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Mount Rigi Mountain Railway

Gaze upon snow-capped mountains, the distant foliage of Germany's Black Forest, an endless array of quaint villages throughout Central Switzerland, and sparkling lakes from the Queen of the Mountains, Mount Rigi. This towering mountain forms a stunning backdrop for Lake Lucerne and borders two other lakes, Lakes Zug and Lauerz. Thanks to its prominent positioning, it is one of the most recognizable peaks in the region. Mount Rigi also has another claim to fame: The first mountain in Europe to host a cogwheel railway.

The Mount Rigi Mountain Railway offers Second-Class seating in modern carriages with sizable picture windows. All the windows are operable, allowing guests the opportunity to breathe in the fresh mountain air during their trip. Some departures instead utilize fully restored open-air heritage carriages. Originating between 1871 and 1911, these cars surround passengers in as much history as they do natural beauty. An even bigger treat comes with those departures that are led up the mountainside by steam engines. Typically, this special event is reserved for the summer months.

Regardless of how visitors reach the top, the rail line showcases some of Switzerland's most fantastic scenery from Rigi Kulm's lookouts. The summit soars over 5,900 feet above sea level and offers 360-degree views over 13 lakes and the surrounding mountain ranges. On clear days, sightseers can see as far as Germany! There are restroom facilities at the summit and shops, and a restaurant with a lovely viewing deck. Adventurous travelers may set out on one of the many hiking paths. Other attractions at the Rigi Kulm include a quirky giant wooden cow and a tall rock sculpture that symbolizes Mt. Rigi's partnership with Mt. Emei in China.

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