Mount Rigi – A Day Trip to the Summit of ‘The Queen of the Mountains’!

Ever fantasized to stand on the top of a mountain surrounded by the splendid view of Swiss Alps, ever stretching green meadows, towns, and lakes in a panorama. Mount Rigi popularly known as the ‘Queen of the Mountains’ is a Sierra of the Alps, located in Central Switzerland. The whole mountain range is almost entirely surrounded by the lakes and is split between two cantons. It is also an ideal place for mountain hikers.

One has to board a ferry from the ferry terminal of Lucerne which is around 5 min walk from Lucerne train station, just follow the signboards. The ferry was large and comfortable enough with restaurant and chairs and benches put up on the deck of the ferry where one can sit and enjoy the majestic views of the lakes.

The picture perfect view of the city of Lucern looked more bewitching with the ducks and swans swimming in the calm blue lake in the imposing backdrop of the towering buildings of the city.

Mount Rigi Lucerne Switzerland

We sailed along the hills graced with bright fall colors and the occasionally peeking classic houses which created a spectacular panorama.

Mount Rigi Lucerne Switzerland

One can find many speedboats and private boats partying and enjoying the lake ride in summer.

Mount Rigi a day trip to the Summit

Most of the public disembarked at Weggis. One can take a cable car from Weggis directly to Rigi Kaltbad which has a resort known for its peaceful and refreshing atmosphere and offers with ideal vistas of the surrounding nature. Reaching to the Rigi Kulm the top summit from here would be a combination of the cable car to Rigi Kaltbad and then a cogwheel train to Rigi Kulm.

We decided to get down at Vitznau the stop next to Weggis. We boarded a cogwheel train waiting at the Vitznau ferry terminal to transport us to the top summit of Rigi Mountain. The areas of Rigi are served by rack railways which are the oldest mountain railways, the Rigi Railways.

Mount Rigi Lucerne Switzerland

Once the train starts the ascend the views of the azure lakes and soaring mountains are stunning enough to leave anyone in awe.

Mount Rigi Lucerne Switzerland

As the train moved further the blue lakes faded away in the distance and the views of the rocky jagged mountains got more prominent.

Our train stopped on the way at Rigi Kaltbad station to pick up people who choose to climb to this station through the cable car. The distant views were now covered by forests and all we could see was the lovely meadows peppered yellow and white with the tiny spring flowers, grazing cows on green pastures and the quaint chalets on the sloping hills. We could hear the enchanting sounds of the cowbells everywhere. Our train finally came to a halt at the top summit Rigi Kulm at 1,800 meters above sea level.

Mount Rigi Lucerne Switzerland

Deep valleys on all sides surround the summit of the Rigi Mountain. The Hill had several vantage points and restaurants. We took some pictures of the train and decided to have a good brunch. The restaurant had quite a few items on the menu like potato fries, cakes, and salads. TheΒ Restaurant has a seating with wonderful views of the surrounding valleys.

Mount Rigi a day trip to the Summit

Chhavi enjoyed running around on the large open terrace of the restaurant.


After having some good amount of brunch, we started to stroll on the paved stroller accessible pathway around the hill. Each and every view around the hill is breathtaking and creates a pure and tranquil ambiance.

Mount Rigi Lucerne Switzerland

Right next to the train station at Rigi Kulm one can view the green valleys with pine forests with an amazing backdrop of cloud-covered mountains in the distance.

Mount Rigi Lucerne Switzerland

One can spot numerous mountains and bird’s eye view of the distant towns. Strikingly visible was the distant rugged rocky mountain of Pilatus.

Mount Rigi Lucerne Switzerland

We moved further to be amazed by the view of the vast deep blue Lucerne lake, which was the route of the ferry from Lucern to Vitznau. We could see Lucern city at a distance. We enjoyed the lake view and descended back towards the station and boarded the cogwheel train.

Mount Rigi Lucerne Switzerland

We reached the ferry station and decided to check out the souvenirs shop while we waited for the ferry. We did some souvenir shopping and boarded the ferry back to Lucern railway station. The scenic views on the way back that were previously hidden by mist looked more beautiful now due to the bright sunlight.

We reached Lucern station and spent some time in the funfair arranged around the station and reached back home right in time to enjoy our evening tea. Read more on the beautiful town of Lucerne.

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  1. You have made me ‘J’ enough. Now one more place is added to my list . Needless to say it seems you guys enjoyed a lot and also the photographs were great.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Subhadrika yes we had a great time πŸ™‚

  2. Such a perfect day! This place must be awesome and since I live in Italy it might be some place to visit soon. Great pictures πŸ˜‰

  3. Karla says: Reply

    Words really cannot do these photos justice. Rigi is Beyond beautiful.

  4. Switzerland , i cannot describe how much i want to go. Every picture i see from that country it just seems mesmerizing, especially your photos beyond beautiful. ahhh one day…

  5. Ana S says: Reply

    Wow ! The place, the view, it’s incredible ! I already know I’ll be speechless to see that with my own eyes. I’ll surely mention this place to my boyfriend and plan a trip there. We love wide places like that πŸ™‚

  6. I didn’t make it to Rigi when I visit Switzeland because I only had a day trip only (I visited Mount Blanc in Charmonix France, close to Switzeland border anyway, and pass through Switzeland). The scenery on your photos was simply breathtaking! I bet you guy did enjoy your amazing trip there.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yes, Rose, it was a memorable trip. Chamonix is beautiful too isn’t it? πŸ™‚

  7. I have been on top of a hill, a normal mountain but never been on top of a snow capped mountain. I would love to one day because the views are incredible!

