Mt Rigi, Switzerland

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.

I can see Turner's painting

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.

A stop along the way

Our Swiss friends and hosts plus John on the way up

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.

Fillet steak on risotto and asparagus under hollandaise

It was so hard to bite through

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.

Chicken on saffron rice and asparagus

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.

If you are heading up that way don’t have any expectations on getting a wonderful meal, just take a sandwich or head back down for lunch.

When you get off the cable car, you can go straight to a boat to cruise the lake to the beautiful town of Lucerne.

  1. #1 by bagnidilucca on June 9, 2011 - 8:31 pm

    Gorgeous! Pity about the lunch.

  2. #2 by Kenny on June 9, 2011 - 10:04 pm

    Really felt like I was there with you this time, Roz. Very detailed for a great visual experience. Thank you for this! Sometimes you just don’t get what you paid for in restaurants! Not like the wonderful dinner in Eslington?! :o)
    The weather seems to like you two as you travel there! Cheers!

    • #3 by tastetravel on June 10, 2011 - 7:08 am

      I can see you taking this trip, you would have loved the trains.

  3. #4 by Celia on June 11, 2011 - 5:19 am

    Oh Roz, your photos made me want to yodel! 🙂 It all looks so amazing and picturesque!

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