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Mount Rigi: Cogwheel Train Ticket

1. Mount Rigi: Cogwheel Train Ticket

Discover Rigi, a mountain range in central Switzerland with a particular charm. Choose for yourself how you would like to discover the Queen of the Mountains with its outstanding 360-degree panoramic view overlooking the Swiss Alps and lakes. Take the first mountain railway in Europe (since 1871), which travels from Vitznau to the top of the mountain (Rigi Kulm; 1797 meters above sea level). Or travel to the top from Goldau with the rack railway on the north face, from where you can also access the small cable car departing at Kräbel, going up to Rigi Scheidegg. From Weggis, the cable car travels to Rigi Kaltbad, where you can transfer with the rack railway to the Rigi Kulm.  All of the valley stations can easily be reached from Lucerne by boat to Weggis/Vitznau or direct train to Goldau as well as from Zurich with a direct train connection to Goldau. Each valley station also has car parking facilities.  Summer (March - November): The Rigi Day Pass includes all 4 modes of transport for the whole day. The mountain rage offers different hiking- and walking trails of approximately 120 kilometers with fantastic panoramic views. This is a popular area for all fans of walking or for those seeking respite and relaxation away from the beaten tourist path. Be aware during summer months the Rigi is not covered in snow! Winter (December - March): The Rigi Day Pass includes all 4 modes of transport for the whole day. Skiers and snowboarders can use the ski lifts on the Rigi. Hiking enthusiasts can look forward to about 40 kilometers of well-groomed hiking trails with fantastic views. Active people have the great opportunity to discover the Queen of the mountains by sled or with snowshoes.

Queen of the Mountains: Day Trip to Rigi and Lucerne

2. Queen of the Mountains: Day Trip to Rigi and Lucerne

Take in the astonishing Swiss Alps on this partially guided tour. Relax on the bus trip from Zürich before an exciting, enchanting adventure through breathtaking Swiss scenery by cable-car, cogwheel train, and boat. Traveling through the Albispass, your tour will reach the Vierwaldstättersee, the fourth-largest lake in Switzerland, lying on the border between four cantons. Enjoy fantastic views of the lake from its eastern shore, in the small resort-town of Weggis, nestled right at the foot of the Rigi. The view can only get better as you ascend in the cable-car up the Rigi, known as "the Queen of the Mountains," to the perfectly situated baths and spa on its slopes. The sight of the 13 lakes that surround the mountain, and of the scenery of central Switzerland mountains, is sure to enchant you. You'll have plenty of time to take souvenir photographs to treasure forever as you make your leisurely ascent into the mountains. In the summer you can explore the Rigi on foot; in winter there is a chance to uncover its secrets by sleigh. Enjoy a unique journey on the oldest funicular in the world, built in 1871, to Vitznau. Travel onwards in picturesque style, by boat over the waters, back to Lucerne. There you can view the Rigi from a whole new angle, while resting in the charming old town, after a day full of excitement, before taking the bus back to Zürich.

Vitznau: Mount Rigi Train and Mineral Baths Entrance Ticket

3. 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.

Mount Rigi: 2-Day Wellness Experience from Zurich

4. Mount Rigi: 2-Day Wellness Experience from Zurich

Day 1: The journey starts with a scenic drive through the beautiful countryside and along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Weggis. Here you will board the aerial cable car to Rigi Kaltbad where you will board Europe‘s first ever mountain railway up to Rigi-Kulm (6000ft / 1800m). Enjoy the panoramic views over the Swiss-Midland, the Alps and the 13 lakes around you. Hike one of the well prepared trails and enjoy the beauty of this unique scenery. In the afternoon check in at Rigi Kaltbad. Spoil yourself in the new mineral bath and spa designed by famous Swiss architect Mario Botta. Dive into the revitalizing, mineral-rich waters (35°C) of the indoor and outdoor pools and enjoy the unforgettable, breathtaking mountain panorama. Further offers include a whirlpool, herbal sauna, steam bath and a spectacular crystal spa bath (admittance for adults only). In the evening culinary delights await you in the restaurant SunSet where a 4-course selection dinner is included. Day 2: The mineral bath opens exclusively for hotel guests at 9:00 AM. Around mid-day, you take the cog-wheel train down to Vitznau where you board the boat for a lovely one-hour cruise to Lucerne. Discover the charming old town and see the famous Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church, the town hall and the modern Culture and Convention Center.  The tour is accompanied by a professional, multi-lingual guide from Zürich to Weggis and from Lucerne to Zürich. The way up and down Mount Rigi including the overnight stay and the boat ride to Lucerne are unguided. For this part, you will receive detailed written information.

Mount Rigi Guided Hike from Lucerne

5. Mount Rigi Guided Hike from Lucerne

Start the day off with a train ride from the Lucerne train station to Goldau, where you will transfer to the Mt. Rigi cogwheel train, and then to the aerial tram, to reach the starting point of your hike at the 1,661-meter high Rigi Scheidegg. The panoramic views and the symphony of cow bells in the summer months provide the perfect ambiance, and served as the inspiration from Mark Twain's 1880 book, “A Tramp Abroad." Midway through the hike, stop for lunch at a typical Alpine restaurant or bring your own to enjoy at a nearby meadow. After lunch, continue hiking through undulating meadows to reach the modern facilities of the newly opened Mineralbad & Spa at Rigi Kaltbad, designed by internationally renowned architect, Mario Botta. Take the cogwheel train up to the top of Mount Rigi to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views over the lakes and mountains, and then descend by foot back to the Rigi Kaltbad. End the tour with a scenic 40-minute boat cruise across Lake Lucerne, returning to the Lucerne train station by 6:47 PM.

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What people are saying about Mount Rigi

We love this 2 day program. We can do everything in our time and really enjoy our stay at the wonderful spa hotel. Climbing to the summit when the weather has stabilized and taking beautiful mountain walks. Dinner was very good and the dishes were excellent. We saw a sunset worthy of a movie. The next day we woke up early and crossed the lake to Lucerne. It was all charming and unhurried. Ideal for those who do not like having a guide and a very tight program. Highly recommended!

We really enjoyed the experience of going to Lucerne, I definitely advice everyone to go on a trip to Lucerne as it is a really beautiful city and with wonderful buildings and castles and churches and the view from the mountain was wonderful. The experience of the cable car was something I would like to experience again.

Lovely scenery, helpful staff, variety of activities, nice stops for traditional food, punctual, comfortable, one of the best travelling experiences we’ve had.

An excellent way to see stunning views and getting a real sense of beautiful Switzerland.

Amazing experience, views and places!! And Peter was very helpful! Highly recommended