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Rigi is called 'The Queen of
the Mountains' and is located in central Switzerland, south and east of
Luzerne. It is a fairly long ridge line with several peaks. The highest
point is about 1800m, quite low by Swiss mountain standards, but the views
are excellent. It has the Zugersee to the east, and the Vierwaldstattersee
to the north and west. I climbed/walked
up it from Goldau (just beyond Arth in the first photo) in 2005 and 2006,
accompanying a stout Bundnerlanderman (he came from Gruabunden and was
in his mid 70s).
|Early morning mist on
the Zugersee, looking south towards the village of Arth.
Two railways scale Rigi. One from Arth Goldau in the
east, the other from Vitznau in the west. They meet at Rigi Staffel and
Rigi Kulm (the peak).
Right: Looking east by the northern ridge to Rigi
|Another view up Rigi
to Rigi Kulm.
The ridge line follows an escarpment facing north,
dropping away precipitously to the town of Kussnacht am Rigi.
|Looking down the same
ridge line to Rigi Staffel and the lake Vierwaldstattersee in the
As you approach Rigi Kulm from the railway, the
above sign guides the 'young and fit' up the steep path, and the 'old and
slow' up an easier path to Rigi Kulm.
View from Rigi Kulm to Pilatus, Luzerne and
|View from Rigi Kulm,
eastward to Arth on the Zugersee.
The small barn in the lower foreground is part
of high alpine farm (only used in the summer season), uses a cable
lift to re-supply.
Above: Chasserenholzhutte (literally burnt wood hut).
Right: View over Rigi Kulmhutte towards Schwyz and Hoch Fulen (part of
Farm near Kussnacht am Rigi.
The patterns in the land follow the contours of the hill and are caused
by the grazing cattle and sheep.
|View from near Chasserenhutte
The high mountains with snow on them in the
background include Titlis with its glacier (over 3000m).
|View from Kanzli on
the northwest side of Rigi, looking towards Pilatus and Viewwaldstattersee.
|View from near Kaltbad (literally 'cold
bath') one of the villages on Rigi, looking down the track to Romiti
(and Vitznau just visible on the lake).
The nearer rock face on the left is part of Rigi Dossen, one of several
peaks on Rigi.
Above Vitznau train and ferry ship station.
Right: Luxury hotel near Vitznau.
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