Walking along from the boat station, towards the Park hotel you come to the Kurpark, a small peaceful park on the lake shore. Lovely views and a tea house just above make it an idyllic place to linger and chill out, watching the boats come and go. I was fascinated with the sundial monument here too. Further along from the Kurpark is the small...more
The tourist board (just by top steps of Rigi Station) has produced a handy leaflet of a circular walk around Vitznau giving info on the local buildings plus either end of the walk leads up through forest paths to the high path above the village giving lovely views over the town. The walk takes up to about two hours - simply follow the white sign,...more
There are umpteen hiking options on the Rigi - just get a map and follow any number of the well marked paths. An easy option is to hike down from the summit station - Rigi Kulm to Rigi Kaltbad - a mountain village in its own right with shops and another hotel with an excellent restaurant by alll accounts. The path follows a cliff edge and affords...more
The ride most people arrive at Vitznau for is for the mountain train ride up to the Rigi Kulm - the boats arriving at the landing stage are timed to perfection to co-incide with the train ride. On Sundays throughout the summer there is a special nostalgic steam train making the upward journey - best to make reservation for this. Its a wonderful...more
On part of the Vitznau circular town walk it heads up to the Muhlebach Waterfall, flowing over the Nagelfluhsteon and forming the backdrop of this village. By the waterfall is a swiss flag on the rock. This denotes the Vitznau Artillery Fortress which has umpteen tunnels behind the rock wall. There are spy holes in the rock and also for guns but we...more
Just before the deluxe Park Hotel (see hotel tip) is a small harbour (not to be confused with the boat station for the navigation on LAke Lucerne service. A pretty little place to admire the views across the lake and colourful with the flowers and small coloured boats. Oh and just across the road there is an interesting little hotel with its own...more
The increasing population and visitors to Vitznau created the neeed for an evangelical church - the first in the Lucerne area in a dominantly catholic country of Switzerland. Its a vey pretty building with its rustic stonework and steps up to it. The catholic parish church is along the same road too - in fact fairly near our hotel and boy do those...more
The Rigi Bahn - Europe's first mountain railway had a huge influence on the village of Vitznau as visitors flocked here to ascend the hills by the steep cog wheel railway and the village grew according in popularity and population.Today the old school house houses a small museum on the inaugaration of the railway and the boat landing stage and its...more
Just a few metres up from the top Rigi station to the actual summit of the Rigi - Rigi kulm. Here a wonderful 360degree panorama can be enjoyed, impossible to do it justice with a few pictures. A whole range of mountains can be seen, including Titlis and my favoured Bernese Alps. This handy telescope I'm using in the picture has the names of the...more
Seestrasse 80, Vitznau, 6354, Switzerland
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Seestrasse, Vitznau, Lucerne, 6354, Switzerland
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
A pleasant stay in this 3 star family run hotel. Not the largest of rooms (original wing) but...more
As well as hotel the Rigi Hotel's restaurant is also open to non-residents and there is a varied and excellent menu. Elizabeth and Remo joined us for dinner here on our last night.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed Wild Duck in a port sauce, Dave had non-wild duck in blackberry sauce both with Rosti. I had strudel for desert but Remo's carrott cake was huge and looked equally delicious.
Not much nightlife to write about in Vitznau - mainly the hotel bars and few restaurants ..but after a days sightseeing and hiking we were content to stroll down to the lakeside and watch the spectacular sunsets over Lake Lucerne.
If you are staying in a lakeside resort on Lake Lucerne and aim to use the lake steamers, cog wheel trains, funicular, cable-cars plus the ordinary train and post bus services to explore the attractions of central switzerland then invest in a Tell Pass - although not in resort for 15 days we opted for the 15 day pass as it gave us 5 days free...more
Towards the back of Vitznau village are two privately owned gondolas which ascend to restaurants perched high on the cliff faces above overlooking the lake. One goes to Hinterbergen and the other to Wissfluh - also good starting points for hikes. The gondolas run on demand (simply telephone from the base station and follow the given instructions)...more
As on most peaks in Switzerland you'll find these figures with cut outs for the faces so you can pose in them for a pic - always good for a laugh and there was no charge so here's Dave and I in our local swiss outfits on the Rigi Kulm (summit) ;-0
A rewarding scenic 5 hour hike from Rigi Kaltbad - Scheidegg - Burggeist -Hoecheli- Soeren - Chellensack - Gaetterli - Rohrboden - Egg-Gottertli/Schwand to Urmiberg. Start can be reached by Rigi Bahn and the end stop is a restaurant with a wonderful view and a handy cable-car down to the lakeside resort of Brunnen, further down the lake shore from...more
A shorter hike this time - took the private Wissifluh gondola up to the restaurant of the same name (see transport tip) and then walked down and around to Gersau - resort around the Vitznauerstock hill from Vitznau, that dominates the landscape here. Just over an hours hike. We had intended to go to the other cable-car - Hinterbergen and walk from...more
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