It was our first trip to Switzerland, and we knew we wanted to experience the Alps in the limited time we had! We researched and booked ECHO Trails before we arrived, so we knew we were only taking a chance on the weather. I'm so happy to say that everything was perfect. Renè met us at the train station, where we used the time on the train to plan our route to the top of Mt. Rigi. We were all experience day hikers, so we only took the cog-wheel train 1/2 way up, and hiked the remaining 2 1/2 hours. The sun was shinning and we stopped often to take in the views of the growing Alps as we got higher and higher. Renè was great with the knowledge of the area and Switzerland in general, he answered all of our questions. My favorite stop was about 3/4 up, when we stopped in a local farmer's house, where we snacked on his freshly made alps cheese & Swiss beer. The last part of the hike up was the steepest, but well worth it!
On our way down we took our time, with a picnic lunch overlooking Lake Lucerne. We decided not to do the spa, because the weather was so great, that we didn't want to go inside. We did look at spa, and if it was colder outside, I would have been more than happy to use it. From the Spa we took the cable car down to Weggis, which was fast, and also had great views. The boat ride back to Lucerne was fun, and had a great view of the Mt. Rigi, showing us how far up we really were. I wish we had more time in Switzerland, but using one full day of our vacation for this hike was well worth it!
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