Rigi Travel Guide

  • Rigi Mountain peak and cog railway
    Rigi Mountain peak and cog railway
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  • Rigi TV Tower seen from afar
    Rigi TV Tower seen from afar
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  • Mountain Chapel Regina Montium
    Mountain Chapel Regina Montium
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Rigi Things to Do

  • Vantage point Rigi Kulm

    The peak of the Rigi Mountain at approximately 1800 m is called Rigi Kulm. On clear days a panoramic 360 degree view can be enjoyed. Besides many mountains of the Swiss Alps, it includes parts of France and Germany and more than 10 lakes with the Zugersee in the foreground. Depending on the weather a view of up to 800 km is possible.Direction:The...

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  • Rigi TV Tower

    The TV Tower Rigi is run by Switzerland's major telecommunications provider Swisscom. It is approximately 95 m high and was errected in 1958. At 6 metres a viewing platform offers panoramic 360 degree views of the surrounding region.Directions:The Rigi TV Tower can be found just near the peak of the Rigi Mountain at a height of almost 1800 metres....

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  • Mountain Chapel Regina Montium

    The construction of the Mountain Chapel Regina Montium was initiated and financed by a local hotelier, a pastor and many donations. It was completed at the beginning of 1967 and inaugurated on Easter Sunday of the same year.Regina Montium is latin for "Queeen of the Mountains". The chapel is also known as Chapel of Maria...

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  • Rock Chapel Rigi Kaltbad

    The Rock Chapel Kaltbad (Felsenkapelle Kaltbad) was built in 1779, so its 200th anniversairy was celebrated in 1979. The entrance to the Chapel is hidden behind a massive rock formation. On the backside a small local cemetery can be found.Accoding to a legend a first chapel was built in Kaltbad in 1585. It was famous for the healing power of a...

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  • Vantage point Känzeli

    Känzeli, which translates as "Little Pulpit" is a popular vantage point at a height of approximately 1464 m. From here panoramic views of the cities of Lucerne and Weggis, the resort of Bürgenstock and the cross of Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) can be enjoyed.Directions:The Känzeli vantage point is located near the north western edge of the...

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  • Jesus Cross

    The Jesus Cross was errected in August 1939 by the Sennegesellschafft Weggis, which is an association of the local shepherds and cheesemakers. It commmorates the prevention of disasters and animal diseases, such as epizootic disease. Around the cross are a few benches for a break to enjoy the panoramic view towards the Swiss Alps as well as to the...

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Rigi Restaurants

  • Hotel Restaurant Klösterli

    After about 2/3 of our exhausting hike on the Rigi Mountain, we thought that we deserved a break. The Hotel Restaurant Klösterli, which is usually closed on Mondays, was open by way of exception on this sunny fall Monday. The menu usually offers a selection of traditional Swiss hearty dishes.We took a seat on the large outdoor terrace and opted for...

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  • Take a picnic or go to one of the...

    There are several self-service and other montain restaurants. As everywhere prices of soft drinks etc. are a bit higher in the mountains.

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Rigi Transportation

  • To the top of the Rigi mountain by cog...

    We came to the top of the Rigi Mountain by rack cog railway from Arth-Goldau, near the southern end of the lake Zugersee. We left the area on the same route.The final station of the line is at Rigi-Kulm, just below the peak of the mountain. It can also be reached by another cog railway line from Vitznau at the Lake Lucerne. The trains run almost...

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  • Explore the Rigi Mountain on foot

    The recreation area of the Rigi Mountain covers an area of approximately 90 km2. It offers a large network of hiking trails of different difficulty levels from easy walks to serious hikes. For all options solid shoes are highly recommended. As always in Switzerland, the hiking trails are very well signposted.

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  • Take the red train from Vitznau

    Rigi can be reached from Lake Lucerne by the red train from Vitznau or by aerial cable car from Weggis or from the other side Arth-Goldau with the blue train or blue train to Kr?bel, then aeral cable car to Scheidegg and walk.

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Rigi Local Customs

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    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 22, 2011

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    The Silver Thistle (Carlina acaulis) is an alpine flower which grows in Central and Southern Europe from valleys up to mountainous regions of up to 2800 metres. Its typical flowering time is in late summer.

    At the very beginning of October we spotted quite a few Silver Thistels on our hike at heights between 1600 and 1700 metres.

    Silver Thistle (Carlina acaulis)
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Rigi What to Pack

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    by HORSCHECK Written Nov 20, 2011

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    Miscellaneous: The free Rigi Guide is a very useful brochure which we picked up in the Arth-Rigi rack railway. The brochure should be also available at most train stations of all trains serving the Rigi Mountain routes.

    Besides the train timetables and general info about the region, the Rigi Guide also includes both a summer and a winter map showing the principal hiking routes. These maps gave us a good idea of the length and difficulty of the various hikes.

    The guide is mainly in German, but includes some basic info in English as well.

    Website: http://www.rigi.ch/

    Rigi Guide 2011
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Rigi Sports & Outdoors

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    by yumyum Updated Feb 22, 2003

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    If there is a normal winter then you can tobogan up on the Rigi. The skining area is not so vast but good for families that don't want to travel to far.
    From Rigi-Kaltbad you can do cross-country skiing the classical way to Scheidegg.

    Equipment: You can hire tobogans for CHF 20/day in several locations on Rigi.

    openair carriage for toboganers

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  • A sea of fog

    In cold weather there is sometimes this special condition when you can view this sea of fog from Rigi.

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  • Panorama Path

    From Rigi-Kaltbad it takes 1 hr 50 min. on the pretty flat Panorama Path to Scheidegg. The mountain panorama is brilliant on a clear day. Avoid weekends if possible as it can be packed. I like it when the valleys are covered in fog and up Rigi it's sunshine only!

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