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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.

From Lucerne: Mount Rigi Day Trip with Cruise and Cable Car

4. From Lucerne: Mount Rigi Day Trip with Cruise and Cable Car

Enjoy a blissful day trip to Mt Rigi and Lake Lucerne. Sail across Lake Lucerne, see a beautiful panoramic view of the Swiss Alps, travel on Europe's first mountain railway, visit Rigi Kaltbad, and ride in a cable car. Start your day trip with a relaxing cruise on the picturesque Lake Lucerne. Once you deboard at Vitznau, change onto Europe’s oldest mountain railway dating from 1871 and ride straight to the top of Mt. Rigi. From the peak of Mt. Rigi, let your gaze wander over the Swiss Midlands with 13 shimmering lakes and 620 snow-capped Alpine peaks. Enjoy some free time at the top to explore one of the many hiking trails, take in a moment of silence at the Rigi Kulm mountain chapel, or enjoy a meal at a restaurant. Take a cogwheel train to the car-free village of Rigi Kaltbad. Stroll across the quaint village square to find the Mineralbad and Spa designed by the renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta. If you like, follow an easy hiking trail to the Känzeli viewing platform and admire the impressive Alpine ranges from a different perspective. Descend by aerial cable car and enjoy a stunning view of the pristine Lake Lucerne. Take a short walk downhill to the pier of Weggis and capture the breathtaking view from the Lucerne Riviera with your camera. Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise back to Lucerne.

Mount Rigi: Day Pass with Swiss Lunch

5. Mount Rigi: Day Pass with Swiss Lunch

Marvel at the beautiful surroundings as you head up to the top of Mount Rigi. Taste delicious food at Restaurant Lok 7 as you dine for an authentic Swiss meal. Start your tour at Mount Rigi from the station of your choice at either Vitznau, Weggis, or Arth-Goldau. Experience the historical cogwheel railways and cable cars to the restaurant. After a relaxing ride to the top of the Mountain, enjoy the breathtaking views while you wander around for as long as you wish before an appetite kicks in. Make your way to Nostalgie Restaurant Lok 7, which is located at Rigi Staffel (close to the cogwheel train stop). Taste an authentic Swiss Alpine Cordon Bleu (pan-fried pork steak with melted cheese filling) in a rustic atmosphere. A vegetarian option is available on the site. Whenever you please, make your way back to the valley.

Mount Rigi: 2-Day Wellness Experience from Zurich

6. 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

7. 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

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.

The good thing about this experience we were only 4 people with a guide - therefore you get the most attention and the guide ensured that we were quicker on the waiting lines. The best of this tour is the scenic view of lake Lucerne on the way to Mt. Rigi and the cable car experience from Kaltbald to Weggis.

no matter how many mountains you do don't leave out Mt Rigi - amazing views and scenic trails to hike - excellent guide and the cable and cruise were really a nice way to see the area

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

Our guide Ralf was very sweet and explained everything well