Mount Rigi Tours

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Nicknamed the “Queen of the Mountains,” Mount Rigi (Rigi Kulm) has long captured the hearts of writers like Mark Twain and painters like JMW Turner. Encircled by a trio of lakes—Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, and Lake Lauerz—and adjacent to the neighboring peaks of Mount Pilatus and Brunnistock, Mount Rigi is the enduring postcard star of Central Switzerland.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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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Address: Vitznau 6354, Switzerland
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Mount Rigi Self-Guided Day Ticket

Explore 5,899-foot (1,798-meter) Mount Rigi at your own pace on this self-guided tour, which takes most people 3 to 7 hours. The included train ticket is good for unlimited rides on the three train services that provide access around the area; two cogwheel trains and an aerial cable car.
  • Duration: 3 to 7 hrs
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Independent Mount Rigi Tour from Lucerne Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

Take your Swiss Alps adventure to new heights on this independent day trip to Mt Rigi. Explore this breathtaking destination at your own pace, starting with a boat cruise from Lucerne. Use your pre-booked tickets and provided timetables to plan the cogwheel train and aerial cable car portions of your tour. You’ll take the railway up Rigi Kulm for two or five hours of free time at the summit, depending on which option you select. Then enjoy more postcard-worthy views en route to Weggis before the return boat ride to Lucerne.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Mount Rigi: Full-Day Photography Tour

Capture the beauty of the alps on camera, during a 7-hour Mt. Rigi photo tour from Lucerne. After traveling up the cogwheel mountain railway, you’ll learn how to photograph the alpine views from a professional photographer guide. Camera tips and guidance are included, but the train ride and lunch are both at your own expense.   
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Guided Day Tour to Mount Rigi from Lucerne with Boat Ride and Cogwheel Train

The peaceful waters of Lake Lucerne and the mighty summit of Mt. Rigi are two of the Swiss Alps’ most popular sights, but reaching them by public transport can be a challenge. This private 8-hour combination cruise and cog-wheel railway tour from the city makes it possible to check both off your list in a day, plus take in other sites of interest such as the town of Arth-Goldau.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Exclusive Authentic Swiss Experience from Lucerne: Boat Ride, Rigi Mountain and Chocolate Adventure

Lakes, Mountains and chocolate. Immerse yourself in all things Swiss on this 6-hour independent experience from Lucerne. Admire epic scenery on a round-trip boat ride on sparkling Lake Lucerne. Hop off at Vitznau to ride the cog train up Mt Rigi for spectacular Alpine views; and disembark again at the Swiss Museum of Transport for a sense-immersing multimedia journey at the Swiss Chocolate Adventure. Your tour is non-guided, with pre-arranged boat and train departure times.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Lucerne Morning City Walk with a Local Guide

Discover Lucerne with your own private guide and learn the history of the city as you walk. The handsome Swiss town boasts landmarks aplenty, and you’ll find them all with the help of your guide. Scout out the best spots for photos against backdrops such as the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument, and leave armed with tips for the best restaurants, shops, and activities in town.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Mount Rigi Lift and Train Ticket: Day Pass

Visit Mt. Rigi with this day transport and lift pass ticket, and see the famous Swiss mountain at your own pace. From Vitznau, Goldau, or Weggis, you’ll travel by two mountain trains, and then cable car to the summit. Once at the top, how you spend your time is up to you. Enjoy soaring summit views over the peaks of the Bernese Alps, hunker down in a mountaintop restaurant, or check out the walking trails and snow-sledding paths. Your ticket is valid for unlimited rides on the three services through the day.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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