No other mountain railway in the Alps has a longer history than this one: the Vitznau – Rigi Kulm cogwheel railway opened in 1871, making it Europe's first mountain railway. The journey was, and still is, an experience in itself.
Picture postcard pretty. The cogwheel railway from Vitznau starts right on the shores of Lake Lucerne. This means it is easy to combine an excursion to Mt. Rigi with a boat ride. It is a picturesque trip and you are recommended to keep your camera at the ready. Until you reach Rigi Kaltbad with the Mineral Baths & Spa and a direct connection to the aerial cable car to Weggis, the focus is on Lake Lucerne and the Alps. From Rigi Staffelhöhe, the scenery changes as Central Switzerland comes into view, and you can see as far as the Jura mountains, the Black Forest and the Vosges, with Lake Zug down below. The best of it is that the cogwheel railway advances at a stately pace so the gentle rocking helps you relax from the very start. A ride in one of the many historic carriages is a very special experience. In these beautifully restored carriages, dating from between 1871 and 1911, passengers can enjoy the all-round view with nothing between them and the fresh mountain air. A real highlight is to travel in a train drawn by steam engine no. 16 or no. 17, built in 1923 and 1925 respectively.
On this cogwheel train the Rigi-voucher can be redeemed.