Our plan today was to use our Swiss Travel Pass to visit Lucerne and Mt Rigi for the day.
We caught the train at 6:00 am in Wengen where we would take four separate trains for the three hour trip before reaching Lucerne.
Our Swiss Travel Pass Covered all of our transportation
From Lucerne we would take the ferry to Vitznau and ride the cog train up to Mt Rigi. Our Swiss Travel pass covered all our transportation today.
Taking the ferry to Mt Rigi
When we arrived in Lucerne, we found the Tourist Information office, which provided us with maps and information on our trip to Mt Rigi. We were able to catch the ferry as the dock is conveniently located just across from the main train station and is designated as Lucerne Bahnhofquai.
The ferry was very crowded, but we had a front row seat along the rail. We passed by some beautiful sites as we made our way down the lake to Vitznau where we would transfer to the cog train to Mt Rigi.
We saw some beautiful country side as we made our way to our stop.
We finally reached our destination, and transferred to the cogwheel train which would take us up the side of the mountain. The picture below will show you the route we took. Our boat dropped us off at Vitzneu and took the cog train to Mt Rigi. We returned by taking another train to Goldau, basically allowing us to see both sides of the mountain. You could also get off the boat at Weggis and take the gondola up the side of the mountain and then catch the train at Kaltbad to reach Mt Rigi.
It was a very crowded taking the cogwheel train. There were people standing in the aisle ways by the time we left the station.
The view as we made our way up the mountain side was breathtaking. The further up the mountain we went, the views across the Alps and lakes just got better.
When we finally reached Mt Rigi, we were amazed at the spectacular views of the entire area. Almost all of Lake Lucerne could be seen along with the main city. We could see 360 degree of the whole surrounding area. At the top there was a restaurant and gift shop.
It was very cold and windy when we got off the train. After taking pictures at the top of Mt Rigi, we headed inside for a cup of hot chocolate to warm us up before our hike. When we came back out, we could see a storm coming, and it quickly descended on us, as it had done for most of our trip.
It eventually hit us as we ducked for cover and put on our rain gear, but the temperature turned even colder. With the change in the weather, we were glad we had not started our hike. At least we got to spend some time on top of the mountain and take pictures before the rain came in. By the time the trains came to take us back down the mountain it was raining hard.
TIP: Be prepared for weather changes when traveling in the mountains in Switzerland.
Our departure route took us a different way back to Lucerne. From atop Mt Rigi (Rigi Klum station) we took the train down the other side of the mountain to Goldau. When we reached the bottom of the mountain it was cloudy but not raining. The sign directed us which way to go. We had to walk for a short 7 to 10 minutes to the Art-Goldau train station, where we caught the train back to Lucerne.
Walking around Old Town Lucerne
We spent so much time getting to Mt Rigi and returning back to Lucerne, we did not have much time to see much. We walked around Old Town Lucerne for awhile before getting on the train to make our three hour ride back to Wengen.
TIP: Allow several days to see Lucerne, especially if you are going to go to Mt Rigi or Mount Pilatus.
It had been a long day but the view out the train window as we was leaving Lucerne was gorgeous.