The therapeutic mineral-rich waters of Rigi Kaltbad have been praised for over 600 years, and as of 2012 they have a temple worthy of their reputation, designed by none other than Swiss
starchitect Mario Botta.
Perched at 1500m on Mt Rigi, the thermal baths are entered by a round tower (also the entrance to the cable car down to lakeside Weggis) that’s situated on the Rigi Kaltbad’s gem of a
town square, complete with 80m-long observation deck.
The decor combines granite from Ossola and maple wood, while the baths themselves have two areas, with mineral baths (open to all and with an indoor pool heated to 35 degrees Celsius, plus an outdoor pool — both have wonderful views) and a spa area (adults only). A range of bath experiences, such as whirlpool, neck showers and massage jets, and spa treatments (which cost extra)
are offered, and you better believe the hype — the waters here really do seem to have magic powers.