Mt Rigi using Swiss Travel Pass

Mt Rigi using Swiss Travel Pass

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Sandra59
Sandra59
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May 17, 2018 - 7:01 AM

Hi Team, Planning a trip from Lucerne to Mt Rigi next month (4 adults). Can you please

(1) confirm that all transport planned in the following is free with our Swiss Travel Pass (I am sure it is from reading your information but just to check) and

(2) The days available to do the trip (weather permitting) are Sunday 24th June and Mon/Tues 25th/26th June. I have had a look at the timetable (very small) can you check that the times I have listed are correct. and finally, that this plan makes sense.

Getting there: Boat from Lucerne to Vitznau, the boat leaves Luzern Bahnhofquai platform 1 at 8:12 am (earliest) and then at 15 mins past the hour. Some comments suggest that the 9:15 am boat is very busy so the earlier boat may be better? What about the later boat at 10:15 am? We don't want to be packed like sardines! do you have any advice to give?

Cogwheel Train from Vitznau - Rigi Kulm - The cogwheel train leaves at 9:15 am (which connects with the arrival of the 8:12 am boat from Luzern or 10:15 am to connect with the 9:15 am boat from Luzern) Where possible, sit on the right side going up for best views?

Coming back: Walk down to Rigi-Kaltbad to get the cable car down to Weggis (comments say that is a gentle descent of approx. 4 kms from Rigi Kulm to Rigi-Kaltbad, is this accurate?) At Rigi-Kaltbad the cable car goes down to Weggis every 30 mins and the journey takes 10 mins.

At Weggis, take the boat back to Luzern. The boat leaves at 5 mins past the hour.

Let me know what you think of this plan and any improvements that we could make. Given that we are walking the 4Km down to Rigi-Kaltbad, where would you recommend getting lunch? Good views/ good menu and fair price. Thanks for all your help. Your website has been a terrific help when planning this trip.

Sandra.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3734 posts
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May 17, 2018 - 8:19 AM in reply to Sandra59

I'd sit on the left side going up from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm.

Sandra59
Sandra59
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May 17, 2018 - 10:38 AM in reply to rockoyster

HI Rockoyster,

Thanks for your prompt response. I must have taken the wrong info down, will try to sit on the left side, Thanks! Did you think the rest of the detail was okay?

Trying to make this trip run as smoothly as possible. I put this together from info on this website, just needing someone to check it out.

Thanks again from a fellow traveller,

Sandra

MyTravels
MyTravels
15 posts
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May 17, 2018 - 12:40 PM in reply to Sandra59

Hi Sandra59

I can confirm the following:

1. Swiss Pass covers all transportation for this trip

2. The times are correct and the itinerary makes sense

3. The trail leading down from Rigi Kulm to Rigi Kaltbad is downhill all the way and according to the Rigi website features an asphalt path for part of the walk.

www.rigi.ch/en/Experie nce-Enjoy/Summer/Hiking/Hi king-trails-on-Mount-Rigi/Rigi-classic

I would suggest the information would be accurate as I have visited Switzerland many times and done a number of the easy walks as recommended on official websites i.e. Lavaux Vineyards, Murren to Grutschlap etc and I haven't had any issues so far.

4. In terms of restaurants, I sadly don't have any recommendations, hopefully someone else will be able to steer you in the right direction, the Rigi website does list all restaurants and are quite descriptive with the information provided.

www.rigi.ch/en/Media/R estaurants/

I am also doing the same trip on the 26th June with a friend so we might see you there!!!

Apologies Rockoyster for jumping in, I noticed the post and since I had already included this trip in my itinerary I thought I could quickly answer Sandra59's questions.

(I hope I pasted the website information correctly, 1st time at doing this so still on my training wheels!!!)

Pleasant travels.

Sandra59
Sandra59
23 posts
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May 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM in reply to MyTravels

Hello, My Travels,

Thank you! Great detailed reply. It's our first time in Switzerland and I have been spending hours getting as much detail as I can to try to make our holiday stress free. We will be in Lucerne for 3 full days (not counting the Saturday morning as we will not get to our hotel until around 3 pm) Planning on seeing Mt Rigi & Mt Pilatus and a day trip to Bern. The rest of the time enjoying Lucerne. Our first full day is a Sunday so I thought a mountain trip would be a good thing to do, as I think the shops in Lucerne will be closed on Sunday?

I hope you enjoy your trip to Mt Rigi too, let's hope we get good weather for our mountain trips. Looking forward to walking in Alpine meadows and hearing cowbells ring.

I am also planning to visit the Lavaux Vineyards as we will be in Montreux for 3 days early July, either that or a visit to Gruyeres, still deciding.

Thanks again for your response.

Sandra

Lucas
Lucas
7238 posts
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May 17, 2018 - 3:22 PM in reply to Sandra59

Yes indeed the shops and restaurants will mostly be closed on Sundays in all towns (except in train stations) so a good day to go to a mountain (weather dependent of course).

Sandra59
Sandra59
23 posts
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May 17, 2018 - 3:34 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas, Thanks, restaurants are closed too! That is not so good, I imagine our Hotel restaurant will be open, I will check.

Well, that certainly makes Sunday a day for the mountains! The train stations must be packed on Sundays.

Lucas
Lucas
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May 17, 2018 - 4:45 PM in reply to Sandra59

On Sundays in the summer it can be busy at bigger stations/all stations. A few restaurants and cafes will be open in the city center as well, in bigger towns like Zurich and Lucerne etc. just be prepared for a small selection.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3734 posts
expert
May 17, 2018 - 8:28 PM in reply to MyTravels

You are most welcome to “jump in” any time. This forum thrives on community input. Thanks for stepping up. 😎

It is very unlikely your hotel dining room would close on Sunday. Swiss hotels are famous for looking after their guests.

Last modified on May 17, 2018 - 8:41 PM by rockoyster
ironvic
ironvic
2 posts
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May 19, 2018 - 7:29 PM in reply to rockoyster

I hope this same schedule works for Monday May 21st. We cancelled our stay in Interlaken due to weather and this might substitute. Any comments on if this works on a Monday appreciated.

Lucas
Lucas
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May 19, 2018 - 8:26 PM in reply to ironvic

Hi ironvic and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Getting to Mt. Rigi on a Monday? No problem at all. For any trips you make you can use the Swiss railways timetable to plan it out.

ironvic
ironvic
2 posts
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May 19, 2018 - 8:47 PM

Thanks Lucas. I was bummed we scratched Jungfraujoch this trip due to predicted weather and spent the time in Montreux, Vevey, Choclate/cheese train and trip to Les Pleides. All very nice but weather was better than I expected and kept thinking we should have went at least to Lauterbrunnen. Being seniors we love that anyone can use the transports to get to these beautiful vistas in Switzerland.

Lucas
Lucas
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May 19, 2018 - 8:59 PM in reply to ironvic

Yes, transportation in Switzerland is amazing.

It is always a tough call to visit the mountains when they forecast isn't what you are hoping for. You can go and hope it changes (which it could) or try something else entirely - Your choice was not a bad one!

Last modified on May 19, 2018 - 8:59 PM by Lucas

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