  8. I love this panorama… such a nice place! Great pictures, I would love to go visit Swiss Alps too some day!

  9. Bernadette Callahan says: Reply

    Cable cars and mountains! Super awesome trip! I wish we were closer to mountains.

  10. Neha Gunnoo says: Reply

    Wow! Your shots are really beautiful! The pictures really caught my eyes πŸ™‚
    Lovely post!

  11. Your photographs make me miss Lucerne even more! Probably one of the things I never actually did was sit on any of the magnificent hills.

  12. Katie says: Reply

    Those views are jaw-dropping. Nature at its finest. I experienced a similar kind of thing in the hills in Kenya.

  13. Denisa says: Reply

    Omg such a perfect day! Jaw- dropping beautiful landscapes , makes me wannna go to Switzerland again . You got me dreaming at a9 am

  14. You make me miss hiking and the feeling of reaching the summit. Your photos are stunning and I could feel the excitement of being on the top.

  15. CourtneyLynne says: Reply

    Fabulous photos!!! Everything looks perfect. I would love to travel there one day πŸ™‚

  16. Wow! It is so amazing! Breathtaking! Your photos are stunning! This is the best post I’ve seen today! Thanks for sharing with us!

  17. So lovely! Looks like you and the family had a wonderful time up there enjoying the spectacular views! That would make such a great picnic spot.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree with you πŸ™‚

  18. marta says: Reply

    I love the Alps and those views are particularly beautiful! I am gong to Switzerland in a week but I’ll be in Geneva, which is probably a bit too far from here for the time I have. It’s a shame because I would love to lunge on that terrace and the ferry and train journey sounds really pleasant!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We did trip from Geneva too. Its around yes 4 hrs journey one way, may be a bit hectic πŸ™‚

  19. I have always wanted to visit Switzerland because of the Alps! Your photos are stunning and it surely will look more stunning in person. Can’t wait to visit someday.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Hope you make to it soon Lizelle πŸ™‚

  20. The Alps, the lake, that weather, those pictures, what’s not to drool! Looks like your family & you had a ball!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Aditi. Drool worthy indeed πŸ˜‰

  21. Totally beautiful! They are like wallpapers for my computer πŸ™‚

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True πŸ™‚

  22. This is perfect! I’m heading there this winter and the hubby loves to climb mountains

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thats awesome we are sure you will have great time!

  23. I love the misty mountains in the distance. They make for some truly epic photos!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Cant agree more Michelle πŸ™‚

  24. Linda says: Reply

    Wow, those views tho! Love your short with the mountains and the valley! It looks like it’s a painting! I grew up in the south of Germany and never appreciated views like these until I moved abroad haha!

  25. Sheri says: Reply

    You really we able to take some amazing shots here, I really love this! To think that one can go out for a day trip and experience so much, see beautiful views like this is encouraging for travellers, or for those who are thinking of starting travel journeys.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Sheri.. Switzerland has many beautiful locations which can easily be done on day trips from major cities like Zurich, Geneva and Bern. Switzerland is truly travellers paradise.

  26. Liana says: Reply

    The view is just breathtaking! It’s crazy how the city and the mountain are just united together and you can just hike so easily. I love the Swiss background even tho I’ve never been. A friend of mine described it to me like the most beautiful place she’s ever been!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Very true Liana. Switzerland has no dearth of wonderful places and Rigi is breathtaking indeed πŸ™‚

  27. Wow those views are amazing! You got some really good photos. I bet you had a great time πŸ™‚

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Anne!

  28. Tamz says: Reply

    Those views are so amazing. Your pictures have captured the beauty of the place very nicely

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Tamz!

  29. Epepa says: Reply

    I know this feeling when you are on the top of the mountain… It’s amazing! And the views… All I can say is just WOW!

  30. Amazing, reminds me so much of the Sound of Music – all those gorgeous rolling hillside country.

  31. Switzerland oozes with natural beauty at each and every turn, spectacular pictures of the Alps. We were in Lucerne for a very short time and were not able to get to Rigi. Have to definitely get there next time around πŸ™‚

  32. I’ve never even heard of Mount Rigi. I can see why they call it the Queen of the Mountains. I can’t believe how blue those mountains look! Amazing!

  33. Jojo says: Reply

    It is nice that people can choose to hike or take a train up. The view from your pictures are stunning! I would definitely dedicate a whole day to just stay up there and look out at the mountains.

  34. Those views are incredible. I find places like this one extremely relaxing. I should definitely plan a trip there sometime soon!

  35. Switzerland looks like such a beautiful country! It is definitely some place we need to check out soon.

  36. We love Switzerland! Such a beautiful country! We will be in Switzerland this month and we are staying in a castle. Your photos are beautiful!

  37. The hills are alive!!! Such awesome scenery! Switzerland is in the bucketlist! Thank you for this!

  38. I’ve explored a lot of Western Europe, but not Switzerland – it’s definitely a must for me! Where did you base yourself when you went exploring?

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We are based out of Geneva around 3 hours from Lucerne. And yes Switzerland is something not to miss πŸ™‚

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