Mount Rigi - Central Switzerland
Queen of the Mountains
From Lucerne 114 Sfr or 58 Sfr with your Half Fare Card. FREE with the Tell Pass and the Swiss Travel Pass.
Mount Rigi is one of the most popular Swiss mountains in Central Switzerland for holiday-makers and is often referred to as the 'Queen of the Mountains' by the locals. It is a mountain for all seasons and its peninsula location enables visitors not only to cast their eyes down the sweeping mountain slopes, but also to enjoy Rigi's impressive and renowned panoramic views. The characteristic shape of this free-standing mountain is visible from all parts of the valley.
Steam train: Enjoy the scenic Rigi rail journey as visitors would have done over 100 years ago - by steam! This fantastic experience is available on selected dates in January-February and June-October and must be pre-booked. Please ask us for details.
Hiking on the Rigi: Autumn is traditionally considered the perfect season for hiking although the extensive network of trails above the misty valleys serves up fantastic views of the Alps all year round. Please for details of the hiking routes.
Walking: There are 120km of trails on Mount Rigi, a good range of which are beautiful but easy walks with fantastic views. Please for details of the walking routes.
Stunning views from 1800m: After your trip to Rigi Kulm on Europe's first ever mountain railway, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking 360° panoramic view. This is a majestic location! The combination of the snow-capped Alps, the lowlands with 13 lakes, views of Germany and France and a bird's-eye view of the cities of Lucerne and Zug makes it truly unique.
Restaurants and shopping: The vast Mount Rigi region has 30 fabulous restaurants and inns to suit every taste from exclusive Gault & Millau dishes to simple snacks. Enjoy spectacular views from sun-kissed terraces and soak up the alpine atmosphere. There is a souvenir shop at the summit Rigi Kulm and a number of stores in the small resort of Rigi Kaltbad.
Barbecue & Picnic Areas: Constucted by fallen timber gathered after a huge storm, the log cabin-style shelters dubbed 'Gruebis' by the locals provide protection from sun and rain while you picnic. If you prefer to grill your own sausages, simply head to one of Mount Rigi's convenient barbecue areas, which are equipped with firewood, tables and benches and can be used by all visitors.
Rigiland: The beautiful natural playground of Rigiland is just a few minutes' walk from the Rigi Kaltbad station. Set amid idyllic scenery, there are lots of different things in the playground for children to explore. Younger children can enjoy the slide, swings, roundabout and sand-pit, while older ones will be keen to try the tricky rock climb. When they're ready for a rest, there are plenty of shady benches, picnic areas and barbecue spots.
Mineral Baths & Spa: Renowned for its architecture and its pool with a view of the sweeping mountain landscape, this is an amazing place to go for relaxation and rejuvenation. Entrance payable locally: 35 Sfr per adult/ 15 Sfr per child.
Rigi Scheidegg: From Arth-Goldau, alight from the cogwheel train at Kräbel and take the NEW cable car up to Rigi Scheidegg. At this alternative beauty spot, you can enjoy the traditional Swiss restaurant and fabulous views in quieter surroundings. There is an easy, relatively flat hiking trail from Rigi Scheidegg to Rigi Kaltbald, where you can take the cable car back down to Weggis, or join the mountain railway up to the summit, Rigi Kulm.
The most popular and scenic way to get to the Rigi is to take the lake steamer to Vitznau and change on to the famous cog railway up to Rigi Kulm for stunning views of the Alps and 13 lakes. Return to Rigi Kaltbad and then take the cable car to Weggis from where there is a 15 minute walk to the lake steamer back to Lucerne. An alternative return from Rigi Kulm is by mountain railway to Goldau and train to Lucerne. Whichever route you choose this is a real 'must do'.
Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad cable car is closed 18 Apr-12 May and 6-17 Nov 2017.
More things to see and do in Central Switzerland
There are so many wonderful days out to enjoy in this beautiful area. There are incomparable mountain vistas to enjoy, leisurely cruises on a nostalgic paddle steamer, walks through stunning scenery and a whole host of fabulous journeys on mountain railways, cable cars and funiculars.
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Your choice of resorts and hotels in Central Switzerland
Not sure where to base yourself for this wonderful excursion? You can find out more about the Central Switzerland region, the selection of resorts and the list of hotels on this website. Alternatively we will be happy to help you with your holiday plans on 0800 619 1200.