Best route to Mt. Rigi from Lucerne?

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teensy
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May 2, 2018 - 9:40 PM

We will be in Lucerne late June and will have 4-5 hours in the afternoon for an excursion. We will have Swiss travel passes and are considering going to Mt Rigi. I've noticed there are numerous ways to do this trip and would like some advice so as to get the most scenic and interesting route to go up and down. Thanks for you input.

rockoyster
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May 2, 2018 - 10:29 PM in reply to teensy

My pick is Luzern - Arth-Goldhau - Rigi Kulm - Rigi Kaltbad - Weggis - Luzern. You get every mode of transport.

Last modified on May 2, 2018 - 10:30 PM by rockoyster
1960man
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May 2, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Personally I would do both of the railways rather than the cable car to Weggis.

Gailmckinnon
Gailmckinnon
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May 3, 2018 - 1:02 AM

Yes, I am also interested in going to Mt Rigi by train . My husband is not fond of boats. We like half day excursions and a chance to visit museums and the sights in town. Any suggestions for eating at restaurants off the beaten path. I hope to see the Saturday morning marketplace Before the crowd arrives. Looking forward to seeing Luzern May 16-19.

teensy
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May 3, 2018 - 11:10 AM in reply to rockoyster

Why Lucerne to Arth-Goldhau instead of to Vitznau to begin the trip up? Do you feel that is a more scenic route?

rockoyster
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May 3, 2018 - 9:39 PM in reply to teensy

More varied rather than two boat trips. Just a personal choice. I don’t think it makes a great difference one way or the other. Everywhere in Switzerland is great.

Last modified on May 3, 2018 - 9:40 PM by rockoyster
Asif
Asif
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May 4, 2018 - 9:15 AM in reply to teensy

Hi,

We just visited Mount Rigi yesterday.

Took a ship to Vitznau from Luzern and then a coggle train to Rigi. In all it takes about 90 mins. On both the ship and train you get 50% discount on the prices if you have a Swiss pass or Eurail pass.

If you can get the 12:00 hrs ship, then they serve nice Lunch too.

Though it was cloudy but was nice and very chilly at Rigi.

Surprised to find a cosy restaurant at Rigi. Since we could not see much due to the fog and clouds 🤐 so had a cup of hot coffee and noodles.

Surely you will enjoy the scenic and beautiful boat ride as well.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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May 4, 2018 - 9:48 AM in reply to Asif

Hello Asif,

The entire Rigi trip boat and train and cable car if you so choose is free with the Swiss Travel Pass.

Asif
Asif
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May 4, 2018 - 10:11 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks rockoyster.

I had a 2 country Eurail Pass which I showed at both counters and they gave me 1/2 price tickets / reservations.

I had no way but to rely on the knowledge of the staff at both the counters.

Really surprising that they do not know about these...

Was so happy that my Eurail pass saved us around 150 CHF for the round trip for 2 but if you are right then it was a loss of CHF 150.00 😯😯

rockoyster
rockoyster
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May 4, 2018 - 10:22 AM in reply to Asif

If you had a Eurail Pass then your discount was correct but you said Swiss Pass (which I interpreted as Swiss Travel Pass) was also only 50% discount. I was just correcting in case your comment mislead someone. 😎

Last modified on May 4, 2018 - 10:22 AM by rockoyster
1960man
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May 5, 2018 - 12:00 AM in reply to Gailmckinnon

Of the beaten path might include Arth am See. It is the village down the hill from Arth Goldau railway junction and might be less touristy than places on Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Luzern) as it is on the smaller Zugersee (Lake Zug)

Gailmckinnon
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May 5, 2018 - 12:18 AM in reply to 1960man

Thank you, It sounds like you have been almost everywhere. I will put it on the list.

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