He has been Involved in Fair Trade since 2004, in 2005 his company converted to organic and in 2006 he opened his own Chocolate Factory. For this reason he is the only manufacturer who throughout Europe starting Produces chocolates from the bean (bean-to-bar) Exclusively in organic and fair quality!
All products are Organic and Fair Trade and delicious!

1  Thank ATTILA B
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

You must try it. For all chocolate fans. First the movie than the slow trip from cocoa to chocolate. At start you get spoon and after that - just try, eat and enjoy. You can try all over again and eat all you can see. drink a lot of water, otherwise you will get stomak ake. Don't forget to bring your kids with you. And at the and you can visit eating animal zoo. Nice.

1  Thank Petra P
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

A great factory visit with uncountable quantity of chocholate tasting! Worth to book in advance via telephone or website.

Thank rajmonek
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