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Mount Rigi

Mount Rigi

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
star-4.5
$150.96 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommended.
Was fantastic! Planned so good. Using three kinds of different transport systems, and every one of them was a great experience. Times also planned so properly.
Samar_A, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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Mount Rigi Tour
Leonie_G, Oct 2021
Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise
The tour was absolutely stunning from the beautiful boat cruise on Lake Lucerne to the cogwheel train to take us up Rigi, the stunning views at the top right down to the cable car to take us back down to Weggis. The only problem we had was none of the steps of the journey recognised the ticket we were provided with by Viator. All said we should have a QR Code. The barcode ticket we had was not scannable. Luckily everyone spoke English and we were able to explain what it was.
star-5
My husband and I very...
Scott_F, Oct 2021
Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise
My husband and I very much enjoyed taking the cog train up halfway and then hiking the rest of the way up to the peak. I would recommend not taking the gondola down on a busy day as they seem to pack you in like sardines. Additionally, make sure to wear sunscreen!
star-5
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
Amazing view and journey.
Anshul S, Aug 2019
Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich
What an awesome tour it was. Cable car, cotwheel train and then a cruise boat. And most importantly the beautiful view feom mount Rigi.
star-5
What a treat!
christinegS7039XT, Mar 2019
Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich
This trip exceeded our high expectations! The weather was windy and one of the cable cars was closed for safety. No problem, there was a wonderful Plan B! A well prepared organization and outstanding natural resources!
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-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
It was very well organised trip to...
Sai Krishna M, Mar 2013
Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich
It was very well organised trip to Mount Rigi and the Boat Ride to Luzern was truly amazing!
star-5
Beautiful Lake Lucerne cruise on an...
Tracy B, Jun 2017
Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise
Beautiful Lake Lucerne cruise on an old paddle boat was so fun and the crew was so nice! We loved seeing Mount Rigi. Great way to spend our day!!!
star-4
We enjoyed the Mount Rigi Tour, the...
marc k, Jun 2017
Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise
We enjoyed the Mount Rigi Tour, the views were spectacular and the half day was more than sufficient. The only issue we had was with the cable car to Weggis. We were packed into the car like sardines in order to fit a large tour group that came at the last minute. It was extremely uncomfortable and we were unable to see anything. I don't know if this was unusual or just bad luck.

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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