Hiking route Zotter-Schleife Genusswanderweg Riegersburg - Touren-Impression #1 | © Weges OG Hiking route Zotter-Schleife Genusswanderweg Riegersburg - Touren-Impression #1 | © Weges OG

Zotter-Schleife Genusswanderweg Riegersburg

Pleasure hiking in southeast Styria - with the "Zotterschleife" you get to know one of the three pleasure hiking trails around the more than 850 years old Riegersburg.
If on the one hand it is the enjoyment of nature in the soft-formed landscape, on the other hand there is the sweet pleasure provided by the famous Zotter chocolate manufactory. This hiking tip starts at the Riegersburg information office, where a free hiking brochure (Riegersburger Genussweg) is available. The "Zotter Loop" takes you to the west and northwest of the market town of Riegersburg, passing the Zotter chocolate factory, the "Vulkanland Sekt Kulinarium", the Genusshotel Riegersburg and the valley station of the panorama lift. If you would like to include a visit to Riegersburg Castle in your hike, you should skip the last part and use the lift to ascend to the castle (€ 6). Via the castle you then hike comfortably back to the starting point.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
14,5 km
4:00 h
360 hm
360 hm
446 m
Highest point
303 m
Lowest point

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Coming from Graz via A2 exit Sinablkirchen, continue via B65 to Ilz and via B66 to Riegersburg

Coming from Vienna via A2 exit Ilz/Fürstenfeld, continue via B65 to Ilz and via B66 to Riegersburg


Detailed information on how to get to us can be found here.

We start at the information center of Riegersburg (1), 377 m, walk slightly uphill in the direction of the center and the castle walkway. Passing the marketplace and several stores, we reach a crossroads, where we keep left and after a short time we reach a traffic circle, where we continue straight ahead. Pass the Altenmarkt b.R. town sign and immediately turn left into a side street. After the bridge we continue to the right along the asphalt road. We hike comfortably uphill, past a few houses, to reach a gravel road in succession. After a forest section we reach an asphalt road again, which takes us directly to the Zotter Schoko-Erlebniswelt (2), 392m. The hiking trail leads us to the right along the road until we reach the Kulinarium, where we again keep to the right to go downhill along meadow and forest paths. Once we reach the valley floor, we keep to the right and follow the asphalt road. We see the Riegersburg castle directly in front of us, turn left at the next junction and shortly afterwards turn right into the forest. From now on, the trail goes uphill through a beautiful piece of forest. When we reach an asphalt road, we keep to the left and walk along the road surrounded by orchards and vineyards. After going slightly downhill, we turn right at the next crossroads. The view convinces us, as we can see the Riegersburg on one side and the Schöckl on the other. We hike along well-kept cultivated areas and a sparsely populated area and have the Riegersburg almost always in front of our eyes. Passing the Genusshotel Riegersburg (3), 391 m, we soon turn right onto a meadow path. Now follows a section over fields and meadows downhill and subsequently through the forest slightly uphill until we reach the parking lot of the Riegersburg (4), 400 m. We see the sign "Fußweg Zentrum" on the opposite side of the road, so we cross the road and now hike slightly downhill. The way back leads across farmland and meadows back to the starting point.
Enjoy the culinary highlights around Riegersburg, several Buschenschänken invite you to a cozy snack after the hike.

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at  www.oebb.at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website  www.busbahnbim.at


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Several parking spaces in the place
Refreshment stops in the center - Riegersburg

Lasslhof - The Inn, Tel.: +43 3153 71094, 8333 Riegersburg 20, www.lasslhof.at

Cafe Restaurant Pizzeria Seehaus, Tel.: +43 3153 72106, 8333 Riegersburg 205, www.seehaus-riegersburg.at

Kutscherstüberl Wallner, Tel.: +43 664 504 1946, 8333 Riegersburg 190, www.kutscherstueberl.at

Riegersburg Tavern, Tel.: +43 3153 82132, 8333 Riegersburg 1

Castle cafe, Tel.: +43 3153 71417, 8333 Riegersburg 30


Tourist office Thermen- & Vulkanland
Guest information Riegersburg
Riegersburg 87
8333 Riegersburg
Tel.: +43 3382 55 100-33


What the weather will be like

Riegersburg (372m)

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Snow showers continuing into the afternoon, afterwards clouds breaking up.
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Südosten Region Österreich | © Thermen- & Vulkanland Steiermark

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