Our wonderful Swiss friends whom we try to see meet up with in the world each year had a turn in hosting us in their country – just for a long weekend this time and they made the most of our short stay by taking us on a day trip to see Mt Rigi. We took a train to Vitznau from Zurich, then the easy way up to Rigi.
The special rack railway – it has toothed tracks, think cogs – that takes around 25 minutes to slowly ascend and when you want to return to Vitznau below you take an old-fashioned cable car to descend the mountain. That was an interesting way to travel up and down complete with stunning views.
It was cloudy and cold on its summit but worth the trip for the views of the valleys in between the clouds. Painters have visited the mountain but the most famous painter was JMW Turner who did many paintings of Mt Rigi and writer Mark Twain wrote about it in his travel book A Tramp Abroad.
The hotel’s deck.
After a short walk in the wind, and light rain around the summit we decided to have lunch in the hotel restaurant. There was a choice of cafeteria style and restaurant style, guess which one we went for, definitely the sit down and be waited on version. The food was OK, now that means not wonderful. Just OK.
The price was $350AUD for 4 people and right up there on top of the mountain price scale – we had 3 cappuccino style soups, the chicken ballantine entrée and 4 mains. One bottle of Sancerre wine, no desserts or coffee. The price of our meal was definitely not OK, it was almost Michelin star prices but then it was on top of a mountain and there was a view and we were with good friends and we needed to sit and celebrate being together again.
When you get off the cable car, you can go straight to a boat to cruise the lake to the beautiful town of Lucerne.