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Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne

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Luzern, Switzerland

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Take your Swiss Alps adventure to new heights on this independent day trip to Mt Rigi. Explore this breathtaking destination at your own pace, starting with a boat cruise from Lucerne. Use your pre-booked tickets and provided timetables to plan the cogwheel train and aerial cable car portions of your tour. You’ll take the railway up Rigi Kulm for two or five hours of free time at the summit, depending on which option you select. Then enjoy more postcard-worthy views en route to Weggis before the return boat ride to Lucerne.
  • Independent Mount Rigi tour from Lucerne
  • Create your own sightseeing schedule to experience the Swiss Alps at a pace that suits you
  • Enjoy a round-trip Lake Lucerne cruise from Lucerne to your mountain destinations
  • Take the cogwheel train up Rigi Kulm for panoramic views of the Swiss Plateau
  • Ride an aerial cable car from Rigi Kaltbad to the beautiful town of Weggis
  • Includes pre-booked tickets and detailed timetables for easy planning
  • Choose a half-day or full-day tour for more time at the Mount Rigi summit
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Detailed timetables
Round-trip Lake Lucerne cruise
Round-trip cogwheel train
Aerial cable car ride
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Optional activities at own expense
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Pier 1, Landungsbrücke 1, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Board your boat at Pier 1 for independent transport across Lake Lucerne in the morning or afternoon, and start your unguided Swiss Alps tour to Mt Rigi with splendid views along one of Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes. 

With several departure times available for the cogwheel train and aerial cable car at Mt Rigi, simply use the timetables provided to plan out your itinerary according to your preferences.

Disembarking at Vitznau, climb aboard the cogwheel train for a ride up to Rigi Kulm, aka ‘Queen of the Mountains.’ Topping the Rigi mountain range at 5,899 feet (1,798 meters) in elevation, the summit boasts unbeatable views of the Swiss Plateau with the Bernese Alps, Vosges mountains, Black Forest and Glarus Alps beyond.

If you selected the half-day tour, spend two hours of free time here; the full-day option allows for five hours at your leisure. You can rent snowshoes or a sled, embark on a hiking trail, or grab lunch in one of the cozy restaurants (activities and food are your own expense).

When it’s time, the cogwheel train transports you down to the mountain resort of Rigi Kaltbad. From an altitude of 4,701 feet (1,433 meters), it’s the perfect vantage point over Lake Lucerne. Board the aerial cable car from here and drift down to the pretty lakeside town of Weggis. 

Meander around at your own pace before making your way to the shore where your boat awaits for a return ride across Lake Lucerne, bringing you back to the pier in the evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Lake Lucerne
Beautiful views on the lake and surrounding mountains.
Stop At:  
Mt. Rigi
Queen of Mountains
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Good walking shoes recommended
  • Snacks and drinks are available for purchase on board
  • Please note: children tickets (age 6-16) must be purchased on the day and will be available at a reduced rate
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lake Lucerne Navigation Company

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne.

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Traveler Tips


  • "As is stated in the important information section, be sure to check the time the boat is leaving from Vitznau this is a different location than you are dropped at and you need to check the boat timetable." See review
  • "This was great, you basically can choose your own adventure, if you choose the whole day you can come back whenever so it just gives you great flexibility." See review

