The Mount Rigi funicular wait at the Arth-Goldau station


We had been told by a Swiss couple that we had met that we ‘must’ go up Mount Rigi and do a round tour of the area via funicular, bus and train. Easy to say, but how to do it!

Unusually for the Swiss, the websites were a bit confusing and so research became a bit cloudy. One of our mantras when we travel is to try not to back-track on our steps but to see something new on the way there and on the way back. Our meanderings around the web showed us that we should start at Arth-Goldau and then take it from there.

Wit hthe help of a great lady dressed in a SWiss Railway uniform and armed with a ticket machine, we found out a route.

This is how it works – when you approach Arth-Goldau watch out for the Swissbahn (railway signs) and then head towards the ‘Rigi’ signs – a separate station. When you book your ticket, ask for your parking ticket as well, as there is a special parking area for the Rigi passengers.

Our selected route: Arth-Goldau to Mount Rigi summit by funicular train (40 minutes) called RigiKulm; then take another funicular from Mount Rigi summit down the other side of the mountain to Vitznau. Then walk out of the station across the road and take the Brunnen bus. This 40 minute bus trip to the Brunnen Station, takes you all along the banks of Lake Lucerne (this area is called colloquially the ‘Lucerne Riviera’.

At the station, jump aboard the Alt-Golthau express which is the Zug-bound train, and 10 minutes later you’ll be at your car.

A great day out.

The Church near to the Alt-Golthau station


Going up – glorious countryside



The Rigi Kulm station is about 100 metres from the top, surrounded by many chaelts and retaurants. A short walk (uphill) and you’re there.


View from the top





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