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Mount Rigi Tours

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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Mount Rigi Self-Guided Day Ticket, Lucerne, null
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Mount Rigi Self-Guided Day Ticket

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Your Mount Rigi small-group self-guided day ticket grants access to one of Switzerland's most famous mountains. A preferred outing for families, hikers or ...  Read more

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Duration: 3 to 7 hrs

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Mount Rigi: Full-Day Photography Tour, Lucerne, Attraction Tickets
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Mount Rigi: Full-Day Photography Tour

Discover and shoot some of the most remarkable landscapes in Central Switzerland on this 7-hour private photography tour from Lucerne. Photograph the sweeping ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, Photography Tours
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Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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On this full-day alpine excursion, escape Zurich and spend a glorious day in the Lake Lucerne area, exploring Mount Rigi, known as the ‘Queen of the ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Independent Mount Rigi Tour from Lucerne Including Lake Lucerne Cruise, Lucerne, Day Trips
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Independent Mount Rigi Tour from Lucerne Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

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This independent Mount Rigi tour from Lucerne combines a round-trip boat cruise, cogwheel railway ride and aerial cable car ride for an epic Swiss Alps ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: Varies

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Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, Day Trips
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Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich

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Board a comprehensive full day tour from Zurich and visit Mt. Rigi, Queen of the Swiss Mountains at 6,000 feet (1,800 meters). Your partly guided coach tour ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Private Guided Day Tour to Mount Rigi from Lucerne with Boat Ride and Cogwheel Train, Lucerne, Day ... 
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Private Guided Day Tour to Mount Rigi from Lucerne with Boat Ride and Cogwheel Train

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Spend a day around Lucerne and on Mount Rigi with your private tour guide, just you and your guide! Enjoy a one-hour boat trip from Lucerne to Vitznau and then ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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2-Day Mt Rigi Tour from Zurich Including Mineral Baths and Lake Lucerne Cruise, Zurich, Private ... 
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2-Day Mt Rigi Tour from Zurich Including Mineral Baths and Lake Lucerne Cruise

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Combine a trip to Mt Rigi with a relaxing experience at the Rigi Kaltbad Mineral Baths & Spa on this overnight tour from Zurich. Enjoy the scenic views as ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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Exclusive Authentic Swiss Experience from Lucerne: Boat Ride, Rigi Mountain and Chocolate ... 
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Exclusive Authentic Swiss Experience from Lucerne: Boat Ride, Rigi Mountain and Chocolate Adventure

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Lakes, Mountains, Chocolate - Swiss made. On the non-guided "Authentic Swiss Tour – Lucerne" you will discover traditional Swiss crafts and ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Mount Rigi Lift and Train Ticket: Day Pass, Lucerne, Day Trips
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Mount Rigi Lift and Train Ticket: Day Pass

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Mt. Rigi - one of Switzerland's most famous mountains and the preferred outing for families, hikers or lovers of a relaxing day in the nature. The mountain ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 4 to 5 hrs

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From Lucerne to Vitznau by boat Saint Bernard dog walking tour on Mount Rigi, Lucerne, Day Trips
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From Lucerne to Vitznau by boat Saint Bernard dog walking tour on Mount Rigi

NEW Mount Rigi Round Trip from Lucerne incl. Saint Bernard dog walking tour Lucerne - Vitznau - Rigi-Kulm - Rigi-Staffel - Vitznau - Lucerne incl. 1 hour ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 6 to 8 hrs

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