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Mount Rigi

Mount Rigi

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418 Reviews
Free admission
Vitznau, 6354

The Basics

The 5,899-foot (1,798-meter) summit of Mount Rigi affords spectacular views, but the journey to the top is just as impressive as the destination. Opt for a self-guided, group, or private tour and ride the aerial cable car or cogwheel railway up to the snow-covered peak. Once you’re at the top, activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, tobogganing, and snowshoeing excursions are available. To personalize your experience, combine a trip to Mount Rigi with a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne, a Lucerne city tour, or a hike in the alps.

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Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich
Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich
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$149.72 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Nice tour if you want free time in Lucerne
What a great way to see the beginning of the Alps and Lucerne. We wanted to see lake Lucerne and a small mountain so this trip was a good fit
Deborah_S, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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Nice tour if you want free time in Lucerne
Deborah_S, Sep 2021
Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich
What a great way to see the beginning of the Alps and Lucerne. We wanted to see lake Lucerne and a small mountain so this trip was a good fit
star-5
Nice Experience
hiya_S, Dec 2020
Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich
The tour was good. Guide was very helpful. Very nicely explained everything and shown to us. a worth trip.
star-5
Fab!
Rachaelburns, Feb 2020
Mount Rigi Day Pass With Mineralbad & Spa Rigi Kaltbad and Boat Ride Lucerne
Fantastic trip!!! Would recommend !! Easy to do and you could use the mobile ticket. Self tour so no time restrictions
star-4
A great day trip for sure!
tomrosenberger, Jan 2020
Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich
The guide did a great job except perhaps he could be a little more clear on where and when to catch all the trams/bus/train, ets. Perhaps reviewing things 2X before leaving everyone one their own. This tour is one which is very much intended for the free spirited, independent type person. But all in all, a wonderful day and experience. Beautiful surroundings everywhere as well.
star-5
Highlight of our trip
TrailBlazer9159, Dec 2019
Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise
Loved the trip. Cog railway was great. Went through the clouds and into the sun and snow capped mountains. Just wish we had scheduled more time at the top.
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Mt Rigi day trip
Loren N, Nov 2019
Mount Rigi Day Pass With Mineralbad & Spa Rigi Kaltbad and Boat Ride Lucerne
Train was very cramped. But views were amazing! Mineral baths, were definitely something I want to do again. Loved it!!!!
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Mount Rigi Tour
Richard R, Nov 2019
Mount Rigi with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel
Our Tour guide was great. He was on time, knowledgeable and fun to be with. The tour itself was actually much better than I was expecting and I had high expectations. I highly recommend it.
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Rigi excursion from Zurich
809kathleen, Dec 2019
Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich
Dress warm and wear proper boots for snow and possible icy walking. Loved the cable car up and the cogwheel train down

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visitor facilities at the Mount Rigi summit include a hotel, restaurant, and a wellness center.

  • Wrap up warm—the high altitude means it will be chilly on the mountaintop even in the summer months.

  • The cable car, cogwheel railways, and some of Mount Rigi’s hiking trails are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Mount Rigi is located in the Schwyzer Alps in Central Switzerland, overlooking the city of Lucerne and Lake Lucerne. There are three main ways to access the summit—by cogwheel railway from Vitznau (a 30-minute trip) or Arth-Goldau (a 45-minute trip), or by cable car from Weggis (a 10-minute trip). Both Weggis and Vitznau can be reached by steamboat from Lucerne, while regular trains run to Arth-Goldau from both Lucerne and Zurich.

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When to Get There

It’s possible to visit Mount Rigi year-round, although the aerial cable car is occasionally closed for maintenance during low season. Summer—particularly July and August—is the busiest season, when mild weather allows visitors to explore over 75 miles (120 kilometers) of hiking trails. The winter months of December and January are also a popular time to visit, when skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing opportunities abound.

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The Views from Mount Rigi

The main attraction of Mount Rigi is the panoramic view from the summit of Rigi Kulm, the highest peak of the mountain. Thanks to its central location, Rigi Kulm is one of the best viewpoints in Central Switzerland. Gaze out over the Swiss Alps, the Swiss Plateau, the Bernese Alps, and 13 different lakes; enjoy an aerial view of Lucerne city; and spot the distant peaks of the Glarus Alps, the Vosges Mountains over the French border, and Germany’s Black Forest.

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