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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.

Vitznau: Mount Rigi Train and Mineral Baths Entrance Ticket

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Vitznau

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.

Very competent, friendly tour guide. Was a great experience.

Our guide Ralf was very sweet and explained everything well