A peaceful lakeside village, in complete contrast to the bustle of Lucerne, Weggis has a wonderful location at the base of Mount Rigi. The area is known as the Lucerne Riviera - thanks to its sheltered position under the Rigi, there is a mild climate with flourishing palm trees and orchids. The author Mark Twain visited and called Weggis the "loveliest place" he had ever visited. It is easy to see why, with its air of tranquillity and stunning lakes and mountains views. The perfect place for idyllic Swiss relaxation.
You can take the modern cable car from Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad and allow time to enjoy a leisurely lunch. From here you can board Europe’s oldest cog railway up to the summit at Rigi Kulm (1,800m) which has magnificent views as far as the Black Forest and many popular walking trails. Extend your day with a return by train all the way down to the village of Vitznau and then by boat back to Weggis. The regular timetable of nostalgic lake steamers and modern ships also connect Weggis to historic Lucerne in just 45 minutes, as well as to popular excursion locations such as Bürgenstock, Pilatus, Klewenalp and Stanserhorn.
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Where to stay
Choose from our handpicked Weggis hotels
What to see and do
With Mount Rigi 'the Queen of Mountains' on your doorstep, this is a must do. The cable car in Weggis transports you to Rigi Kaltbad, from where you can fully explore the mountain's walking trails and amazing views from the summit. Mount Pilatus is also well worth visiting, via the world’s steepest cog railway. A cruise on the beautiful lake is a real highlight with plenty more picturesque villages to visit for lunch, such as Stansstad, from where you reach the amazing open topped cable car to the Stanserhorn. Beckenried is a stopping off point for the Klewenalp and after Brunnen the lake flows into Lake Uri where you will be enchanted by the history and legends of Wilhelm Tell.
Why not visit the dramatic Mount Titlis at over 3,000m - a train journey brings you to pretty Engelberg and from here it is an incredible journey to the summit, including an amazing rotating cable car which glides above the glacier. Please click here for our summary of the best the region has to offer.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
There are a number of day trips you can undertake from Weggis to visit a UNESCO site. The Old Town of Bern is a most charming place to browse around and there's more history to be found in the Abbey Library of St. Gallen. The Entlebuch Biosphere is a natural paradise just minutes from Lucerne. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Explore the region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
If you are planning daily outings, it can be well worth pre-booking the Tell Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! If you are planning to travel further afield, you might consider the Swiss Travel Pass as an alternative. We will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Weggis
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
Weggis is on the route of the scenic boat and rail journey Gotthard Panorama Express (for Lugano). You can also take the short transfer to Lucerne which has connections to the GoldenPass Line/Luzern-Interlaken Express (for Interlaken or Montreux) and the Pre-Alpine Express (for St. Gallen).
If you prefer to be based solely in Weggis, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.