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Mount Rigi Private Guided Day Hike

Ride the oldest cogwheel train Europe and enjoy the stunning alpine and lake panoramas

Tour Overview

From $450 | Guided Private Day  Hike | All Year Round

Join us on a Mount Rigi Private Guided Day Hike. Mount Rigi, also known as the “Queen of the Mountains”, is THE mountain peak where Swiss alpine tourism began over 200 years ago. A round trip to the summit of Mt Rigi and a hike along its ridge path with spectacular views is worth the trip.

On this guided trip, you’ll enjoy the assistance of our local English-speaking guide, who will share fascinating insights about the history, fauna, best hikes, and insider tips. Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and other peaks of Central Switzerland. This trip is private so that you can set the pace and length of the hike yourself, depending on your fitness level and the weather conditions.


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Rigi Private Guided Day Hike Itinerary

This Rigi Private Guided Day Hike has been designed to let you experience the best of the Lake Lucerne area. Ride one of the oldest cogwheel trains in Europe and visit a traditional cheese to learn more about Swiss alpine lifestyles. Embark on a thrilling adventure on the Swiss “Queen of the mountains”.

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Rigi Private Guided Day Hike
Lucerne historic trail guided day hike

Your guide will pick you up at 7:45 am at your hotel. If you’re not staying in Lucerne, you will meet them at Lucerne Torbogen.

We depart the Lucerne train station on a 22 minute train to Arth-Goldau. There we will board Europe’s first cogwheel train launched in 1871 and ride all the way to the top. Rigi Kulm is located at 1800 meters / 5400 ft.

We walk a short incline to the top of Rigi Kulm and enjoy a 360 degree view of Swiss alps to the South & East and country view on a clear day to France on the West and the Black Forest in Germany to the North.

By now it’s late morning and its time to hike towards our lunch stop located by the Mt. Rigi. Cheese dairy farmer Franz Toni-Kennel owns a place called called “Chaeserenholz”. After a 20 minute walk we should be there. If we are fortunate we may be able to enter the cheese dairy and see his cheese making facility and visit the cheese storage area where the cheeses are kept.

We will have a light BBQ lunch – your guide will take care of the fire and logistics.

After our lunch, we hike along a local “Wanderweg” signposted trail through the forest and continue to the Rigi-Staffel train station stop. We continue along the rim path to where we see Lucerne and Lake Lucerne in front of us and enjoy seeing the alps throughout our hike.

Approximately an hour later, we reach Rigi-Kaltbad.

For over 600 years, health seekers from all over the world have been attracted to the healing waters of the ‘Kaltbad’ mineral springs. This tradition has been kept alive by the new facility opened in July 2012 and designed by the internationally renowned architect Mario Botta.

We descend by an aerial cable car down to Weggis to catch a Lake Lucerne boat for a scenic 40-minute cruise back to Lucerne.

We should be back in Lucerne around 5 pm.

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Details and pricing

Adult Standard: US $450 per person, based on 2 or more

Adult Standard: US $595 for one person

Adult with Half-Tax Card: Standard Rates less US $57 per person

Adult with Swiss/Tell-Pass/GA: Standard Rates less US $99 per person

Child (Standard ages 6 to 15): US $225 per child

Child with Half-Tax Card Swiss: Standard Child Rate less US $28.50 per child

Child with Swiss/Tell-Pass/GA: Standard Child Rate less US $49.50 per child

  • Private tour with experienced local English-speaking guide
  • Light grill lunch of Swiss sausage selection (in Winter light lunch)
  • All transportation from and return to Lucerne
  • Alcoholic beverages – can be purchased at the nearby Alpine inn
  • Entry to the mineral spa baths
  • All items of a personal nature

See our Cancellation Policy for more details.

Visa, Maestro, and Mastercard are commonly accepted in Switzerland. American Express is not so popular and many businesses don’t accept it. The country is becoming more and more cashless with contactless and mobile payments (Google and Apple Pay). Still, it’s useful to have some cash on you while travelling. All banks provide currency exchange services at a favorable rate.

  • Refillable bottle of water
  • Comfortable footwear with sturdy soles that have a good grip; ankle-high boots are not essential but recommended
  • Warm layered windproof clothing
  • Sunhat and sunscreen

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  1. On the right hand side, select the Date you wish to take the tour in the Date Box
  2. Input the number of participants
  3. Go to the Tour Box and click on BOOK button – the payment form will open
  4. Review the final price – make sure it is correct
  5. Read our Cancellation Policy – check the Terms & Conditions Box
  6. Pay with either a PayPal account or debit/credit card

Once the payment has been processed, a written confirmation will be sent to your email address

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