5. Vitznau: Mount Rigi Train and Mineral Baths Entrance Ticket
Hop on the cogwheel train in Vitznau (30 min drive from Lucerne), Europe's first mountain railway, which brings you to the top of Rigi Kulm which provides countless panoramic views overlooking Lake Lucerne, the Swiss Plateau with the Bernese Alps, Vosges Mountains, Black Forest, and the Glarus Alps beyond. Take a short stroll around the top of the mountain to immerse yourself in the 360-degree panoramas over or just enjoy the sun from one of the many wellness benches. Spend your time on a hiking trail, or grab lunch in one of the cozy restaurants along the many hiking trails (activities and food are your own expense).
If you prefer to discover another cogwheel train and route, you can also hop on the train to Goldau, from where you have countless direct railway connections up to Zurich (37 minutes), Lucerne (28 minutes), or others. Another accessing point to Mt. Rigi is Weggis, where a cable car brings you up to Rigi Kaltbad, from where you can continue by cogwheel train up to Rigi Kulm. Your ticket provides unlimited rides on the 3 transportation services for the whole day and you are able to choose your route according to your wishes.
When it’s time, the cogwheel train transports you down to the mountain resort of Rigi Kaltbad. The Rigi Kaltbad Mineral Baths & Spa was designed by renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta. Its tranquil and contemplative ambiance makes it the perfect place for rest and relaxation. The large indoor pool with its deep niches leads directly into the outdoor pool, where bathers are greeted by a sweeping Alpine panorama. Here, everyday life will be quickly forgotten as you bathe in the mineral-rich spring waters which are warmed by wood-fired heating to a pleasant 35°C. Explore the spa area which includes a crystal spa, steam room, organic sauna, and expansive chill-out zone. The luxurious facilities are rounded off by a large selection of massages, as well as beverages and light cuisine in the Botta Kaffee. Beyond the glass facade with stone slats, there is a clear panoramic view from the rear of the indoor pool and, of course, from the outdoor pool out across the mountainous landscape.