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View Rigi Kulm

The view to the Swiss Alps from Rigi Kulm, the top of Mount Rigi.

The Rigi

The Rigi area offers great opportunities for several scenic trips by cogwheel train, cable car and boat.


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  • Attraction type: Scenic trip, By train;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By train
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

What to expect at the Rigi

The Rigi is a mountainous area near Lucerne, between Küssnacht am Rigi, Goldau and Gersau. It's a typical Swiss green landscape with meadows, forests and grazing cows. Since 1871, it is well connected by cogwheel train. Rigi Kulm is the highest point (1798 m) and offers great views of Lake Lucerne, the Alps in the south and the plains in the north, all the way to Germany. Also there is a restaurant.

'Majestic Round Trip'

Take the boat from Lucerne to Vitznau. Change to the cogwheel train to Rigi Kulm and enjoy the view on the top. Then take the cogwheel train down to Arth-Goldau and change to the regular train to Lucerne.

'Classic Round Trip'

Take the boat from Lucerne to Vitznau. Change to the cogwheel train to Rigi Kulm. Then take the cogwheel train down to Rigi Kaltbad and change to the cable car down to Weggis. Walk over to the boat (15 minutes) to return to Lucerne.


Check the weather forecast to make sure it will be clear enough to enjoy the view from Rigi Kulm. Also check the timetable.

Insider tips Rigi

  • Several rail passes offer free access to the Rigi cogwheel trains;
  • This is an all year round day trip, but do check the weather forecast before going up.

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