Eine blaue Rigi Bahn fährt die Rigi hoch mit dem Vierwaldstättersee im Hintergrund

Rigi Winter Wonderland by Boat and Train

Mountain magnificence high above Lake Lucerne

Enjoy a genuine winter wonderland and embark on a typically Swiss excursion by boat, rack railway and on foot along panoramic trails. Mount Rigi is a paradise for winter recreation, including easy walks on well maintained trails or more active snowshoe tours. We recommend the scenic path from Rigi Kaltbad to First, which is easily accessible by public transport.

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Die blaue Rigi Bahn fährt durch die verschneite Landschaft

Winter excursion to Rigi Kaltbad

The journey starts in Lucerne with a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne to Vitznau. We recommend the 9:12 morning departure from Lucerne, in order to get the most out of the winter daylight. In Vitznau there’s an easy interchange onto the mountain railway for the breathtaking ascent of Mount Rigi. Ride the line as far as Rigi Kaltbad, where grand views and a picturesque walking trail await. It is also possible to do more serious snowshoe mountaineering from Rigi Kaltbad. The 2.4 km long walking trail is serene and beautiful, allowing you to get the most out of this wonderful location.

At the sunny First observation terrace, the circular trail turns around and leads back to Rigi Kaltbad via the upper First path.

Once you are back at Rigi Kaltbad you have the choice of returning to Vitznau by rack railway or you could also take the aerial cableway down to Weggis. Just like from Vitznau, there are frequent boat connections back to Lucerne from Weggis. In case you would like to spend more time atop Mount Rigi, we recommend a visit to the elegant Kaltbad spa and baths for some wellness. Please visit our website lakelucerne.ch, where you may book this attractive package offer at a reduced rate.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy the relaxing cruise back to Lucerne as a fine conclusion to a great day out.

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