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.
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.
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.
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
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.