Hello, I’m back after a very long, self-proclaimed Christmas and New Year break (sorry the laziness just kicked in and I couldn’t get any post up). But, it’s an extremely rewarding break and I’m finally back to finish the last 2 Switzerland travelogues!
We were based at Lucerne for the first few days of our Switzerland trip, and we took two day trips out – one to Bern and one to Mount Rigi. We chose to go Mount Rigi instead of Mount Pilatus as the transport to Mount Rigi is fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass, and time constraints forbid us to spend another day at Mount Pilatus.
Getting to Mount Rigi
There are several ways to reach Mount Rigi from Lucerne (vice-versa to get back):
- Boat / bus to Vitznau (60 minutes) → Red cog railway to Rigi Kulm (Vitznau Line) (30 minutes)
- Train / bus to Arth-Goldau (28 minutes) → Blue cog railway to Rigi Kulm (Goldau Line) (35 minutes)
- Boat / bus to Weggis (40 minutes) → Cable car to Rigi Kaltbad (10 minutes) → Red cog railway to Rigi Kulm (Vitnau Line) (12 minutes)
All the above transport are fully covered under the Swiss Travel Pass and the timetables for the Vitnau Line, Goldau Line and cable car can be found here. We chose Route 3 as I thought that it would be nice to experience both the cable car and the railway and to see different views.
We started the day early by taking the first ferry from Lucerne to Weggis. The ferry terminal is located right in front of the train station so it’s quite impossible to miss it. The second level of the ferry was reserved for first-class ticket holders so don’t head up like us cluelessly unless you have a first-class ticket! (And yea we got chased back down to second class in the end.)