Mt. Rigi, Lucerne

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#3 of 7 in Parks in Lucerne
Surrounded by three lakes, Mt. Rigi once inspired painter J.M.W. Turner to create a series of works studying its changing views and blue sunrises. Known to many as the "Queen of the Mountains," the Alpine massif features a towering summit 1,798 m (5,898 ft) above sea level. A year-round tourist destination served by one of Europe's oldest mountain railways, the idyllic region draws a growing number of nature lovers with an extensive network of walking trails and ski slopes. Gear up and tackle the mountain's hiking paths all the way to the summit, or sit back and enjoy the sweeping views on the cable car that departs from the small town of Kussnacht. Put Mt. Rigi on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lucerne tourist route planner.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Nice hike up 1386 meters in altitude. Great views (when good weather) with plenty of interesting places to stop or side treks to take. Plenty of cows and pretty flowers. Had lunch at Rigi Kaltbad. The...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    We climbed to the mount in a rack railway those trains are special because due to the slope of the mountain they need a mechanism in the railway that mechanism looks like a zipper hence its name, above there are spectacular views of the Lake and its surroundings, then we descended by funicular
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  • August 16, 2017
    Rigi is very different from the Pilatus, more green, more trails, more nature! Plan a day to enjoy the view and discover a few trails! All transports are impressive (train, gondola and boat for the return trip to Lucerne). Bring with you to the trail map! Don't miss the small artisanal cheese at about 40 minutes of the Summit, the cheeses are delicious! A definite must!
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