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star-5
Highlight of our trip
TrailBlazer9159
, Dec 2019
Loved the trip. Cog railway was great. Went through the clouds and into the sun and snow capped mountains. Just wish we had scheduled more time at the top.
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Exactly what we wanted
Pureblood40
, Aug 2019
This is exactly what we wanted and gave us the full Swiss experience. Note this is essentially a ticket on the public transportation system. Download the SBB mobile app and search for time frames. Our boat left Pier 1 at 8:12. You can basically choose your own times. We got the first boat and then took the train to top of Mt. Rigi we then hiked down to the Cable car. There are numerous trails you can take. Get a map on the train up. The hiking was stunning. Walking right through pastures and cows with bells. The cows come right up to you. We hiked a good 4 miles with amazing views. Again numerous trails. Then take the cable car down. Just be ready to walk a good bit down hill to the next boat back to Lucerne. Again you can see the time tables on the SBB app.
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Mt. Rigi tour
benmarti89
, Jul 2019
The tour description did not make it evident that the entire tour was self-guided. Nor were we provided with the timetables described in the description of the tour. As such, we had to plan most of our tour as we went. This only became evident by reading others comments/reviews as we were arriving for the departing ferry. I would highly recommend that description be updated to clearly state there are no tour guides from the beginning and that what you are essentially purchasing is only advanced tickets. (Especially since other Viator tours usually have at least one guide at the beginning.) This is especially frustrating as trial markers are very infrequent on Mt. Rigi making it it difficult to self-guide with the limited resources provided.
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star-5
absolutely amazing
JonathanP1220
, May 2019
very highly recommend this trip! it was very easy to find the piers/stations for the various rides, and all you needed was the print out from Viator. The boat, train, and cable car all ran on regular intervals, and the timetables were posted at the various stations. we ended up coming back on the boat an hour earlier because we were worn out. the train and cable car ran every 30 minutes and the boat ran every hour until 7 pm (if i recall correctly, don't exactly quote me on that). it made it very easy to explore mount rigi at our own leisure. i would recommend doing the full day, as i don't think the half day would be enough time. we ended up with 30 minutes in Weggis before the boat and even that was nice, so don't worry about filling your time for the full day. many restaurants scattered on the mountain, some are very small - we tried Restaurant BärgGnuss in Rigi Staffel and would highly recommend that - it's attached to a hotel owned by the train company, and the food and views were just spectacular. you can ride the train all the way to the top (rigi klum) and then it's only a 20-30 minute walk down a nice paved path to rigi staffel. plenty of other hiking around if you're into that, but it snowed the day before we went, so we only stuck to the paved paths
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Not a huge fan of it being...
Katie Z
, Jun 2018
Not a huge fan of it being self-guided, only because I wanted some reassurance on where to go and how to read the time timetables. However, the staff that runs the cogwheel train and the people who work in the shop at the top of the mountain are super helpful. Also, I don't want to give this tour only 3 stars because it wouldn't be fair to judge this experience on the fact that I had terrible weather when I went. It would have been great to have the 2 hours to walk around the peak of the mountain if it weren't so cloudy and rainy when I went :
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This was great, you basically can...
Jason73
, May 2018
This was great, you basically can choose your own adventure, if you choose the whole day you can come back whenever so it just gives you great flexibility. The one word of caution is if you are traveling in off season some things may not be operating. In early April, the cable car on the way back was closed for almost all of april due to maintenance. We did not find this out from the operator but had to pay attention to the timetables as well as listen for the announcement it was closed. Viator was great about refunding a portion of it and we found our way back without much issue, but it's something to be aware of.
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NOTE - this is merely an advanced...
Janine K
, May 2018
NOTE - this is merely an advanced ticket purchase, which is a bit less expensive than if you had done it yourself. Make sure to check the timetable for the train to Rigi Kulm the top from Rigi Kaltbad where the cable car takes you. Your voucher is your ticket, so no need to stand in line., If not careful, you will miss your train to the top and have to wait another hour for the next one, limiting your time at the top. Mt Rigi is great if you are into hiking and outdoorsy stuff like that. For people who don't hike, there isn't much to see. As is stated in the important information section, be sure to check the time the boat is leaving from Vitznau this is a different location than you are dropped at and you need to check the boat timetable. My boat left 15 minutes earlier than initially scheduled. Also, note the :cruise of Lake Lucerne is merely the boat going from dock to dock on its usual circuit of pick-ups/drop-offs.
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This was such a great day. Started...
Robert B
, Oct 2017
This was such a great day. Started off with a cruise on Lake Lucerne. The weather was perfect. So many beautiful sites along the way to the base of Mt. Rigi. Rode the cogwheel car to the top of the mountain. It was absolutely breathtaking up there. We brought a picnic lunch and stopped in the little store they had up top and got a bottle of wine to enjoy with our picnic. Lots of grassy areas and benches to relax up there. Took lots of photos of the beautiful sites. Saw people paragliding from the top. Rode the cogwheel back down a few stops to where the tram was. Tram ride was great with the exception of them cramming too many people in at once. Luckily I was able to be on the outside in order to take pictures. Once you get to the bottom you have to walk a ways to get the boat back. We enjoyed all the different looking houses and we saw some goats in a field that had bells on. Was a magnificent day with my hubby. Would highly recommend it.
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Beautiful views from the top! Very...
Steven G
, Oct 2017
Beautiful views from the top! Very easy to navigate independently and I appreciated the freedom to leave when I pleased!
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A little confusing at first since...
Rosemary S
, Sep 2017
A little confusing at first since the ticket booth at the boat gate had no idea what we were talking about. We thought we needed vouchers for each leg of the trip. Go directly onto the boat and just board the other different transports. They recognize the one vouchers that you print on the website. It appears you can customize it any way you want. Full and half day tours were the same price. When we arrived early for our afternoon half day, the boat conductor let us board without questions....same for all the other rides. Even if it appears a little overcast the clouds go in and out and you always get a spectacular view. Wonderful boat ride and the train ride up was a great experience. The excursion was more than we ever expected!
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