How to Visit Mt. Rigi

Known as ‘Queen of the Mountains’, Mount Rigi is one of the top places in Switzerland to visit and one of the best day trips from Lucerne. This guide is to help you plan your perfect day or overnight stay there.

Where is Mt. Rigi?

Mount Rigi is located around 22km (14 miles) east of Lucerne in central Switzerland. As well as mountainous terrain, this peaceful place gives visitors sweeping views over the waters of three Swiss lakes, including Lake Lucerne.

A historic cogwheel train – the Rigibahn – will carry you from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm, passing through the scenic Swiss landscape along the way. The trip takes just over half an hour and departures take place throughout the day.

Getting from Vitznau to Mount Rigi

You can travel from Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad by cable car. This aerial journey takes you over the forested and rugged, rocky terrain to the top, while panoramic views towards Lake Lucerne and the Bernese Alps are yours to enjoy en route.

Getting from Weggis to Mount Rigi

The option here is another cogwheel train to Rigi Kulm. The trip takes place in vintage carriages, and this route winds through woodland, meadows and past waterfalls. Occasionally you can glimpse Lake Zug or the peaks of the central Swiss Alps along the way.

Getting from Arth Goldau to Mount Rigi

Mount Rigi day trips

The following are two highly recommended day trips you can take to Mount Rigi from Lucerne or Zurich.

Classic Mount Rigi from Lucerne

Mount Rigi & Lucerne from Zurich

Can you stay on Mt. Rigi?

If one day on the mountain doesn’t sound like enough, you’ll be pleased to know that you can indeed stay on Mount Rigi. There are three recommended hotels, Rigi Kulm Hotel 3*, Hotel Rigi Kaltbad 3* and Old Station House.

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