From the top of the Rigi you have a breathtaking view of the Alps, 13 lakes and the entire Mittelland (plateau) up to Germany and France.
The Rigi was the first cog railway in Europe and was inaugurated in 1871. Even today it accompanies tourists on Mount Rigi (1,800 m) also called the "queen" of the mountains. Niklaus Riggenbach, the inventor of the rack, has accomplished a pioneering work here.
These are two rack railways whose lines are independent. The railway from Vitznau, with white and red trains, tackles a difference in height of 1,313 meters on a route of 6.9 kilometers with a maximum gradient of 25% while that from Arth-Goldau, with white and blue trains, exceeds 1,234 meters in altitude on a route of 8.5 kilometers with a maximum gradient of 20%.
Both railways are now electrified in direct current at 1500 volts and use the Riggenbach type rack. From Weggis, a small and idyllic holiday resort on the shores of Lucerne Lake, it is possible to reach Rigi Kaltbad aboard a panoramic cable car in less than 10 minutes and then continue with the rack railway to Rigi-Kulm.
The two cog railways as well as the panoramic cable car from Weggis make this journey into the mountains an unforgettable experience.