My husband and I spend our second day in Lucerne on a day trip to Mt. Rigi where we walked from Rigi-Kulm to Rigi-Kaltbad and on to Rigi-Scheidegg, about a three hour walk that took us past several minor peaks on Mt. Rigi. Like many others, we took a paddle boat steamer from Lucerne to Vitznau, and the red cog wheel train to the top. It was a little hazy the day we went, but the lake views from the train and at the top were still pretty amazing. The walk to Rigi-Scheidegg was on a level path with a few ups and downs, but was not strenuous. We had lunch at a small place about 10 minutes or so past Rigi-Kaltbad - no English menu, but the food was good and listening to the cow bells while we ate was fun. Once we passed Rigi-Kaltbad, there were far fewer people, and there were fewer lake views, but the countryside was beautiful and the views from Rigi-Scheidegg were lovely. We took a cable car from Rigi-Scheidegg down to the blue cog rail train which went to the station at Arth-Goldau, and then caught the train back to Lucerne. Tips: Get a map before you go - the signs are mostly clear, but at times were a little confusing. Also, as you enter Rigi-Kaltsbad, don't miss the hidden chapel. And you don't have to pay for a full round trip ticket if you walk this route - explain what you plan to do, and they will sell you the appropriate ticket.
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