Frequently referred to as ‘Queen of the Mountains’, Rigi’s dominance of central Switzerland’s landscape comes not only because of her arresting appearance but also her easy access: you can hike up, take a cable car or train it from numerous points, plus there’s plenty to do it the mountain. Some 600,000 people venture to the top every year, making it one of Switzerland’s prime attractions.
Activities include hiking on well-maintained trails across the mountain, a Seilpark, easy snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding and even night tobogganing in winter.
The justifiably famous sunrise from atop 1798m Mt Rigi was immortalized by English artist JMW Turner in his painting The Blue Rigi, Lake of Lucerne, Sunrise. It’s definitely worth considering spending a night on the mountain at the lovely Rigi Kulm Hotel in order to catch the dawn, although the sunsets are also just as special. If you do spend the night on the mountain, we’d suggest an easy hike down to Rigi Kaltbad to take the waters in the Mario Botta-designed spa, a jewel of modern architecture.
To access Rigi by train from Lucerne is a straightforward affair: go via Arth-Goldau or Vitznau (which allows you to hop off at Rigi Kaltbad and continue your ascent via the cable car that starts at lakeside Weggis). The Swiss Pass is valid for a discount on both privately operated railways.