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Mount Rigi

Mount Rigi

star-5
385 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
star-4.5
$152.57 per adult
Amazing view and journey.
What an awesome tour it was. Cable car, cotwheel train and then a cruise boat. And most importantly the beautiful view feom mount Rigi.
Anshul S, Aug 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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.
star-5
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!!!!
star-5
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.
star-4
Great Day Trip
prigar, Aug 2019
Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich
Great day trip. You can do it at your own pace. We took our time exploring couple of places on the way to top. The journey from Zurich to Weggis by coach was comfortable and the guide was informative. From Weggis we were on our own. The boat trip back from Vitznau to Lucern was beautiful as well. Overall we enjoyed our day. Thanks
star-5
Great for on-your-own exploring
greatbeer2016, Jun 2019
Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich
This was perfect for us. We wanted to adventure on our own but have the ability to not worry about transportation from one place to the next. This trip provided us with the perfect combination of hiking and touring the city!
star-5
Exactly what we wanted
Pureblood40, Aug 2019
Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise
This is exactly what we wanted and gave us the full Swiss experience. Note this is essentially a ticket on the public transportation system. Download the SBB mobile app and search for time frames. Our boat left Pier 1 at 8:12. You can basically choose your own times. We got the first boat and then took the train to top of Mt. Rigi we then hiked down to the Cable car. There are numerous trails you can take. Get a map on the train up. The hiking was stunning. Walking right through pastures and cows with bells. The cows come right up to you. We hiked a good 4 miles with amazing views. Again numerous trails. Then take the cable car down. Just be ready to walk a good bit down hill to the next boat back to Lucerne. Again you can see the time tables on the SBB app.
star-5
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
star-5
Excellent
Trail28223084288, Jun 2019
Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich
it was excellent, everything on time, great time, tourist guide were so informative and also they speak fluently spanish and english.
star-5
absolutely amazing
JonathanP1220, May 2019
Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise
very highly recommend this trip! it was very easy to find the piers/stations for the various rides, and all you needed was the print out from Viator. The boat, train, and cable car all ran on regular intervals, and the timetables were posted at the various stations. we ended up coming back on the boat an hour earlier because we were worn out. the train and cable car ran every 30 minutes and the boat ran every hour until 7 pm (if i recall correctly, don't exactly quote me on that). it made it very easy to explore mount rigi at our own leisure. i would recommend doing the full day, as i don't think the half day would be enough time. we ended up with 30 minutes in Weggis before the boat and even that was nice, so don't worry about filling your time for the full day. many restaurants scattered on the mountain, some are very small - we tried Restaurant BärgGnuss in Rigi Staffel and would highly recommend that - it's attached to a hotel owned by the train company, and the food and views were just spectacular. you can ride the train all the way to the top (rigi klum) and then it's only a 20-30 minute walk down a nice paved path to rigi staffel. plenty of other hiking around if you're into that, but it snowed the day before we went, so we only stuck to the paved paths

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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