Winter Mt Rigi Day Trip – Details
Mt. Rigi Hike & Spa Itinerary
This tour combines an easy, safe, sign posted hike on packed snow. It provides a 360 degree view of 620+ Alpine peaks from the summit of Mt. Rigi Kulm.
The tour includes a scenic hike to Rigi Kaltbad and time for a two hour healing waters of the “Kaltbad” mineral springs total relaxing Spa experience.
This is followed with an aerial tram ride down to the Lake Lucerne resort of Weggis and Lake Lucerne boat cruise back to Lucerne.
We depart the Lucerne train station on a 22 minute train to Arth-Goldau and then walk underneath the train station and continue on the sidewalk to reach the Mt. Rigi cogwheel station.
We board Europe’s first cogwheel train launched in 1871 and ride 40 minutes through winding forests and pastures.
Mt. Rigi Kulm
Once we reach Rigi Kulm and step out of the Rigi cogwheel train, we are now at 1800 meters/5400 ft and enjoy what seems like eye level views of the surrounding mountain peaks.
We walk a short incline to the top of Rigi Kulm and enjoy a 360 degree view of Swiss alps to the South & East and country view on a clear day to France on the West and the Black Forest in Germany to the North.
We reach the Mt. Rigi 1800 m/5400 ft summit after a 15-minute walk from the Mt. Rigi railway to the top and are rewarded by the 360-degree Swiss Alps view.
From Eastern Switzerland you make out the highest Mt. Saentis peak and then scan the entire Swiss alpine range as far West as the eye sees. You are able to pick out the easy Mtn. peaks such as 3000m/10000ft Mt. Titlis, almost looking directly at you to the Jungfrau Region with Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau.
On a clear day you might be able to make out Germany’s, Black Forest region and Northwest you also see France in the distance.
On Top of Mt. Rigi there is a metal visual display in English summarizing the historic aspects of Mt. Rigi.
The display also mentions the Chaeserenholz, the cheese dairy farm run by 7th generation Mt. Rigi inhabitant, Franz Toni Kennel. It is located a 20 minute hike just below the summit. This place is open year round with a restaurant offering the best views and most authentic local foods. The cheese fondue is to die for with three different alp cheeses all made right on site while in between bites, you view the entire majestic Swiss Central Alpine range.
After the lunch stop, we’re warm and re-energized. We continue hiking through wintry landscape to the newly renovated Mineralbad & Spa at Rigi Kaltbad. This modern facility keeps an old tradition alive as for over 600 years health seekers from all over the world have been attracted to the healing waters of the “Kaltbad” mineral springs.
We can enjoy two spectacular hours soaking up the revitalizing, mineral rich and balmy indoor/outdoor waters, heated at 35C/95F with herbal steam baths and saunas.
Afterwards and now totally relaxed we descend a 10 minute cable car scenic ride to the Lake Lucerne popular resort of Weggis. It’s a 10-minute walk from the Mt. Rigi Valley Station to lake steamer platform.
From Weggis it is pure relaxation on a 40-minute scenic boat cruise back to the Lucerne train station. You cruise in the area where Switzerland was founded back in 1291, where scenes of the legendry William Tell occurred and you see where Switzerland’s first 5-star Buergenstock hotel was located.
Also once back in Lucerne there is time to get to your Lucerne dinner reservation and for those interested in Swiss Folklore there is an 8.00p.m. Stadtkeller Dinner-Folklore Show. Otherwise continue to your homeward bound destination via convenient train connections and or Lucerne train station parking.
Additional Notes for the Winter Mt. Rigi Tour
Our guides are here to maximize your Mt. Rigi experience and flexible so you receive the full benefit of your tour with the mission to have your expectations met and exceeded.
The goal of each tour is to tailor to the interests and hiking levels of the participants. Because Mt. Rigi offers so many ways to walk, hike and experience all its scenic highlights, your guide will look to identify how much or how little you wish to walk and or hike and design the hike in a way you will enjoy most.
The current weather conditions may dictate what is going to be the best options to maximize your experience. If the winds and visibility conditions on top of Mt. Rigi are either too windy, cold or totally in the clouds, the environment by Mt. Rigi Kaltbad, 347 m/ 1041 ft lower is often completely different.
- We have had Australians on this tour who wanted a more athletic experience so we take steeper trails and came up with a “No Worries” option. Therefore if you are looking for more of an adventure ask about the “No Worries” options.
- We have had Americans on the tour, a 70-year-old mother and 45-year-old daughter for example who wanted a 2-hour easy level hike on the snow. Here we take a different route and go to the Mt. Rigi Scheidegg summit and hike on the signposted very level trail that follows the old train tracks that once connected Rigi Scheidegg, 1661 m/4960 ft and Mt. Rigi Kaltbad, 1450 m/4350 ft.
- We’ve had a Singapore family who have never seen snow before with the Dad just wearing his street shoes. Here we re-routed the itinerary and took the boat from the train station and then transferred on the Mt. Rigi railway to Mt. Rigi Kaltbad where you can easily walk on the snow packed path with your everyday shoes.
Hiking shoes with vibram “lug” soles provide you with a safer and more confident walking experience.
The Mt. Rigi Kaltbad Mineralbad & Spa experience is a highlight and not to be rushed. The two-hour time frame offers a reasonable pace to enjoy the mineral waters, steam and sauna experiences.
The cable car down to Weggis is located at the bottom of the building and very easy to get to. Therefore if people miss the 15.15 departure that connects to the Lake Lucerne steamer that arrives back in Lucerne by 16.54 there are cable car departures every 30 minutes with either bus, train and lake steamers returning you to Lucerne on a regular basis.
Winter Map for Mt. Rigi